From St. George heading clockwise, the Utah Cliffs Loop Bicycle Route goes north to Snow Canyon State Park and then heads for historic Pine Valley, nestled in a bucolic basin in the Pine Valley Mountains. From Cedar City you will climb through the Hurricane Cliffs escarpment, high onto the Markagunt Plateau of the Dixie National Forest. At Navajo Lake, still at high elevation, you begin an unforgettable downhill run that starts out alongside the North Fork of the Virgin River - really just a creek at first - and ultimately meet SR 9 just east of Zion National Park. From Rockville, a series of backroads lead to Hurricane and finally back to St. George. Elevations on the route range from 2,500' to 10,000' above sea level. Road surfaces on the Utah Cliffs Route are approximately fifty percent dirt and gravel roads and fifty percent paved roads.
Current Printed Version: 2010
Reviewed by: A customer from Calgary Alberta 10/2/09
We did approximately 1/3 of the route just because we had other parks that we wanted to visit. The gravel roads were excellent, reminding me of the Great Divide route I did in 2005. I do have one major beef though, apon arriving at Zion the map indicates that bicycles are not allowed through the tunnel. No where does it indicate that we are required to hitch a ride in a truck to get through the tunnel. The national park web site makes it sound like for a fee they will escort you through. I spoke with a Belgian couple also touring and they also got the same impression from the web site as I did. This little detail should be noted on the map. We had no problem hitching a ride, it just would have been nice to have the heads up before getting to the gate. We had an excellent trip, be prepared for lots of climbing over 7000ft, great scenery and blue skies.
Reviewed by: Michael Marzahn 4/13/10
Seems to be a quiet good map. Campgrounds, roadprofile, everything is explained and much more. I have a complete idea what this road is and If I could reach the goal.
Reviewed by: A customer from Bandon, Oregon
I'll be trying to ride this around the 1st week in June if I can find a friend to join me. The map looks very good with all the details necessary. I'll use my GPS along with it to make sure I don't miss any of the numerous turns involved. I'm looking forward to the adventure!