St. George, Utah
It was February of 2011 and living in the mountains of Colorado, I hadn’t seen a dry patch of dirt or a temperature above 15 degrees in months.
When I arrived in St. George, Utah for a mini-training camp and found myself surrounded by the classic desert landscape of red rocks, sand, and warm temperatures, I wondered why St. George had never been on my radar before for a wintertime riding destination.
My theory is that St. George has remained hidden because of the lack of a large race or event in the area. If so, that is about to change as the True Grit 50/100 links together 50 miles of some of the best trails in the St. George area and was greeted with excellent reviews in its inaugural year in 2011.
With a stern warning on the website to pre-ride at least two of the trails on the course because of technical sections, the race definitely showcases some of the classics in the area.
Located in the middle of Dixie County in the far southwest corner of Utah, St. George lacks the small-town feel that has made other destinations, such as Moab and Fruita popular. But what it lacks in tourist attractions, it makes up for in quality and quantity of trails a stone-throw from city limits and a wide variety of amenities not found in the smaller towns.