Top three reasons to ride the JEM Trail
The centerpiece of the acclaimed Hurricane Cliffs Trail System
Everything from downhill sections to flowing twists and dramatic turns
13.7 miles of rollercoaster singletrack packing stunning views
Southern Utah is known for its world-class mountain biking trails, but this area often gets overlooked — still, make no mistake: St. George and Hurricane area delivers. JEM trail is one of the most famous classic trails tucked away next to St. Georgia, a small town with epic mountain biking. The trail boasts plenty of slickrock, stunning views over Zion National Park and a great mountain biking community. This is a great trail when you just want to let go and forget about your breaks. Have fun on the flowy descents, go fast and easy, and quench your thirst for adventure!
Year-round, but spring and fall are ideal
Las Vegas, CA, is two hours away
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
Half-Day JEM Trail Mountain Biking Tour
This desert singletrack provides excellent views of Zion National Park with relatively easy riding. Join a guide for 5 hours and immerse yourself in the true openness of the desert southwest. This fun scenic trail offers non-technical downhill riding suitable for anyone and ideal for families! Weather permitting, you might get a chance to finish this ride with a dip in the Virgin River.
Full-Day JEM Trail Mountain Biking Tour
JEM trail is one of the most fun non-technical downhills in the USA! Suitable for beginners or those who want to have some serious — yet safe — fun, JEM trail is great for family adventures as well. With the recent additions of Dead Ringer, More Cowbell and Cryptobionic, this 13.7 miles long trail system is a great place to ride and acquire new skills, and leave the dusty trail with a big smile on your face!
Meet your guide
Zion Rock & Mountain Guides
Things to know
Covid measures in St. George
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in St. George, please refer to the official Government of Utah website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
This is what you get on a one-day adventure:
- An experienced MTB guide with extensive local knowledge of the area
- Transportation from your accommodation to and from the trail
What is not included:
- Meals and snacks
- Mountain bike rentals
Mountain bike rentals are available for an added fee of $50 from your guide.
How fit do I need to be?
You will need to be able to bike between three and seven hours, depending on the itinerary you choose. JEM trail can accommodate all technical skill levels. It’s most suitable for beginners and family getaways, while there are also parts that even the most experienced among the group will have fun on. Keep in mind — opting for the full day option means more biking, which is strenuous even if you stay on beginner level trails.
What if I’ve never mountain biked before?
As long as you pedal on two wheels, you can book this adventure. A guide will explain the different mountain bike techniques and body positions to get you feeling comfortable on the trial. You will progress at a level that is consistent with your comfort. Once you finally get the hang of trail riding, you will only want more!
What do I need to bring?
- Wear comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture-wicking or synthetic material
- Sneakers or sport shoes
- Breathable outside layer or jacket
- Plenty of water, water bottle or hydration bladder
- Daypack with snacks
- Biking gloves are optional but recommended
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
Wear comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture wicking or synthetic material. Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For these private adventures, the maximum client to guide ratio is 6:1.
- The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to go mountain biking with friends and family.
Mountain biking on JEM Trail in St. George can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to book this course.
- Children as young as 10 are able to go on trips with a legal guardian. That said, if you have a young rider strong enough to handle sustained climbs (either riding or walking their bike) of hundreds of feet, and rough terrain, then they may be able to participate on a case-by-case basis.
If your party has minors younger than 18 years old, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
There are several airport options for getting to St. George. Salt Lake City (SLC) is about a five-hour drive. Las Vegas (LAS) is much closer, being just over a two-hour drive, and St. George (SGU) has a regional airport. Regardless of which airport you choose, SLC or LAS, you can utilize the St. George Express shuttle service.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Hurricane/St. George or their bike shop. From there, you’ll head to your tour. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and ability of the group.