Dusty Tracks at the Hurricane MTB Festival

Anthony Smith

A few hundred riders turned up over the weekend for the sixth Hurricane Mountain Bike Festival, taking to the desert trails around Hurricane, Utah. 

Organized by Over the Edge Sports, the festival featured food, drink, live music and demo bikes. With a wealth of terrain on tap–from the slickrock of Gooseberry Mesa to the fast-and-flowy JEM Tail and the more rugged, technical Boy Scout Trails–and no precipitation to speak of, riders were graced with dry trails and pastel Utah sunsets.

Each day began with a hearty breakfast at the River Rock Cafe. 
Enjoying a burrito overlooking the Virgin River is a proper start.
The flowing singletrack of the Hurricane Valley trail network paired perfectly with Utah’s unmistakable landscape.
Meredith Goss out on the Boy Scout Trails. 
The iconic peaks of Zion National Park that serve as the backdrop of Red Bull Rampage also loom over Hurricane’s flowing singletrack.
The appropriately named “More Cowbell” is one of the newer trails in the Hurricane Cliffs network.
Steve Walters and Holly Hadley are local riders from nearby New Harmony and were leading group rides all weekend.
Another new trail in the Hurricane Valley, Dead Ringer, is a perfect spot to enjoy a dusty Utah sunset, and was the right way to send off a rad weekend in the desert.