Broken Mesa Rim

2.40 out of 5
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Trail Description
About this trail
The trail starts at the northern end of the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. You'll make an initial singletrack climb up some fairly buff switchbacks. At 0.5 mile, the trail reaches a doubletrack with a pipeline on the far side. Find the continuing singletrack trail on your right, just across the pipeline. Now the climb gets a bit more technical, with frequent basalt rocks to negotiate.
At mile 1, the trail reaches the Broken Mesa Rim. It twists through juniper and brush, with more basalt boulders to keep things interesting. At mile 1.6, the downhill begins. The trail twists for 5 miles towards the edge of the cliffs at Washington, first in juniper and rock, then on the mesa-top.
At the edge of the mesa, you'll drop at a 20% grade through the broken lava. It's not as bad as it looks. Nothing too tricky here; just hang your butt back and aim the front tire straight down the trail. You'll be fine.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (5)


March 4, 2016
wchadwick Gramcounter  
Review: I rode the loop from the water tank. Dirt road up is smooth to trail head. The climb up is challenging with small loose rocks and hard to get any momentum up. You are constantly maneuvering large then small rocks in the trail. There are very few open clear parts of the trail. Some parts the trail is just a washed out ditch and you have to ride on the side. Hard to get any rhythm. Take you eyes off the trail for a second could be a disaster. The drop down off the mesa was pretty much walking down. Only a few sections you could ride. Then the power line road ride back to the water tank was a recovery from the tense ride down. Once on this trail is enough for me.

Granny Gear

April 10, 2015
Review: This trail is in terrible shape. Worst is the 'plunge' off the mesa. It is now strewn with large boulders and is a slow hike down. Not rideable at all.


March 28, 2014
John Fisch Epic  
Review: Harsh, brutal, vicious, and well worth a stop for the adventurous rider in search of something different. The initial climb is nothing short of hateful, but it's not too long. The rim top riding is mostly spent dodging the lava rock mine field. The descent has some fast sections, some fun sections and some really loose, treacherous sections. This is not a ride for the faint of heart. The final plummet off the ridge is particularly sketchy.

Bunny Hop

November 28, 2012
ByronV Bunny Hop  
Review: I would really not recommend this ride at all. The trail is full of rocks from golfball to softball size the whole way. You have to watch the trail constantly and cannot get up any speed because the rocks are so variable and the final descent is just pain. There is no flow and no fun on this trail at all.


August 19, 2009
Review: This trail is insane! It's a lot of climbing up to the Mesa, we went dirt road and singletrack. Once up, it's a lot of rocky, fun, technical fast single track, then a loose, softball to basketball sized lava rock downhill that is crazy. To get back out to the water tower(where we parked) was a really tough climb out, but it was so worth it...the views here, like everywhere else in Utah, are spectacular.

Broken Mesa Rim MTB Trail 2.40 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 5 user reviews.
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Feature Article
Spring Break Singletrack Trek, The Sequel, Part 3: Little Ride at Little Creek and Riding the Broken Mesa