Trail Resources: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/utah/barrel-roll-trail https://www.trailforks.com/trails/barrel-roll/ http://utahmountainbiking.com/trails/barrelroll.htm https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/3834712/barrel-roll
Kid friendly: No, unless kid can maneuver bike over technical rock sections
Wet weather ride: Yes
Single-track: 100% Quality: ****
Distance: 6 mile loop
The Barrel Roll Trail is located in the Santa Clara River Preserve. Barrel Roll trailhead/parking lot is Cove Wash which is shared with Rim rock, Sidewinder, & Suicidal tendencies bike trails. This 6 mile loop is a flowy single track, but is rated difficult for its sections of technical rock ascents and descents. If you’re looking to be challenged ride the loop counter clockwise. Ride the loop clockwise and it will put a couple of tricky rock stunts on the downhill.
Heading West In Santa Clara there is a bridge located at Gates lane, 200 ft. before the Jacob Hamblin House. Head south over the bridge, Once over the river follow this road & take a left of the paved road onto the dirt road that goes uphill. It is recommended that your vehicle has high clearance on this dirt road. You’ll head up the road towards a water tank, and then past it to the parking lot that is obvious.
Google Maps Cove Wash Parking Lot: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Barrel+Roll+Trail,+Ivins,+UTemail@example.com,-113.6783507,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x80ca414def86497d:0xb9d3ffca8a895e96!8m2!3d37.1222302!4d-113.680885
The Ideal time to ride this trail is spring. This terrain is covered with a variety of cactus. In the spring time these plants are in full bloom, giving you beautiful bursts of color throughout the experience of your ride. There is no shade. Early mornings are recommended to beat the heat. Winter afternoons often offer perfect conditions and snowy mountain vistas as a bonus
Flora and Fauna:
The most common plants you will see are the cholla, barrel cactus, and prickly pear. When in full bloom these cactus bring a beauty of color to the desolate desert. It is also not uncommon to see wildlife such as coyote’s, rabbits, or snakes around this area.