Blaze a Trail Through HurricaneHurricane, a small town in the wrinkled recesses of southeastern Utah, is the next great slickrock biking town for two principal reasons: (1) Its proximity to Zion National Park, and (2) Over the Edge Sports, the best bike shop this side of Moab. Community-friendly OTES, which celebrated its one-year anniversary in December, rents some of the best demo bikes available, including Ibis Mojos, Knolly Delirium Ts, and Yeti 575s ($90 a day; otesports.com). Then, of course, there are the trails out back. Hurricane sits alongside the famed Gooseberry Mesa, a nest of over 20 miles of singletrack, but otherwise the area remains largely undiscovered. "We have a boatload of potential," says Quentin Morisette, who owns OTES with his wife, D.J. Every Saturday, Quentin offers free intermediate group rides in the morning, and D.J. runs free women-only rides in the afternoon. Slickrock freshmen hone their skills on the north rim of the mesa, while veterans head to the technical south rim—though no one need compete for views. An occasional look up from the handlebars reveals craggy mountains, water-carved canyons, and the crimson monoliths of Zion.
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