You would be surprised to find out that there is so much more to Zion than just hiking. The cool thing about Zion is that it is one of the most bike friendly National Parks. Have you ever considered going on a thrilling mountain biking adventure on the back trails of the park? That’s right. There are some pretty amazing and awesome trails even for beginners to enjoy mountain biking. There are several trails near or in Zion National Park that would be amazing for anyone to experience riding.
Par’ Us Trail being one of the most popular, this trail starts at Canyon Junction where Zion Mt. Carmel Hwy and Zion Canyon Road intersect. This is considered an easy trail as it is paved. There are several good spots to stop and get off to take a short hike as well. You can either ride 3.4 miles round trip, or one-way 1.7 miles and catch the shuttle back from Watchman Campground to Canyon Junction.
Gooseberry Mesa Trail is another popular trail to ride. This trail is 10 miles start to finish and offers bikers an opportunity to bike freely without all the tourists and ATVS. The trailhead is located in Hurricane just off of Smithsonian Butte National Back Country Byway. This trail is for the more advanced and has its challenges. If you’re looking for something that will push you to test your balance, reaction time and strength, then this is the perfect ride for you.
Zion and Springdale have several mountain biking shops where you can rent bikes and get more information regarding trails that are bike friendly as well. Be sure to plan accordingly with weather and you will have an amazing time, definitely a memory for the books!