The Best Bike Trails: Zion National Park Area
The breathtaking views are probably one of the reasons why Zion National Park was named as the top vacation spot by Trip Advisor in 2009. But all the fun activities you can do here do not hurt either. You can hike, climb, take awesome photos and of course, bike.
The 30-mile long and 15-mile wide park is located just half an hour from Interstate 15 if you are coming from Salt Lake City, California or Nevada. It features elevations ranging between 4,000 and 8,700 feet.
Now, on to the trails!
Pa ‘Rus Trail
Let us start with something easy. Pa ‘Rus is the most beginner-friendly trail in the entire park. It is a 3.5 mile route that runs through the park’s lower areas. The ride starts at the South Campground and follows the Virgin River all the way up Zion Canyon’s wide valley.
Make sure you don’t miss the colorful towers Bridge Mountain, East Temple, The Watchman and The Sentinel along the way. Expect to encounter various forms of wildlife such as mule deer and jack rabbits as well.
From fall through spring, the trail is perfect for hiking or biking all day long. During the summer, on the other hand, it is best to go early in the morning or as soon as the sun sets because it can get really hot during the middle of the day.
Gooseberry Mesa Trail
Located three miles west of the Park’s entrance, this 10-mile out-and-back trail is flat throughout so beginners should not have any trouble completing it as well. However, a new and more challenging trail system that connects to the original trail has recently been developed so the area now has something to offer more experienced bikers.
The new trail system features challenging slickrock sections and single track trails that weave through Manzanita, ponderosa, juniper and pinyon.
Right Fork Bunker Creek Trail
The official trailhead for this 14-mile trail can be found at the Brian Head Peak at an elevation of 11,307 feet. This downhill adventure takes you all the way to Panguitch Lake, treating you to breathtaking views and one awesome adrenaline rush.
Make sure to check your bike for any problems before taking on this trail though. You don’t want anything to go wrong while you are speeding downhill. Also, while the ride is generally easy, there are some sections that require some technical skill so beginners should take extra care when taking on this trail.