Biking in the Zion Area
At Zion National Park, pedal the Scenic Drive up Zion Canyon beneath sheer cliffs to Temple of Sinawava - where the Virgin River cuts through the Narrows, a watery corridor hemmed between 2,000-foot-high sandstone walls! With the installation of the Zion Canyon shuttle system, Zion Park has become more bike-friendly.
Bikers must stay on established routes within the park, and the Pa'rus trail is the only real trail available. However, the roads in Zion have become popular bike routes. (Cyclists must obey traffic laws.) Riding on other trails or through the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel is prohibited.
Excellent singletrack and doubletrack trails are available just outside the park boundaries. Below we list some of the more popular trails.
Pa'rus Trail - This is an interconnecting trail in the park, about 3.5 miles long, which allows bicyclists to safely ride through the lower part of the park and connect with the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Shuttle buses are equipped with bike racks. Many people ride the shuttle to the top of Zion Canyon and then ride back, downhill, along the Scenic Drive and then along the Pa'rus trail.
Gooseberry Mesa Trail - Located 7 miles south of Rockville, this 10 mile ride offers an opportunity for you to pedal free from RV-clogged roads and tourist-saturated trails to points where solitude rings with deafening silence. Take this moderate ride. Or venture from the traditional path and onto a new trail system that incorporates both technical slickrock and bonafide singletrack. (more)
Right Fork: Bunker Creek Trail - The route begins at an elevation of 11,307 feet atop Brian Head Peak (located near Zion), and ends 14 miles later at Panguitch Lake after a 3,000-foot descent. Most of the route follows singletrack, first along a breezy ridge then down a thickly wooded, creek-fed valley.
Additional information can also be obtained by contacting the Travel Regions for the different park entrances:
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