Utah Travel Headlines Blog

Monday, July 10, 2006

Gooseberry Mesa is Mountain Bikers' Dream

“Pedaling Gooseberry Mesa is slick, and it rocks.”

That’s how Bob Downing begins a newspaper article on mountain biking the mesa.

He goes on to say, “Gooseberry Mesa in southwest Utah near Zion National Park is gaining fans as one of the top mountain-biking spots in the United States.

“About 70 percent of the trails are over slickrock or bare Shinarump conglomerate. That is a big attraction to serious mountain bikers.

“As a Midwest biker and a slickrock rookie, I was surprised by the traction I got on the sandstone, which at first appeared to be almost unridable.

”You can combine the Cattle Grate Trail, God's Skateboard Park, The Point, Yellow Trail, That Damn Trail and Slickrock 101 into a 12 1/2-mile loop that hits the North Rim and the South Rim.”

Downing writes for the Akron Beacon Journal. The article was also picked up and published by the San Luis Obispo Tribune. Read the entire article.

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