Biking in and around Zion National Park
Zion National Park area
The Southwest is a bikers haven with incredible scenery, challenging bike routes and destinations that are in close proximity to each other. On the east side of Zion, you will find mountain bike trails and beautiful paved bicycle paths. Gooseberry Mesa
is a tabletop mesa located west of Zion, just off the Smithsonian Butte Backway. This is a popular trail with mountain bikers. Red Canyon and Dixie National Forest's, Cedar Mountain, are also perfect for your biking adventures. These destinations offer abundant biking opportunities. Make East Zion your "base camp for adventure" and peddle the great Southwest.
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Markagunt Plateau - UT SR-14
Navajo Lake - Cedar Mountain
This 11 mile trail is a single track with no technical sections and is appropriate for intermediate riders.
Navajo Lake Loop
This 11.5 mile single track loop travels around Navajo Lake. The trail is an alpine trail, sitting at 9100 ft. The elevation change is 200 ft.
Virgin River Rim Trail
This is a moderate to difficult technical single track trail at over 9000 ft. elevation. The full trail is 32 miles.
Red Canyon - UT SR-12
Red Canyon Paved Bicycle Trail
This section of Dixie National Forest offers a very smooth 5.5 miles paved bike path that winds long the rock formations and forested lands of Red Canyon.
Losee Canyon Trail
This 2.9 mile moderate trail begins at the bottom of losee canyon. This trail connects with the Cassidy trail.
Ledge Point Trail
This .6 mile easy trail is open to hiking, bikes and horses and ends at an overlook of Red Canyon.
This 2.1 mile moderate to strenuous trail connects with the Cassidy Trail.
This 8.9 mile strenuous trail is named for the infamous Butch Cassidy who used sections of the trail.
Thunder Mountain Trail
This is a 7.8 mile technical trail with lots of climbing. The trail is narrow, rough and there are places where the surface is loose. The red rocks on the lower section of the trail are outstanding.
Barney Cove Trail
This 1.9 mile moderate trail is used primarily as a connector trail between the Casto Canyon and Fremont ATV trails.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park is one of the most bike friendly parks in the National Park System. Bikers are seen peddling their way along 13-mile Scenic Byway 9, through the park, as well as making their way along the 6-mile Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.
This paved trail is the only trail in Zion that allows bicycles. The paved trail can be followed into the campgrounds. The trailhead is at Canyon Junction, and weaves along the Virgin River. The trail crosses bridges at both Oak Creek and Pine Creek. At Canyon Junction there is a Zion Canyon Shuttle pick up and drop off and a small parking area. Canyon Junction is the intersection to Zion Canyon and Scenic Byway 9.
The road to the end of Zion Canyon is 6 miles. There is little traffic on this road other than the Zion Canyon Shuttle and the few cars that are going to the Zion Lodge. The elevation gain is 450 ft. There are numerous hiking trails along this path that can be taken.
Zion Mt. Carmel Hwy
This road begins at the south entrance to Zion and continues to the east side of the park.. East Zion offers lodging and other services as well as being central to many other Southern Utah attractions.
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Private vehicles can travel SR-9, from Zion's south entrance, out the east entrance (or visa versa) to the junction of SR-9 & US-89 year-round, 24 hours a day. See tunnel restrictions for Oversized Vehicles.
In the summer, the only access to the Scenic Zion Canyon Drive is via Zion's shuttle. During the winter private vehicles can travel in the canyon. Exact dates the shuttle runs may vary.
Leave no Trace is a nationwide program that helps to educate those using our public lands. The program tries to point out ways to minimize impact and to prevent damage to the land. Much of the education is common sense. When riding please stay on the trails. Avoid destroying cryptobiotic soil and other vegetation that might be around the trails.
Respecting the environment and practicing minimum impact skills helps keeps these trails open for everyone.