Top reasons to ride the Gooseberry Mesa Trail
Plenty of slickrock, tight singletrack, and vistas for days
One of the best technical trails in the world
Even the best riders in the world are challenged by the world-class terrain
Known for its epic world-class terrain and twisting slickrock singletrack with a variety of routes, Gooseberry Mesa is a great place to improve your skills and enjoy the phenomenal views of Zion National Park. The abundance of different loops, including a practice loop for beginners, make this location a perfect option for beginners and families as well as MTB pros looking for a challenge — there are even several double black diamond sections! Nestled between Zion National Park and Hurricane in Southern Utah, it boasts wonderful scenery and an even better mountain biking community that keeps on improving it. Created over 20 years ago, it has an interesting history, and in 2006, it was granted National Recreation Trail Status. Quench your thirst for adventure on this magnificent trail and make the most of your day with an experienced local guide! Find out more about best places for mountain biking in Utah from Katherine Peach—hiker, backcountry skier, mountain biker, and Aspen local.
Year-round, but spring and fall are ideal
Las Vegas, CA, is 2 hours away
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
Half-Day Gooseberry Mesa Mountain Biking Tour
Gooseberry Mesa is an absolute classic mountain biking trail. There are many different ways to ride this trail network, meaning there is something for everyone! Your guide will take you to a loop most suitable for your skill level and your goals for the day — all you have to do is enjoy the spectacular panoramas and fun slickrock singletrack that makes this trail a must-do. Spend up to 5 hours riding along divine rock towers and red canyons that the Zion area is famous for!
Full-Day Gooseberry Mesa Mountain Biking Tour
Saddle up and get ready to ride Utah’s premiere slickrock trail. Gooseberry Mesa promises mile after mile of descents, ledges, bowls, and climbs, all on fantastic sandstone that pairs perfectly with mountain bike tires. Spend your time exploring the slickrock mazes and learn about the area from your guide. The trail offers something for every skill level, although intermediate and advanced riders will enjoy rock rollers and steep uphill grinds more. Come ride the trail that gives Moab a run for its money!
Meet your guides
Zion Rock & Mountain GuidesZion Rock & Mountain Guides
Zion Rock & Mountain Guides
Zion Guide Hub
Zion Guide Hub
We scheduled a 3 hour mountain bike ride in late April. Everyone in the shop was very knowledgeable and friendly. Jeff was our riding guide. We were all quite athletic although had very little experience on mountain bikes. Jeff used the first 30 mins on relatively flat terrain do decide whether were would be able to tackle some of the more challenging mesas. He safely guided us up some incredible trails with very rewarding views of the valley. This is an excellent activity and would highly recommend it.
We had two days of adventures with Zion Rock and Mountain Guides – one day canyoneering and one day mountain biking. Both activities were highlights of our trip. The guides, Jack & Spencer, were outstanding! Their concern with safety and focus on making each activity a quality experience for everyone in our group was impressive. We had a variety skill levels and many of us were novices at both activities. Our guides made sure everyone had a fantastic time. I highly recommend this outfit!
ZGH definitely reshaped our comfort zones! We had two fantastic excursions with them.
Our family of five had a great time with Grant mountain biking. He balanced the different comfort levels and ability levels with patience and professionalism. Very thankful for how he came alongside my daughter to gain confidence on the trail. Scott was amazing on our afternoon of canyoneering. He made the effort to connect with each of us while pushing us to do things we didn’t think we were capable of. It was a highlight of our trip to Zion. ZGH goes out of their way to educate you not only on the sport you are experiencing but also on the park and safety too. We felt so comfortable with our guides and had a blast too! Great job making my teenage daughters have fun and experience the beauty around them.
Things to know
Covid measures in St. George
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in St. George, please refer to the official Government of Utah website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
This is what you get on a one-day adventure:
- An experienced MTB guide with extensive local knowledge of the area
- Transportation from your accommodation to and from the trail
What is not included:
- Transportation to St. George or Hurricane
- Meals and snacks (can be provided by the guide for an additional fee)
- Mountain bike rentals
Mountain bike rentals are available for an added fee from $50 from your guide.
How fit do I need to be?
You will need to be able to bike between three and seven hours, depending on the itinerary you choose. The terrain around Hurricane and St. George is various and accommodates all technical skill levels. For those more advanced, the loose, steep singletracks are one of its strongest selling points. There are plenty of trails suitable for beginners and family getaways, while there are also trails that even the most experienced among the group will find challenging. Keep in mind — opting for the full day option means more biking, which is strenuous even if you stay on beginner level trails.
What if I’ve never mountain biked before?
As long as you pedal on two wheels, you can book this adventure. A guide will explain the different mountain bike techniques and body positions to get you feeling comfortable on the trial. You will progress at a level that is consistent with your comfort. Once you finally get the hang of trail riding, you will only want more!
What do I need to bring?
- Wear comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture-wicking or synthetic material
- Sneakers or sport shoes
- Breathable outside layer or jacket
- Plenty of water, water bottle or hydration bladder
- Daypack with snacks
- Biking gloves are optional but recommended
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
Wear comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture wicking or synthetic material. Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Make sure to take plenty of water as there is no drinking water available on the mesa.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For these private adventures, the maximum client to guide ratio is 6:1.
- The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to go mountain biking with friends and family.
Mountain biking on Gooseberry Mesa, St. George, can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to book this course.
- Children as young as 10 are able to go on trips with a legal guardian. That said, if you have a young rider strong enough to handle sustained climbs (either riding or walking their bike) of hundreds of feet, and rough terrain, then they may be able to participate on a case-by-case basis.
If your party has minors younger than 18 years old, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
There are several airport options for getting to Hurricane and St. George. Salt Lake City (SLC) is about a five-hour drive. Las Vegas (LAS) is much closer, being just over a two-hour drive, and St. George (SGU) has a regional airport. Regardless of which airport you choose, SLC or LAS, you can utilize the St. George Express shuttle service.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will determine the best place and time to meet. Usually the tour begins at the guide’s shop where you will get your bike. From there, you’ll head to your tour. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and ability of the group.