Bikes are prohibited on all trails and forbidden to travel cross-country within the national park boundaries, but two developments have helped Zion become one of America’s few bike-friendly national parks.
Though it’s not the most dramatically scenic path, Pa’rus Trail is paved, open to bicyclists, pedestrians, and those with strollers or wheelchairs, but closed to motor vehicles. It runs 2 miles along the Virgin River from the South Campground entrance to Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, near its intersection with the Zion–Mt. Carmel Highway. Along the way, the trail crosses the North Fork of the Virgin River and several creeks, and provides good views of Watchman, West Temple, the Sentinel, and other lower canyon formations. Bikes are permitted on the park’s established roads at any time, except in the Zion–Mt. Carmel tunnel, where they are always prohibited. From April through October, Zion Canyon Scenic Drive north of the Zion–Mt. Carmel Highway is open only to shuttle buses, bicyclists, and hikers, plus tour buses and motorists going to Zion Lodge. The rest of the year, the road is open to private motor vehicles, and the shuttle buses don’t run. Bicyclists should stay to the right to allow shuttle buses to pass.
On Bureau of Land Management and state-owned property just outside the park, mountain bikers will find numerous rugged jeep trails that are great for mountain biking, plus more than 70 miles of slickrock cross-country trails and single-track trails. Gooseberry Mesa, above the community of Springdale, is generally considered the best mountain-biking destination in the area, but good trails can be found on nearby Wire and Grafton mesas. Be careful to pay attention to trail markers—this country is easy to get lost in.
Talk with the knowledgeable staff at Zion Cycles (above) about the best trails for your interests and abilities. The full-service bike shop offers maps, bikes, accessories, repairs, and rentals ($38–$55 per day, $28–$45 for a half-day).
For guided mountain or road bike trips, contact Zion Adventure Company (above) or Zion Rock & Mountain Guides (above); both also offer guided mountain bike excursions outside the national park.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.