“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best.” – Ernest Hemingway
There’s no better way to see Zion than by bicycle. In my own time off, biking is my favorite mode of travel and recreation. Zion has every type of biking for every level and ambition of biker. I find pedaling the perfect speed between hiking and driving through our vast, scenic landscape here in the Southwest. Here are a couple of my favorite bike rides in and around the Canyon:
Biking Zion Canyon
Our free shuttle system is great, but cycling the Scenic Drive is the best way to take in the scenery and (especially after our rainy winter) the Spring flowers blooming alongside the road. It’s also a great way to experience peace and quiet; other visitors pass by on packed buses, while you and a few other cyclists have the road to yourselves.
The Details: The full scenic drive is about 14 miles round-trip and takes most bikers 2 – 3 hours. The steepest sections (Canyon Junction to Court of the Patriarchs) is really not too bad, but CAN be avoided by using the shuttle system to transport your bikes up-canyon, then cruising the mostly-downhill ride all the way back.
The Bikes: Hire a guide for a half-day Hike & Bike Tour to enjoy interpretation of local natural and human history OR or rent top-of-the-line hybrid bikes from Zion Cycles.
Spring flowers and cooler temperatures make Spring prime time to check out the Hurricane Cliffs trail system. Link the JEM, Hurricane Rim, and Gould’s Rim trails for a full-day 22-mile OR choose selected sections of the trails to create shorter loop options. This is intermediate riding, meaning mostly singletrack with some small obstacles. Views of the Pine Valley Range, Zion National Park, and Gooseberry Mesa give a sense of desert expanse amidst very entertaining singletrack riding.
The Details: The Hurricane Cliffs Trail system is very well-maintained and marked. Check out Utah Mountain Biking, Zion Cycles, or our shop for detailed maps and descriptions. Be sure to respect the desert heat! These trail are fully exposed to sun, with no available water. On hotter days, start and end early to avoid the afternoon broil.
The Bikes: Sign up for a guided mountain biking day with us at Zion Adventures. We love to bike these trails and we provide instruction and tips on biking, as well as unique information about the area. Choose either a half day or full day Singletrack Mountain Biking day with us and we’ll supply the map, bikes, and gear! If you want to go on your own, Zion Cycles rents front and full suspension bikes and car racks to help you get out to the trails.
Utah’s Famous Slickrock
Think there’s only slickrock mountain biking in Moab? Think again! Here in SOUTHWEST Utah, we’ve also got some smooth, world-class slickrock riding. And there are all levels! On every trip, we offer easy to advanced options that provide the opportunity to ride on amazing rock mesas. 360-degree views of Zion, Canaan Mountain, and the Pine Valley mountains are so stunning, it’s hard to keep your eyes on the trail!
If you have questions about riding in the area, guided trips, or other bike questions, stop in or give us a call or email. We would love to share our beautiful landscapes with you on wheels!