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Zion National Park
Springdale, UT 84767
Bike Zion Description
Since so many of the roads in Zion are now closed to cars, biking is a fun activity for families to do inside the park on the main roads, on the 3-mile roundtrip Pa'rus Trail (which is relatively flat, mostly paved, and open to bicycles), and even in the rather quaint town of Springdale where Bike Zion is located. The shuttle buses have a bike rack on the front for when your children's cycling legs get weary and there is ample bike parking throughout the park.
Babies: Bike trailers are available.
Pre-Teens & Teens: The Gooseberry Mesa Trail offers teens a chance to ride on slickrock, wide rock faces just right for mountain biking (but slick for steel Pioneer wagon wheels—hence the name). God's Skate Park is just what it sounds like—a natural rock skate park that is a popular section of the trail. The Gooseberry Mesa ride has several options: single track, double track, the Slickrock Practice Loop for those who have never done it before, and more. Just make sure you get to the end of the mesa out to the Point to take in the spectacular views.
- Hire a guide. If you want someone else to take care of the logistics and map reading, Bike Zion offers specially designed (and reasonably priced) family trips. Visit their website for more details.
- Locks and helmets included. They also supply maps and give helpful advice about appropriate trails.
- Prices vary. Children's bikes rent for approximately $15 per day and adult bikes for $35 per day (unless you want the deluxe super suspension models, which are more expensive). There are also two-hour and half-day options available.
- Guided canyoneering. If you have more time and you want more adventure, check out Zion Rock and Mountain Guides (right next door), which offers guided technical rope canyoneering trips.
Just the Facts
Hours: Summer: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Spring and fall: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Winter: Guided trips by appointment only. Call ahead or book through the website.
Recommended Time: Half day