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Gooseberry Mesa

Famous for its twisting singletrack trail through slickrock bowls and ledges, Gooseberry Mesa serves up a multitude of trail options to suit almost all riding abilities with fantastic views of Zion National Park and the Southwestern Colorado Plateau. Gooseberry Mesa is a great place to improve your mountain bikinig skill sets with abundant rock rollers and balancey steep but short uphill grinds.

Days Events

The Days Events

  • We will spend our time exploring the slickrock mazes that make up Gooseberry Mesa.
  • Our trips are set up as privately guided trips. This means that you will not be stuck with others who might impact your experience adversely. We do allow folks the option of open group trips to save money.
  • We offer all loop options. Based on your riding abilities and willingness to ride hard we will do as much as we can.
  • Options of varying riding difficulty are abundant:
    • Experienced riders can request the harder loop options
    • Beginner to intermediate riders can ride double and singltrack and test their new found skills on the Gooseberry Practice Loop.
  • All riders can benefit from proper body mechanics and weight distribution as it applies to slickrock. Our guides are well versed in all riding techniques and can assist with increasing your skill level.
  • All riders will be briefed on the mechanisms and components of their state of the art mountain bike before we start to ride.
  • Your guide is also well versed on the local area and can interpret much of what you see. If you have a question-just ask.

 

Gear Requirements

  • Included Equipment:
    • A full suspension mountain bike is included in the trip pricing
    • Helmets are also included
    • A small biking pack, if needed
    • A local knowledgeable mountan bike guide.
    • Transportation of bikes- Occasionally we ask folks to drive to the trail head, but we transport the bikes.
  • What you should bring:
    • A camelbak if you own one, or water bottles (100oz or 3 litres)
    • Snack foods (powerbars, gel shots, candy bars…)
    • Sturdy footwear (running shoes are fine)
    • Athletic clothing (shorts and t shirt with an uper layer) weather dependent
    • A camera (small)
    • Sunscreen

In the Morning (what to expect)

  • Please arrive promptly the morning of your trip. If we have not sized you for bikes prior, we will have to do that in the morning
  • Please park behind our shop
  • Bring all of your things that you want to take into the shop.
  • Fill out any necessary forms if you have not done so already (medical & liability release)

When/Where

When

  • Times fluctuate a bit according to the season. All trips are Mountain Time! We can not stress this enough.
    • Winter-afternoon trips (check with us)
    • Spring (April/May)-late morning & afternoon
    • Summer (June-September)-6:30am Mtn. Time at our shop
    • Fall-(check with us)

Where

  • Bike Zion: 1458 Zion Park Blvd Springdale, UT 84767 (we are between the Bestwestern and the Chevron Station) on the west side of the road.

 

Transportation

  • When we can, we provide transportation to and from the activities locations.
  • We reserve the right to occasinally have clients drive themselves and occasionally the guide to and from the location.
  • We appreciate your understanding.

What’s Included

Bringing your own bike:

  • You can bring your own bike for this trip. If you do we will reduce your price by $20.00
  • Bringing Your Own Bicycle:
    • Two options are available-
      • Bring your bike with you via air or ground travel. If you pack your bicycle in a bike box please be absolutely sure that you have all parts necessary for putting it back together in a ride able fashion.
      • Ship your bicycle to us via UPS. We can put the bike together for you for a fee. (Please contact us directly if you would like to choose this option.)

Included in the price:

  • Included Equipment:
    • A full suspension mountain bike is included in the trip pricing
    • Helmets are also included
    • A small biking pack, if needed
    • Local and knowledgeable mountan bike guide.
    • Transportation of bikes- Occasionally we ask folks to drive to the trail head, but we transport the bikes.

Not included in the price:

  • What you should bring:
    • A camelbak if you own one, or water bottles (100oz or 3 litres)
    • Snack foods (powerbars, gel shots, candy bars…)
    • Sturdy footwear (running shoes are fine)
    • Athletic clothing (shorts and t shirt with an uper layer) weather dependent
    • A camera (small)
    • Sunscreen
  • If you have special components such as pedals, seatpost or seat, we can put that on a rental bike for you at no charge.
    • Please be sure you bring all of the necessarry parts, like the shoes that go with the pedals!!

Registration

Call for reservations and information:

Phone: (435) 772-0302
Fax: (435) 772-3133

Registration Forms:

Below are the necessary forms for registration. Please use our Reservations page for registration or fill out the forms below and fax them to us at 435-772-3133.

Mail:
Bike Zion:
PO Box 623
1458 Zion Park Blvd.
Springdale, UT 84767

Cancellation Policy

30 days or more from trip date- Full refund minus $50 administrative fee.

14-29 days from trip date- Full refund minus 50% deposit of full trip price.

0-13 days from trip date- No Refunds

FAQ

FAQ – Gooseberry Mesa

  • How good a shape do I need to be in?
    • Fitness always helps but we can tailor this ride to meet your needs. We might push you a little further than you would go on your own- but this is not boot camp – unless you want it to be.
  • I don’t consider myself a technical rider, will I have fun on this trip?
    • If you like to push yourself and try new things, and have a positive attitude you’ll have a great time. You’ll be a better rider at the end of this trip.
  • What is slickrock?
    • Slickrock is a term used to describe the riding of mountain bikes on rock surfaces. Much of Gooseberry’s riding is on slickrock. The rock, however, is not slick at all. It actually provides excellent traction for our mountain bike tires. The term originated from the pioneers and their hardships using their steel wagon wheels on this unique surface.
  • Should I keep my trip as a private trip?
    • We allow people to open teir trip up for others to join. If others join it lowers the cost for everyone. If you are worried about holding others back or vice versa, or you don’t want to go riding with kids, you should elect to keep your trip private. We do try to screen each group to see if they are compatible.
  • Can I bring my own bike and does it cost less?
    • Yes to both. the price drops by $20 if you bring your own bike.
  • Can I ship my bike to you and have you guys assemble it for the trip?
    • Yes you can- we do charge for this service.
  • Can I bring my own pedals or gravity dropper seatpost, or specail comfy seat?
    • Yes you can- no charge for this service.
  • Can you guarantee my safety?
    • Not necessarily. Biking has inherent risks and dangers. Unlike canyoneering or climbing we do not have a safetyline on you while biking you are free to make decisions at will. You can ride off of precipices, into trees and cactus, into others and over the bars. We as guides will alert you to hazards and instruct on technique but the end results are in your hands. We do advise that you ride within your abilities and we will help define your abilities. Part of the joy of mountian biking is trying new things and pushing yourself on new terrain. That said, it is also a good idea to return from your vacation in one piece with all of your teeth still in your mouth.

 

Phone: 435-772-0320
Fax: 435-772-3133
Web site: www.bikingzion.com
Email: info@bikingzion.com

Mail Bike Zion:
PO Box 623
1458 Zion Park Blvd.
Springdale, UT 84767

Cancellation Policy

30 days or more from trip date- Full refund minus $50 administrative fee.

14-29 days from trip date- Full refund minus 50% deposit of full trip price.

0-13 days from trip date- No Refunds