Southern Utah ? Gooseberry Mesa Weekend Mountain Biking

Trip Length 4 Days
Group Size 12
Difficulty
Starting from
$1,639 for REI Members
$1,789 for non-members
Departures Apr 2020-Nov 2020

Ride some of the world's most iconic mountain bike trails and see the best of southern Utah on this 4-day Gooseberry Mesa getaway.

Take world-renowned mountain bike trails, add experienced guides with a passion for teaching, sprinkle in a little dirt, a lot of slickrock, and a hearty dose of adventure. That's exactly what you get with this fully guided weekend getaway near Zion National Park. Hone your mountain biking skills on the JEM trail system and atop Gooseberry Mesa with its famous canyon-country backdrops, then spend your evenings around a roaring campfire with like-minded dirt lovers. Leave the camp chores, food prep, planning and logistics to us. We're here to give you all the tools you need to escape the everyday.

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Trip Highlights

  • Join mountain bikers from all over the world on these famous Utah MTB trails
  • Test your skills on fast descents, slickrock steps, banked singletrack turns and more
  • Camp in or near Zion National Park with time each day to explore it on your own
  • Enjoy a cozy basecamp with guide hosts preparing restaurant-quality meals

Activities

This trip is rated Moderate Plus [3-4]. Trip members should be comfortable riding a mountain bike on technical terrain for approximately 3?7 hours per day for four consecutive days. Rides range from 13-25 miles, including one ride with 2,046? elevation gain.

We will be riding singletrack and slickrock as well as forest trails that can be very narrow at times. The terrain will at times feature golf ball to head-sized rocks, sandy sections, switchbacks, exposure and hike-a-bike-sections. The trail surface may be dry and sandy or muddy depending on weather conditions and we may encounter water crossings.

  • Cycling
  • Mountain Biking

What's Included

A full suspension mountain bike; 2 professional guides; round trip ground transportation from St. George; all park fees and permits; tent; sleeping pad; group cooking and camping gear; group first aid kit; all meals as noted in itinerary; snacks, beverages; water, soft drinks, electrolyte mix; saddle bag with emergency tool kit.

Accommodations

Camping, 3 nights

Your wheels for the journey

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Your Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Meet in St. George, ride the JEM Trail

Today, meet your guides in the recreation capital of southern Utah: St. George at 10am. After introductions, we head to the JEM Trail?s gateway town of Hurricane to dial in our bikes and get ready to ride. Today?s trail is packed with smooth, rolling singletrack with gooseneck turns and wild descents that'll give your brakes?and your adrenal glands?quite a workout. Follow your experienced guide on a rollercoaster of well-trodden dirt, surrounded by desert shrubs and succulents?all framed by the white- and red-rock cliffs of Zion National Park. This afternoon we settle into our campground in, or near Zion National Park. We?ll enjoy a delicious guide-prepared dinner in camp, getting to know each other and swapping fat-tire stories while the sun sets. Lunch and dinner included.

Mountain Biking: 14 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +909? / -909?; Van transfer: 45 minutes

Day 2

Ride the Hurricane and Gould?s Rim Trails above the Virgin River

After breakfast in camp, we gear up and head back to the JEM Trail area, to do some more high-speed desert cruising and cliff-side riding, adding in the Hurricane Rim and Gould?s Rim trails this time around. Our guides lead us through trails they call ?easy technical?, which means you can flex your intermediate and advanced riding muscles without the exhilarating anxiety that comes with super-technical riding. We?ll level our pedals and stretch out over our tires to ride fun, downhill singletrack along expansive ridges. Peer down on the muddy Virgin River, up at Gooseberry Mesa, and climb steep switchbacks to take in the views of Zion. When was the last time you put aside deadlines and to-dos and just rode all day? It's going to feel so good. Our guides provide all the trail details, the mechanical support, the technical instruction, a fresh lunch and plenty of snacks so you can focus on just having a blast. With plenty of bailout and extension options in this complex trail network, every rider can customize their own perfect day of riding. Tonight we return to our campsite to rehash the day?s best moments under the glow of the Milky Way. All meals included.

Mountain Biking: 24 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +2,426? / -2,426?; Van transfer: 1 hour

Day 3

Gooseberry Mesa

No alarm clocks here?wake up to the smell of fresh-brewed coffee and a hot guide-prepared breakfast while your bike patiently awaits your company. We load up and drive to our trailhead, 2,000 feet above our campsite and with a view you?d flatten a tire for. Our chosen trails sit atop Gooseberry Mesa, a plateau with plummeting edges known for their expansive edge-of-the-world panoramas. Between long segments of idyllic slickrock flow, enjoy short sections of soft, loamy trail carpeted with pine needles from the twisted juniper trees we wind between. Put your guides? hard-won knowledge of the area to use and piece together your own puzzle of technical moves to negotiate your chosen route. Welcome to some of the best mountain biking in the southwest! A must for serious riders, and a day of challenging singletrack you won?t soon forget. All meals included.

Mountain Biking: 14 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +713? / -713?; Van transfer: 3 hours

Day 4

Bike the Whole Guacamole Trail, then return to St. George, UT

We begin our day with our final breakfast together in our home-away-from-home. Then we pack up and set out with just one goal in mind: how do we top an already-perfect mountain biking trip? Well...tucked between Zion National Park, Kolob Canyon, the Vermillion Cliffs and several Wilderness Areas, you?ll find The Whole Guacamole, and we assure you it is up to the challenge! Here we find a rollercoaster trail network as fun as Gooseberry, but with far fewer people to share the singletrack with. The slickrock is playful, surprising, and a great medium for testing your technical handling skills. We?ll rest our dust-encrusted bodies over a picnic lunch where our guides remind us to look past the handlebars and take in the views of the snowy peaks, desert flatlands, and carved red rock around us before it?s time to journey back to St. George for a 4:30pm drop-off. Breakfast and lunch included.

Mountain Biking: 10 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +536? / -536?; Van transfer: 1.75 hours

Gear List

This gear list has been created to help you choose the best equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary, as this will help you and the field staff. The weather and other conditions at the time of your arrival will dictate what clothing and equipment you will be required to use each day and what (if anything) can be left behind. It may be a necessary precaution that you bring certain items on the list, even if it is uncertain whether or not they will be needed.

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