For challenging biking with a view, add the Gooseberry Mesa National Recreation Trail to your Summer Bucket List.
Although the temperatures have been at a standing pattern of 100 degrees or higher for the past few weeks, avid mountain bikers, and other users alike, are still taking advantage of the local trail systems—although I’d suggest sticking to morning or evening rides!
Developed cooperatively in the late 1990’s, Gooseberry Mesa National Recreation Trail (NRT) is located in southern Utah’s red rock country, and received National Recreation Trail status in 2006. It is not surprising that, with spectacular views offered from the mesa rims and the technical terrain challenging mountain bikers, this winding singletrack and slickrock is a local, and now international, favorite!
At an elevation of 5,200 feet, the mesa may be slightly cooler than at St George’s core, but water remains a crucial element for a safe and enjoyable ride. Please be prepared.
Please click here for access to a downloadable Gooseberry Mesa trail system brochure.
Story and photos: Iris Picat