Guidebook

MTB for Mere Mortals in the Shadow of Red Bull Rampage

Rip around desert mesas and enjoy jaw-dropping views of Zion National Park on these epic trails near Hurricane, Utah.

Greg Heil

Description

The rocky desert mesas just outside of Zion National Park are best-known as the home of Red Bull Rampage—the most extreme mountain biking competition in the world. Rampage riders routinely throw themselves off humungous cliffs and send backflips over yawning canyon gaps—feats of bike handling and bravery that normal human beings will never be able to attain.

While Rampage-like stunts are so far above the level of the mountain biking masses, the desert zone surrounding Hurricane, Virgin, and St. George, Utah, is chock-full of stunning singletrack and desert slickrock riding. And the vast majority of it is completely attainable by mere mortals.

While you’ve undoubtedly heard of the iconic Gooseberry Mesa ride, the mountain biking near Hurricane goes much deeper and broader than just Gooseberry. Dig into the recommended routes in this guidebook for an expansive desert mountain biking experience to rival the biggest name destinations out there!

Gooseberry Mesa: Classic Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Gooseberry Mesa: Classic Loop

Zion National Park
16.5 km
257 m
257 m
Rippled slickrock riding paired with extreme exposure and beautiful views from the mesa's rim.
Severe
Private
Guacamole Mesa: Full Outer Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Guacamole Mesa: Full Outer Loop

Zion National Park
15.6 km
169 m
169 m
This ride links together the outer loop Guacamole trails into a great 11-mile ride—perfect for upper intermediates—with plenty of advanced options as well.
Difficult
Private
Little Creek Mountain Double Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Little Creek Mountain Double Loop

Hurricane
21.0 km
328 m
328 m
The Little Creek Mountain Double Loop offers 14 miles of mixed singletrack and slickrock with classic Southwest Utah scenery.
Severe
Private
Jem Trails Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Jem Trails Loop

Zion National Park
26.1 km
369 m
369 m
Flowy, easy-to-access singletrack with gorgeous views, and the occasional challenging section.
Moderate
Private
Barrel and Zen Double Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Barrel and Zen Double Loop

16.8 km
540 m
540 m
The Barrel/Zen route combines two popular loops to give technically-oriented riders a full smorgasbord of rocky, stunt-laden fun.
Severe
Private
Santa Clara Preserve
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Santa Clara Preserve

22.8 km
537 m
537 m
This ride gives you a full overview of all the best trails in the Santa Clara Preserve, including a great variety of singletrack.
Difficult
Private