Gooseberry Cruiser

Hurricane, Utah

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This ten-mile out-and-back (five miles each way) begins not far from Zion National Park, where everything—even the roadway—turns red. On the ride, rated both technically and aerobically easy, you’ll earn startling views of the brilliance of Zion, as well as of the more subdued hues of the Pine Valley Mountains rising in the northwest, and, at the turnaround, a sublime look down on the Virgin River basin. The nearby town of Springdale, tucked between Zion and Rockville, is mighty fancy, with lots of restaurants and lavish accommodations—even an IMAX theater. Rockville, where you leave the highway, is a well-shaded, quieter, and somehow more dignified town. It was originally settled in the early 1860s, with early settlers raising cotton and sugarcane. Look around town and you’ll discover some structures that verge on ancient. General location: Just southwest of Zion National Park.
Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

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Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

by Michael McCoy (Menasha Ridge Press)

This ten-mile out-and-back (five miles each way) begins not far from Zion National Park, where everything—even the roadway—turns red. On the ride, rated both technically and aerobically easy, you’ll earn startling views of the brilliance of Zion, as well as of the more subdued hues of the Pine Valley Mountains rising in the northwest, and, at the turnaround, a sublime look down on the Virgin River basin.

The nearby town of Springdale, tucked between Zion and Rockville, is mighty fancy, with lots of restaurants and lavish accommodations—even an IMAX theater. Rockville, where you leave the highway, is a well-shaded, quieter, and somehow more dignified town. It was originally settled in the early 1860s, with early settlers raising cotton and sugarcane. Look around town and you’ll discover some structures that verge on ancient. General location: Just southwest of Zion National Park.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Hurricane
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Season: March through May; September through November
Local Contacts: Red Rock Bicycle Co., 435-674-3185
Local Maps: DeLorme Utah Atlas & Gazetteer, page 17
Driving Directions: Directions to Gooseberry Cruiser

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