Gooseberry Mesa Professional Review and Guide
"Biking off-road within Zion National Park is strictly forbidden, but that’s OK. Stroll through this divine gallery of rock towers, weeping alcoves, and sunshine-eluding canyons; then leave the tourists behind and pedal your mountain bike on Gooseberry Mesa. In years past, riding on Gooseberry Mesa was simply a matter of following the dusty doubletrack to a rim-rocked viewpoint and back again—highly scenic but somewhat uneventful. Tucked neatly away on the end of this pointy mesa you’ll find a 12-mile track laid out amidst the sage, manzanita, juniper, and ponderosa.
Granted, these slickrock sections are not the free-flowing, catch-a-wave expanses that hallmark the original formula in Moab. But Gooseberry’s recipe is every bit as delectable and demands adept skills to clean the hundreds of audacious stunts. While you’re not busting a cog on the rock, you’re twisting a number on soft, loamy, one-laners coated with crunchy pine needles—not the runaway bike ramps-cum-sand traps of the Moab variety. Oh, you want scenic views, too? Well, Gooseberry serves up some real beauties that will seduce the lens of any shutterbug."