Southern Utah is full of great mountain bike rides. Ask around and you might find that most agree Gooseberry Mesa is near the top. Gooseberry Mesa provides a large variety of trails, from a beginner trail that most can handle to expert trails and obstacles that will test even the most seasoned rider. If you are looking for a challenging ride or just a fun adventure, Gooseberry is for you.
Gooseberry Mesa is closest to the town of Apple Valley Utah. Basically from St. George or I-15 follow the signs as if you were going to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Just after you pass Apple Valley you will see signs for a dirt road that will eventually lead to Gooseberry Mesa. If you pass Hildale/Colorado city you have gone to far and need to come back towards St. George
Gooseberry Mesa has a trail for everyone from the beginner mountain biker, down to the expert. A beginner trail runs the length of the Mesa almost all the way to the western edge which gives you a great view of orderville canyon. This beginner trail is wide and well groomed with very few obstacles. Several intermediate and expert trails spur off this main beginner trail and traverse the Mesa offering some great sites and some challenging obstacles to overcome.
The practice loop is marked blue for intermediate and is a great warm up for many of the
different trails on Gooseberry. It also provides some great view looking north toward Zion National park and some of the great views of Southern Utah.
Maps of the trail system on Gooseberry Mesa can be found at about any bike shop in southern Utah, and in case you forget your map there is also a very detailed map of all the trails at the trail head. So if you brought your smart phone you can snap a photo and use it as a reference once you are on the trail. Most of the trails are well marked and are color coded to give you an idea of the degree of difficulty.
I can’t say enough good things about this ride. Everyone can find something they will like on Gooseberry Mesa. If you have any question or comments leave them down below or feel free to email me at DustinACook@gmail.com. And don’t forget to go outside and have some fun.