Trek Travel’s #2 Greatest Ride In The World.
This short but incredible ride is not one to miss if you are in the Southwest United States.
Discover this ride on our Bryce and Zion trip.
Zion canyon was officially dedicated as a National Park in 1919 and boasts some of the most dramatic sandstone canyons, raging rivers and unique wildlife in the country.
This ride will take you along the flash-flood prone virgin river as you wind through Zion canyon surrounded by 3,000ft sandstone walls. The canyon walls will narrow and cottonwood trees will line the road as you approach the end of the bikeable terrain at the Temple of Sinawava where you can peak your head toward the iconic river hike, The Narrows, which takes you further up the canyon. This truly unique experience is not one to miss! Cyclists will have to pay a $20 per person fee upon entering the park. This pass will be good for 7 days of re-entry so you can keep coming back to explore all Zion canyon has to offer. The pavement through the canyon is excellent making it great for all types of bikes. It should be noted, though, that electric bikes are not allowed in the park or on park paths.
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Three Things You Need to Know
While it is net uphill from Springdale to Temple of Sinawava, the grade is mellow and comfortable. You’ll want to go slowly to bask in the impressive and awe inspiring canyon, anyway. Take a bike lock and hiking shoes with you and stop at one of the many trailheads throughout the canyon to further explore this national treasure.
Fall and spring are the best times to visit the canyon when the temperature is more moderate and fewer people visit the park. Summer months can be very busy, extremely hot and have a high risk of encountering a flash flood. Winter months are very cold and sometimes icy or snowy. The massive canyon walls block the low winter sun and the road rarely sees sunlight in the winter therefore, is far colder than outside the canyon.
Once in the canyon, there are several spots to fill water and about half way into the ride you can stop at Zion lodge to purchase snacks, souvenirs or have an ice cream cone (except for winter months).
Springdale has several excellent restaurants, galleries and shops. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore town as the sun sets over the canyon walls or enjoy a drink on one of the many patios in town as the stars come out.Springdale has several excellent restaurants, galleries and shops. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore town as the sun sets over the canyon walls or enjoy a drink on one of the many patios in town as the stars come out.
There are several non-biking options for activities in Zion National Park, everything from hiking to backpacking to canyoneering to climbing. The many outfitters in town will get you set up with a guide and the proper gear to prepare for your adventure.
While Springdale is quite small, there are several lodging options. From larger chains to small bed and breakfasts or national park campsites. These generally fill up far in advance during high season so book in advance! In the event that Springdale is booked out, there are plenty more lodging options 30-45 minutes away in Hurricane and St. George.
Discover this ride on our Bryce & Zion trip.