Southwest of Springdale, the Gooseberry Mesa Trail system is a looping route blazed by white dots painted on the red slickrock. This is technical riding through a series of interconnecting loops. The routes are designed to mountain bike ride clockwise.
The White Trail is actually an old jeep trail and is the only portion that remains open to motorized vehicles. The trail is 3.5 miles in length and is an out and back to the POINT. This portion of the trail is rated beginning technical and is considered the eastiest mountain bike ride on the Mesa. It can also be used to access middle portions of the rim trail or as a quick return to the parking area.
The Practice Loop - Just a short mountain bike ride from the parking area you will find the PRACTICE LOOP. This loop is actually part of the NORTH RIM LOOP - Although this is rated intermediate technical, it is the easiest portion of the single track and is highly recommended for those who have not ridden single track or slickrock.
The South Rim Loop - This loop begins at the parking area and is considered a difficult advanced technical mountain bike ride. Expect exposure to steep drop-offs, difficult climbs, sharp turns, and narrow ledges. Use caution when riding along the rim.
The North Rim Loop - This loop is rated intermediate technical. Beginning from the East end of the loop gets steadily more difficult toward the point. Expect narrow ledges along the rim and various chutes and domes.
Windmill Loop - This loop is a good intermediate loop that is just under 4 miles in length. The trail features some of the best views of Zion National Park. The road portions of this trail are open to motorized vehicles.
The Yellow Trail. This trail can be used as a bypass to the sand pit. The sand in the pit is about 180 yards long and 4 to 6 inches deep. The trail is about 1/2 mile long and by far the more difficult and technical trail with one obstacle after another.
Hidden Canyon. Appropriately named, this strech connects the SOUTH RIM LOOP to the WHITE TRAIL via BLM lands. The trail takes you into some hidden worlds of the mesa. The trail is advanced technical, but worth the work. It truly takes the mountain bike rider into a place of beauty and solitude; riding past wild flowers, through thick stands of vegetation and under ledges. Keep your eye on a feature to keep from getting disoriented in this trail maze.
Bowls and Ledges. This is a short trail of intermediate difficulty that connects the practice loop to the WINDMILL LOOP and back to the NORTH RIM LOOP. Obstacles include rock ledges that mountain bike riders enjoy doing wheelies upon, and a fun bowl and dome slickrock patch.
Connector Roads There are two sections where other existing jeep roads are used to connect portions of the trail. It should be noted that these routes are open to all vehicles.
To reach the mountain biking trailhead from Springdale, head west to Rockville. In Rockville, turn right heading south on Bridge Road (small sign on small road). About 0.25 miles after crossing the Virgin River, turn right heading west on Grafton Road. At 1.5 miles, keep left at the fork in the road and head up the mesa. Continue to a total of 6.2 miles to the top of the mesa. At this point, there will be a dirt road to the right passing through a fence. Turn right here. After another 3.6 miles, take the left fork. Now ignore any smaller branching roads. At 1.1 miles later, youll cross a cattle guard. Park there. The trail begins along the fence on the left side of the road.
Most mountain bike riders fly into Las Vegas and drive the 2.5 hours to Springdale.
Overall, Gooseberry Mesa Trails is the 8th most popular mountain bike trail of all 74 mountain biking rides in Utah.