Bicycling in Zion National Park
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Starting with the introduction of the park shuttle in 2000, Zion National Park has taken steps to become much more bicycle-friendly, including having bike racks at some of the facilities and on the shuttle buses themselves. Buses and bikes are not allowed to pass each other on park roads; if you're pedaling in front of a shuttle bus you're expected to pull completely off the road to allow the bus to pass.
Within the park proper, bicycles are only allowed on established park roads and on the 3½-mi Pa'rus Trail, which winds along the Virgin River in Zion Canyon. You cannot ride your bicycle through the Zion–Mount Carmel Tunnels; the only way to get your bike past this stretch of the highway is to transport it by motor vehicle.
Outfitters and Expeditions
Bicycles Unlimited. A treasure trove of information on mountain biking in southern Utah, Bicycles Unlimited rents bikes and sells parts, accessories, and guidebooks. 90 S. 100 East, St. George, UT, 84770. 888/673–4492. bicyclesunlimited.com. Mon.–Sat., 9–6.
Paragon Adventures. Experience the beauty of southern Utah's backcountry with a dash of adrenaline. This outfitter offers guided rock climbing, canyoneering, ziplining, biking, and hiking trips tailored perfectly to your family or group's skills, experience, and preferences. Experienced guides lead the way on every tour, taking care of the details such as snapping pictures and, above all, monitoring your safety. The guides coach you on how to move up, down, and across the canyon without being pushy. Programs last from a few hours to a few nights; all are unforgettable. Paragon provides all the gear; prices start at about $100/person. 955 N. 1300 W, Ste. 4, St. George, UT, 84770. 435/673 Ext. 1709. paragonadventure.com.
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