East Zion Mountain Bike Trails Phase II
-Beyond the Borders-
This past October, a historic ribbon cutting opened the first 10 miles of new mountain biking trail situated beyond the park’s borders on Zion’s east side. Utilizing a coalition of unprecedented land and trail easements donated by willing landowners, the trails are free to ride and fully open to the public.
Alongside Zion Forever donors, the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation, the National Park Foundation, and Utah’s Kane County supplied a combined total of $1 million to complete the first phase of trails. With the first section of trail laid and features complete, this second fundraising phase seeks to continue with an additional 25 miles of mountain-biking trail and trailhead parking, signage, and restroom facilities.
With the first ten miles completed, the American Conservation Experience (ACE) have already broken ground on phase II and your continued support will provide trail crews and engineering experts to make trail in some of the nation’s most rugged terrain. The new trails will include routes for riders of all abilities, distinct
trail features, and offer previously unseen viewsheds as riders wind their way along the eastern borders of the park. Once the mountain bike trails are complete, crews will focus south of the Zion Scenic Byway planning and constructing more than 40 miles of new hiking trails joining existing trails in the park. These new trails will offer visitors meaningful access to Zion that protects the land resource and encourages responsible use.
Without your donations, trail and accessibility projects would not be possible. Your gift enhances the legacy
of the East Zion Initiative helping visitors connect with the land while having world-renowned outdoor recreation experiences.
“When we talk about the reason the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation exists, projects like this define our purpose. Creating meaningful access to Utah’s amazing landscape and doing it through partnership with so many amazing stakeholders, it is a fulfillment of our purpose. We can’t wait to see the progress continue and seek new ways we can continue to work together.” –Pitt Grewe, Executive Director, Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation