Q. Where can I ride my bike in Zion National Park?
A. The best place is on the Pa'rus Trail and the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive (when the Zion Canyon Shuttle is operating). All cyclists are required to ride on the Pa'rus Trail from the South Entrance to Canyon Junction.
Q. Am I allowed to ride on other roads in the park?
A. Yes, but other roads in the park have lots of vehicle traffic. The Zion-Mount Carmel Highway (that runs through the park) has steep grades and narrow sections of road. There is a one mile tunnel located on this route that bicycles are not allowed to ride through. Cyclists must provide their own transportation through the tunnel. The Kolob Terrace Road and the Kolob Canyons Scenic Drive both have steep grades.
Q: Why can't I ride my bicycle through the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel?
A: The Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel was completed in 1930 with narrow lanes and no shoulder for cyclists to avoid vehicles. There are no lights within the historic 1.1-mile-long tunnel and several areas are completely dark. Numerous accidents and collisions have occurred within the tunnel due to the narrow and dark conditions. Please plan ahead to have a vehicle transport you and your bicycle through the tunnel.
Q. Where is the Pa'rus Trail?
A. The Pa'rus Trail is located between the Zion Canyon Visitor Center and the Canyon Junction. It is a paved trail that follows the Virgin River and is shared with pedestrians and leashed pets. Always be careful when passing dogs.
Q. What do I need to know about riding on the Pa'rus Trail?
A. The trail is 1.75 miles long. Please do not bike fast. There are lots of turns, bridges, blind corners and wildlife on the trail. Cyclists must warn pedestrians before passing, either verbally ("passing on your left") or with a bell or horn. If pedestrians do not move out of the way, then stop until they do. Pedestrians have the right of way. When the weather is damp the four bridges on the Pa'rus Trail may be slippery.
Q. What other considerations about the Pa'rus Trail should I know?
A. Bicyclists must obey all traffic signs, including stop signs. The side trail to the Human History Museum is not open to bicycles.
Q. Can I ride my bicycle on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive?
A. Riding your bicycle on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is a enjoyable option when the Zion Canyon Shuttle is in operation. A few things to keep in mind.
- Shuttle buses are not allowed to pass moving bicycles. When a shuttle bus approaches, find a safe place to pull over and allow the bus to pass.
- Do not pass a moving bus.
- Wear your helmet.
- Always ride on the right side of the road and in single file.
- Be especially careful when biking through the Canyon Junction and Weeping Rock shuttle stops. Both areas have limited sight and narrow lanes.
- Each shuttle has a rack for at least two bicycles.
A. Here's a few tips to help ensure a safe and fun ride.
- Consider riding in the early morning or evening when the shuttles are running less frequently.
- If you put your bike on the shuttle bike rack and ride to the Temple of Sinawava you will riding downhill most of the way down canyon. There is significant southbound uphill grade between Weeping Rock and the Grotto.
- Always keep a close eye on children.
- Children under 18 years of age are required to wear helmets.
Q. Any other considerations about bicycling in Zion?
A. Bicyclists should be careful when pulling off the road because of the presence of thorny plants which can cause flat tires.