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Mileage from St. George Utah to Zion Natl. Park(8 posts)

Mileage from St. George Utah to Zion Natl. ParkSCOOTERINSLC
Apr 18, 2003 5:11 AM
I can't beleive how many times I've driven it in the last 3 years, but never clocked the mileage. I am riding from downtown St. George to the park on Sat. then having my girlfriend drive out to get me. We would like to hike Hidden Canyon once there, but before I make solid plans to do that, I'd kind of like to know how many miles I'll be riding first.(Hmmm....maybe I should have her bring the mtb and I could swing over to Gooseberry for a ride. Sort of like a Southern Utah style triathlon....yeah,right...."Scooter, you've dozed off at the keyboard while posting....") zzzzzzzz.....huh?
No brainer...Matno
Apr 18, 2003 6:10 AM
If bringing the MTB is an option, Gooseberry is a no brainer. There is not a more fun technical playground anywhere in the world, IMHO. Maybe just as fun, but not more fun. The view on the road to Zion is incredible, but unless the road has been repaved since I was there last year, it's pretty rough. Not torn up rough, but rather the kind of surface that gives you a "buzz." Also, there's not much of a shoulder a lot of the way. I could be remembering that wrong, but that's what I remember. I need to get down that way again soon myself. My grandparents live in Hurricane and they're not getting any younger...
Gooseberry, YE HA...Southern Utah..The BEST!OwenMeany
Apr 18, 2003 6:45 AM
IMHO
I just got back from there on MondayAmbishawn
Apr 18, 2003 7:27 AM
Down town St George is about 30-35 mi from the parks entrence in Springdale. HWY 9 goes from the 15 through Zion to the 89/9 junct. The 9 is one of the most beautiful rides your likely to find. I like to ride it all the way through Zion making it an incredible ride. Actually there is plenty of shoulder on the 9 except comming out of Hurricane where there's a nice climb to Virgin. The rest of the 9 is an easy ride with some what of a headwind on the way to springdale (Zion). I love Southern Utah. Wish I lived there.
Thanx.SCOOTERINSLC
Apr 18, 2003 7:49 AM
That's around what I thought it was. I had a few friends telling me that it was more. Hell, Cedar City is only 55 mi. so I knew it had to be less than that. Cool. I'm thinking when I get to the park gate, calling Kathy and having her head out and I'll ride up to the Temple of Sinawava (sp?) and back down to meet up with her for the hike. The mountainbike IS an option, but I have the inside bike rack in my X-terra and that would really cramp it for three people. I ride Gooseberry lots and I haven't had the road bike but a week or so, thusly I'm doing a road ride for variety (read:play with the newest toy)Everyone have a good, safe weekend.
After the Temple of SinawavaAmbishawn
Apr 18, 2003 8:51 AM
I would ride back down the canyon and up to the tunnel. You could have Kathey give you a Ride through the tunnel then continue up to the east park enterence. This would be some serious miles and a long climb (13mi) from the bottom of the Canyon to the East enterence. I did this ride from the Bumbleberry Inn in Springdale and back and I was over 40 mi including up to the Temple of Sinawava and back to the junction. I love that ride and wish I could do it today. The ride back from the east enterence is really fun with lots of banked turns.
After the Temple of Sinawava, I have to hike...SCOOTERINSLC
Apr 18, 2003 9:19 AM
...otherwise that sounds like an awesome ride! By the time I finish that hike, I think the only place I'll be going is to the Bit 'n Spur for suds..
Great part of the country, was just there to do some MTBjs5280
Apr 18, 2003 9:40 AM
but got rained out. This was the day before Denver got its 3-6ft. of snow. We raced back to beat the storm. Spent the prior 4 days riding in AZ, so not a total loss. Here's a Topo of the ride. If you start at the I-15/SR 9 junction, take off 9 miles. There's way points for the West and East Park enterances. Also, it's $20 to take a car into Zion, even if just driving through. $10 for cyclists. Beautiful route, bring the MTB too. Gooseberry Mesa is one of the best trail systems I've ever ridden.