The Ultimate Guide to Biking in Zion National Park

by | Jun 8, 2022

One of the things that has helped make Zion National Park the second most-visited national park in the country is that the park offers something for every visitor to enjoy. The park is perhaps best known for its world-famous hiking trails and stunning overlooks. But there are plenty of other ways to experience the park’s unique landscapes — including biking in Zion National Park.

If you want a break from hitting the trails or are simply looking for a new way to see the park, renting a bike in nearby Springdale is a great option. While traditional bicycles are available for rent, if you want to make the hilly landscape easier to navigate, are traveling with children or those with less biking experience, or simply want to avoid wearing yourself out on a long ride on a hot day, e-bikes offer a great alternative. A Zion e-bike rental is a great way to explore the park, or simply to get from one trailhead to the next without having to catch the shuttle.

Ready to hit the road on two wheels? Keep reading for the ultimate guide to biking in Zion National Park.

Where Bikes Are — and Are Not — Allowed

Before you swing by the best e-bike rental Zion National Park has to offer, it’s important to make sure that you know where bikes are and are not allowed in the park. The staff at Greater Zion E-Bikes Rentals will give you an overview about your rental and how to use it during your stay before you take off. But knowing where bikes and e-bikes are allowed ahead of time can help you to better plan your day.

While bicycling is allowed on all park roadways, it’s not allowed on any trails in Zion — except for one. The Pa’rus Trail is a paved 3.5-mile out-and-back, paved trail that follows the Virgin River from the Zion Human History Museum into the Lower Canyon. The trail is relatively flat, making it a great choice for cyclists of all ages and experience levels. 

Rules for Cyclists in Zion National Park

While biking in Zion National Park is a great addition to any itinerary, understanding the park’s rules for cyclists is important. These rules and regulations are designed to keep cyclists, motorists, and other park guests safe along the park’s roadways and trails.

In addition to sticking to roadways or Pa’rus Trail, these are some other rules both regular and e-bike cyclists need to follow:

  • Ride in a single file line on the right side of all park roads, as well as on the Pa’rus Trail.
  • Wear a helmet.
  • Ride in groups of 6 bikes or less to avoid creating traffic jams on the trail or roadways. Groups of more than 6 can divide into smaller groups.
  • While bicycles are allowed on Zion Canyon and Springdale Shuttle buses, guests will need to be able to lift their own bike onto the shuttle’s front racks.
  • Cyclists must follow all traffic signs, including stop signs, when riding on roadways.
  • Bicycles are not allowed to ride through the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel. Hitching is a common way of getting from one side of the tunnel to the other on a bike, but should be done with caution. Rangers cannot help arrange for transport for cyclists.
  • Because shuttle buses will not pass cyclists, cyclists must pull off on the side of the road and allow buses to pass.

Choosing Between Bikes and E-Bikes

Traditional biking can be a great way to explore the park. However, the park’s hilly landscapes, the distance between different trailheads and viewpoints, and the often challenging weather can make this a challenging activity for most casual cyclists.

An e-bike rental is a great alternative. Electric bikes help make getting up hills or traveling long distances a breeze. With speeds of up to 20 mph, you can use your Zion e-bike rental to get around the park. This allows you to avoid long lines that sometimes form for the Zion Canyon Shuttle. Rent an e-bike for the day to take a break from hiking, or use it as a way to get from one trailhead to the next during your visit.

The Best E-Bike Rentals Zion National Park Has to Offer

Biking in Zion National Park is a great way to experience the park in a whole new way. Use your Zion e-bike rental to skip the lines for the Zion Canyon Shuttle, to hop from one trailhead to the next, or to enjoy a more relaxing tour of the park.

Looking for the best e-bike rentals Zion National Park has to offer? Greater Zion E-Bikes offers a variety of different types of e-bike rentals for visitors to Springdale to enjoy, both in and around the park. Customize your rental for the length of your stay and your bike of choice. Contact us today to learn more about renting an e-bike during your next visit to Zion National Park.