A Guided Ride on the Rolling Slickrock of Gooseberry Mesa
Utah resident and tour guide Katharina Merchant shares her "backyard" mountain biking
There's a sense of peace that comes from riding the flowing slickrock trails of Gooseberry Mesa. The trails are typically intermediate to advanced, but the rewards for the work at the end of the trail — and frequently along the trail — are panoramic views across the desert southwest, with a backdrop to the north of none other than Zion National Park.
Out here, the light is ever-changing. "Every time, it looks different," says local guide Katharina Merchant of Utah Mountain Bike Tours. She never takes those vistas or views for granted. "It never gets old. It always amazes me."
She readily shares her "backyard" trails with visitors, pointing out how guides can help first-time riders gauge the terrain and ride the trails with a lot more flow — which is not to mention that guests have access to some of the latest in mountain bike technology, quickly making a believer out of just about anyone.