Gooseberry Mesa & JEM Mountain Biking Trip

Mountain Bike Southern Utah’s best Over 4 days!

TripAdvisor Certificate of ExcellenceSouthern Utah offers world-class trails combined with expansive vistas that make it a perfect mountain biking getaway. Explore the best of the region while riding at Gooseberry Mesa and the JEM trails system. Our 4-day, 3-night camping-based trip offers comfortable basecamp amenities, delicious guide-prepared meals, and guide-led rides that all add up to an unforgettable experience.

We’ll ride a range of trail styles and surfaces from flowing cross-country descents to more technical features on sandstone “slickrock.” This trip is designed for the intermediate to experienced rider comfortable on single track and familiar with small technical features.

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Trip Price: $1,395 pp

+ $37 PP (Permits & Land Use Fees)*

*Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure.

4 days, 3 nights

Difficulty: Advanced

Activity: Mountain Biking, Camping

This tour confirms with 2 guests!

Gooseberry and JEM Trail Mountain Bike Trip

Price & Inclusions


+ $37 PP (Permits & Land Use Fees)*

    • Price is per person.
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*Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure


Trip Price Includes

  • 3 nights camping with comfortable basecamp amenities
  • Basecamp Group Gear (personal mess kit, kitchen equipment, hand washing station, dish washing station, solar shower, camp chairs, etc.)
  • Round-trip ground transportation from Las Vegas host hotel
  • Meals starting lunch Day 1 through lunch Day 4
  • Water and snacks
  • Rider support/aid stations during rides
  • Rider cue sheets, GPX files in advance (upon request)
  • Professional Wilderness First Responder certified guide/mechanic

Permit & Land Use Fees Include

  • St. George Bureau of Land Management use fee

Not Included

  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Air transportation to and from Las Vegas, NV
  • Pre- and post-trip lodging
  • Breakfast Day 1, dinner Day 4
  • Alcohol and related gratuities
  • Bike and helmet (available to rent from AOA)
  • Bike shipping/building/packing
  • Personal cycling kit and clothing
  • Tent (available to rent from AOA)*
  • Sleeping pad (available to rent from AOA)*
  • Sleeping bag (available to rent from AOA)*
  • Gratuities to AOA Guides

*Please see the “Rentals & Add Ons” tab below for a list of available bike and gear rentals and purchase options.

Trip Details

Trip Rating (1 – 5)

Fitness – 4

Comfort – 3

Solitude – 3

Guest Participation – 2

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Where to Meet

START: 7:00am on Day 1. Meet your guide in the lobby of the Homewood Suites in South Las Vegas (CLICK HERE for map). Or meet in St. George at 10:30am (inquire for details). 

END: 3:00 – 6:00pm on Day 4. Drop-off at Homewood Suites in South Las Vegas.

GUESTS: 2 min to 12 max



Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When’s the best time to go on this trip?

A: The spring and fall are ideal times to visit southern Utah with comfortable temperatures and plenty of sun during the day followed by cool nights perfect for camping. You can expect potentially quite warm afternoons during any scheduled summer departures in which we do our best to ride during cooler portions of the day. The semi-arid region calls for plenty of sunscreen and an extra bottle of water wherever possible.

Q: What are the rides like and how do I train for the trip?

A: This trip is designed for the intermediate rider with previous experience on singletrack and technical features. You can expect sections of trail to contain small step ups and drops, steep pitches on slickrock, and occasional narrow trails with varying degrees of exposure. If you’re unsure about any section of trail throughout the trip, walking your bike is always an acceptable option. The best way to prepare for this trip is to spend time on your bike and on trails. Working on developing your handling, cornering, and balance will significantly increase your enjoyment on this tour.

Q: What sort of accommodations are included on this trip?

A: AOA can provide spacious nylon tents with a full-coverage rain fly for rental. Each tent is designed for and can accommodate 4 people, although we recommend using it for just one or two people to allow for extra space for gear and personal items. AOA can also rent thick, inflatable sleeping pads, sleeping bags, daypacks, trekking poles, bikes, and more! The AOA kitchen is fully equipped to allow our guides to prepare healthy, fresh meals. Guests will be provided with all dishware and utensils needed for meals.

The camp is surrounded by towering sandstone and limestone cliffs nestled along the Virgin River. Located near a number of national parks such as Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and the Grand Canyon North Rim, you can easily extend your vacation to other popular Southwest destinations.

Rentals & Add Ons

Gear Rental

  • 4-Person Basecamping Tent ($55 per tent)
  • Sleeping bag and linen set rental ($35 per bag/set)
  • Inflatable sleeping pad ($35 per, sleeping pads add insulation and are required on AOA trips)
  • 30 to 40 liter day pack ($25 per)
  • Bike rental is available through AOA. See the “Bike Rentals” tab below.

Optional Additions

A bike and helmet are not included with the cost of this trip.

  • Bike building/packing/tuning ($125) when you ship to AOA – Find out more
  • Purchase: 3-liter Camelbak reservoir/bladder ($35 per)

Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (7.95%)

Trip Dates


2018 Dates

  • August 30- September 2
  • September 20-24
  • October 4-7
  • October 18-21
  • November 8-11

2019 Dates

  • April 11-14
  • April 25-28
  • May 2-5
  • May 23-26
  • June 6-9
  • August 29- September 1
  • September 19-22
  • October 3-6
  • October 17-20
  • November 7-10

To see all multi-day guided tours, visit our Adventure Tour Calendar.

Bike Rentals

Bike Rental Options

This trip does not include a rental bike. AOA offers rental mountain bikes in various performance levels. Each bike rental includes a helmet and flat repair kit. You are welcome to bring your own pedals and saddle to use with our rental bikes.

Cancellation & Trip Policies

Reservations, Payments and Cancellation

AOA’s cycling tours are very popular and advanced planning is often necessary. We recommend making your reservations at least 3 to 5 months in advance. We can accommodate last-minute bookings provided space is available, so please call our office to check. Each trip requires a minimum number of participants for departure. Arizona Outback Adventures (AOA) reserves the right to cancel scheduled trips that do not meet minimum sign-up requirements.

This trip confirms with 2 guests. Grab a friend and your trip is guaranteed!

We strongly recommend that you purchase “travel insurance.” This is a valuable tool that will protect your trip investment.

For more details please see our comprehensive Trip Policies and Payments page.

Essential Eligibility Requirements

AOA’s goal is to provide challenging and meaningful experiences through guided and self-guided tours to unforgettable destinations. These criteria have been developed to help our guests identify the skills and abilities needed to successfully and fully participate in these tours. If you are unable to meet certain criteria, please contact us; we may be able to assist you with reasonable accommodation(s) unless it would change or otherwise risk the fundamental nature of the tour, would compromise your safety or the safety of other participants or guides, or would place an undue financial or administrative burden on AOA.

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Travel Insurance

We recommend Travel Guard insurance.

Trip Itinerary


7:00am – Meet your guides in the lobby of our Las Vegas host hotel. After a quick meet and greet, we’ll transfer to the town of Hurricane, Utah where we’ll dial in our bikes and set out for our first taste of the incredible JEM Trails network. After a trailside picnic lunch, we’ll head to our camp and enjoy our first night together under the stars surrounded by sandstone and limestone cliffs. Our scrumptious guide-prepared meals will leave you fueled and ready for your next three days exploring southern Utah.

  • Distance: 13 – 14 Miles
  • Meals: Breakfast on own, lunch and dinner included
  • Lodging: AOA Basecamp


Today’s ride offers up a bit of everything from intermediate technical trails on slickrock to sandy, flowing cross-country trails, and everything in between. Ride along expansive ridges peering down to the Virgin River as you test your bike handling skills and learn some new tips and tricks along the way. We’ll spend a majority of the day riding with a fresh lunch and plenty of snacks to keep you feeling strong. With plenty of bailout spots to shorten the ride as well as options for more miles, there is no shortage of trails to find the best ride for your fitness and ability.

  • Distance: 24 – 25 miles
  • Meals: All meals included
  • Lodging: AOA Basecamp


Wake up to the smell of a hot breakfast as we prepare for day three of riding in mountain bike paradise. Today we’ll shuttle to the Gooseberry Mesa trail system located on a tabletop formation known for its winding slickrock trails through stands of juniper trees and for its expansive vistas. Now that you’ve had a couple of days to warm up to the trail surfaces and slickrock, you can hone your riding style and learn to flow on these fun, challenging trails. We’ll have plenty of time to stay and play and soak up the views before returning to camp.

  • Cycling: 13 – 14 miles (options for more mileage available)
  • Meals: All meals included
  • Lodging: AOA Basecamp


Our last day of riding brings us to the Guacamole trail system. Located on the western border of Zion National Park, it features great views of Zion and similar style trails to Gooseberry. This less-traveled trail network will have you feeling like you’re on a roller coaster with plenty of ups and downs and twists and turns. After a picnic lunch, we’ll pack up and begin our journey back to Las Vegas.

  • Distance: 9 – 10 miles
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on own
  • Lodging: On your own tonight

Note about itinerary changes: We do our best to operate each trip as closely as possible to the published itinerary, however there are sometimes forces outside of our control that could require us to make adjustments to the operations of a trip. These include but are not limited to weather, natural disasters, road closures, park closures, campsite availability, emergency guest illness or injury.



Click here to see the routes we ride on this guided cycling trip.


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