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Wire Mesa Loop

 49 votes

7.4 Miles 11.9 Kilometers


428' 130 m


-415' -127 m


4,502' 1,372 m


4,326' 1,319 m



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Max Grade (7°)

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A great technical singletrack that is more flowing than other mesa rides, but still has some fun, expert features.

Kevin Christopherson


There is no camping allowed within 1/2 mile of the main road (Smithsonian Butte road).
Family Friendly: Fantastic vistas of Zion National Park, fun hiking, and a 3 mile out-and-back two track to a view point for beginners.


The Wire Mesa Loop is a fun, technical singletrack with amazing vistas of Zion National Park. It's a faster, flowing trail compared to other mesa trails like Gooseberry Mesa, and provides a different riding experience for the area. It's also a great learning trail for peeps that are not quite ready to take on the more advanced mesa rides. Bring plenty of water. Drinking water is not available on the mesa.

The loop was designed to ride both ways, and it's really fun in both directions. The west rim flows a littler faster clockwise, but the tech stuff on the east rim is a little easier ridden counterclockwise. Many peeps will want to ride it one direction, and then ride it the other way for a 15-mile ride. It feels like a different trail each direction.

There are three signed "Easy/More Difficult" splits along the trail. Be warned the "More Difficult" routes have Black Diamond level features. This map follows the easier option on the splits.

There is also a doubletrack road that travels 1.5 miles north from the trailhead that is a great beginner out-and-back ride. It goes to the rim with amazing views in every direction, and intersects the Wire Mesa Loop. Beginners can ride this doubletrack and meet the rest of their group for a break at the rim. The doubletrack also makes a great exit point if riders need to make an early exit from the loop.

Google Maps may give you the option of going up from Rockville or from Highway 59 on the Hurricane side. Do not go the Rockville way unless you have a good 4x4 vehicle.


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Dec 28, 2018
Siera Bundy
Super fun first time! One to go do again to practice technical stuff
Jan 5, 2018
Paul Malan
Rode clockwise, then counter. Trail is a lot of fun - so dry the south-most section is more dust than dirt. 15mi
Dec 29, 2017
Abe Ferraro
Fast trail when you are motivated by the setting sun...went counter clockwise and finished with head lamp and bike lamp on! 7.4mi
Nov 25, 2017
Courtney Baker
Nov 19, 2017
Peter Koll
Nov 7, 2017
Meg Summerside
Great trail, well marked with beautiful views into Zion. A quick loop, we were only disappointed it ended!
Oct 19, 2017
Haley Kelly
Oct 11, 2017
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Dry - Really dry. South-most section is beyond dusty — powdery sand a few inches deep.
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Good intermediate trail with great views. Apr 12, 2017
Everyone was riding counterclockwise. We rode clockwise since we like flow (and didn't mind having a hard technical time based on the trail description). I'll always ride clockwise on this trail. Super fun. FYI, don't bother trying to access from the north off Smithsonsian Butte unless you have a Jeep or truck. Retched, steep road. We parked and pushed the bikes uphill, call us crazy..worth it! Apr 18, 2017
Just rode it three days ago...fantastic!! The crazy steep road up from near Zion has now been plowed and is in GREAT shape. You can now drive it in a Subaru etc. They were also plowing the Gooseberry road from Smithsonian road too...they both should be in good shape until the first major rains. Nov 23, 2017

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