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Wire Mesa Loop



7.4 mile 11.9 kilometer loop


Ascent: 428' 130 m
Descent: -415' -127 m
High: 4,502' 1,372 m
Low: 4,326' 1,319 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 12% (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

Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

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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.

There is no camping allowed within 1/2 mile of the main road (Smithsonian Butte road).


The Wire Mesa Loop is a fun, technical singletrack with amazing vistas of Zion National Park. It's not a beginner trail because of the technical section. 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 (gooseberry mesa). This trail has plenty of technical slick rock, lots of short up and downs that challenge cardiac fitness. Bring plenty of water. Drinking water is not available on the mesa. When dry and hot, can be sandy.

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. If traveling counter clockwise you will encounter slick rock pretty much immediately. For beginners it might be best to warm up on the west side of the trail by going clockwise before hitting the technical stuff on the east side.

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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May 9, 2021
Michael Gray
May 10, 2020
Ken Nelson
Had fun. Nice mix of technical plus rolling. Great views! — 1h 20m
Apr 26, 2020
Renee Gibson
Feb 18, 2020
Cody Rients
Nov 17, 2019
Emily Ryberg
Oct 31, 2019
Scott Payne
Trail was in great shape. First time riding Wire Mesa, makes for a more flowy ride than some of the other trails in the area.
Oct 30, 2019
Jim Ballantyne
Oct 23, 2019
Stuart Hills

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Wire Mesa is on my do-it-again trail list!
May 10, 2017 near Springdale, UT
Views of Zion National Park abound on Wire Mesa.
May 10, 2017 near Springdale, UT
Great views from the mesa
Sep 25, 2017 near Springdale, UT
I had to stop for a moment to soak in the views so I could concentrate on the trails alongside the ledge later.
Apr 8, 2017 near Springdale, UT
Zion National Park juts out of the ground in the background.
May 10, 2017 near Springdale, UT
Eyes to Zion
Oct 22, 2017 near Springdale, UT

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