New mountain bike trail and visitor center opened in East Zion National Park
SPRINGDALE, Utah (ABC4) – Bikers heading to Zion National Park can look forward to a new mountain bike trail.
The new trail will be located on the east side of Zion National Park, beyond the park boundaries. The new development is part of the Zion East Initiative, a company focused on creating a ‘sustainable, conservation-based gateway anchored in providing visitor experiences and services, nurturing our next generation of stewards. of public lands ”.
The new trail will also be accompanied by the opening of an official service center of the national park, an electric shuttle center for electric vehicles, a regional transport center connecting guests and visitors to towns and sites. neighbors.
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Wednesday at the intersection of State Route 9 and North Fork Road in Kane County. The event will also launch a fundraising event to develop Phase II ‘of an additional 24.5 miles of mountain bike trails and 40 miles of new hiking trails.
“The Zion East Initiative and protecting the landscape through conservation easements is a key priority for Zion National Park,” officials said. “The project aligns with the overall long-term management plan for the park and helps mitigate the impacts of overcrowding in the main Zion Canyon by extending the visitor experience beyond the park boundaries.
Earlier this year in September, a $ 10.8 million grant was awarded to build the “Zion Corridor Trail,” a 12-foot-wide, 18-mile-long asphalt trail from LaVerkin Confluence Park to Springdale.
Officials say the route aims to reduce traffic and congestion along the SR-9 by providing an alternative and safe form of travel and sightseeing. The completed trail will connect visitors to Zion, St. George and Springdale.