Mountain Biker Killed After 200-Foot Fall Off Cliff in Popular Utah Biking Area

CycleBrains | CycleCycle
mountain biker, killed, Utah, gooseberry mesa
Rescue operation. Credit: Washington County Sheriff SAR

A mountain biker was found dead yesterday after apparently falling 200-feet from a popular trail in southern Utah.

A group of mountain bikers on Gooseberry Mesa came across a bike on Gooseberry Point, five miles east of Hurricane, before spotting what appeared to be a body at the bottom of a cliff below the bike. They immediately called 911. Rescue crews used a drone to assess the situation from a nearby highway.

A highly technical rescue was required by the sheriff’s high angle team, along with the Hildale search and rescue team, to load the body into a basket and lift it out of the area. The identity of the mountain biker was not immediately released.

Gooseberry Mesa, a short drive from nearby Hurricane, UT, is well known as a mountain biking destination and attracts riders from all over the world. Undulating slickrock and tight cliffside tracks make for a thrilling time on wheels, among the big-picture scenery of the tall, white sentinels of Zion, the red spires of Eagle Crags, the verdant Virgin River Valley, sandy hills surrounding St. George.

utah, gooseberry mesa
Gooseberry Mesa, UT

Related Articles

Got an opinion? Let us know...