The Zion Trifecta
You are all familiar with The Angels Club, right? At all of our races we designate an official race hike. If you complete the hike within 72 hours of finishing the race and send us a picture of you at the summit with your bib and finisher medal, you are inducted into that hike’s “club” and get 50% OFF next year’s race entry! Last year we had 103 people accept the challenge and join The Angels Club! This is one of the ways we challenge our runners to get out there and explore the beauty of the park. It would be a shame to come all the way just to run a race in a beautiful place without experiencing some of that beauty up close.
This year we are introducing another new challenge: The Zion Trifecta. The Zion Trifecta is comprised of 3 different activities. You must complete all 3 in order to complete the Trifecta. Same rules apply: take your picture at each of the 3 with your bib and finisher medal and send them to us 72 hours after finishing the race. Those who complete the Trifecta will receive 20% OFF next year’s race entry!
The Trifecta is meant to be challenging, but less strenuous. These are iconic activities inside the park that should be experienced, but are doable with children. A more family friendly challenge, I guess. A sort of activity scavenger hunt. The 3 activities that makeup the Trifecta are:
1) Riverside Walk (The Narrows) – The trail was historically called “Gateway to the Narrows” but is now commonly referred to as Riverside Walk. A nice, paved, 3 mile roundtrip hike. At the end of the trail you can walk as far down into the Narrows as you dare, taking in the beauty of the area. Extra hi-fives for anyone that actually wades in the water! (NOTE: we don’t recommend it. At this time of year (March) the water is still frigid!! But if you’re feeling reckless and want extra kudos for your picture, we won’t be there to stop you).
2) Canyon Overlook – Canyon Overlook is a simple, family-friendly hike and the view is stunning. The hike is only a mile roundtrip! This is perfect for families and offers a wonderful view of the Zion canyon with a look at the famous peaks like Bridge Mountain, West Temple, and The Sentinel. As an added bonus, when you drive up to the parking lot to make the short hike to the lookout you get to pass through the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel!
3) Kolob Canyon (Timber Creek Overlook) – Kolob Canyon is Zion’s best kept secret. About an hour north on the I-15 from the main park entrance, this part of the park is less often visited by travelers, but it is amazingly beautiful. The Timber Creek Trail is another short hike (1.2 miles roundtrip) that offers amazing views of Kolob Canyon. After about a 5 mile drive up the canyon you will park in a parking lot at the trail head.
These three activities are sure you to give you a broad experience at Zion. We hope you accept the challenge and have a blast! Remember you need to take your picture at all 3 of these locations:
1. At the end of the riverside walk – the entrance to the Narrows.
2. At the canyon overlook
3. At Kolob Canyon, the overlook at the end of Timber Creek Overlook.
Be sure to bring your race bib and finisher medal to each location. Let us know if you have any questions!
As always, the NPS website is a great resource to find out more information on each of these sites as well as other guides online.