Half Marathon

April 28th, 2018   |   Virgin, UT

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Travel Info

Visit the A to Zion website before you visit to find lodging, dining, and activities near Zion and the greater St. George Area. They are a comprehensive resource to help you make your travel plans.

We want to help you make the most out of your vacation. Here are some helpful links to some of our sponsors as well as general information. We’ll be updating the links below as we get closer to race day.

Where to Stay


The most convenient (and most fun) place to stay during race weekend is our Vacation Races Campground! It is located within walking distance to our start and finish lines. There isn’t a physical address, but you can get directions here.

4-wheel drive vehicles only! If there is meaningful rainfall the week of the race, the road to the campground becomes dangerous and impassable without 4-wheel drive. You can sleep in your car, tent, hammock, an RV (no hookups), or rent a tent from us for an additional charge. Whichever you choose, you still have to reserve a spot. There aren’t any facilities on site, however we will provide porta-potties, campfires, and some water. Be aware that this is very primitive camping. Campsites do not include cots, sleeping bags, pillows, headlamps, cooking stoves and supplies, or firewood.

Reservation Prices:

  • Campsite Reservation (bring your own tent) $50
  • Campsite Reservation with 4 person tent rental $100
  • Campsite Reservation with 6 person tent rental $130

Reservation Dates:

  • Thursday 3:00pm – Sunday 9:00am (The price is for all days and times listed, even if you don’t stay for the duration)

You can make a reservation as part of your race registration when you sign up!


DISPERSED CAMPING » This course is a bit more remote than our original course, or the one from last year. You can see the race location here. While you do have hotel options, the closest options are about an hour away from the start line. You can find dispersed camping in the area around the race on the BLM website, here.

ZION RIVER RESORT » If you’re looking for less-primitive camping or RV hookups, Zion River Resort is a great option. It’s about a 40 minute drive to the start line (without traffic), but they have a pool, restrooms, laundromat, and more on site.

WATCHMAN & SOUTH CAMPGROUNDS » If you’re fine with a bit of a drive to the start line (about an hour without traffic), these campgrounds are excellent options! These campgrounds are immediately inside the park on the South entrance. Reservations need to be made 6 months before your arrival date. You can make a reservation for Watchman by clicking here. South Campground is available on a first come first served basis and is more primitive with no hook-ups at all.


If camping doesn’t float your boat, there are tons of hotel options in the area, but please plan for an hour or more of travel time to the start line on race morning! The race start location does not have a physical address, but you can get directions here. We’ve listed the surrounding towns with hotel accommodations here, in order of their distance from the start line (closest to furthest):

  • Virgin (40 minutes)
  • La Verkin (50 minutes)
  • Hurricane (60 minutes)
  • Springdale (60 minutes)
  • St George (1 hour and 20 minutes)


Whether you prefer a hotel, the convenience of a home-like living space, or want to be a part of the great outdoors there's an option for you! There are a few companies we've partnered with to search for the best options in the area for hotels, vacation rentals, and camping areas:




Travel times do not account for traffic. You should expect lots of traffic on race morning, so please leave early!

Where to Fly

ST GEORGE REGIONAL AIRPORT » St. George Regional Airport (SGU) is the closest by far, but it’s a regional airport so tickets can be more expensive. Delta services St. George, and the airport is new so if possible, definitely fly in to St. George.

CEDAR CITY REGIONAL AIRPORT » Cedar City Regional Airport (CDC) is a similar option to St. George Regional Airport. Delta also services Cedar City.

MCCARRAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT » McCarran International Airport (LAS) is the next closest at about 2.5 hours away in Las Vegas. It’s an interesting drive through the desert and then a beautiful drive through the Virgin River Gorge. Just follow the driving directions from Southern Nevada above. Car rentals tend to be inexpensive in Las Vegas, but there are no real onsite rentals. You have to take a shuttle to the car rental center, and two shuttles if you rent from an off brand agency. Most major airlines fly into Las Vegas so finding a good deal should be simple.

SALT LAKE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT » Salt Lake International Airport (SLC) is another option that will work for some. It is nearly 5 hours away, but depending on your post race activities, it may be your best option. Salt Lake City serves most major airlines and is a Delta hub. Car rentals are cheap and the airport isn’t huge so it’s very easy to navigate.

Where to Eat

We will have host restaurants to share with you as we get closer to the race!

However, these restaurants always have the best reviews:

If you are staying La Verkin or Hurricane, don’t forget to stop and get the best coffee in the world at River Rock Roasting Company!

Finally, you can always trust Yelp


Whether you are hiking the Narrows, tubing the Virgin River or biking the Pa’rus, Zion Outfitter can make your journey an experience of a lifetime. They have the latest information on trail conditions and have all the gear you would need to have a simple and enjoyable adventure inside Zion National Park.

Sign up by February 3rd
and save $25  on registration.

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