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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

VACATION RACES CAMPGROUND » The most convenient (and most fun) place to stay during race weekend is our Vacation Races Campground! It is located next to our start and finish lines, as well as the expo location. There isn’t a physical address, but you can get directions here. 4-wheel drive vehicles only! 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. We’ll provide porta-potties, campfires, and some water, however 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. 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.

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 (45 minutes)
  • Hurricane (50 minutes)
  • Springdale (60 minutes)
  • St George (1 hour and 15 minutes)

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.

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!


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.


JULY 14, 2017 AT 8AM (MDT)