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2021 Zion Ultra Marathons & Trail Half Marathon

100 mile / 100K / 50K / Trail Half Marathon
April 10-11, 2021

Quick Info

Race Details

Date: April 10-11, 2021
Location: Apple Valley, UT
Start Time: Depends on Event
Weather: 43–74°F

Course Type: Loop (Details)
Terrain: Trail
Stroller friendly? No
Disability friendly? No
Dogs allowed? No

Expo/Bib Pickup
April 9, 12-7pm at Ruby Rider Ranch (Apple Valley, UT)

Bib & Packet Pickup
Expo pickup recommended.
Other options.


Registration Periods
Early - Jul. 10–Oct. 11, 2020
Regular - Oct. 12–Jan 10, 2021
Late - Jan. 11–Race Expo

For pricing info see pricing table >

Refund Policy
Refunds available during:
•Early Registration: yes ($10 fee)
•Regular Registration: yes ($10 fee).
•Late Registration: NO
*Refunds not available due to weather

Deferral, Race Transfer, and Bib Transfer any time through the race expo ($20 fee). Full policy details.

Want to use a deferred credit?
Login to RunSignup, click Deferrals, Complete Deferments

Travel & Other Info

Fly Into
St. George (SGU) - 40 min.
Cedar City (CDC) - 48 min.
Las Vegas (LAS) - 2.5 hrs.
Salt Lake (SLC) - 5 hrs.

Driving Directions
Bib pickup, start line, and finish line will be located at the property of Ruby Rider Ranch in Apple Valley, UT.

La Verkin
St. George

Please Note-While we are in the early planning stages for this event, the race director may be making necessary modifications to the following:

• Start times - in order to spread out the crowds that happen during the start of a race, we may be implementing an hour window of a rolling start, per distance.
• Aid Stations - to reduce the chance of spreading germs, etc. in the food & drink area of an aid station, we may be modifying the menu and/or how an aid station is typically set up.
• Crew Access - to limit interaction of a group of people with other participants, we may be limiting crew access or modifying the rules to crewing a runner.
• Spectators - this is not a very spectator-friendly event. Depending on the state guidelines at the time of the race, and if crowds need to be limited, we will announce if spectators are welcome and encouraged at the finish line for the 2021 Zion Ultras.  

We ask that you continue to visit this page, or subscribe to our emails as we continue to share more details about any of the specifics listed above. 

Course Descriptions & Maps

The Zion Ultras & trail half marathon offers a challenging, scenic run through the Southern Utah desert, adjacent to Zion National Park. We offer four distances- a trail half marathon, 50K, 100K, and a 100-miler. All event distances will start on Saturday April 10th, 2021. 

  • Half Marathon (Trail)
  • 50K
  • 100K
  • 100 Miler

100 Miler  SOLD OUT

Course Time Limit: 36 hours  
Race Start Time: 5:00am - 5:30am (rolling start)
The 100 mile course heads west on a double track dirt road toward Gooseberry Mesa until you hit the Goosebump Aid Station (mile 5.2). From here you will begin running on one of the more iconic trail sections of this course- Gooseberry Mesa. This is a beautiful single track trail section with amazing views of Zion and the beautiful areas surrounding it. Make sure and pay attention to the trail on this section. There will be a lot of single track mtn. biking trails that will be marked with white dots on the rocks. Even though most of the trail coincides with the white dots, there are sections where we will deviate to different trails. Our course will be marked with pink ribbons. So always follow the pink ribbons. This loop will be run in a counterclockwise direction. You will hit the next aid station (Gooseberry Aid) at mile 12.8, about half way through the loop.

Upon your return to your second pass at the Goosebump Aid Station (mile 17.7) you will then drop down off the mesa. This is a VERY steep and rocky section. It’s a good idea to use some trekking poles to help you down this steep trail section, if you are comfortable using them. A water station will be set up near the bottom of the hill (Mondo Z) at mile 19.1.

From here, you will traverse along the desert trails toward the Virgin Desert Aid Station (mile 25.8). These trails will be mostly hard-packed dirt and double track with some slight rolling hills-- nothing technical though.

From Virgin Desert, you will begin the Hurricane Rim loop. This is an awesome trail that is popular with the mtn. bikers in this area. Trail conditions are great! Hard-packed dirt with some great panoramic views. A water station will be set up for you at mile 31.4. From there you will continue on to the Virgin Dam Aid Station (mile 34.4). This is a great trail overlooking the Virgin River in some areas as you skirt along the rim.

You will then come to the Sheep Bridge Water Station (mile 38.2). This will be a great opportunity to top off your water before crossing the highway/SR-9 and climbing up onto Smith Mesa. This climb is mostly on an old paved road that is only used by ranchers a couple times a year.

Near the top, you will reach the Smith Mesa Aid Station (mile 42.6). This next section on Smith Mesa can be really tough if the cows have recently trampled through mud, then it hardens- so watch your footing. Before dropping down off of Smith Mesa you will hit the Flying Monkey Water Station (mile 49.3). Flying Monkey is another steep and technical section. There will be a short section right after the water station where a rope is set up to help lower yourself down the steepest part.

From Flying Monkey, you will have a nice downhill trail run to the Virgin BMX Aid Station (mile 51.8). From there, you will make your way across Dalton Wash. This is a small creek crossing (Some people prefer to take their shoes off before crossing to avoid running in wet shoes).

After crossing the creek, you will begin the steep climb up toward the Guacamole Trail. Most of this section is going to be on a double track dirt road as you make your way up toward one of our favorite trail sections of this course. You will reach the Guacamole Aid Station at mile 57.5. From the aid station you will run a lollipop loop. Again, make sure and follow the pink ribbons. There will be a lot of slickrock on this section too. It’s always a good idea to look ahead for the next pink ribbon. Upon returning to the Guacamole Aid Station (mile 64.3), you will drop back down the same hill to the Virgin BMX Aid Station (mile 70). This will definitely be a good place to pick up a pacer if you have one.

From Virgin BMX Aid, you will drop back down and cross SR-9. Once across the road, you will start making your way back across the desert toward the Goosebump Aid Station. That same water station you hit after coming down from Goosebump earlier in the race will be set up at mile 73.8. Once again, it’s a good idea to top off your water before you climb the killer Mondo Z up toward Goosebump Aid (mile 75.2). You will then head back on the same double track you started on toward the Start/Finish area.

We will have an area close to the Finish Line where crew access will be available (mile 80.1). This is a great place to swap out pacers and to have your friends and family cheer you on. You will then downhill on a dirt road to Grafton Mesa Aid (mile 81.7). You may stop if you like, but this is a very fast downhill run toward Wire Mesa.

Once you arrive at the Wire Mesa Aid Station (mile 83.6), you will be treated to run this incredible section of trail! Wire Mesa has great views of Zion and wonderful, very runnable trail conditions. There is not a lot of elevation variation, so take advantage of it. You will return to the Wire Mesa Aid Station (mile 90.7) before beginning your uphill trek back up the same dirt road toward Grafton Mesa Aid Station (mile 92.6).

You will run the Grafton Mesa Trail loop in a counterclockwise direction. This trail is going to be a little more technical than Wire Mesa, though still very runnable with beautiful views to enjoy. After the loop, you will pass through Grafton Mesa Aid (mile 98.1) for a third time before your final short- but steep section of dirt road back to the finish line.

Zion Ultras 100M Map

Elevation profile of the 2021 Zion 100 mile

Zion Ultras 100M Elevation

The 2021 Zion Ultras 100 miler is a 2022 Western States Qualifier!

Avenza Offline Course Maps

Now you can use our maps offline with a gps-enabled device!

We plan to mark the course with such rigor that you should not need your own map to help you find your way. However, we have experienced blown down signs and vandalism in the past. We recommend downloading the free Avenza app (available for iOS, and Android devices) before the event. There you can find our uploaded maps that work without cell coverage.

Here's how:
1. Download the free app "AVENZA MAPS" to your smart-phone or tablet while your device is online. It’s compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows devices.
2. Open the app > Tap "Store" (Shopping Cart Icon) > Tap "Find Maps" > Search for the specific distance you would like to download. Type your search exactly as it appears below:
     Zion 100 Mile Ultra Run
     Zion 100km Ultra Run
     Zion 50km Ultra Run
     Zion Half Marathon Trail Run
3. Tap on the label on the map > tap "install" and the map will begin to download.
4. The map is now ready to use “offline”. Simply open the app, click on the Map and your GPS location will appear on the map.

Tap below to directly download your race distance map!

Thank you for putting on a terrific event! The volunteers were amazing, course was perfectly challenging, and I would definitely recommend this race to a friend. Thank you thank you!

Darcie M
Bryce Canyon 50K Runner

I did it and looooooved it!!!!

Debbie Simms
Antelope Canyon Ultras Runner

Great event!

I just wanted to extend a THANK YOU on behalf of myself and my 2 friends (who I dragged along to run the 50 miler) for putting on a great event! Please pass this message along to as many of the squad / volunteers possible for making the race so well run.

Dude in the official race shirt crop top
Grand Canyon Ultra Runner

This land has my heart. I can't wait to return...

Christina Vincent
Antelope Canyon Ultras Runner

Packages & Pricing

Registration Periods

Early: Jul. 10–Oct. 11, 2020
Regular: Oct. 12–Jan. 10, 2021
Late: Jan. 11–April 9, 2021


*There is a limited number of entries to each race, and this event may sell out. If the event is sold out, registration will close regardless of registration period.

Note: There is no Wait List!
Sign up for the race you want to run as soon as possible. When a race distance sells out, there is no waiting list should someone drop out. Once sold out, a race entry may be obtained through a bib transfer from another runner selling their spot. Be sure to familiarize yourself with our bib transfer policy before buying/selling a bib.

Charity Bibs

Want to run for a great cause? Fundraise for your chosen race and your registration fee could be waived. All funds go to Wander Project to support efforts in and around the communities that host our events. We primarily fund three project areas including: preservation and conservation of public lands; education around local ecology and stewardship; and the promotion of health and well-being. Learn more about Charity Bibs here!

Race Deferment & Credit

You can manage your deferred credit by logging in to RunSignup, clicking Deferrals, and Complete Deferment. From there you can transfer into another race.

Race Details

Ultra Marathon Aid Stations

At our ultra marathons the aid stations play a critical role in getting you across the finish line!

Note: Each distance will have a different set-up of aid stations.

100 Mile - 16 full aid stations + 5 water-only stations

100K - 10 full aid stations + 3 water-only stations 

50K - 5 full aid stations

Half Marathon - 1 full aid station + 1 water-only station

Hours - Aid stations will close according to the posted minimum pace time.

Medic - At our busiest aid stations we try and staff a medical volunteer to help with larger issues. See your race guide for more details. 

All aid stations have composting toilets.

Food & Supplies

  • Water
  • Gnarly Hydrate (electrolyte drink)
  • Fresh-cut fruit
  • Soda
  • A variety of both salty and sweet items

Starting at the Virgin Desert Aid Station (mile 25.8) and on we will also have additional food and supplies which may include:

  • Boiled potatoes
  • Tortillas w/ Nutella
  • PB&J
  • Turkey sandwiches
  • Dill pickles
  • Chips
  • A variety of candies
  • An anti-chafing agent
  • Sunscreen
  • First Aid supplies

We will also have a limited supply of:

  • Gels
  • Salt caps
  • Electrolyte caps
Ultra Marathon Aid Station

If any item is of critical importance to your ability to finish, please consider putting it in your drop bag. 

While we want to do our best to help each runner finish the race, food selection is often a guess as to what each runner will want or need, and we occasionally guess wrong. For example, if you always need a Coca Cola soda at mile 80, do not count on the aid station to provide this; you should put it in your drop bag.

Race Weekend Schedule

Click here for directions to the expo location (start/finish line) parking area.


12-7pm- All race distances may pick up their bib via a drive-thru bib pickup located at the Ruby Rider Ranch in Apple Valley, UT
8pm- 100M/100K/50K drop-bag deadline


4am- Last minute bib pickup opens
5am- 100 mile race begins
6am- 100K race begins
7am- 50K race begins
8am- Trail Half Marathon begins
1pm- Trail Half Marathon finish line cutoff
7pm- 50K finish line cutoff


4:30am- 100K finish line cutoff
5pm- 100 mile finish line cutoff

Pre/Post Race Meal

For the race meal, you’ll have the choice of food vendors at the finish line/expo area. You must present your meal ticket to redeem your meal, which will be available during the expo on Friday, from 10am–9pm on Saturday, and from 10am-6pm on Sunday. Crew and spectators can also purchase food at the finish line.

Time Requirements

All who cross the finish line will receive a finisher award regardless of finish time. However, if you finish past the minimum pace time, you will be disqualified from the race and receive a DNF.

During the race, any runner may drop down to a short distance to receive the shorter distance’s finisher award. Doing so will disqualify the runner from the original distance and will be listed as a DNF at the original distance.

We publish a minimum pace time as a reference for the minimum pace you must maintain to finish before receiving a DNF. The Race Officials have the right to remove anyone from the race for any reason.

“Grim Reaper” check points are certain times cutoffs in the race that you must pass before the posted time or you will be required to drop out of the race. Non-Compliance with the Race Officials instructions will result in a DNF and may result in a ban from future events at our discretion. There are 4 Grim Reapers times for the 100 mile distance, and 2 Grim Reapers times for the 100K distance. 

Overall awards will be scored based on gun time. Both gun time and chip times will be published.

Minimum Pace and Cutoff Times

100 mile, Overall cutoff - 36 hours
100K, Overall cutoff - 21.5 hours
50K, Overall cutoff - 11 hours
Half Marathon cutoff - 4.5 hours

The link above is a guideline to help you gauge how you are doing in the race. Beating these times will help you avoid a DNF. If you find yourself consistently behind these minimums, your chances of finishing before the official close of the race will be small, but you will be allowed to continue as long as race officials believe you are in good health. Finishing after the minimum pace time at the finish will result in a DNF.

Don't Fear the Reaper: On the aid station cutoff sheet, there is a column for Grim Reaper times. Where applicable-specific Grim Reaper locations on this course. These are checkpoints that if missed, even by 1 second, will result in immediate disqualification from the race. There is no negotiation or exceptions under any circumstances.

A race official will be on site to ensure all runners are past this checkpoint before the Grim Reaper shows up. Runners must exit the aid station before the posted Grim Reaper times in order to beat the reaper.

Drop Bags

For any ultra marathon distance you may use drop bags. You can leave a drop bag at designated aid stations.
Please observe the following rules: 

  • All bags must be labeled with name, bib # (in large print), aid station, and race distance. Optional, but a good idea if your label comes off, is a card inside with the same information and contact information. Please label your bags the day before the race on your own or at check in.
  • All drop bags must be left in designated drop off location (near the start line) by 8pm the night before the race.
  • No valuables or fragile items in your drop bags. We are not responsible for any lost/stolen items.
  • Watch the weather forecast. If there is any chance of rain, place your items in zip lock bags inside of your drop bag.
  • Minimum size: Gallon size freezer zip lock. No grocery store plastic bags or garbage bags.
  • Maximum size: Shoe box size for single pass and daytime aid stations. Small duffle or small carry on for multiple pass aid stations.

Half Marathon runners should not use drop bags. Please speak with a race official if this will create a problem for you.

Getting Your Drop Bag Back

Generally all bags come back about 90 minutes after the aid station fully closes (all distances that pass through it). There will be a "Return to Finish Line" area at all aid stations that allow drop bags. This is an area where you can place your drop bag after you no longer need it from that particular location and we will try to get it back early if possible. You must place the bag in this area. Crew or volunteers are not allowed to sort through them in order to reduce the risk of a drop bag inadvertently being returned to the start line.

If you do not want to stick around, we can mail your drop bags to you after the race for $10 per bag.

Pacers & Crew

There is no cost to register a pacer. Runners will be able to register their pacer(s) when checking in. Runners may register multiple pacers for the event, but each runner will be issued a single PACER bib and is allowed only one pacer at a time on course. Pacers must have their PACER bib visible at all times. Failure to comply with these rules will result in disqualification of the runner being paced.

For the 100 miler and 100K, pacers may join their runner at Virgin Desert Aid Station or the Virgin BMX Aid Station. They may also join their runners at the Crew Access Point next to the finish line. This is a great spot to have a pacer join you for the tail end of your race on Wire Mesa and Grafton Mesa. 

*Pacers are not allowed for the 50k

Click here for driving directions to the Crew Access Point (park at the start/finish and you can walk over to this access point)

Click here for driving directions to Virgin Desert Aid Station

Click here for driving directions to Virgin BMX Aid Station

There are no shuttle services for this event. Pacers and crew will need to plan and figure out their own needs for transportation or retrieving their vehicles. 

Note: You are responsible for the actions of your crew and pacers. If their behavior is deemed inappropriate by race staff, you will be disqualified. Please let them know this and only choose crew members that will treat our volunteers and staff with respect while you are out on the course.

Due to the remote location of this race, we do not provide runner tracking. We do have satellite phones and/or radios at the aid stations so that we can account for runners on the course and keep communication lines open among our staff members, but we do not have the ability to communicate runner whereabouts to your loved ones during the event. If you would like to let friends and family know your status on the course, you have a couple of options. 1) You can text them from the areas of the course with cell service (there are many points on the course where reception is good enough to get a text out, but it can be difficult to get a phone call out. If you're worried about your cell phone battery, you can turn it off after sending a text, leave it in airplane mode, or carry a small battery backup device. 2) Use a tracking app such as Endomondo which will automatically update your whereabouts when you come into a reception area. (These apps tend to drain your cell phone battery and the use of a battery backup device will be necessary if you plan on leaving it on for the duration of the event).  

Race Rules & Guidelines

Course Marking
For course marking all distances/courses will be marked with pink flags and ribbons. Any tricky junctions will be marked well with signs and flour arrows. A piece of highly reflective tape is attached to each trail marker that may be encountered at night.

Checking in at aid stations
It is the responsibility of the runner to check in at each aid station (coming in only, no need to check out of the aid station). Seek out the aid station worker wearing the fluorescent orange vest and give them your bib number. Failure to check in at an aid station can result in disqualification. If you drop out of the race YOU MUST TURN IN YOUR BIB TO THE NEAREST AID STATION CAPTAIN. If you fail to do this, you will be responsible for all related search party costs.

Timing Checkpoints
Depending on which distance you are running, you will find checkpoints at the following aid stations: Goosebump, Wire Mesa, Virgin Desert, Smith Mesa, and Guacamole Aid Stations. We will have a short corral that all runners MUST pass through upon arrival at the aid station on each pass. Failure to do so will result in disqualification from the race. 

Any runner dropping out of the race MUST hand their bib over to the aid station captain where they are dropping. Failure to do so will result in a 2 year suspension from all Vacation Races events.

At each aid station there will be a tent with self serve medical items like bandaids, salt tabs, etc. We will have trained medical personnel at the finish line as well as at Goosebump, Virgin Desert, and Virgin BMX Aid Stations. If you find yourself in an emergency, call 911. You will be personally responsible for any costs associated with medical dispatch. If the problems are not urgent, please contact race personnel. We are equipped to respond quickly to problems on course that are not life threateningly urgent.

Due to the remote area of where the races run, this is not a very spectator-friendly event. The course and trails purposely get runners out into desert solitude while offering fantastic views of Zion. There are only a few spots to watch and cheer on runners. Virgin Desert A.S. and Virgin BMX Aid Station are both good places. Please be courteous and cautious while driving to these locations as runners may be on the same road that leads to the aid stations. Also, check with HQ before trying to access these locations if precipitation occurs. Of course, the finish line is one of the best places to cheer on the finishers.

Finish Line

We hope that you will join us at the finish line for as long as you’d like to welcome home the other finishers. One of our goals this year is to create a welcoming environment for you to hang out with old and new friends. To make this possible, we will have the following amenities present at the finish line to keep you comfortable- shade, seating, drinks, food vendors, and recovery area.

Awards & Swag

The belt buckles (awarded for the 100 miler finishers only) are each hand crafted using organic materials gathered on the course and preserved in resin. A variety of locally made or unique custom made awards or finisher medals will be provided to the finishers of the other distances. Special awards will be given to the **top 3 overall male and female finishers for each distance as well.

**At our ultras we base the overall winning times off gun time, not chip time. Here's why: we offer a larger, more unique overall winner prize and if we waited to for all chip times to make sure we have the fastest we wouldn't be able to give out any of the awards and would have to ship them. These awards don't ship well, and we want to be able to give them out in person at the race - it's more fun that way. If you are interested in competing for a top award you will need to line up at the front at the starting line so your chip time and the gun time are the same. 

Zero Waste Event


All Vacation Races events are zero waste, with the goal of sending no trash produced at the event to the landfill. We've created a system that recycles/reuses everything, but it requires your help to make it work. Please place trash in the appropriate containers. Littering on the course will result in disqualification.


We also use Great Outdoors Composting Portable Toilets which conserve water, eliminates the use of harmful chemicals, and create a nutrient rich soil amenity. It is the best pooping experience you will ever have. To learn more or to have them at your event visit or ask the race officials for more information.


We encourage all runners to carry their own form of hydration. Whether it be a cup, handheld, waist pack, or running pack- it’s up to each runner’s preference. We do not provide disposable cups at aid stations or anywhere at the event. However, we will have reusable mugs at aid stations that are washed after use. There will be water and recovery drink at the finish line, but no cups. Please use your own methods to fill up at the finish line. We will have some limited compostable cups, but these are unnecessary if your bring your own cups.

Packing List

Whether this race will be your first ultra marathon, your first trail race, or your first time running in this area of the country- we recommend coming prepared. We've created a packing list to help you think through what you may need for your race, so you can minimize stress and feel prepared. 

Travel and Lodging

Getting Here

The start/finish and bib pickup will be located at the Ruby Rider Ranch just outside of the town of Apple Valley, UT. 

Event parking will be in the same locating near the start/finish. Do not park along Smithsonian Butte Road/Main Street. Please pull into the parking area as directed when you arrive.

There are lots of different ways to get to the race, so we’ve listed some general directions for driving and flying.

Look for flights into the following airports:

St. George Regional Airport (SGU) 
This is the closest airport by far (40 min. drive), 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 (CDC) 
Cedar City is a similar option to St. George Regional Airport. Delta also services Cedar City. It will take you just under an hour to drive to Virgin.

McCarran International Airport (LAS)
This 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 (SLC) 
Salt Lake is another option that will work for some. It's nearly 5 hours away, but depending on your post race activities, it may be a good option for you. 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.

From Las Vegas-
Head north on Interstate-15 through Nevada to enter Utah. Take exit 16 in Washington, UT onto Highway 9/State Street to the city of Hurricane. Turn right onto Main Street in Hurricane, then left onto UT-59/E 100 South. Remain on UT-59 to Apple Valley and turn a sharp left onto Main Street (dirt road) in Apple Valley. The staging area will be along Main St. on your left. 

From Salt Lake City-
Head south on Interstate-15 toward southern Utah. Take exit 27 in Toquerville, UT. Continue on  UT-17/State Street through Toquerville and La Verkin and turn left onto S 100 East in Hurricane. Turn left onto UT-59/E 100 South. Remain on UT-59 to Apple Valley and turn a sharp left onto Main Street (dirt road) in Apple Valley. The staging area will be along Main St. on your left.

From Phoenix-
Head north on Interstate-17 toward Flagstaff. Take exit 340A to merge onto I-40 E. Take exit 201 toward US-89 N/Page. At Bitter Springs turn left onto US-89A N to Fredonia. Turn left on AZ-389/Pratt St. in Fredonia. Continue on AZ-389 to the Arizona/Utah border where the same highway turns into UT-59/State Street. Remain on UT-59 toward Apple Valley and turn right onto Main Street (dirt road) in Apple Valley. The staging area will be along Main St. on your left.

Lodging / Camping

Apple Valley is located just southeast of Zion. There are limited options in Apple Valley, but Hurricane and La Verkin are only a 20 minute drive from the staging area. It's a little more of a drive, but if you plan to spend some time in the park before or after the race, we recommend staying in Springdale if you can- hotel prices are higher than Hurricane or St. George, but the proximity to the park and the ambiance of the town are worth it. St. George is about a 40 minute drive from the race.  

Follow this link for more lodging options around Springdale. (Links to lodging in the Hurricane and St. George areas are also available through this same website.

We've partnered with to search for the best hotel options in the area. Check them out below!


Things to See and Do

We realize that the races in this series are out of the way for most runners, and it may be the only time that you visit these breathtaking areas. One of our biggest desires at Ultra Adventures is that you walk away from this event having fully experienced what the region has to offer. Even a 100 mile course can only capture a portion of these unique areas. We want you to get into and explore the heart of the national park, walk through that remote slot canyon, see that incredible overlook that is not part of the course.

Most often, these spectacular areas are protected as part of a national park, monument, or wilderness area where races are not permitted as part of the management plan. These are often the areas most frequented by tourists, but are nevertheless places that we feel you must see while you’re visiting. It's our hope that through a more in-depth exploration of the area, you'll become more connected to the local landscape, thus creating more stakeholders in its preservation.

We would love to see your pics and even share them on our social media platforms! If you're okay with this, email them to us or use the hashtag #ultraadventuresbucketlist for a chance to be featured.

The Zion Bucket List

  1. Angels Landing: This popular hike offers spectacular views of the main canyon from 1,500ft above the valley floor. (Click here for trail description.) If you have any energy left and you are looking for more miles after making it to the overlook, we would encourage you to continue up the amazing West Rim trail, which you will be using to access the Angel’s Landing spur trail.
  2. The Narrows/Riverside Walk: This is a “must see” while you are here if the spring runoff is in your favor. Your feet will get wet on this one, and other than the approach on the paved river trail, there will not be much running involved. (Click here for a trail description of the Narrows.) ***April runoff can make it difficult to get very far up into the narrows. If that's the case, you can substitute this hike with an exploration of Hidden Canyon. Click here for Hidden Canyon trail description.
  3. Observation Point: This trail will take you to an overlook that peers down into the main canyon from the top of the cliffs 2,100ft above the valley floor. Click here for trail description.

Other Options

These other amazing options can replace any of the above trifecta legs but are not required due to price and/or distance:

  • Taylor Creek: This would be an easy and beautiful warm up run that you can check off if you're coming from the north on I-15. It's a stunning and scenic 2.5 miles in (5 miles round trip) w little elevation gain. It is less than 5 minutes from I-15 to the trailhead via the Kolob Canyons entrance to Zion National Park. (It has always amazed me how little use the trails in this area of the park get when they are so close to the freeway. They are tucked away and well hidden from view from I-15 although very accessible.)
  • Kolob Arch: This trail can substitute any of the 3 legs of the Trifecta that you’ve done before if you’d like to try something new. There are two ways to access the arch, both are beautiful and about the same distance (about 7 miles each way). You can take either the Hop Valley trail or LaVerkin Creek trail.
  • Parunaweap: An out and back down to the river via the Checkerboard Mesa Escape Route requires some route finding skills (I probably put in an extra mile when I did it). This canyon is pristine and seldom seen and well worth the effort.
  • Eagle Crags: This is one of the BLM trails located in the Mt. Canaan wilderness area adjacent to the park that is every bit as scenic as trails located within the park boundaries. Beautiful views into Lower Parunaweap Canyon from the overlook.
  • Water Canyon–Squirrel Canyon : If you’ve seen it all in Zion or want to get into the rarely visited outreaches of the backcountry, this 11 mile loop is one of my favorites of all time.
  • Trans Zion (Zion Traverse): Anyone crazy enough to do this epic route within a week from race day would not need to do any of the other Trifecta legs. 30% off your next event if you have the legs to pull it off. Take a pic in Hop Valley, one from the top of the West Rim trail and one from the top of the East Rim.
  • The Subway: If you're one of the lucky ones to obtain one of the 80 daily issued permits to hike the Left Fork of North Creek, don’t pass up the opportunity.
  • Pine Creek: You’ll need a wetsuit, rappelling gear, and a permit for this one but oh man is it amazing.

Note: You are responsible for your safety if you attempt to participate in any of these activities. Always check the weather before starting a hike, and speak with a park or forest ranger for updated information regarding trail conditions, closures, and permits.

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Susy Gutierrez
Bryce Canyon Ultras Runner

Hardest 50k I've done.

Justin Pollert
Bryce Canyon Ultras Runner

Thank you for putting on a terrific event! The volunteers were amazing, course was perfectly challenging, and I would definitely recommend this race to a friend. Thank you thank you!

Darcie M
Bryce Canyon 50K Runner

The 55km this year was the best race experience I've ever had. Every single thing went perfectly. And the god the views.

Barb Wilkins
Antelope Canyon Ultras Runner

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