Visit AtoZion.com 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.
Important note: There will not be shuttles taking runners from Springdale to the race start or finish. If you plan to stay in Springdale, expect about an hour drive race morning and provide your own transportation.
Getting to Zion
You have a few options for getting to Zion for the race. All hotels in Springdale are very used to travelers, so feel free to ask them their opinions as you book your hotels. Below are some guidelines and suggestions.
If you are driving from Arizona:
From most places in Arizona your best bet is to take Highway 89 all the way to Mt. Carmel Junction. From there you can take Highway 9 the rest of the way.
An even prettier drive is to take 89A over Marble Canyon, past Lees Ferry, and right along the Vermilion Cliffs. If you have an extra 30 minutes, take 89A. It’s absolutely worth it.
If you are driving from Southern Nevada or Southern California:
Just take I-15 all the way to exit 16 in Southern Utah and follow the signs to Zion. Your last chance to buy anything outside of Springdale is Hurricane (pronounced her-uh-kin). Gas and groceries will be cheaper there. It’s almost too far to drive back once you get to the park, so if you like stocking up on groceries while on vacation, stop in Hurricane.
If you are driving from the North:
Head south on I-15 and take the Toquerville exit 27. Drive slow through the small town of Toquerville and make a left after about 6 miles.
If you want to fly you really have 3 options: St George (SGU), Las Vegas (LAS), Salt Lake City (SLC).
St. George 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 brand new so if possible, definitely fly in to St. George.
Las Vegas is the next closest at about 2.5 hours away. 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 City 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. Utah is awesome, because at the end of March it’s spring in the South but still winter in the North. That means ski season is still on! If you plan on going North to Bryce Canyon or want to extend your vacation and take in some skiing, Salt Lake City might 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. If you’re driving down from the North follow the driving directions above.
Vacation Races Campground
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!
More Camping Options
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.
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 find 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!
We’ll have recommendations for where to eat during your stay as we get closer to race weekend!
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.
145 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT
(435) 772-5090 · zionoutfitter.com