Ragnar Zion! Run Iconic Ragnar in Southern Utah!

Ragnar Zion sign up

Spring is Coming….. in a while. But now is the time to prepare – for Ragnar! Gather up your trail running team, get registered and get training! The race takes place May 10-11th, just outside of Zion National Park, South Western Utah.

While John and I are not racers, we did go up to Ragnar last year and volunteer at the arrival and unloading zone.  Wow, what a lot of folks and what a lot of ENERGY! And what a beautiful setting for a trail race. Zion Ponderosa is just a few miles outside of the East gate of Zion National Park. You just cant beat this setting. The stars are going to be amazing on the night portion of this run.

The popularity of trail running has been growing rapidly in our area the last couple of years.
– June bring on the extremely tough “Top of Zion Relay”.
– September is 7 days of “Grand 2 Grand Ultra Marathon”, an outstanding event with folks from all over  the world.
– Grand Circle Trailfest in Oct. is a huge 3 day event that pretty well fills up the town of Kanab.

From the official ragnar website: https://www.runragnar.com/event-detail/trail/zion_ut#overview 

High desert mesa trails, billions of stars, unforgettable long weekend

“Ragnar Trail Zion-UT presented by Salomon is the trail relay that inspired the entire series, and it’s back for year seven! Grab your most adventurous friends (or anyone ready for an unforgettable, nature-fueled experience) and join us May 10-11, 2019 to run relay style over two days and one star-filled night!

Your team will set up camp at Zion Ponderosa Ranch, a hidden gem just outside of Zion National Park. This venue features amenities such as a pool, hot tubs, showers, a rock climbing wall and restrooms. This year, Ragnar Trail Zion is a full blown 3-day weekend adventure in the desert. Runners (friends, co-workers, kids) are welcome to start their Ragnar Trail experience one full day earlier on Thursday for s’mores, campfires, a stargazing activity and a live band!

On Friday, the real fun begins as teams of 8 (or 4) cycle through a series of three challenging trail loops that start and finish back at Ragnar Village. You’ll run through sweet summer sage, under towering ancient pines and across red dirt trails that take you up (and up!) to some expansive overlooks including Dixie National Forest, Cedar Breaks, and Zion National Park’s famous “Checkerboard Mesa.”

When the sun sets and the moon comes out the party keeps going as runners head to the trails in the dark for a spirit-quest, soul-searching, star-fueled night of running is where the real memories are made.

The race wraps up Saturday where you can finish together under the Ragnar arch and celebrate with the best medal ever. Mark your running calendar for May 10-11, and don’t miss the experience that just might change you.”

Get ready, Get set, GO!

Trail Riding, Running, Walking in Spectacular Southern Utah

Horseback riding southern Utah

A group of my best girlfriends came to Kanab for a few days a couple of weeks ago. So fun hanging out with the girls at out Western Star Bungalow, putting in a few hikes and generally hanging out in the sun!
One of our nicest afternoons was hiking the Cottonwood Trail. Just 5 min. from the house, it really felt like we were in the outback.
There is a really nice picnic spot with stone table and benches in the NorthWest corner of the parking area.

ACE – American Conservation Experience has been working in partnership with Kanab, BLM Field Office (Bureau of Land Management). The planning, design, and approval of the Cottonwood Trail has been in the works for nearly 18 years and has culminated this past year with ACE constructing 3.5 miles of brand new trail.

Come explore southern Utah’s high desert spectacular washes and ravines,
vertical cliffs, beautiful colors and plant life.

Kanab Cottonwood trail building

Directions to Trailhead (Distance to trailhead: 3.8 miles)
Starting at the center of town, at the stoplight at Center and Main Street, go east on Hwy 89 then continue south
on 89A (toward Fredonia). Turn right on
Kanab Creek Drive. Go about 2 miles, then 
turn right (West) on Stanfield Dr. The trailhead 
is up the hill and at the end of Stanfield Rd.

Description of Trail
The trailhead parking area is large (holding several horse
 trailers) and below the concrete water storage tank.
A scenic picnic area and fire pit is accessed on the north end of the parking area. This trail offers beautiful panorama views in all directions. The trail is an easy to moderate hike and ideal for horseback rides. The trail crosses several ravines and washes and you can ride as far as you want Return to the trailhead using the same trail.

Length (round trip): – 6 miles / 9.7 km
Hike Time (round trip): – About 4 hours
Start Elevation: – 5040 ft / 1536 m
Top Elevation: – 5190 ft / 1582 m
Elevation Gain: – 150 ft / 46 m
Trailhead – Coordinates (lat/lon): – N 37° 03’ 34.9” W 112° 30’ 25.2”
Point of Interest: – Remote beauty and picnic area.
Family Friendly: – Yes
Dog Friendly – Yes
Equestrian Friendly: – Yes
Trailhead Restrooms: – No


Run Some of The Most Unique Trails in the country!

Trailrunning Bryce

Grand Circle Trailfest Registration is now OPEN!

Trail Running at its most majestic! October 4-6, Kanab Utah     – Sign up at TheTrailfest.com
Early Bird registration ends April 22nd (they have sold out the last two years!)

Run in the morning

Each morning, you’ll run a gorgeous timed race on one of the world’s most uniquely beautiful trail courses.

You’ll earn a finisher award for each daily race and overall winners will receive an additional placement award!

Explore all afternoon

After the race, spend the day exploring the parks, hiking local trails, and discovering other nearby restaurants, and sights.

Absorb Southern Utah.

Enjoy the evening

After a day on the trails, sit back, and enjoy deserved rest, delicious food, expert presenters and motivational speakers, live bands, bonfires, a trail running film festival, yoga clinics, gear demonstrations, and more!



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