Come for the ride, but bring your entire family and spend a few days exploring Zion National Park. Zion has so many spectacular hikes, for all abilities. Springdale is a great town with wonderful galleries, shops, coffee houses and restaurants. And while you’re here in Utah, take a day and drive to Bryce National Park. It’s practically around the corner!
General Information and Ride Rules – Please Read!
2017 Entry Fees:
Until April 19 at noon: $70. Thereafter, until 6am the morning of the event, you may make an online reservation and pay $80 at the door. Please read our registration and cancelation policies.
Entry includes chip timing with overall and age category results posted to the web; fully stocked checkpoints along the route with water and a great selection of food and snacks; roving SAG support; Zion Gran Fondo finisher award (guaranteed for those who sign up at least 30 days in advance); post-ride refreshments; per rider donation to Challenged Athletes Foundation.
** If you’re planning to ride this event and know you can bring along someone to help out, you may email us in advance of signing up and we’ll give you a coupon code to use during registration for an instant 20% off. By helping at the event, the volunteer you bring earns an entry to a future single day event for only $25. If the volunteer is a non-rider then YOU can have the entry. So you get two nice deals: An instant discount for promising to bring a volunteer, and a $25 entry fee for your next event.
Start / Finish Location:
Springdale Town Park located at 126 Lion Boulevard, just past the Town Hall and Community Center.
Where to Stay: There are several wonderful hotels/motels in the Springdale area, in every price range. We attempted to secure a block at a local hotel in Springdale, but there are several conventions/groups in town so we were unable to find a location that was willing to assist. That said, there are many choices, but most are above $150 per night. A less expensive option, about 20 miles away, is the town of Hurricane. Click here for a listing of hotels/motels in Hurricane. They’re a great bargain and fairly nice places!
If you’re staying in Springdale, please ride over. Otherwise you may park on the street near the Community Center. PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE COMMUNITY CENTER LOT. YOU WILL BE TOWED AWAY.
Saturday morning from 6:15-7:15am in the Gazebo at the Springdale Town Park next to the Community Center located at 126 Lion Boulevard in Springdale. You MUST have a reservation for late registration. NO walk-ups please!
This is not a race – it’s a timed event. You must hang your timing chip from your handlebar stem, and you must check in at the finish. If you fail to properly place your timing chip, or don’t pass by the start/finish, you’ll be listed as DNF in the results. Please don’t email us after the event to change your results if you didn’t follow these instructions.
Mass start at 7:30am. Please come to the start line by 7:25 for pre-ride announcements – ready to roll!
Course closes at 3pm.
Note – Route sheets are available in excel format to registered riders if requested via email between 2 weeks and 5 days before the event. However, we can’t guarantee that the route sheet will be 100% accurate. Though not anticipated, last-minute routing changes may be required. Links to the RideWithGPS.com maps and download files are below. PLEASE NOTE: The RideWithGPS.com website often exaggerates the accumulated climbing; so please don’t be deterred by what that site says about the climbing.
The Zion Gran Fondo starts and finishes at the Springdale Town Park located at 126 Lion Boulevard in Springdale. Click here to see a map including the park location.
Generally speaking, the route is a lollipop-shaped course starting in Springdale, UT at the Town Park on Lion Boulevard. From there you’ll ride out to Highway 9 and take that about 20 miles then turn right only UT-17. You’ll ride through Toquerville then hang a right on Old Highway 91 and pass through Leeds on your way to UT-318 and Quail Creek State Park. Then you’ll hang a left on Highway 9, and make your way to Sand Hollow Road where you’ll do ride a beautiful loop about Sand Hollow Reservoir and into Hurricane. Then you’ll take Highway 9 back to Springdale. It’s 77 miles for the main course, with about 3,800′ of climbing.
For those who want to make it a full century, after checking in at the finish line and enjoying some refreshments, you’ll do the “bonus miles” into Zion National Park. You’ll ride a lovely bike path to Zion Canyon Road, and do the out-and-back to the Temple of Sinawava. You can refill your water bottles at the end of the road before heading back. We highly recommend the bonus miles. It’s a gentle climb into the park, and mostly downhill all the way back! If you don’t already have a National Parks Pass or a Zion Pass, you can buy one at the gate for $12. It’s good for a week.
Click here to view a route map and download-able GPS files.
Routing and Navigation: Planet Ultra route sheets include lots of information to help riders navigate. For example, we’ll let you know if a turn is at a stop sign (SS), traffic light (TL) or T-intersection (T-int). We know riders like to have the course marked; and we do our best to make that happen (unless it’s forbidden by our permits, otherwise illegal, somewhere that locals would be really upset about it, or the turn is at a place that’s very obvious, like a big green highway sign). Many of the towns/cities/counties specifically request that no markings are placed in the road. Some of our permits are contingent on NOT marking turns.
Over the past few years we’ve sadly experienced locals or random drivers removing the arrows or pointing them in the wrong direction after we’ve placed them. So please don’t rely on arrows. Our experience is that riders get lost whether the course is marked or not – because they’re not paying attention. Fewer riders get lost when they’re mindful of where they are on the route sheet. Please understand and take responsibility for navigation. Make it part of your experience. If you’re navigationally challenged, please use a GPS. We also provide maps and download-able files via RideWithGPS.com. Each event page will have a link.
Personal SAG Vehicles:
If you bring one, you must let us know in advance, or you’ll be disqualified from the event without warning. The definition of a personal SAG is any vehicle (motor or otherwise), anywhere on the route, operated by someone other than Planet Ultra staff, that is providing any type of aid, assistance, or motivation, or taking photographs, or simply out cheering. Please understand that our permits simply don’t allow dozens of extra vehicles on the roads or at the checkpoint locations. Imagine the traffic from all those cars! If you’re bringing someone with you who wants to be out on the course, please have them contact us and join our volunteer staff.
We always need volunteers! Click here for info about available positions.
The Zion Gran Fondo starts/finishes in beautiful Springdale, Utah, gateway to Zion National Park; located 40 miles from St. George, Utah and 160 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada via I-15.
Designated in 1919, Zion National Park is Utah’s oldest and most visited National park. The park is known for its incredible canyons and spectacular views. Famous hikes including The Narrows, Subway, and Angels Landing attract adventure enthusiasts from around the world.
With 5 National Parks, Utah is America’s national park Capitol. How far from Zion?
Bryce Canyon National Park: 87 miles
Capitol Reef National Park: 190 miles
Arches National Park: 320 miles
Canyonlands National Park: 375 miles
Other amazing “bucket list” parks and national recreation areas nearby:
Snow Canyon State Park, Utah: 50 miles
Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah: 82 miles
Grand Canyon National Park, North Rim, Arizona: 120 miles
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada: 135 miles
Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Arizona: 185 miles
Great Basin National Park, Nevada: 200 miles
Monument Valley National Tribal Park: 240 miles