The Longest ‘One Day Race’ In the World

25 Hours? On a mountain bike? Are you nuts!?

Nope! – It’s really a thing… and it’s really awesome!  The unique, one-day race gains its additional hour because it occurs each year as daylight saving time ends. The clock will “fall back” in the early morning hours on Sunday, giving bikers an extra, grueling hour of riding.

Cyclists run to their bikes at the start of the race in a standing tradition.

Cyclists run to their bikes at the start of the race in a standing tradition.

St. George, Utah, is just days away from welcoming hundreds of mountain bikers from across the world for 25 hours of intense competition in what’s known as the longest one-day race.

The 25 Hours in Frog Hollow, taking place November 1-2, is a premier team relay and solo rider mountain bike event that takes place in the ultra-scenic and ultra-rugged desert environment in the shadows of renowned Zion National Park.

“The course is spectacular,” said Cimarron Chacon, race director and president of GRO Promotions. “The iconic scenery and challenging trails keep cyclists challenged and entertained.”

The open-desert course takes competitors on a 12.8-mile loop that consists of 5.7 miles of single track and 7.1 miles of double track and ranges in elevation from 3,570 to 4,300 feet. Specifically designed for day and night endurance racing, the course crisscrosses technical areas of dry washes and rock slabs.

Now in its sixth year, 25 Hours in Frog Hollow has developed a large domestic and international following because it combines the area’s acclaimed red rock vistas with a festival-like atmosphere.

“The race is intense and full of adrenaline—which only adds to the overall fun and excitement,” Chacon said. “The energy and liveliness is contagious and spreads among racers and their families.”

This year’s packed field includes approximately 400 competitors with more than 100 of them coming from outside the United States. In all, participants represent a total of 17 countries.

“It’s been incredible to witness the success of 25 Hours in Frog Hollow,” said Kevin Lewis, director of sports marketing for the St. George Area Tourism Office. “The race has put us on the map as a mountain biking destination and built a foundation for future events.”

As the race’s popularity grows, so does its mission to improve cycling opportunities for the residents and visitors to Southern Utah. A portion of each entry fee goes back to the community to help plan, construct and maintain cycling trails throughout the area.

The race starts Saturday, November 1, at 10 a.m. and ends the following day at 10 a.m. The staging area is nicknamed “Frog Town” and is the hub for live music, food and activities. Since the event happens around Halloween each year, the competitors, support teams and volunteers frequently coordinate group costumes and even a few tricks.

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“The goal is for racers and their families to have a blast,” said Chacon. “It’s hard not to enjoy yourself when surrounded by the stunning red rock backdrop and friendly competition.”

About 25 Hours in Frog Hollow:
For more information about 25 Hours in Frog Hollow, visit: www.25HoursInFrogHollow.com and www.facebook.com/Froghollow.races. Volunteers are always welcome to assist racers along the course and in the staging area; a list of available positions can be found at http://vols.pt/iBB5RQ. For more information about Southern Utah or to easily plan your trip, visit: http://mytrip.atozion.com


Links

Zion Canyon Shuttle | Schedule Change


OFFICIAL: FROM NPS.GOV

 


Zion Canyon Shuttle | Schedule Change

“As the leaves change in Zion Canyon, the shuttle schedule changes as well. The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is now open to private vehicles during the week. Mandatory shuttles will operate each Saturday and Sunday in November, with additional service on Thanksgiving Day and Friday.”

For more details, visit our Park Access page or NPS.gov

Zion Canyon Shuttle | Schedule Change

5 Jaw-Dropping Sunset Spots

I don’t know about you, but I am a sucker for good sunset spots. Orange, yellow, and red skies, filled with misty clouds- always leave me wanting more.

Check out the Top 5 Spots to watch a sunset in the St. George and Zion Park area.


WASHINGTON FIELDS

Looking over the fields in Washington Utah, with the buttes and river reflecting, is always a favorite.

Washington Utah

Washington Fields Utah

SUNBROOK GOLF COURSE

The golf course is a great way to unwind with some friends and take in the beauty of the outdoors. Sunbrook is a St. George City golf course that is worthy of praise – but especially at sunset. Grab your sticks and plan your next round of golf in the evening.

Golf Sunset

Sunset at Sunbrook Golf Course

ZION NATIONAL PARK

Zion, Oh Zion!  We could blog, post, share, and photograph Zion for years (and have) and never find an end to the beauty. This shot taken and titled “Sunset on the Temple” falls in line perfectly as one of the Top 5 Jaw-Dropping Sunset Spots. Don’t you agree!?

Sunsets in Zion

Sunset On The Temple

SAND HOLLOW STATE PARK

With enough color to make a rainbow jealous, Sand Hollow State Park couldn’t be left off the list!  Clear blue waters, stunning red sand, and vistas lend for a stunning sunset every time. Whether you are playing on a boat, recreating in the park or simply taking a walk on the soft beach, make sure you plan a trip that involves a sunset or two. Or three.

Sand hollow Sunset

ANGELS LANDING – ZION CANYON

Photographer Bill Ratcliffe nailed this one. No words needed. Enjoy the sunset!

Angels Landing - Bill Ratcliffe

Angels Landing

 

Where do you like to watch the sunset each evening? Share your favorite spots with us!

How To Plan Your Next National Park Getaway

HOW TO

National Park Vacation Planning is never easy, but you shouldn’t have to dread it either.  Make planning your getaway as much fun as the vacation itself! …ok, not really, but you get the point- part of the vacation experience is in the planning.  This is where you educate yourself on the history, culture, and location of your getaway. This is all especially important in planning a trip to a National Park. Often people find themselves having to “wing-it” once they arrive at their vacation spot.  This might be they way you like it, and that is fine, but for those who want to plan ahead, this post is for you.

“Asking Google for the best restaurant is far less experiential than asking a local for help.”

A National Park Getaway should be a high priority on anyones list. With all the scenic beauty, exhilarating adventure, and unique culture, National Parks are a great way to see the world!

What Will You Need?

That depends. First decide what National Parks you plan to visit. The way we see this most often done is by geographic location. The state of Utah recently launched a campaign to promote The Mighty 5.

A tour of Utah’s 5 National Parks – Zion, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, & Arches.  This makes for a great trip as you plan a designated route and make a stop in each park over a week or less.
If this were the trip you wanted to take it would obviously be very outdoor adventure oriented. In this case we would recommend bringing, hiking gear, bikes, camping equipment (unless you like to live on the softer side), hats, proper shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, coolers, shade, camera, etc…

Also plan on getting acquainted with Google Maps. Better yet  bring a physical paper map as some of these locations can be very remote and you may not have mobile or gps service.
Another great item to bring is a Vacation Planner or Visitor Guide from the tourism office of the area you are visiting. I like to refer to these as an all encompassing “Things To Do & How To Do It” booklet. Bringing a physical copy with you on the trip will prove beneficial time and time again.

Feel free to request our free vacation planner for Zion National Park!

When Is The Best Time To Visit?

You might be asking; “When is the best time to go?”  We recommend the shoulder seasons for optimum conditions when visiting Zion National Park or other Mighty 5 Parks. September through the end of October, cooler temperatures and diminishing winds prevail. Following the winter, from March through May, temperatures are mild and the parks are typically green and beautiful.

There are more than 400 National Parks to choose from so if you need a little help picking one, visit NPS.gov.

Getting A Park Pass.National Park Pass

If you’re planning on visiting several parks over the next year, you may want to consider purchasing a park pass. The National Park Service offers the “America the Beautiful” annual pass for $80;  it includes admission to any national park or monument. The pass grants admission for the passholder and his or her vehicle or for the passholder and up to three other adults.
Seniors age 62 and up pay only $10 for a lifetime pass, while permanently disabled travelers can get their lifetime pass for free.


Now that you have all the info you need to plan a successful National Park Getaway – let us know when you plan on coming, which park, what you want to see, and we will see if we can provide the best getaway you have ever experienced!

Are we forgetting anything? Do you have a tip that you want to share with others? Share in the comments below!

There’s an adventure out there for everyone—plan yours soon!

7 Outdoor Adventure Activities That Will Ruin Your Week.

Feeling productive this week? Coming off of a relaxing weekend, ready to tackle another tough week at work or home? Let us go ahead and get inside your head with 7 amazing outdoor adventure activities in St. George & Zion National Park that are sure to induce a case of the TGIF’s…and it’s not Friday.  Go ahead and put away that budget spreadsheet and dig into our list of adventure activities you won’t want to miss.  –You’re Welcome!

St.George is a small but vibrant community with plenty of adventure at the edge  of town. In addition to all the white-knuckle activity, you will find 12 challenging golf courses, Broadway style theater, miles of paved walking trails, inviting hotels, delicious restaurants, shopping centers, and world class spas. The dramatic terrain of Snow Canyon State Park is literally 10 minutes from historic downtown! Zion National Park is just a quick 40 minutes away as well.

Springdale is a beautiful hamlet for adventure that sits right inside the captivating walls of Zion Canyon. It has been called one of the prettiest towns in the nation, and with all the eclectic shopping, restaurants, and hotels, it makes an ideal place to base your adventure seeking.

“The Most Diverse Outdoor Location That I Have Ever Seen!”


Check out our list of 7 distracting adventures below!

Canyoneering.

Boy Canyoneering in Zion

Canyoneering is very popular in Zion and the sport continues to grow as people discover and explore parts of the park you normally wouldn’t see! At first it seems like a daunting task to climb down into a narrow slot canyon and navigate your way through the unknown. We recommend using one of the skilled canyoneering guides and outfitters that operate locally. These guides know the slot canyons better than anyone else and can take you the safest possible way.

 Zipline.

Zipline St.George

Zipline your way across up to 800 feet of canyon! A friend of ours told us, “I have been coming to St. George for over 20 years and never knew you could zipline here!” Well now is the time to go. Set up with one of the zipline adventure guides and take the ride of your life! They will make you feel safe and confident as you experience an opportunity missed by many.

ATV Riding.

Girl Riding ATV

Getting around the 20,000 acre Sand Hollow State Park and BLM land is a blast on an ATV! With spectacular views and sand as powder-like as the snow, you will experience a whole new level of ATV Adventures! Don’t have your own machines? Need an outfitter? Check out our list of ATV Outfitters and book your ride in the sand and slickrock today!

Mountain Biking.

St. George Utah Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking can be as easy or difficult as you want to make it. With trails like the ZEN Trail and Suicidal Tendencies, the best mountain bikers in the world will still endure a challenge. But what about the rest of us? The beginners, the weekend warriors?  There. Is. A. Place.

Prospector, JEM Trail, Barrel Roll, and more will deliver a mountain biking experience like nowhere else.  St. George is the country’s best kept mountain biking secret, so come find out what you don’t know yet. Need a bike? Need a guide? No worries! Check out our cycling shops and guides and hit the trails!

 Jeeping.

Adventure in a 4x4 Jeep!

Up for a little horsepower along some jagged cliffs? Need the rush of a good climb? Let an expert Jeep Tour Guide show you the ropes and take you place you never thought a vehicle could maneuver! Check out this video clip from one of our spots, to see what we are talking about!  Explore Snow Canyon State Park, Zion National Park, the sand dunes at Sand Hollow State Park and get lost in a jeep!

Horseback Riding.

Horseback Riding in Zion Park

The horsepower of a jeep is awesome, but it’s especially great when it’s quiet, serene, and powered by only 1 horse. We understand that horseback riding isn’t for everyone, but with the trail experience and expertise of our horseback riding guides and outfitters, you may see a different side of the country.

 Fishing.

Fishing in St. George Utah

 

Fishing? In St. George? Not many know that the city of St. George and surrounding areas offer multiple fishing ponds throughout the area! The ponds are stocked with tons of fish, so now it’s up to you. Will you spend your time fishing…or catching! You can also check out 3 of our 4 state parks for lake fishing and more!


 

Now that we have pulled you from your budgeting spreadsheet, your pie charts and numbers, your presentations and employee reviews, you might as well start planning your next getaway, because the rest of your week is going to be pretty dull in comparison.
Did we ruin your week? Let us know what outdoor activities you are planning next!

 

3 Stunning Photo Hotspots in Zion Park

Zion National Park is ripe for photographing. With peaks and canyons as far as the eye can see, people travel from all over the world to see the majesty of the park. We see tons of Zion National Park photos each and everyday and tend to see a recurring theme to where these shots are being taken.

Below we will cover how to set up for the right shot (thanks to PhotographyMad for the tips), and then we will cover some of the most popular locations in Zion.

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Peoples Choice – Top 4 Springdale Restaurants

Zion National Park is one of the top National Parks in the entire nation. Boasting over 3 million visitors a year, the park has world famous hiking, rock climbing, and adventure. At the gate to Zion Park, nestled within the canyon walls lies a quaint and cozy town called Springdale. Springdale acts as the perfect host city to one of the countries best National Parks! With boutique style shopping, a shuttle system to get anyone around, and delicious, non-chain restaurants, Springdale has the ability to make you feel like a foodie expert.

Check out Tripadvisor’s TOP 4 SPRINGDALE RESTAURANTS as rated by the people that have had the pleasure of eating in beautiful Springdale Utah!

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