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Go-To Trail Running Routes In and Around Zion National Park

An article caught my eye earlier this year about the Best Trail Runs in the National Parks. For Zion National Park, my running backyard, the author chose Angel’s Landing. I thought, “Whoa, I’d never run that trail!”.  Don’t get me wrong, Angel’s Landing has it all as a hike: it’s paved and accessible, 5 miles roundtrip, beautiful views, some spicy hiking/climbing, and the company of others. But, in my mind, putting all that into a run might mean shin splints, gasping for breath, and jostling through crowds. So I wanted to share some of MY best Zion running trails: Under 5 miles roundtrip: WATCHMAN TRAIL: Located near the visitor center, this trail is a great addition to any run into the Park from Springdale. The trail itself is about 2 miles roundtrip and gains elevation in some steep, but run-able switchbacks. Beautiful views and not so many people make this an awesome short run. PA’ RUS TRAIL: Also accessible at the visitor center, this trail follows the Virgin River for 1.7 miles (3.4 roundtrip). Spring flowers and fall colors are incredible, and this is also my go-to trail if we’ve had recent rain or snow because its paved surface provides … Continue reading

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Ouray Canyoning Guidebook Now On Sale

For all you canyon hounds looking for a wetter, colder, louder breed of adventures, check out Micheal Dallin’s new guidebook, Ouray Canyoning. Detailing eight fine canyons in the Ouray, Colorado area, the book goes for $16.95 and likely gives you enough info to get into and out of trouble in some hard-rock canyons featuring good flow. We haven’t gotten our mitts on the book yet, BUT you can peruse a few pages at the link above for examples of the natural history, canyon schematic, and logistics information layouts. Which is nice. If you’re hot to get out to Ouray for these canyons, plan ahead. Unlike the near-year-round accessibility of southern Utah’s canyons, the window for Ouray canyons is somewhere in the 30 – 75 day range, right between torrential snow melt, summer downpours, and autumn ice glazing. Hit it right, though, and you’re sure to have some serious Class C fun in some beautiful high country. If you’re in CO, find Ouray Canyoning in Ouray at Ouray Mountain Sports, or in Boulder at Neptune Mountaineering. If you’re further afield, find the book on-line at Canyoneering USA, or just keep a sharp eye out for the book’s eventual arrival at your … Continue reading

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