Why relay at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort? Well, if Ragnar thinks we’re an awesome place for a relay, you will too! Ragnar Trail Zion will be here before you know it, April 24-25, 2015. It’s our largest event of the year, with Ragnar teams from all around the world! Last year, we had more than 3,500 Ragnar participants set up camp at our ranch resort.
WHAT’S NEW FOR RAGNAR TRAIL ZION 2015?
We’ve added new single track to our course. If you thought it was a runner’s paradise last year, just wait until this year. View the course map here. The 2015 Ragnar Trail Zion has three legs:
Green Loop | Jolley’s Gulch | 4.4 miles
Shortly after leaving Ragnar Village, runners will relay along single track running, biking and horse trails that lead to a view of Checkerboard Mesa (yes, Zion Ponderosa is that close to Zion National Park!). Just shy of the Zion National Park border, you’ll reach spectacular Jolley’s Gulch Overlook. This is just about the halfway point — so run quickly along the road past Jolley’s haunted cabin, then take the single track trail back to Ragnar Village to tag out.
Yellow Loop | Pine Knoll | 3.9 miles
The view along the first mile of the Yellow Loop is just a warm-up. The scenic single track trail then climbs 400 feet along ridge to Pine Knoll, where you can see for 360 degrees: Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks and Dixie National Forest. The race back to Ragnar Village is all downhill from here—in the best way.
Red Loop | Englstead | 7.6 miles
The longest loop begins with a single track horse trail that connects to an ATV trail. Wave to the other teams as you criss-cross the Yellow Loop, then gain 400 feet in elevation over the next 1.5 miles. You’ll connect to road for about half a mile, then back to single track through amazing switchbacks. The loop peaks around mile three, so take a minute to drink in the amazing view of Zion National Park — then stop at our hydrating station before finishing up your run. Enjoy a mix of single track, double track and road as you make your way back to your teammates at Ragnar Village.
Our course begins and ends in Ragnar Village—and you’ll soon see why this is the heart and soul of the Ragnar Trail Relay. After each loop, you’ll swap out team members at Ragnar Village, as you revel in the support of your team members and everyone participating! There’s a great sense of camaraderie that lends to the exhilaration of relay itself. We have some great amenities available for teams, including hot showers, a swimming pool and hot tubs, massage, yoga, and on-site dining (including vegetarian options). Teams can also enjoy live music and a bonfire with S’mores and hot chocolate as you camp out beneath billions of stars. Friday night camping is included in your registration fee. There will be awards for the best decorated campsite, and the most sustainable campsite will receive a discount on their 2016 entry fee!
Check out the Ragnar Village schedule and full list of amenities.
After Ragnar, Stay Awhile
Come for the relay, then stay for a vacation. Bordered on the east by Zion National Park, Zion Ponderosa is a playground for adventure — make it part of your perfect Ragnar Trail Zion experience.