Running the Zion Traverse
Photo: Brian Metzler

Running across Zion National Park is a bucket-list adventure for trail runners

We recently ran the Zion Traverse, a 48.5-mile route across Zion National Park near Springdale, Utah. It’s a bucket-list adventure for trail runners with good fitness and experience running on remote backcountry trails. It’s not quite as hard as running Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim across the Grand Canyon and back, but it’s no small task, either. Here’s a quick glimpse of the amazing terrain and scenery we encountered in our 11-hour, sunrise-to-sunset run.

Brian Metzler
Brian Metzler is the Content Director of He was the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, a senior editor for Running Times and the editor in chief of Competitor. He's wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of running shoes, raced every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, has finished three Ironman triathlons and enjoys the quirky sport of pack burro racing.