5.0 miles
870 ft
-1,168 ft
Avg time
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Zen Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    St. George
    , Utah
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (4 votes)
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #266 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #2864 in Trail Running
    • #4471 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 95 in Trail Running
    • 85 in Hiking

The Zen Trail is easily the best trail in Green Valley. The trail starts with a short grind up an old ATV track to give you some altitude, and then you quickly start climbing up a combination of sandstone, packed dirt and smooth black rock sections. The trail drops you down stone steps and provides a few different riding options at various places. Once you reach the top edge of Bloomington Hill, the trail continues to thrill and challenge while providing an astounding view of Barlet Wash and another local favorite the Bearclaw Poppi Trail.

There are other great places to ride in Saint George, but the Zen trail is fun, challenging, with really unique rock ledges, drops and transitions. Being close to town makes it an easy choice when in town to ride. Typically great riding conditions all year round, make this the go to trail during the winter as well.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Zen mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -298 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,707 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,381 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,020 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,722 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,561 ft
  • Avg time
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on Jun 24, 2022
Avg: 4.4 (93 votes)
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Trail Conditions
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  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Zen Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 5 rides
      • 9 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 937 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      • 6,533 rides
      • Last: Aug 9, 2022


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      Aug 1, 2022 @ 12:54am
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      Nov 4, 2017 @ 4:34pm
      Nov 4, 2017
      991 |
      Jan 27, 2015 @ 5:50pm
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      36 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      Putzinator (Jun 7, 2022 at 10:41)
      I just want to reiterarte what others are saying... The pathfinding is awful, tons of hike-a-bike, various lines if you keep your eyes open and are creative, incredibly technical up and down. Some of the sections are easily double black while insanely technical and that's coming from an AZ techy rider. I took a beginner and she had a blast overcoming some of the more mellow slickrock and chunky descents. I had an awful time trying to make sure we were on trail, fail most of the climbs, with mediocre descending. One or two somewhat fun drops with some techy chunk didn't keep it interesting enough. I would only come back if I had a guide to show me the proper lines.
      • + 0
      adamwild (Mar 9, 2022 at 14:39)
      Counterclockwise was one of the better rides I've done in this area
      • + 1
      JohnyeWest (Jan 16, 2022 at 18:03)
      There are some incredible rock features on this and the scenery is gorgeous. I never really felt like I was going down though. There are so many super steep techy climbs all over this trail, and I have never ridden a trail anywhere where I have had to dismount so many times. There was a fairly cavernous discrepancy between how fun the individual sections on the trail are and the amount of fun I had riding it. It's awesome when you are going down but you frequently are not. Barrel is substantially more fun.
      • - 1
      Markinman75 (Dec 18, 2021 at 15:27)
      Not sure if anyone will scroll down to my comment but I’ll make one anyhow. This trail makes no sense clockwise and I think the concept of loosing the trail is under reported.
      That said it is a great up and down trail with some technical short climbs and some harrowing chutes just when you think it’s smoothing out. I rode it a couple times and got lost on the bottom half both times having to keep checking the map which was annoying. Hope you enjoy/enjoyed the trail
      • - 1
      chrisclarkwhistler1 (Oct 26, 2021 at 15:56)
      Creatively braided and thoroughly unmarked trail network for practicing your gps navigation skills.
      • - 1
      shaynarh (Oct 11, 2021 at 15:22)
      Agree this trail is overrated. Rowdy downhill but a lot of chunk and loose and hike a bike sections.
      • + 1
      TrekRider89 (Apr 17, 2021 at 15:15)
      This trail is a blast, best in st George. Not meant for those new to MTB. Very easy to lose the trail along the bottom 1/4. Overall, can’t go wrong!
      • + 1
      Aaronv74GbW (Jan 14, 2021 at 4:34)
      I rode this blind and it was amazing! Normally when I’m riding something for the first time, I take it slow but this trail is very friendly. I found this trail easy trust that there wasn’t anything crazy ahead of me. The trail has many tech climbs and punchy sections. Nice chunky descent. And really cool rock features that I almost got lost on. But a quick glance on the map and I was back on track. Give it a shot! You won’t regret it!
      • + 1
      Aaronv74GbW (Jan 10, 2021 at 17:55)
      What an amazing trail! It’s my new favorite! I got lost twice but I was able to figure it out. I rode this blind but it wasn’t scary at all. The trail builders did a great some. This is a great trail to improve your tech climbs as there is very little exposure if you mess up. Also a great trail of you are transitioning from Blue trails to blacks. Have fun!!
      • + 1
      whansen90 (Jan 2, 2021 at 14:58)
      Zen is a true black diamond. Lots of technical terrain up and down. If you are a beginner or intermediate rider there are a lot of good hikes in the area that are great, you might want to reconsider doing this ride.
      • + 1
      teewuane (Jan 1, 2021 at 14:54)
      Super technical and equally fun. Personally wouldn’t take a first timer on it.
      • + 1
      matux (Dec 28, 2020 at 20:04)
      Using the "Route Finder" tool most people lose the trail at 3.5 miles when the trail goes backwards. (Others commonly get lost between miles 3.1 and 3.5) I almost got lost at mile 3.5 today, despite the rocks stacked in a curved wall, I added a few more to help. Route Finder also shows some fun alternate lines. Zen is a blast, with hundreds of very large rock obstacles in the trail.
      • + 0
      drlancefreeride (Nov 27, 2020 at 13:22)
      Thanks buddy
      • + 1
      Kstobler (May 26, 2020 at 9:47)
      Go with someone who knows the trail. Would be really easy to get lost if going for the first time. Lots of rocks and technical climbing. Good luck trying to not to bang your pedals Constantly XD
      • - 1
      tdeems (Mar 3, 2020 at 22:30)
      Did not induce Zen. Extremely frustrating ride due to the lack of clear markers. There are apparently tons of alternate lines, as in whole 100 ft+ sections that you don’t know if they are the main trail or will even lead back to the main trail. Cairns (small rock stacks) are used, but they are too small and do not stand out from random other rocks, or a single one is placed right in the middle of a trail split, giving no indication which way to go. Paint on the ground like in most other slickrock riding areas is desperately needed. Absolutely zero signage around the parking area or on the trail, aside from private property signs that scared me into parking back on the pavement. The trail was alright, but never anything that made it particularly fun or memorable. Only a few sustained descents for what felt like quite a bit of climbing.
      • + 0
      IronDixon (Jan 8, 2020 at 19:20)
      Rode Zen this afternoon. Counter clockwise. Well mostly Zen. I lost the last mile but was also mostly off the shelf. Great ride. Pretty technical. Had to push the bike a bit but a great ride.
      • + 0
      RostonN (Dec 26, 2019 at 16:23)
      I road this last year and ended up walking a lot of the uphill the downhill was fun but really rough on my hardtail if you a beginner like I was when I road it I wouldn’t recommend it just because of how technical it is still a fun trail for intermediate and pro riders
      • + 0
      Mikeyfp (Dec 24, 2019 at 10:22)
      DidnZen today, counterclockwise. Tons of fun, but lost the trail at the bottom and ended up on the dirt road. Look forward to riding again!
      • + 0
      grampa (Dec 11, 2019 at 8:22)
      A favorite. It is a must every time I am in the area. So many fun quick little tech sections on ups and downs. Counter clockwise for the win... route finding the last 20% is challenging but getting easier each year as the trail gets ridden more and more little rock cairns go up.
      • + 0
      robotpatch (Dec 8, 2019 at 20:56)
      Challenging technical climbs. Ridiculously fun on the descents. Easy to lose the trail, had to take out the map a few times to get back on track.
      • + 0
      Caliboji (Jun 3, 2019 at 20:32)
      Are Ebikes allowed on Zen?
      • + 0
      BlairStumpJumper (Apr 20, 2019 at 21:56)
      So Zen had some good views and some really tough parts, but man...I felt like all I was doing was climbing. For all the sweat I put into this trail I was hoping for some better shredding. It’s worth the ride if you’re in the area...otherwise I’d hit Gooseberry Mesa. Better marked, amazing views and lots of slick rock.
      • + 0
      allzorzin (Feb 11, 2019 at 20:56)
      Amazon view. Many rocks. Many litle Drops. Very fun.
      • + 1
      timmyfitz1 (Oct 30, 2018 at 17:47)
      We had an absolute blast. Counter clockwise loop with tons of scenery, challenging bit of up, and a rippin downhill. Had a rental bike with tubes and pinch flatted both tires at different times, pump up the pressure if you got tubes (damn I hate those things now...tubeless is soooo much better in every respect)
      • + 0
      wildrover (Sep 25, 2018 at 11:17)
      Is it true Zen is closing ?
      • + 0
      Flanman5 (May 21, 2018 at 19:36)
      It’s alright. Not worth the hype. The down is fun and scenic by the up is so so
      • + 1
      todd Trailforks (May 14, 2018 at 6:28)
      If you mouse over the direction, it says that 89% ride it counter-clockwise. Maybe should be directional, but a few people like to ride it the other way.
      • - 2
      Bigfoot61 (Apr 12, 2018 at 19:23)
      I tried to find the trail with much anticipation of a great ride unfortunately along with 6 other out of town riders we could not put the trail together. We found bits and pieces of it but it never became the trail we had anticipated. I went to a bike shop to get some direction and he basically told me ride it with a local it changes all the time. Wow ok so this iconic Utah trail is for locals ok no big deal there’s lots of other well marked trails but got to admit it was disappointing.
      • + 0
      Bigfoot61 (May 13, 2018 at 20:04)
      Ok so the next day I tried again and got on it in a counter clock wise direction and it all came together, great trail, challenging with fantastic views.
      • + 0
      Sloth69 (Apr 6, 2018 at 20:31)
      Really fun trail. Lots of fun rock sections. Always something to keep you engaged. Loads of fun.
      • + 0
      gavondo (Mar 5, 2018 at 11:37)
      So consistently fun. There are some pretty challenging, short, punchy climbs that keep things interesting on the way up. Heading down, fast and a little chunky-so much fun.
      • + 1
      Wyoexplorer (Jan 21, 2018 at 21:34)
      Fun trail. I was unable to ride the entire thing without a few hike a bike sections. I feel like either direction there will be some of these sections. Really fun and technical. Great views! Neat section where it feels like you are riding through a cave.
      • - 1
      slakka (Dec 31, 2017 at 19:11)
      Would ride this counter clockwise. Take zen out up.
      • + 1
      slakka (Dec 31, 2017 at 19:10)
      Would ride this counter clockwise. Take zen out up.
      • + 1
      dirtjr (Dec 23, 2017 at 16:23)
      Also did Zen counterclockwise. Fun trail. Drops and challenges all over. Had a blast
      • + 1
      brianszimmer (Nov 11, 2017 at 17:22)
      Zen counterclockwise was great


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