5 miles
Distance
870 ft
Climb
-1,168 ft
Descent
01:03:39
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Zen Trail
  • BLM
    BLM
    Land Manager

Zen Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    St. George
    , Utah
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (2 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #374 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 65 in Trail Running
    • 90 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
More Stats for Zen mountain bike 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
    -1.126%
  • Grade max
    -34.473%
  • Grade min
    24.488%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,561 ft
  • Avg time
    01:03:39
  • Avg reverse time
    01:34:14
  • view trail stats
Status:
on Jun 1, 2020
Dry
Avg: 4.45 (62 votes)

view (3,029)
close
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction
Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. A good flowing trail network will have most trails flowing in a single direction according to their intension.
The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.
  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Last Ridden
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine the last time a trail was ridden.
  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
The intended direction a trail should be ridden.
  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
ContributeDetails
Colors indicate trail is missing specified detail.
  • Description
  • Photos
  • Description & Photos
  • Videos
Trail Popularity ?
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine which trails are ridden the most in the last 9 months. Trails are compared with nearby trails in the same city region with a possible 25 colour shades. Think of this as a heatmap, more rides = more kinetic energy = warmer colors.
  • most popular
  • popular
  • less popular
  • not popular
ATV/ORV/OHV Filter
Max Vehicle Width
inches

LEGEND
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      Directions to zen-9166 trailhead (37.083940, -113.641940)
      update trails status or condition

      Zen Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Jun 1, 2020 @ 6:05am
      Jun 1, 2020
      May 25, 2020 @ 10:43am
      May 25, 2020
      Fantastic riding!
      May 22, 2020 @ 8:24pm
      May 22, 2020
      Very dry and dusty. Riding is good though!
      May 2, 2020 @ 10:00am
      May 2, 2020
      Fun very technical in sections would not recommend for beginners
      Apr 7, 2020 @ 9:01pm
      Apr 7, 2020
      easily one of the best trails in st. george. A little dry, but super nice today
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 7 rides
      • 9 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 581 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,255 rides
      •  

      Photos

      more »
      7 |
      Jun 2, 2020 @ 6:50pm
      Jun 2, 2020
      863 |
      Feb 26, 2018 @ 7:54am
      Feb 26, 2018
      336 |
      Nov 4, 2017 @ 4:34pm
      Nov 4, 2017
      546 |
      Jan 27, 2015 @ 5:50pm
      Jan 27, 2015

      Trail Lists

      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      True Grit 2020B
      44 miles
      Truegrit 100 race
      85 miles
      True Grit Epic 2017 race
      44 miles

      23 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag brianszimmer (Nov 11, 2017 at 17:22)
       Zen counterclockwise was great
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag dirtjr (Dec 23, 2017 at 16:23)
       Also did Zen counterclockwise. Fun trail. Drops and challenges all over. Had a blast
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag slakka (Dec 31, 2017 at 19:10)
       Would ride this counter clockwise. Take zen out up.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag slakka (Dec 31, 2017 at 19:11)
       Would ride this counter clockwise. Take zen out up.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Sloth69 (Apr 6, 2018 at 20:31)
       Really fun trail. Lots of fun rock sections. Always something to keep you engaged. Loads of fun.
      [Reply]
      • - 1
      flag 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag todd Mod Plus 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag 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
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag wildrover (Sep 25, 2018 at 11:17)
       Is it true Zen is closing ?
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag 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)
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag allzorzin (Feb 11, 2019 at 20:56)
       Amazon view. Many rocks. Many litle Drops. Very fun.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Caliboji (Jun 3, 2019 at 20:32)
       Are Ebikes allowed on Zen?
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag 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!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag 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
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag 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
      [Reply]

      Post a Comment



      You must login to Pinkbike.
      Don't have an account? Sign up

      Join Pinkbike  Login

      Videos

      more »
      youtuber New-Year's Special: Riding the North Rim of...
      56:05 | 147 | Dec 29, 2019 , St. George
      youtuber Hardtails on Hard Trails: Zen Trail St....
      15:57 | 315 | Jan 10, 2020 , St. George
      youtuber Mountain Biking: Zen Trail, St. George, Utah
      8:27 | 256 | Jan 25, 2020 , St. George
      Did I find Zen? - Zen Trail Day 2 - Utah...
      9:49 | 103 | Jan 13, 2020 , St. George
      • subscribe
      • flag
      • login to download gpx or kml files.