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Wildcat Trail

Intermediate
 4.8 (9) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

The only maintained running trail in the Navajo Tribal Park in Monument Valley.


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4.1

Miles

6.5

KM

95%

Runnable

5,549' 1,691 m

High

5,165' 1,574 m

Low

381' 116 m

Up

385' 117 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

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Features Views · Wildflowers

Open year round.

Overview

The Navajo Tribal Park is the home of many of Monument Valley's most beautiful buttes and mesas. On the Wildcat Trail, you descend to the base of the West Mitten and run around it. Enjoy the ever changing panorama as you circle this beautiful creation.

Need to Know

A small portion of the trail is in a "dry" wash. In rainy weather be alert for flash flooding.

Description

From the trailhead you descend several hundred feet and follow the trail as it circles the West Mitten. Desert plants are plentiful and the panorama is constantly changing and beautiful. This is a desert setting so take care running in hot weather as there is little shade. Carrying water is always a good idea on trails in this part of the country. Other buttes and mesas are nearby and in constant view.

Flora & Fauna

Desert flora exists all along the trail. Thin leaf yucca in bloom in late April and early May, Cliffrose with it's tremendous fragrance blooms in both the spring and fall, juniper trees and a variety of desert plants are present.

Contacts

Land Manager: Navajo Nation

Shared By:

Carl Ignash

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  4.8 from 9 votes

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Photos

The sun rises over a sleeping Monument Valley.
May 14, 2017 near Kayenta, AZ
Near the base of the East Mitten.
May 12, 2016 near Kayenta, AZ
Wildcat trailhead.
May 12, 2016 near Kayenta, AZ
Two buttes at Monument Valley cast shadows over the land in the early morning light.
Apr 27, 2017 near Kayenta, AZ
Few places invoke instant feelings of the American West as Monument Valley
Jul 12, 2018 near Kayenta, AZ
The trail is normally dry and the dirt is very very fine.
Mar 10, 2019 near Kayenta, AZ

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Jun 21, 2020
Jeff G
I recommend running the trail counterclockwise to avoid sneaking up on walkers. The view either direction is magnificent. Early morning is best time. 4.1mi — 0h 55m
Feb 2, 2020
Matt H
Mar 6, 2019
Hiro U
Mar 25, 2017
Brooke G
Monument Valley 4 Mile Fun Run 4.2mi