“A rugged and beautiful route crossing mountain streams.”
— Matt Anderson
Featured Race Jul 15, 2017
This half marathon course offers an opportunity to run along the edge of the highest timbered plateau in North America. The views looking down at Capitol Reef National Park will leave you breathless, especially after the climbs to get there!
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Need to Know
Several creek crossings near Government Creek. You'll also want great route finding skills, and I would even say having a gps with the route loaded as mandatory. You can also use the Trail Run Project mobile app
This half marathon is a rugged and beautiful loop crossing mountain streams which begins with a short shuttle ride from the finish to the starting point about two miles west of Teasdale.
The race begins with a tough start, but after two miles of climbing, runners will arrive at the beautiful Government Creek. From there, the trail continues to climb for two more miles along a lush forest path. It then splits from the main route. At this junction you'll have your best views of Capitol Reef National Park but from several thousand feet above it.
From here, you'll begin your descent to Coleman Reservoir through young aspen trees that have begun to reclaim an area scorched by a 2012 wildfire (you'll want some good route finding skills here). From the Coleman aid station, the trail descends back past the starting point at mile 9 and then through the Red Rocks aid station at mile 11 on the way to the finish line at Red River Ranch.
Flora & Fauna
Runners will pass through typical pine and aspen forests on the route.