“The only race where you can run through the world famous Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend.”
— Matt Anderson
Race - Mar 9, 2019
Over half of this course takes place on Navajo land and is closed to the public without a Navajo guide and proper permits. Please contact the Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park for more information.
On this course, you'll experience two of the most photographed land features in the country - Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend
of the Colorado River. Runners will also race through Waterholes Canyon which is just as spectacular as Antelope Canyon. This is the only race where runners get to run through these world famous landforms.
Need to Know
LOTS OF SAND!! DEEP SOUL SUCKING SAND!!
Runners start with a 5-mile desert traverse on a sandy doubletrack with a little slickrock and a slot canyon mixed in.
Near mile 4, runners will drop into the first slot canyon of the day, at the bottom of which is the Antelope Aid Station.
After the aid station, you'll enter a large open wash, which you'll follow south for about 3 miles to the entrance to the incomparable Upper Antelope Canyon. (This is one of the most photographed slot canyons in the world.)
Navajo guides will be posted along the route, as travel on tribal lands requires their presence in order to visit the sacred sites. After passing through the slot canyon, runners will climb over a sand dune and pass through another small slot canyon on the return (since the canyon isn’t wide enough for two way traffic.) You’ll return to the Antelope Aid station for the second time, then retrace your footsteps back toward the starting line for about 3.5 miles, where you’ll split off from the way you came and head west toward the Horseshoe Bend
/Waterholes Canyon leg. Slickrock Aid will be about a mile into the desert after crossing S. Coppermine Rd.
From there, runners will traverse another open desert for about 3 miles before reaching the famous Horseshoe Bend
of the Colorado River. An aid station will be set up near the parking lot of this spectacular overlook (Horseshoe Bend
The next section weaves through slickrock along the rim of the Colorado River, in an area that few humans have traveled which offers views that are beyond words.
After crossing back over Hwy 89, runners will fuel up at the Waterholes Aid station before dropping into another gorgeous slot canyon. The aid station is located near the bridge.
After about a mile in the slot, runners will exit and head back towards the city of Page on a long, exposed, and sandy desert traverse which takes you through the Horseshoe Bend
and Slickrock aid stations for a second time. Upon entering Page and climbing up onto the plateau which the city is built upon, the route ties into the smooth singletrack of the Page Rim Trail
. This is a fast and very runnable ten-mile loop with spectacular views of Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam.