“A half marathon in the most iconic location in the West!”
— Matt Anderson
Featured Race Mar 25, 2017
The 4-mile Wildcat Trail
is open to the public as is the Valley View Drive but everywhere else on this half marathon course you need either proper permits or a Navajo Guide. Please check with the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Nation for more info.
Situated within the Navajo Nation, Monument Valley boasts amazing formations that reach over 1,000 feet into the sky and draw your gaze in wonderment. You'll likely recognize these formations or “monuments” from the hundreds of movies that have been filmed in this desert backdrop over the years. Vibrant colors and dramatic shadows cast along the valley floor will give you a sense of becoming “in tune” with nature, experiencing the same inclusion with the natural world that the Native Americans have practiced for generations. Running becomes less of an activity and more of an intrinsic way in which to absorb the landscape.
Join us at Ultra Adventures to share the experience in this beautiful setting as we wander and wind our way around the majestic towers and entwine Navajo culture into our event, which will leave you with a new understanding and respect for the natural environment and appreciation for the Navajo lifestyle.
Dogs: No Dogs
Trails are a combination of very runnable to deep sand!
This run starts out along the Wildcat Trail
singletrack around the backside of the West Mitten following roads to the 3 Sisters Aid Station. Runners will do a 4.5-mile loop following horse trails between the landforms of Monument Valley. After a second pass through 3 Sisters Aid Station, runners follow Valley Drive back to the finish line.
History & Background
Dozens of movies have been filmed in Monument Valley, its obvious why!