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Grand Circle Loop

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Length

11.8 Miles 19.0 Kilometers

92%

Runnable

Elevation

1,578' 481 m

Ascent

-1,576' -481 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

4,847' 1,477 m

High

3,740' 1,140 m

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Enjoy lovely views of multicolored boulders and rock cliffs along this loop.

Dawn Westrum

Overview [Suggest Changes]

There's a $15 entry fee, and the gates open at 6 a.m.
This loop starts and ends at the Visitor Center, but not from inside unless you want to hop the small fence! The guide says this trail is “strenuous,” which is perhaps only because of its length—this area's fairly flat terrain certainly isn’t tough compared to a mountain run.

Along the way, expect loose rocks and short steep sections. It is signed counterclockwise and finishes with several miles of gentle downhill. The best views are in the first half of the loop—keep your eyes on the rock walls to see climbers in their element.
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Runner Notes [Suggest Changes]

This loop finishes with an awesome downhill for about 3 miles!

Description [Suggest Changes]

Starting from the Visitor Center, jump on the Moenkopi Loop heading east to reach a junction with Calico Hills. From here, head northwest on Calico Hills as it skirts the base of beautiful red, white, and tan cliffs.

Once you've passed a few parking areas on the road above, you'll reach a junction with the Grand Circle Loop: White Rock - Sandstone Quarry Connector. Head west here, soon crossing Scenic Drive twice to reach a dirt road heading north from the paved Scenic Drive. Head up the dirt road and hook a left onto White Rock - Willow Spring Trail (part of the White Rock Loop Featured Run).

Once you reach the upcoming junction with the Grand Circle Loop: Visitor Center - White Rock Connector, head left to make a gentle descent back to the Visitor Center and the end of the loop.

Flora & Fauna [Suggest Changes]

Various cacti grow here.

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