The only race where you can run through the world famous Horseshoe Bend and Waterholes Canyon.”
— Matt Anderson
Featured Race Feb 25, 2017
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 - Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River and Waterholes Canyon (a slot canyon very similar to the world famous Antelope Canyon). This is the only race where runners get to run through these world famous landforms without hiring a Navajo Guide or getting a permit which is usually the only way to see these landforms.
Dogs: No Dogs
Need to Know
From the Horseshoe Bend aid station runners will traverse along the rim of the Horseshoe Bend before traversing across an open sandstone area. You'll need a sharp eye to see the course markings. Basic orienteering skills will help.
Runners will begin by traversing open desert for several 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 Aid).
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.