What is Trailfest?

Trailfest is a 3-day festival celebrating nature, trail running, music, food, and friendship.

Run in the morning

Each morning, you'll run a gorgeous timed race on one of the world's most uniquely beautiful trail courses. 

You'll earn a finisher award for each daily race and overall winners will receive an additional placement award!

Explore all afternoon

After the race, spend the day exploring the parks, hiking local trails, and discovering other nearby beaches, restaurants, and sights. 

Absorb nature!

Enjoy the evening

After a day on the trails, sit back, and enjoy deserved rest, delicious food, expert presenters and motivational speakers, live bands, bonfires, a trail running film festival, yoga clinics, gear demonstrations, and more!

3 Epic Courses

Day 1

Bryce Canyon (13 mi.)

Nowhere is the force of erosion more tangible than at Bryce Canyon.

Its wilderness of phantom-like rock spires attracts nearly 2 million visitors every year.

You'll see all the beauty but avoid the crowds as you run on remote trails through the magical hoodoos unique to the Paunsaugunt Plateau.

Day 2

Zion (12 mi.)

The towering sandstone walls and deep slot canyons of Zion National Park are unique to anywhere else on earth and attract 3 million visitors a year.

You'll run remote trails along the edge of a mesa, offering you commanding views of the majestic sandstone towers that make Zion famous.

Day 3

Horseshoe Bend (11 mi.)

The grand finale! 

This course runs through the incredible Waterholes slot canyon and then along the beautiful Horseshoe Bend where the Colorado River pours out of Lake Powell then continues on to carve the Grand Canyon! 

This course may be the most scenic and unique of the three.

Spend time after the race exploring each National Park!

Race Packages & Pricing

Heads-up! We've reduced the number of runners this year!
As a consequence, Trailfest will likely sell out sooner!

Registration Periods

Early: January 18 – March 17
Regular: March 18 – July 7
Late: July – Trailfest

Next price jump in:

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*There is a limited number of entries to each race, and this event may sell out. If the event is sold out, registration will close regardless of registration period.

Registration is now open!

Another great run!

Thank you for another great run!

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Jamie Biehahn-Crissman
Yosemite Half Marathon Runner

Itinerary

This is a tentative schedule and subject to change

Wednesday

12:00–8:00 pm - Runner check-in

4:00 pm - Musician

5:00 pm - Clinic

5:30 pm - Dinner buffet* & beer garden opens

6:00 pm - Clinic

6:30 pm - Welcome/Event Overview

6:45 pm - Bryce Course Overview

7:00 pm - Keynote Speaker

8:30 pm - Dinner ends and beer garden closes

10:00 pm - Quiet hours begin

10:30 pm - Fires out

Thursday

5:00 am - Grab-and-go breakfast begins

5:30 am - Shuttles begin loading at Festival HQ

5:45 am - Shuttles depart for Bryce Canyon race

7:30 am - Bryce Canyon race starts

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2:00 pm - Vendor booths and massage tents open

3:00 pm - Yoga starts

3:30 pm - Film Screening

5:30 pm Dinner buffet* & beer garden opens

6:30 pm - Navajo Sunset Ceremony

7:00 pm - Bryce Canyon Awards

7:15 pm - Zion Course Overview

7:45 pm - Night Skies presentation 

8:00 pm - Massage tents close

8:30 pm - Dinner ends

9:00 pm - Beer garden closes

10:00 pm - Quiet hours begin

10:30 pm - Fires out

Friday

5:00 am - Grab-and-go breakfast begins

5:30 am - Shuttles begin loading at Festival HQ

5:45 am - Shuttles depart for Zion race

7:30 am - Zion race starts

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2:00 pm - Vendor booths and massage tents open

3:00 pm - Yoga starts

3:30 pm - Speaker

4:30 pm - Speaker

5:30 pm Dinner buffet* & beer garden opens

6:30 pm - Navajo Sunset Ceremony

7:00 pm - Zion Awards

7:15 pm - Horseshoe Bend Course Overview

7:30 pm - Film Festival

8:00 pm - Massage tents close

8:30 pm - Dinner ends

9:00 pm - Beer garden closes

10:00 pm - Quiet hours begin

10:30 pm - Fires out

Saturday

5:00 am - Grab-and-go breakfast begins

5:30 am - Shuttles begin loading at Festival HQ

5:45 am - Shuttles depart for Horseshoe Bend race

7:30 am - Horseshoe Bend race starts

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2:00 pm - Vendor booths and massage tents open

3:00 pm - Yoga starts

5:00 pm - Musician

5:30 pm Dinner buffet* & beer garden opens 

6:30 pm - Navajo Sunset Ceremony

7:00 pm - Horseshoe Bend Awards/Overall Awards

7:30 pm - Live band

8:00 pm - Massage tents close

8:30 pm - Dinner ends

9:30 pm - Beer garden closes

10:00 pm - Quiet hours begin

11:00 pm - Fires out

Sunday

12:00 pm - Checkout

Breakfast will include fresh fruit, muffins and pastries, bagels, yogurt, juice, water and coffee. Dinner meals are catered. We apologize we can't take all dietary restrictions into account, but we will have a vegetarian option each night.

Aid Stations

Trailfest aid stations will have the following:

  • Water
  • Gnarly electrolyte drink
  • Honey Stinger gels
  • Fresh fruit
  • Variety of both salty and sweet items

At every event, our aid station workers are there to assist you. If you ever need help, our aid workers will do whatever they can to help.

Lodging

Festival HQ will be at Jacob Hamblin Park in Kanab, UT!

We'll have plenty of camping for Trailfest runners but you're welcome to find your own lodging nearby if camping isn't your speed. And yes, you can bring your friends and family.

Campsites will be available from noon on Wednesday through noon on Sunday (4 nights!!)

Your Trailfest registration includes a camping pass to the group area at race headquarters. Bring your own tent or we can provide one for you. We have access to four baseball fields located adjacent to the city park (Festival HQ). Camping* is available from noon on Wednesday (Oct. 2nd) through noon on Sunday (Oct. 6th).

When you register, you'll be asked to select the option of tent camping, car/van/RV camping, or none. You'll also have an opportunity to purchase additional spots for friends and family.

There are bathrooms with flush toilets at the headquarters and there will also be compost toilets placed around the tent area and festival. Showers will be available at the Recreation Center/Pool next door.

Additional facilities include: pavilion with picnic tables, serving area (where Trailfest runners will provided with breakfast and dinner), three fire pits, a stage for the film festivals, and a very large playground for kids. 

*It is possible to park a tent trailer or motorhome (26 ft. or shorter) instead of tent camping, however, there aren't hookups available and spaces are limited. 

ADDITIONAL HOTEL OPTIONS

We've partnered with Booking.com to search for the best hotel options in the area. Check them out below!

Transportation

We encourage you to drive to the start of each race so you can spend the rest of the day exploring the park and surrounding area on your schedule! However we will have shuttles each day taking runners to that day's course.

We’ll provide more specifics about Trailfest transportation options and timelines as the event gets closer!

Travel

Kanab is a 3 hour drive from Las Vegas, NV, a 4 1/2 hour drive from Salt Lake City, UT, and a 5 1/2 hour drive from Phoenix, AZ.  No matter which way you're coming from, you will see some amazing country en route.

FROM LAS VEGAS: You will traverse the Mojave Desert and transition to the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau, with views of Zion National Park and the Mt. Caanan Wilderness Area, and the Kaibab Paiute Reservation.  

FROM SALT LAKE CITY: You will drive down the scenic Hwy 89 with views of the Paunsugaunt Plateau (home to Bryce Canyon National Park) and through the towering white sandstone cliffs just east of Zion National Park.

FROM PHOENIX: You will drive through Flagstaff and continue north, paralleling the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and through Navajo land. You'll have two amazing options that are equally breathtaking and similar in distance/time from Kanab. If you take Hwy 89A, you'll cross the Colorado River via Navajo Bridge near Lee's Ferry, then drive along the stunning Vermillion Cliffs National Monument before climbing up onto the famous Kaibab Plateau and then descending down into Kanab with perhaps the most expansive views of the entire Grand Staircase, including Zion and Bryce. We highly recommend this route.  The other option is to take Hwy 89 through Page, AZ (Make sure to get out and hike out to see Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River while you're there). You'll drive across Glen Canyon right below the dam with views of Lake Powell before heading west with views of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to the north and Vermillion Cliffs National Monument to the south. 

Kids Camp

Kids camp is going to be a blast! 

It will begin at 5:30am and end at 2pm each day.

Kids at Kids Camp will eat breakfast and lunch daily and get a free t-shirt. There will be tons of time for play as well as activities to keep your children busy. For the Grand Circle Trailfest Kids Camp, we'll have a licensed daycare provider with several volunteers helping out. (Ages 3-16)

Kids camp is $30.00 per child per day. If you have more than 1 child please add for the quantity you'll need.

Race Results

Testimonials

What have others said about Trailfest?

Trailfest really spoiled us

A huge THANK YOU to all of the volunteers, crew, and organizers! Trailfest, you really spoiled us runners. Thanks for the amazing experience!

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Donna Grimm
Trailfest Participant

The cost is expensive but with what you are getting for the cost I completely understand the price.

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Elliot M.
Grand Circle Trailfest Participant

Unforgettable experience!

Thanks for an amazing experience! My kids, both the younger ones and the teens had fun at kids camp. My hubby & I had an unforgettable experience running trails. And everything was so well organized. Can't wait to do it again!

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Julie Ann Sherwood
Trailfest Participant

Loved it

We had an amazing time...I've never done back to back to back like that ever and loved it. Know that I know I can I will try to do more because of this experience. Thank you!

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Thaddeus Zysk
Trailfest Participant

Best adventure ever!

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Margaret Metzger
Trailfest Participant

Absolutely amazing!

Trailfest was absolutely amazing! Very well organized and so much fun! Thank you everyone who helped put this event together!

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Staci Geiselman
Trailfest Participant

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When will Trailfest sell out?

How do the tents work at the festival?

Do I have to stay at the festival?

What is weather like in the area this time of year?

What time does the race start?

How long do I have to finish the race? Can I walk?

Will there be shuttles?

Do I have to take the shuttle?

Are there aid stations?

Are dogs allowed?

Are strollers allowed?

How do I register on a team? How do teams work?

What are the meal options?

Is alcohol allowed at Trailfest?

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