2019 Grand Circle Trailfest

October 2-5, 2019  |  Kanab, UT

This year's event has passed, but the memories will last!

We sincerely thank  you for joining us at this event. We hope you had a great time running our favorite trails in the Grand Circle. Here's to more laughter, new friends, and many more adventures to come! We hope you'll run with us again soon!

What is Trailfest?

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


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 compete for an overall placement award!


After the race, spend the day exploring the parks, hiking local trails, and getting to know the local sights and sounds. 

Absorb nature!


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!

Your official race guide is ready!
This contains the answer to probably every question you
might have about Trailfest. Download it, study it, and read it
to your fellow runners during the road trip!

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 (13 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

Registration Periods

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

Trailfest is in...


*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.

I love Vacation Races

Yes!!! I'm going [to Yosemite] in 2018 and I am super excited, but first Grand Canyon Half Marathon, Lake Powell Half marathon, Zion Half marathon... :) I love Vacation Races races...can you tell? ;)

Danuta Piatek


This is a tentative schedule and subject to change


12:00–8:00 pm- Runner check-in

4:00 pm - Buffalo Dancers

5:00 pm - Dinner buffet & beer garden opens

5:30 pm - Welcome/ Event overview

5:45 pm - Medical Clinic

6:00 pm - Bryce Canyon Fun Facts Moment

6:15 pm - Bryce Canyon Course Overview

6:45 pm - National Parks live band performance (7pm-8:30pm)

8:00 pm - Dinner ends

10:00 pm - Quiet hours begin

10:30 pm - Fires out


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

7:00 am - Runners who drive themselves should be at parking area

7:30 am - Bryce Canyon race starts (rolling waves)

11:15 am - First shuttle returns (as they are filled)


2:00 pm - Vendor booths and massage tents open

3:00 pm - Yoga starts

4:00 pm - Speaker (TBA)

5:00 pm Dinner buffet & beer garden opens

6:30 pm - Bryce Canyon Awards

6:45 pm - Zion Course Overview

8:00 pm - Dinner ends & massage tents close

8:30 pm - Beer garden closes

10:00 pm - Quiet hours begin

10:30 pm - Fires out


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

7:00 am - Runners who drive themselves should be at parking area

7:30 am - Zion race starts (rolling waves)

11:15 am - First shuttle returns (as they are filled)


2:00 pm - Vendor booths and massage tents open

3:00 pm - Yoga starts

4:00 pm - Speaker (TBA)

5:00 pm Dinner buffet & beer garden opens

6:00 pm - Navajo Sunset Ceremony

6:30 pm - Zion Awards

6:45 pm - Horseshoe Bend Course Overview

8:00 pm - Dinner ends & massage tents close

8:30 pm - Beer garden closes

10:00 pm - Quiet hours begin

10:30 pm - Fires out


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

7:00 am - Runners who drive themselves should be at parking area

7:30 am - Horseshoe Bend race starts
(rolling waves)

11:15 am - First shuttle returns (as they are filled)


2:00 pm - Vendor booths and massage tents open

3:00 pm - Yoga starts & Early Dinner & beer garden opens

5:00 pm - Horseshoe Bend Awards/Overall Awards

6:00 pm - Yoga ends

8:00 pm - Dinner ends & massage tents close

8:30 pm - Beer garden closes

10:00 pm - Quiet hours begin

11:00 pm - Fires out

Note: The Horseshoe Bend race is in Arizona, but all times listed are based on Utah time (MDT)


12:00 pm - Checkout

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.


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. 


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


The Grand Circle Trailfest is a unique event in that in addition to all the fun you'll be having at the festival, you'll be running anywhere from 11 to 13 miles a day- 3 days in a row. This can be daunting especially if you are new to trail running, or if you are not used to running at altitude.

We've partnered with Terry Chiplin with Active at Altitude. Terry is a Lydiard running coach and has created a guide to help you with training tips to both physically and mentally prepare for this awesome adventure ahead!  

Traveling to Trailfest

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. 

Getting to the races

Driving Yourself

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.

Drive Times
Bryce Canyon Race: 1hr 25m Driving directions
Zion Race: 1 hr Driving directions
Horseshoe Bend Race: 1 hr 20m Driving directions

Driving to Bryce Canyon Race

Driving to Zion Race

Driving to Horseshoe Bend Race


Runners have the option to sign up to take a shuttle from Trailfest Headquarters in Kanab to the start line each race morning. Shuttles will load at 5:30 am and depart at 5:45 am. The return shuttles will be running to Trailfest Headquarters after the race. They will depart as they are filled with finished runners. Shuttles are reserved for registered runners only.

If you did not reserve a shuttle during registration but would like to, you can log in here and edit your registration to add-on a shuttle reservation. 

Spectators & Non-Runners

SPECTATORS: Each day’s courses are not very spectator friendly. However, spectators are welcome to greet you at the finish line. Spectators are responsible for their own transportation. Shuttles to and from Kanab are only for registered runners who signed up for the shuttle in advance. Friends and family can park in the designated parking area for each race location and take the short shuttle ride to the finish line to cheer on their runners.
PLEASE NOTE: When loading shuttles to transport individuals back to the parking area from the finish line, runners will be given first priority. We will try our best to be accommodating, but please understand our main focus will be on the runners.

NON-RUNNERS: Trailfest will offer plenty to do for the non-runner. All the activities begin after 2:00 pm. Everything from yoga classes, nature walks, massage therapists, and local vendors and shops offer plenty to do for those who don’t want to venture out onto the trails. In addition, the speakers, film-screenings, entertainment, or other parts of the festival aspect are free to join in on.

The town of Kanab also offers a couple of unique museums, a movie theater, bar, and several historic sites to keep you busy. While your runner is out on the trail, go for a drive through one of the 3 adjacent National Parks, 2 National Monuments, one of the Navajo Tribal Parks, or Lake Powell! 

Non-runners may share a tent with a runner, or additional camping spots may be added during or after registration. 

MEALS:  For registered runners, a nightly buffet dinner as well as a morning grab-n-go breakfast before each race is included. For those not running, additional meal tickets can be purchased at the registration tent or at the buffet table for $10, cash or credit accepted. Purchased meal tickets will be given to the volunteer at the buffet entrance.

Squatters & Wasatch Breweries 
Official Beer Partners of Grand Circle Trailfest 2019

Squatters and Wasatch Breweries are excited to be the official beer partner at Grand Circle Trailfest! Let's run, explore, and relax with a rewarding beer! Be sure to stop by the Squatters and Wasatch Beer Garden at the Trailfest Headquarters each day. We will offer several different beers from both breweries to quench your thirst after a long day on the trail. We also made a custom Trailfest Lager to celebrate our involvement with this awesome event.

Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Salt Lake Brewing Co. is a craft beer brewer and brewpub operator that sells beer across 19 states under the Squatters Craft Beer and Wasatch Brewery brands. In 1986 Greg Schirf founded Wasatch Beers, Utah’s first microbrewery and brewpub in the resort town of Park City. Three years later, Jeff Polychronis and Peter Cole, founders of Squatters, opened Salt Lake’s first brewpub. In 2000, Squatters and Wasatch merged their microbrewery operations creating Utah Brewers Cooperative. Combined, Squatters and Wasatch beers have won more than 100 awards at national and international beer competitions. Including the prestigious, U.S. Mid-size Brewery of the Year award from the Brewers Association in 2010, a distinction that highlights the “statement-making” nature of their beer. Currently, the Company employs over 400 people and operates a commercial brewery, as well as six branded brewpubs.

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


What have others said about Trailfest?

Thank you for a well organized race. My kids loved the park and dancers which made for easy entertainment after running!

Erin Nash-Fairfax
Trailfest Participant

Absolutely amazing!

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

Staci Geiselman
Trailfest Participant

Excellent event!

It was an excellent event! Thanks, Trailfest!

Fawn Viator Hernandez
Trailfest Participant

Super excited!

Super excited to run the trails of Nor Cal! Did the grand circle trailfest and looking forward to this new adventure!

Jill Hansen
Trailfest Participant

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

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!

Julie Ann Sherwood
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 should I pack for Trailfest?

What time does the race start?

How long is the drive to the race?

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?

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