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!

The 2018 Grand Circle Trailfest race guide is here!

3 Courses

Bryce Canyon (13 miles)

Perhaps nowhere are the forces of natural erosion more tangible than at Bryce Canyon.

Its wilderness of phantom-like rock spires, or hoodoos, attracts nearly two million visitors a year.

On Day 1 of Trailfest, you'll see all of the beauty but avoid the crowds as you run on remote trails through the magical hoodoos unique to the Paunsaugunt Plateau.  

> More details about Day 1: Bryce Canyon

Zion (12 miles)

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.

On Day 2 you'll run remote trails along the edge of a mesa, offering you commanding views of the majestic sandstone towers that make Zion famous.

> More details about Day 2: Zion

Grand Canyon (11 miles)

The grand finale of the festival! On day 3 you will run at the very start of the Grand Canyon. This course may be one of our most scenic and unique of the three.

The Colorado River pours out of Lake Powell at the Glen Canyon Dam and continues down river, carving the Grand Canyon.

This course runs through Waterholes Canyon - one of the area’s most amazing slot canyons, then along Horseshoe Bend overlooking the Colorado River.  We will have one aid station near mile 4.5.

Note: the official start of the Grand Canyon is at Lee’s Ferry, just a couple miles down river of Horseshoe Bend.

> More details about Day 3: Grand Canyon

Don't forget to check out each national park after the race!

Trailfest Aid Stations

Our 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. 


Itinerary

(This is a tentative schedule and subject to change)

Wednesday

12:00- 8:00pm - Runner check-in

4:00pm - Musician- Kaitlyn Sevy

5:00pm - Clinic- Lynne Hewitt

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

6:00pm - Clinic- Southern Utah Trail Running - BLM

6:30pm - Welcome/Event Overview

6:45pm - Bryce Course Overview

7:00pm - Keynote Speaker - Timothy Olson 

8:30pm - Dinner ends and beer garden closes

10:00pm - Quiet hours begin

10:30pm - Fires out

Thursday

5:00am - Grab and go breakfast begins

5:30am - Shuttles begin loading at Festival HQ

5:45am - Shuttles depart for Bryce Canyon race

7:30am - Bryce Canyon race starts

2:00pm - Vendor booths and massage tents open

3:00pm - Yoga starts

3:30pm - Film screening- 3100 Run & Become

5:30pm Dinner buffet* (Chicken Fajitas) & beer garden opens
Native Performance – Navajo Hoop Dancers

6:30pm - Navajo Sunset Ceremony

7:00pm - Bryce Canyon Awards

7:15pm - Zion Course Overview

7:45pm - Night Skies presentation by Kevin Poe, the Dark Ranger

8:00pm - Massage tents close

8:30pm - Dinner ends

9:00pm - Beer garden closes

10:00pm - Quiet hours begin

10:30pm - Fires out

Friday

5:00am - Grab and go breakfast begins

5:30am - Shuttles begin loading at Festival HQ

5:45am - Shuttles depart for Zion race

7:30am - Zion race starts

2:00pm - Vendor booths and massage tents open

3:00pm - Yoga starts

3:30pm - Speaker- Jeff Browning (presented by Altra)

4:30pm - Speaker- Ben Light & Shannon O'Grady (presented by Gnarly)

5:30pm Dinner buffet* (Linguini) & beer garden opens

6:30pm - Navajo Sunset Ceremony

7:00pm - Zion Awards

7:15pm - Grand Canyon Course Overview

7:30pm - Film Festival - Trails In Motion

8:00pm - Massage tents close

8:30pm - Dinner ends

9:00pm - Beer garden closes

10:00pm - Quiet hours begin

10:30pm - Fires out

Saturday

5:00am - Grab and go breakfast begins

5:30am - Shuttles begin loading at Festival HQ

5:45am - Shuttles depart for Grand Canyon race

7:30am(MDT) - Grand Canyon race starts

2:00pm - Vendor booths and massage tents open

3:00pm - Yoga starts

5:00pm - Musician - Josh Warburton

5:30pm Dinner buffet* (Pulled Pork) & beer garden opens
Native Performance - Paiute Dancers

6:30pm - Navajo Sunset Ceremony

7:00pm - Grand Canyon Awards/Overall Awards

7:30pm - Live band - The National Parks

8:00pm - Massage tents close

8:30pm - Dinner ends

9:30pm - Beer garden closes

10:00pm - Quiet hours begin

11:00pm - Fires out


Sunday

12:00pm - 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.

Lodging Options

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

We'll have plenty of camping for our Trailfest runners, but you are 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 entry fee includes a camping pass to our 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 headquarters). Camping* is allowed from noon on Wednesday (Oct. 3rd) through noon on Sunday (Oct. 7th). When you register, you will be able to select the option of camping/RV, or none, as well as 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, stage for the film festivals, and a very large playground for kids. 

*It is possible to park a tent trailer or motorhome instead of tent camping, however, there aren't hookups available. Spaces are limited.

"Do I have to stay at festival HQ?"
Nope! We'll provide a tent and campsite for everyone who registers, but you don't have to take advantage of it. If you want to stay somewhere else and drive yourself to the festival and races, that is allowed.

"Is alcohol allowed at Trailfest?"
No, but also yes. We will have a beer garden at Trailfest. Utah and Kane County have certain laws we have to abide by that restrict where the beer garden can be. So it will be located at the “annex” of Trailfest. We invite everyone interested to come there and enjoy a drink.

There is NO ALCOHOL allowed at Jacob Hamblin Park, so please do not consume alcohol on park grounds outside of the designated beer garden. Failure to comply will impact our relationship with Kanab and could put the future of the event in jeopardy.

ADDITIONAL HOTEL OPTIONS

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

HOTEL

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!

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?

Super excited!

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

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Jill Hansen
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

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

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Erin Nash-Fairfax
Trailfest Participant

Unexpected Laughing Fits

Pack up extra Humor...you're going to fall into some great unexpected laughing fits with a few hundreds of the newest members of your trail family

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Christina Vincent
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

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

Race Packages & Pricing

All Access

3-day Pass

October 4-6

  • Entry to all 3 courses
  • Admission to all Festival activities
  • 6 meal tickets
  • Campsite & tent for the entire Festival (optional)

$675 / runner

2-Race Pass
+ Festival

October 4-6

  • Entry to any 2 courses
  • Admission to all Festival activities
  • 4 meal tickets
  • Campsite & tent for the entire Festival (optional)

$485 / runner

1-Race Pass
+ Festival

October 4-6

  • Entry to any 1 course
  • Admission to all Festival activities
  • 2 meal tickets
  • Campsite & tent for the entire Festival (optional)

$295 / runner

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Registration Periods

Early Bird: Jan. 26 – Apr. 22, 2018
Regular: Apr. 23 – Jul. 22, 2018
Late: Jul. 23 – Oct. 4, 2018

*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.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When will Trailfest sell out?

What time does the race start?

Will there be shuttles?

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

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

Do I have to take the shuttle?

Are there aid stations on course?

Are dogs allowed?

Are strollers allowed?

What are the meal options?

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

Do I have to stay at the festival?

How do the tents work at the festival?

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