What is Trailfest?

Trailfest is a social celebration. A meeting of friends who share a love of trail running, a passion for the outdoors, and an appreciation for our shared experience.

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 Southern Utah.

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 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 one of the 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.  

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

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Grand Canyon (12 miles)

The grand finale of the festival! On day 3 you will run at the very start of the Grand Canyon. The Colorado River pours out of Lake Powell at the Glen Canyon Dam and continues down river, carving the Grand Canyon. This course runs along Horseshoe Bend overlooking the Colorado River and then up through Waterholes Canyon - one of the area’s most amazing slot canyons. We will have one aid station near mile 8.

*Note: the official start of the Grand Canyon is at Lee’s Ferry, just a couple miles down river of Horseshoe Bend. This course may be one of our most scenic and unique of the three.

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**This course is being finalized and permit pending. We are still working with our Navajo friends to finalize this third course. If we can’t get things finalized we will go back to last year’s course on the North Rim which will also be about 12 miles.

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


*all times tentative and subject to change


12:00- 8:00pm - Runner check-in

4:00pm - Yoga class begins

5:00pm - Local musicians

7:00pm - Welcome/Event overview

7:30pm - Bryce course overview

10:00pm - Quiet hours begin

10:30pm - Fires out


5:00am - Grab and go breakfast begins

5:45am - Shuttles begin loading at HQ

6:00am - Shuttles depart

2:00pm - Demo booths, beer garden, massage tents and food vendors open

3:00pm - Yoga Starts

5:00pm - Clinic Speaker TBA

6:00pm - Native American performance- Apache Crown Dancers. Yoga classes end

6:30pm - Navajo sunset ceremony

7:00pm - Bryce Awards. Demo booths close

7:15pm - Zion course overview

8:00pm - Massage tents close

9:00pm - Food trucks close, star gazing and beer garden ends

10:00pm - Quiet hour begins

10:30pm - Fires out


5:00am - Grab and go breakfast begins

5:45am - Shuttles begin loading at HQ

6:00am - Shuttles depart

2:00pm - Demo booths, beer garden, massage tents and food trucks open

3:00pm - Yoga Starts

5:00pm - Navajo Hoop Dancers

5:30pm - Keynote Speaker TBA

6:00pm - Yoga classes end

6:30pm - Navajo sunset ceremony

7:00pm - Zion awards. Demo booths close

7:15pm - Grand Canyon Course Overview

7:45pm - Film Festival TBA

8:00pm - Massage tents close

9:00pm - Food trucks close,  beer garden ends

9:15pm - Film festival ends

10:00pm - Quiet hour begins

10:30pm - Fires out


4:45am - Grab and go breakfast begins

5:15am - Shuttles begin loading at HQ

5:30am - Shuttles depart

2:00pm - Demo booths open, beer garden opens, massage tents,  food trucks open and yoga begins. 

3:00pm - Yoga begins

5:00pm -  Live Music TBA

6:00pm - Yoga Ends

6:30pm - Navajo sunset ceremony

7:00pm - Grand Canyon awards/Overall awards

8:00pm - Massage and demo booths close

8:30pm - Live music ends, Grand Canyon Awards and Overall awards

10:00pm - Food trucks close, beer garden ends

11:00pm - Fires out

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.


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!


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. 

Race Results


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!

Jill Hansen
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

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

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

Elliot M.
Grand Circle 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!

Thaddeus Zysk
Trailfest Participant

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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

$575 / runner

Save $100 through April 15

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

$385 / runner

Save $100 through April 15

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

$195 / runner

Save $100 through April 15

When will Trailfest sell out?

That is tough to say. We sold out both our inaugural year (2016) and last year (2017). Both years we sold out early in the registration process (shortly after early bird registration ended).

How do meal tickets work?

For every day you race you will receive 1 meal ticket. You can use them however and whenever you want. You can give them away or use them yourself. Grab and go breakfast is included for every runner. Then we suggest you use your other meal ticket for dinner that night. If you eat somewhere in town and find yourself with an extra meal ticket, you can use it at our beer garden.