Grand Circle Trailfest: Day 3
Horseshoe Bend

In order to hold this race on Navajo land, we are must follow Navajo leadership guidelines concerning Covid-19 to help avoid crowds. If we choose to use a staggered start in 2022, we will inform all runners ahead of time. 

Race Date: October 1st
Start: 7:30 am
Note: This race is in Arizona, but all times listed are based on Utah time (MDT)
Distance: 10.6 miles
Aid Station: Mile 6.2
Cutoff: 4 hrs (20min/mile)

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The views on this course are sure to take your breath away. You’ll start near the rim of the Colorado River and run along the iconic Horseshoe Bend from a vantage point on Navajo Land few get to see. Then you will traverse the desert before dropping down into Waterholes Canyon, a slot canyon very few get the privilege of exploring. The section through the slot canyon includes two areas where runners will have to climb a ladder from a lower level to an upper (one is about 15 feet and the other is about 6 feet). 

After a little over a mile through the canyon runners will exit the canyon via a bit of a rock scramble to climb out. Both the ladders and the rock scramble aren’t anything too technical, but be ready for them and also be patient if there is a little bit of a bottleneck when you arrive at that section of the course. Once you climb out of the canyon you will run through the desert for a bit until you reach the finish line near a Navajo Hogan. Although the technical start of the Grand Canyon is a couple miles further down river at Lee’s Ferry, this section along the famous Horseshoe Bend is easily one of the most sought after views of the Colorado River.

A reminder that this entire course is on Navajo land. Remember that we are guests here and to be respectful of the area.

Course Map

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Course Elevation

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Now you can use our maps offline with a GPS-enabled device!

We plan to mark the course with such rigor that you should not need your own map to help you find your way. However, we have experienced blown down signs and vandalism in the past. We recommend downloading the free Avenza app (available for iOS, and Android devices) before the event. There you can find our uploaded maps that work without cell coverage.

Here's how:
1. Download the free "Avenza Maps" app to your smart-phone or tablet while your device is online. It’s compatible with iOS and Android devices.
2. Tap the link below to download the map directly to your mobile device. 
3. The map is now ready to use “offline”. When you open the course map, your GPS location will appear on the map.

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