Grand Circle Trailfest: Day 3
Horseshoe Bend

Race Date: October 2nd
Start Time: 7:30am (Utah Time)
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)

The grand finale of the festival! Run along the outer rim of the iconic Horseshoe Bend! This course will give you a very intimate view of the Colorado River as it begins to carve its way through the Grand Canyon (though the official “start” of the Grand Canyon is another 2 miles down river). You’ll start by heading out a short distance of a mixture of sand and slickrock toward the rim of Horseshoe Bend. You'll see the canyon with the Colorado River below. Running along the rim of the iconic Horseshoe Bend gives you a taste of what is further down river. This section along the famous Horseshoe Bend is easily one of the most sought after views of the Colorado River.

After veering away from the rim, runners will be traversing through the desert for a bit until reaching Waterholes Canyon, a slot canyon very few get the privilege of exploring. The section through the slot canyon includes a few areas where runners will have to climb/scramble down into the canyon, and also climb a ladder or two (one is about 15 feet and the other is about 6 feet) back out. Runners will be in the canyon for about a mile. After exiting Waterholes Canyon, they will traverse north along a sandy road to the finish at a Navajo Hogan.

Please be patient with each other (especially in the slot canyon and climbing down ladders) and be careful. This course’s biggest challenge is the sand. Runners will run through miles of soft sand. Gaiters are recommended, but plan to stop and dump out your shoes on several occasions and remember to drop those hips to help glide across the sand.

*The cutoff will be enforced at the aid station. If runners reach the aid station at mile 6.2 AFTER 10:00 am, they will be pulled off the course by race officials.

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

Course Elevation

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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