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The Course

RACE LOCATION: Tusayan, AZ

Course Map

We tried several times to get approval to run inside park boundaries, but were denied. This course is going to be great, but it does not offer any canyon views. It’s run right on the border of the national park, in the Kaibab National Forest immediately west of Tusayan, AZ. From the starting line, you can drive approximately 5 minutes to the edge of the canyon. This is our first trail run in our national park series! We suggest wearing trail shoes if you have them, but there’s no need to go out and get new shoes for the course. Several of our staff ran the course in road shoes without issues.

The course begins at the new parking lot at the north end of Tusayan, AZ right outside the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

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Elevation Map

The elevation change on the course is marginal. A lot of people are surprised to see how high in elevation the rim of Grand Canyon is. While you start at 6651 feet, the total gain over the whole course is only 279 feet. The biggest changes are between miles 3 and 8.

You can also read a mile-by-mile description of the course here.

Grand Canyon Jeep Tours made a video of the entire course for your convenience! You can view the video here.