Bryce Canyon

Friday-Saturday, June 5-6, 2015 – Bryce 100 mi, 50 mi, & 50k


This scenic, mountain course runs along the western edge of the Paunsaugunt plateau offering spectacular views above and below the hoodoos. Most of the trail is run at elevations between 8,000 – 9,000 ft.   Approximately 80% single track.

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Click here to view the map, elevation profile, and read a detailed course description with photos.  We are very pleased to have the amazing workhorse Rick Whitelaw overseeing the trail marking at each of our events in 2015.

Click here to view images and video taken on this course, as well as any race reports, blog posts, etc.


Thursday: 100 mile check in from 2-8PM at Ruby’s Inn.  (50 mile and 50K runners can check in at this time or on Friday from 2-8pm.) 

Friday: 5:00-5:30am- Shuttles leave from Ruby’s to the starting line. 6am- The 100 mile race begins .  2pm-8pm-  50 mile and 50K check in at Ruby’s Inn.

Saturday:  4:45-5am-50 mile shuttles depart Ruby’s Inn.  6am- 50 mile race begins at Crawford Pass trailhead.  7am- 50K shuttles depart Ruby’s Inn. 8am-50K race begins at Tropic Reservoir boat ramp


100 mile, Overall cutoff- 36 hours

50 mile, Overall cutoff- 17 hours

50K, Overall cutoff- 11 hours


You can leave a drop bag for any aid station that you’d like. Crew access aid stations are Straight Canyon, Crawford Pass, and Proctor Canyon for 100 milers, and Proctor Canyon for 50 milers/50K.  There will be a parking area at the bottom of Proctor Canyon for crew/pacers and we will have shuttles taking them the last two miles up to the aid station.  Crew vehicles will not be allowed at the aid station.

The 100 miler has 13 fully stocked aid stations, the 50 mile has 6, and the 50K has 3.

Click here to view more detailed aid station information, including directions for crew/pacer access.

Aid stations will be stocked with: water, ice, Gatorade, a variety of soda, fruit, boiled potatoes, tortillas w/ Nutella, PB&J, turkey sandwiches, dill pickles, chips, Ensure (or similar drink), hard candies, granola bars, fig newtons, anti chafing agent, sunscreen, first aid supplies.  We will have a limited supply of gels, salt caps, and electrolyte caps.

In addition to the standard fare, any night aid stations will have different warm food items such as broth (vegan), ramen noodles, rice/bean/cheese/salsa burritos, grilled cheese, quesadillas, coffee, hot chocolate, and pancakes/eggs/bacon in the morning.

Birthday cake will be served at the Parissawampitts aid station, celebrating all of the runners with May birthdays!

We are so pleased to have the great Turd’l Miller overseeing all aid station operations at each of our events this year, bringing runners back from the dead left and right!


Crew access is allowed at any of the aid stations. Click here to view more detailed aid station information, including directions for crew/pacer access. Pacers are allowed for the 100 mile after the first lap on the course, and can be switched out at any aid station thereafter in the race.  50 mile pacers can begin at North Timp aid.  No  pacers allowed for the 50K.


All UA events are zero waste, with less than 1% of the trash produced at the event going to the landfill (and no portapotty chemical sludge being sent to the wastewater treatment facilities.)

Here’s how we do it-

1-  We separate all organics/compostables as well as the normal recyclable materials at the start/finish line and each aid station.  Please help us to keep recyclables and compostables separate from the other trash.  We will have labeled bins at each location.  We have an Ubuntu Blox machine that compacts our non-recyclable trash into bales which are used as a sustainable building material.  The beauty of the Ubuntu Blox system is that it provides a use for the non-recyclables such as wrappers, plastic bags, etc.  With this system, we were able to “upcycle” nearly 100% of our landfill bound solid waste.

2-  Eco Commode composting toilets. All human waste collected is composted after the event, becoming a nutrient-rich soil amenity as the end product.  You will find a bin of cover material next to each of the toilets at the event.  Please add a scoop or handful of cover material after each use of the toilet to keep things fresh for the next user and to help maintain proper carbon/nitrogen ratios.  This cover material is usually sawdust, but can also be shredded newpaper, ash, peat moss, coffee grounds or another carbon source.

For more information about our Zero Waste system, see this blog post.


The pre and post race meals are artisan pizzas made to order. Runners will be required to present their bibs to the chef in order to get their free pizzas.  One pizza for 50k runners, two for the 50 mile runners, and 3 for 100 milers.  The pizza ovens will be fired up at runner check-in before the race and then for the duration of the event.  A beverage of your choice will be provided with each pizza as well.  For those runners that finish during the night or in the morning, we have some delicious breakfast and dessert pizza options for you to choose from.  Additional pizzas can be purchased by runners and crew for $6.


Ruby’s Inn will be our sponsoring hotel.  They are located at the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park. Discounted rates are available for anyone running or supporting runners in the Bryce 100.

To book at this discounted rate (a savings of $35,) go to the website  In the field that says “Special Rates” choose Group/Block and in the blank put the code 68G .  This code is specific to our group.  This will then show you the available rooms for your group.  If you wish to call in, ask for the name of the block: Bryce 50

Also, remember that camping is also available at Ruby’s Inn.  They have cabins and tipis available as well.  Campground includes showers and a pool/hot tub.  Call this number to reserve-  1-866-878-9373

King’s Creek campground is next to the 50K start and has sites available on a first come-first served basis.

The scenic Red Canyon campground is located about 5 minutes from the starting line.  It is has showers and is $15/night.

In addition to these camping options, almost every canyon on the plateau south of the reservoir has wooded meadows with a creek running through it and some gorgeous free camping sites. (Please make every effort to leave no trace so that it will not affect our ability to get the race permitted in future years.)

Here are more lodging options near the park. The hotels listed in the nearby towns of Panguitch, Hatch, Tropic, and Cannonville, are all within 20 minutes of the starting line, as well as the hotels at the junction of Highways 12 and 89.


The nearest airport is St. George, Utah and the drive is just over 2 hours. There is also the option to fly into Las Vegas, Nevada or  Salt Lake City, UT.  Either one is about a 4 hour drive.  The most scenic option would be to fly into Vegas and drive on Hwy 9 through Zion National Park to Mt. Caramel Junction and then take Hwy 89 north to Bryce.  The next best option is to take Hwy 14 from Cedar City up Cedar canyon and over Cedar mountain.  Your GPS won’t send you on either of these routes but they take about the same amount of time to drive and are much more scenic than Hwy 20.


We realize that these are destination races for most folks, and it may be the only time that you visit this uniquely beautiful area.  One of our biggest desires at Ultra Adventures is that you walk away from this event having fully experienced what the area has to offer.  Even a 100 mile course can only capture a portion of what this diverse topography has to offer.  We want you to get into and explore the heart of the national park, walk through that remote slot canyon, see that most amazing overlook that is not part of the course.  Most often, these spectacular areas are protected as part of a national park, monument, or wilderness area where large group activities are not permitted as part of the management plan.  These are often the areas most frequented by tourists, but  are nevertheless places that we feel you must see while you’re visiting.  It is our hope that these experiences will help you to become even more connected to the local landscape, thus creating more stakeholders in its preservation.

For each event, we have created a “Trifecta” list-  Boiled it down to 3 “must see” areas that are within a reasonable travelling distance of the race course.  For each of the 3 “legs” of the Trifecta that you complete, you will receive 10% discount credited towards the next Ultra Adventures event that you participate in!  Complete all three legs of the Trifecta and you have earned yourself 30% off of the next event!  These discounts can also be accumulated, so after 3 events, you can earn 90% off of the 4th event just for getting out and doing what you love!!

Trifecta Rules: To get credit for completing a leg of the Trifecta, you must submit a picture from each of the required locations of that particular leg of the Trifecta.  There is a two week window in which these pictures can be submitted- between one week prior to the event date until one week after the event has taken place.  Any pictures submitted before or after this time window will not be accepted.

Pictures must include:

1)  A clear view of your face

2) A clear view of your bib # (Race bibs will be assigned and available to view on 7 days prior to the event- if you visit one of the Trifecta sites prior to packet pickup, you will have to write your bib # on a piece of paper and have it visible in the photo.)

Pictures can be submitted in two formats:

1) Instagram- Use the hashtag #2015grandcanyontrifecta

2) Email the picture to

***Race credit must be redeemed within one year from the race date and the amount credited is based on the amount that you paid for the event that you participated in- (ie. for a $100 registration fee you would earn $10 credit for each leg of the Trifecta, for a $200 registration fee, you would earn $20 credit for each Trifecta leg completed).

The 2015 Bryce Trifecta will be:

1) Fairyland Loop- (8 miles) . This loop will take you through the heart of the hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park and runs along the rim for some great overlooks as well.  Click here for trail description.

2) Willis Creek- (4 miles) Beautiful nearby slot canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, don’t miss it! Click here for trail description 

3) Powell Point- (9 miles out and back from forest service road 143 junction.)  Crowning overlook of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to the south and east and Bryce Canyon National Park to the west, while standing on top of hoodoos at 10,000ft.  Unbelievable.  Road can get washed out, but sometimes it’s great- call Escalante Ranger district (435-826-5499) to check status if you don’t have 4wd. You may have to do one of the substitute options if you don’t have 4wd.  Click here for trail description

***Other amazing options (which can replace any of the above trifecta legs if you’re looking for something new)

Riggs Spring loop (8.5 miles) Beautiful forest and hoodoos on this trail that is at the southernmost point of the park.

Kodachrome Basin State Park- The Panorama trail (3-6 miles), Angel’s Palace trail (1.5 miles), and Shakespeare Arch trail (1.7 miles) are all amazing. Great campground (sandstone playground) and it’s not too far (30 min) from the starting line.  (Make sure to check out Grosevenor Arch while you’re in the area.)

Casto-Cassidy-Losee Canyon Loop (13 miles)- very colorful loop full of hoodoos outside of the national park. A great mountain bike ride.


The belt buckles (awarded for the 100 miler finishers only) are each hand crafted using organic materials gathered on the course and preserved in resin.  The finishers’ award for the 50K and 50 mile distance is a hand thrown pottery mug.  Each of our awards is unique- you can choose the one that speaks to you.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers for each distance as well. We hope that you will join us at the finish line for as long as you’d like to welcome home the other finishers.  One of our goals this year is to create a welcoming environment for you to hang out with old and new friends.  To make this possible, we will have the following amenities present at the finish line to keep you comfortable- shade, seating, pizza, drinks, hot showers, a wood-fired cedar hot tub, massage tent, recovery tent, medical tent, and a camping area.  We are so pleased to have the infamous “Whiskeytown” George Walsh (a.k.a. “GW”) overseeing the start and finish line operations at each of our events.


We are proud to offer one of the best refund/rollover policies out there.  The amount refunded will be determined by how much advanced notice you give us, since many costs involved with the race are incurred early.  If you notify us prior to 60 days before the race, you are eligible for a 100% refund or rollover towards any Ultra Adventures event.  If you notify us prior to 30 days before the race- a 75% refund or rollover will be issued.  If you let us know between 15-30 days prior to the event- a 50% rollover can be applied (sorry, no cash refunds issued within 30 days).  Within 15 days of the event- no refunds/rollovers will be issued.


Earn $$ off of your next Ultra Adventures race registration fees by volunteering! Volunteer hours are transferable, so if you can talk your non-runner family/friends into it, they can transfer their credit towards your next race!

Individual Volunteer Form- Please fill out this form to let us know when you’ll be available to volunteer and in what capacity you’re interested in volunteering or email

4 Responses to “Bryce Canyon”

Alan BeebeFebruary 24th, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Hi Matt,
What’s the actual cutoff for the 50K? If the start time is subtracted from the cutoff time it’s 9 hrs., but in the course description it states that the cutoff time is 8 hrs. Either of these is quite tight IMHO due to the difficulty of the course.
Thanks, Alan

Matt GunnFebruary 25th, 2014 at 11:18 pm

Should be 9 hours. Sorry about that, please let me know if you see any more errors or outdated info when you come across it

AaronApril 1st, 2014 at 6:52 am

I love the long run because it’s the only run in which I find peace between body, soul, and spirit in the long run.

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