Monument Valley

Friday-Saturday, March 13-14th, 2015 – Monument Valley Ultras- 100 mile/50 mile/50k


Situated within the Navajo Nation, Monument Valley took millions of years to form and that time was well spent! The amazing formations reaching 1,000 feet into the sky draw your gaze in wonderment. Vibrant colors and dramatic shadows cast along the valley floor will give you a sense of becoming “in tune” with nature, experiencing the same inclusion with the natural world that the Native Americans have practiced for generations. Running becomes less of an activity and more of an intrinsic way in which to absorb the landscape.

Join us at Ultra Adventures to share the experience in this beautiful setting as we wander and wind our way around the majestic towers and entwine Navajo culture into our event, which will leave you with a new understanding and respect for the natural environment and appreciation for the Navajo lifestyle.

  • Antigua Farms

    is there a course map/description up yet for the 50K? Thank you.

    • Matt

      The 50k is identical to the 50 miler until the turnaround at mile 25 so the course description is the same.

  • Christine Cragg Anderson

    Just registered and it may show the wrong email should not be Blair Anderson

  • Jeff Gipe

    Attempted to run up Mitchell Mesa today, but ran out of trail. May have gone wrong somewhere. Very rocky will need to use extreme caution.

    • Matt

      Pretty steep for sure. Were you following the old mining road on the south side of the mesa? I’d be happy to join you next time I’m out there in mid February email me at

  • Jacob Featherstone

    Also registered, if needed.

  • Mark Vickers-Willis

    This is my first 50 K. I’ve run marathons. Does anyone recommend taking your own water source or supplies other than gel?

    • Rick Whitelaw

      I think you picked a good one for your first Mark. Tim and Matt put on some great events. With any trail run or race I strongly recommend carrying hydration (handheld, belt, or pack) and a little fuel. The aid station is very well stocked (check faq page if these items will work), but it looks like one leg of the course will be 9,5 miles between aid. Take advantage of a drop bag at that aid station. At a minimum I would put a spare long sleeve shirt, hat, gloves, spare socks, and extra fuel in the bag. Check the weather and study the course prior to the race. See you out there.

      • Mark Vickers-Willis

        Thanks Rick, I really appreciate your tips and suggestions. I’ve purchased my hand held and have been running with it for 10 days or so. Getting really excited and look forward to seeing you out there. Cheers

  • Jeff Gipe

    Ran the majority of the course yesterday. It was beautiful i think every
    one will enjoy themselves.

    • Matt

      You are indeed blessed to live where you do, Jeff! I’ll be out on the 22-23, would you be interested in joining me on a run? Maybe up Mitchell Mesa?

  • Jeff Gipe

    Would enjoy the company have my last long run scheduled for the 22nd.

  • Jeff Gipe

    Temperatures in Monument Valley in the 60′s. Got a sunburn!

  • Jeff Gipe

    Matt are you still coming to Monument Valley this weekend?

    • admin

      Looks like it- still waiting for an appointment to confirm that might push it back to next weekend. I sent an email about an hour ago- If I do come this weekend, I won’t be there till Sat. afternoon so Sun. morning works best for a run. I’ll confirm via email either way. Will you still be around?

    • Matt

      Si, señor. But likely won’t arrive until Saturday night. Do you want to go for a run Sunday morning? Text me at 435-632-8678

  • Pam Reed

    I am thinking of running the Monument 50 miler are there still rooms available. From Pam Reed

    • Matt

      Yes, Pam!! Would LOVE to see you again!

    • Matt Gunn

      The View still has rooms available.

      If traveling from the north, Mexican Hat offers lodging options and is just 20 minutes away. Here are the 3 hotels in Mexican Hat:
      San Juan Inn
      Hat Rock Inn
      Canyonlands Motel (Mexican Hat)- (435) 683-2230

      If traveling from the south, Kayenta is also 20 minutes from the starting line and also has 3 hotels:
      Hampton Inn Kayenta
      Wetherill Inn
      Canyon Inn Motel: (928) 697-8248

  • Stanford Lake

    I have two questions for tomorrow’s race?

    1. Will the race be on Daylight Saving Time or Arizona Time? I know Navajo Nation observes DST.
    2. Can we pick up bib number packet in the early morning before the race event?

    Thank you.