Race Packages & Pricing

Registration Periods

Early: January 18 – March 17
Regular: March 18 – July 7
Late: July – Trailfest

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*There is a limited number of entries to each race, and this event may sell out. If the event is sold out, registration will close regardless of registration period.

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Rocky mountain and Joshua Tree were the two hardest races I've done, but they were completely worth it! Grand Canyon has so far been my favorite! Beautiful course, spirited people, and amazing staff. Not to mention the race shirts always have great designs! My goal is to complete all NP half marathons. I will be doing Zion, Yosemite, and hopefully Lake Powell next year 2018! Thank you Vaction Races for the fun times and everlasting memories.

Shayna Buffalow
Rocky Mountain, Grand Canyon, and Joshua Tree Runner

Please note: Registering for the 2019 Trailfest includes all three courses. Individual races are not offered. Learn why by watching this video

Course Details

  • Bryce Canyon
  • Zion
  • Horseshoe Bend

Bryce Canyon

Course Race Date: October 3rd
Start Time: 7:30am
Distance: 13 miles
Aid Station: Mile 7.5
Cutoff: 4.5 hours (20 min/mile)

The Bryce Canyon course starts at the Coyote Hollow Trailhead and jumps onto some single track pretty quickly. Despite the trail not being wide at this point, it is the easiest spot to pass runners by stepping off the trail through the trees.

A few miles in and the single track starts to have slight drop offs which make it more difficult to pass. The crowd should thin out a bit during these first few miles.

Being on the same plateau as Bryce Canyon National Park you will be treated with some spectacular views and run among the hoodoos and red rocks! Today's challenge: elevation and climbing.

Bryce Canyon Trailfest Half Marathon Map
Bryce Canyon Trailfest Elevation Profile

Aid Stations

Trailfest aid stations will have the following:

  • Water
  • Gnarly electrolyte drink
  • Honey Stinger gels
  • Fresh fruit
  • Variety of both salty and sweet items

At every event, our aid station workers are there to assist you. If you ever need help, our aid workers will do whatever they can to help.

Daily Itinerary

This is a tentative schedule and subject to change


12:00–8:00 pm - Runner check-in

4:00 pm - Musician

5:00 pm - Clinic

5:30 pm - Dinner buffet* & beer garden opens

6:00 pm - Clinic

6:30 pm - Welcome/Event Overview

6:45 pm - Bryce Course Overview

7:00 pm - Keynote Speaker

8:30 pm - Dinner ends and beer garden closes

10:00 pm - Quiet hours begin

10:30 pm - Fires out


5:00 am - Grab-and-go breakfast begins

5:30 am - Shuttles begin loading at Festival HQ

5:45 am - Shuttles depart for Bryce Canyon race

7:30 am - Bryce Canyon race starts


2:00 pm - Vendor booths and massage tents open

3:00 pm - Yoga starts

3:30 pm - Film Screening

5:30 pm Dinner buffet* & beer garden opens

6:30 pm - Navajo Sunset Ceremony

7:00 pm - Bryce Canyon Awards

7:15 pm - Zion Course Overview

7:45 pm - Night Skies presentation 

8:00 pm - Massage tents close

8:30 pm - Dinner ends

9:00 pm - Beer garden closes

10:00 pm - Quiet hours begin

10:30 pm - Fires out


5:00 am - Grab-and-go breakfast begins

5:30 am - Shuttles begin loading at Festival HQ

5:45 am - Shuttles depart for Zion race

7:30 am - Zion race starts


2:00 pm - Vendor booths and massage tents open

3:00 pm - Yoga starts

3:30 pm - Speaker

4:30 pm - Speaker

5:30 pm Dinner buffet* & beer garden opens

6:30 pm - Navajo Sunset Ceremony

7:00 pm - Zion Awards

7:15 pm - Horseshoe Bend Course Overview

7:30 pm - Film Festival

8:00 pm - Massage tents close

8:30 pm - Dinner ends

9:00 pm - Beer garden closes

10:00 pm - Quiet hours begin

10:30 pm - Fires out


5:00 am - Grab-and-go breakfast begins

5:30 am - Shuttles begin loading at Festival HQ

5:45 am - Shuttles depart for Horseshoe Bend race

7:30 am - Horseshoe Bend race starts


2:00 pm - Vendor booths and massage tents open

3:00 pm - Yoga starts

5:00 pm - Musician

5:30 pm Dinner buffet* & beer garden opens 

6:30 pm - Navajo Sunset Ceremony

7:00 pm - Horseshoe Bend Awards/Overall Awards

7:30 pm - Live band

8:00 pm - Massage tents close

8:30 pm - Dinner ends

9:30 pm - Beer garden closes

10:00 pm - Quiet hours begin

11:00 pm - Fires out


12:00 pm - Checkout


Breakfast will include fresh fruit, muffins and pastries, bagels, yogurt, juice, water and coffee. Dinner meals are catered. We apologize we can't take all dietary restrictions into account, but we will have a vegetarian option each night.

Travel Info


Festival HQ will be at Jacob Hamblin Park in Kanab, UT!

We'll have plenty of camping for Trailfest runners but you're welcome to find your own lodging nearby if camping isn't your speed. And yes, you can bring your friends and family.

Campsites will be available from noon on Wednesday through noon on Sunday (4 nights!!)

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Your Trailfest registration includes a camping pass to the group area at race headquarters. Bring your own tent or we can provide one for you. We have access to four baseball fields located adjacent to the city park (Festival HQ). Camping* is available from noon on Wednesday (Oct. 2nd) through noon on Sunday (Oct. 6th).

When you register, you'll be asked to select the option of tent camping, car/van/RV camping, or none. You'll also have an opportunity to purchase additional spots for friends and family.

There are bathrooms with flush toilets at the headquarters and there will also be compost toilets placed around the tent area and festival. Showers will be available at the Recreation Center/Pool next door.

Additional facilities include: pavilion with picnic tables, serving area (where Trailfest runners will provided with breakfast and dinner), three fire pits, a stage for the film festivals, and a very large playground for kids. 

*It is possible to park a tent trailer or motorhome (26 ft. or shorter) instead of tent camping, however, there aren't hookups available and spaces are limited. 


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Traveling to Kanab

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Kanab is a 3 hour drive from Las Vegas, NV, a 4 1/2 hour drive from Salt Lake City, UT, and a 5 1/2 hour drive from Phoenix, AZ.  No matter which way you're coming from, you will see some amazing country en route.

Transportation at Trailfest

We encourage you to drive to the start of each race so you can spend the rest of the day exploring the park and surrounding area on your schedule! However we will have shuttles each day taking runners to that day's course.

We’ll provide more specifics about Trailfest transportation options and timelines as the event gets closer!

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FROM LAS VEGAS: You will traverse the Mojave Desert and transition to the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau, with views of Zion National Park and the Mt. Caanan Wilderness Area, and the Kaibab Paiute Reservation.  

FROM SALT LAKE CITY: You will drive down the scenic Hwy 89 with views of the Paunsugaunt Plateau (home to Bryce Canyon National Park) and through the towering white sandstone cliffs just east of Zion National Park.

FROM PHOENIX: You will drive through Flagstaff and continue north, paralleling the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and through Navajo land. You'll have two amazing options that are equally breathtaking and similar in distance/time from Kanab. If you take Hwy 89A, you'll cross the Colorado River via Navajo Bridge near Lee's Ferry, then drive along the stunning Vermillion Cliffs National Monument before climbing up onto the famous Kaibab Plateau and then descending down into Kanab with perhaps the most expansive views of the entire Grand Staircase, including Zion and Bryce. We highly recommend this route.  The other option is to take Hwy 89 through Page, AZ (Make sure to get out and hike out to see Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River while you're there). You'll drive across Glen Canyon right below the dam with views of Lake Powell before heading west with views of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to the north and Vermillion Cliffs National Monument to the south. 

Kids Camp

Kids camp is going to be a blast!

It will begin at 5:30am and end at 2pm each day.

Kids at Kids Camp will eat breakfast and lunch daily and get a free t-shirt. There will be tons of time for play as well as activities to keep your children busy. For the Grand Circle Trailfest Kids Camp, we'll have a licensed daycare provider with several volunteers helping out. (Ages 3-16)

Kids camp is $30.00 per child per day. If you have more than 1 child please add for the quantity you'll need.

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What have others said about Trailfest?

Bucket list trip!!!

Thank you so much for an amazing bucket list trip!!! everyone was amazing!

Laura Adams-Allen
Trailfest Participant

Amazing event!

Thank you so much for such an amazing event! I came with two dear friends and left with dozens of new ones. [...] I will be back!

Shannon Halda-Wipf
Trailfest Participant

The cost is expensive but with what you are getting for the cost I completely understand the price.

Elliot M.
Grand Circle Trailfest Participant

Unforgettable experience!

Thanks for an amazing experience! My kids, both the younger ones and the teens had fun at kids camp. My hubby & I had an unforgettable experience running trails. And everything was so well organized. Can't wait to do it again!

Julie Ann Sherwood
Trailfest Participant

Really enjoyed it. It was all I thought it would be and more. Organized very well by Dehn and Colleen who is wonderful on speaking each day. She is what makes the races enjoyable with her up beat radio experience and enthusiasm. Some help could be on the food service. There was more then one time food wasn't ready or enough. The helpers were excellent on helping. As runners this is important and emotions can be high when dealing with food. Amazing courses and Zion was my favorite. Thank you for a wonderful time. I will continue to join as long as Colleen is there to run it as she did.

Julie Payn
Grand Trail Fest Runner

Thank you for a well organized race. My kids loved the park and dancers which made for easy entertainment after running!

Erin Nash-Fairfax
Trailfest Participant

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When will Trailfest sell out?

How do the tents work at the festival?

Do I have to stay at the festival?

What is weather like in the area this time of year?

What time does the race start?

How long do I have to finish the race? Can I walk?

Will there be shuttles?

Do I have to take the shuttle?

Are there aid stations?

Are dogs allowed?

Are strollers allowed?

How do I register on a team? How do teams work?

What are the meal options?

Is alcohol allowed at Trailfest?

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