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Amasa Trail Race 15k


A spring trail race through vibrant red rock canyons.

Trail Running Moderate

15 km
485 m
485 m
2-3 hrs
Low Point
1.2 km
High Point
1.5 km
Amasa Trail Race 15k Map

Presented by Mad Moose Events, the Amasa Trail Race is one of the best ways to explore "one of Moab's most prized trail systems." Held every spring, this beautiful course explores vibrant red rock canyons, ancient petroglyphs, and awards commanding views of the Colorado River. At times, you can even snag some views of the distant snow-capped La Sals.


Whether you're in town to race or looking for a 9 - 10 mile trail run, this course is accessible year round and a great tour of the iconic Amasa Back area. While the loop begins along 4x4 jeep roads, they are far from easy. Expect plenty of slickrock, plus expansive views of Moab's red rock landscape. 15k racers are faced with a stout 1,500' of climbing on the course, with no listed cutoff time.

Compared to the 10k course, 15k runners head through the aid station and onto Pothole Arch Trail. If you're running this course other than race day, consider a detour to the end of Pothole Arch Trail before returning. Though quaint compared to other sandstone arches in the area, "the setting is tranquil and very pretty and much of the enjoyment is in getting there," according to gjhikes.com.

Returning via the Rockstacker Trail, the final leg of the race is undoubtedly the most challenging, as the course follows the Jackson Trail along the Colorado River. At times, "there are many very steep sections, sharp corners, and narrow ledges with dangerous cliff exposure," according to gjhikes.com.

For this spring race, all distances begin at 8am at the Kane Creek Parking Area (labeled on some maps as Kane Springs). While the parking area is large, racers should consider carpooling from Moab for the event. Other than race day, there are no facilities and no water at the trailhead.

With average high temperatures in the low-70s and one aid station on course, 15k racers should consider running with a handheld water bottle or small hydration vest. While top racers may finish in less than 90 minutes, the median finish time averages two hours.

Sources: https://www.gjhikes.com/2016/03/pothole-arch.html https://www.gjhikes.com/2016/03/jackson-trail.html https://www.madmooseevents.com/amasa-trail-race



Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

all year round

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