Dead Horse Ultra 50k

Moab

The 50k route of the Dead Horse Ultra, one of Moab's most coveted races with additional 30k and 50 mile options.

Trail Running Moderate

Distance
46 km
Ascent
797 m
Descent
797 m
Duration
6-7 hrs
Low Point
1.4 km
High Point
1.8 km
Gradient
Dead Horse Ultra 50k Map

Voted "Best Destination Race" according to Mad Moose Events, Dead Horse Ultra "was created to feature the Magnificent Seven Trails off of Gemini Bridges." Affectionately referred to as "Mag 7" by locals, this race explores one of Moab's majestic trail networks, offering incredible views of the La Sal Mountains, nearby Arches National Park, and sweeping views of the entire Moab Valley.

Description

First held in 2014, the race takes places each November and offers three separate distances: 30k, 50k, and 50 mile. All distances start and finish at Gemini Bridges Trailhead about 10 miles northwest of town on Highway 191. The day of the event, there are parking attendants directing traffic since space is limited. Race day excluded, you shouldn't have issue finding parking and there is no potable water or restrooms at the trailhead.

As with most regional races, this event is highly renowned for its incredible views. The snow-capped La Sal's contrast the vibrant red desert, and its early morning start awards racers with a view of the sunrise over nearby Arches National Park and Grandstaff Canyon (sometimes referenced as Negro Bill Canyon).

This route is a mixture of remote backcountry 4x4 roads and new-school singletrack in the "Mag 7" riding area, none of which is too technical. With a total of 3000' of vertical change for the 50k course, many consider the Dead Horse Ultra as a great race for newer ultrarunners. It's minimal elevation gain also makes it a great race to set a PR. Top racers complete the course in less than 4 hours, while average mid-pack runners typically take 5 to 6 hours.

For a comprehensive race guide, including all distances, click here.

Sources: https://ultrarunning.com/featured/moab-deserts-dead-horse-ultra/ https://www.madmooseevents.com/dead-horse-ultra

Difficulty

Moderate

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

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

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

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