Guidebook

Arches Ultra Trail Race by Mad Moose Events

Wake up at the crack of dawn, put on your runners, and see the sunrise above the vast red rock landscape of Arches National Park.

Fionnuala Kavanagh

Description

Arches Ultra Trail Race is a lower elevation run taking you along the border of Southern Utah’s treasured national park. With over 2000 natural stone arches, soaring pinnacles, massive fins, and giant balanced rocks, the striking beauty of the landscape will make it hard to not stop running.

As well as Arches National Park, the route also brings you past the mighty Moab cliffs and La Sals mountain range. Held annually in the middle of winter, the peaks are likely to be snow-capped, creating an unreal contrast of crisp white snow against raw red rock.

Average high temperatures at the end of January usually fluctuate around the mid-40’s, while the cold really sneaks in at night, with temperatures dropping below freezing. Racers are encouraged to camp at the finish line, so wrap up warm!

There are four distances to choose from: 9k, half marathon, 50k and 50-mile. Check out Mad Moose Events for all the details: https://www.madmooseevents.com/arches-ultra

Sources:
https://www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm
https://www.madmooseevents.com/arches-ultra

Arches Ultra Half Marathon
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Arches Ultra Half Marathon

Moab
20.9 km
262 m
261 m
The half marathon option of Arches Ultra, touring Moab's Bar M Trail System.
Moderate
Private
Arches Ultra 9k
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Arches Ultra 9k

Moab
8.8 km
90 m
90 m
The shortest distance in the Arches Ultra, and an excellent year-round loop.
Easy
Private
Arches Ultra 50 Mile
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Arches Ultra 50 Mile

Moab
78.2 km
1,160 m
1,160 m
The 50 Mile course for Arches Ultra, an easier desert race near Moab with endless views.
Moderate
Private
Arches Ultra 50k
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Arches Ultra 50k

Moab
48.2 km
811 m
810 m
A winter 50k trail race with endless views and mellow desert running.
Moderate
Private