The roller coaster sections of Trail #84

Trail #103

In Dairy Canyon

Cathedral Canyon.  The Chockstone (above).  In the canyon (below)

The entrance to Cathedral Canyon

From Trail #102 looking into Cottonwood Canyon

Willow Creek Canyon: (image above) about two miles up the canyon.  By about 5 miles up the canyon, the ecosystem changes (image below)

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Starting onto Trail #84 (before the roller coaster sections)

Packed clay trails in Flat Canyon

Table Mountain at dusk and during the day

Runners in Dairy Canyon, just above the ladder

The Overlook on Trail #105

Sunrise over the Sevier Valley from the top of Dairy Canyon

Morning in Flat Canyon

Views from Trail #102

Crossing the dry streambed in Willow Creek Canyon

Trail #102 just before turning off into the #103 streambed

In Ken's Canyon (both above and below)

Trail #487 (the big climb).  Check out a video of this section.

Richfield City Outdoor Promotional Video

​​Overview 

Experience the adventure of the wild red rock canyons of the Phavant Range.   This run links together several canyons and remote ATV trails into a grand adventure run.  Run up a red rock slot canyon, trek atop a packed natural clay fin under colorful hills, power up and speed down remote ATV trails along a ridgeline.  There will be a half-marathon, 50km ultra, and a 50 mile ultra distance. 


The Run

You run in dry streambeds in several canyons that are connected by defined yet remote sections of the Paiute ATV trail.  In Dairy Canyon, which all runners will travel through, there are a couple rocks to climb over, one sandstone overhangs with a rope tied to help you up, and one ladder.


For 2019 a 50km route has been added, replacing the marathon distance.  It will be a great route, running in 5 canyons, and along the rim of a glorious 6th. It will combine the best of the first 50 mile ultra loop (the primal Willow Creek Canyon, the 105 Overlook, and Ken's Canyon), and then follow the 1/2 marathon course (up the ladder and slots of Dairy Canyon, out Flat Canyon, to the entrance of Cathedral Canyon, up the red rock roller coaster of trail 84, and down along the spectacular Scorpion Ridge overlooking Cottonwood Canyon).
The 1/2 marathon will slightly longer in 2019, over 13.5 miles total, so runners can catch the picturesque entrance to Cathedral Canyon.


The race is the last weekend of September, timed to miss the baking heat of summer, so there is low water flow in the streams, and a lesser chance of precipitation in the narrow canyons. Low stream flow is important to make it easy to keep feet dry with multiple stream crossings in Willow Creek Canyon for the 50 mile & 50km .  When you start to see water higher up this colorful canyon, there should just be a trickle that is easy to hop over.   


The ATV trails in this run have some very nice packed clay sections, some red rock sections, and some sections with loose rocks.























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Race Guide:  2019 Race Guide (mostly updated March 2019). 

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Time & Date:  Meet at the Richfield, Utah Lion’s Park Saturday, September 28, 2019.  The 50 mile ultramarathon starts at 6:00 AM, the marathon at 7:00 AM (pre-dawn light, so no need for headlamps), and the 1/2 marathon will have a staggered start with 25 runners each starting at 8:30, 8:40, 8:50, and 9:00 AM.  


Getting There:  Richfield, Utah is located a 1hr 45 min drive South of Provo, and 2hrs 30 minutes South of Salt Lake City.  Getting to Richfield should be easy with modern electronic maps.  Coming from the North, take Interstate-15 to Scipio, then turn off onto Highway 50.  You will turn off Highway 50 and pass through Aurora (watch for speed traps) before jumping onto Interstate-70 the last few miles to Richfield.


There are 2 freeway exits off I-70 into Richfield.  From the North exit, drive South into town until you hit the first stoplight (300 North), next to the City Park.  Here turn West towards the mountains and drive 6 blocks to the Lion’s Park (600 West).   We will meet up in the middle of the park at the main pavilion next to 400 North.

From the South, Richfield is about 1hr 50 minutes North of Cedar City, or 4hrs 15 minutes North of Las Vegas.


Check out this 102 second promotional video from Richfield City in 2018, which gives a shout-out to our race (click image to play):











Running with a dash of adventure:  To enjoy this run you should be experienced running on technical trails (or at least power hiking) with limited support, competent managing your own hydration and nutrition, and able to clamber over small rock obstacles.  There are several short but quite steep ATV trail sections where even experienced trail runners will walk.  There are aid stations throughout the course, but all runners must have personal hydration for 1 to 2 hours between aid stations.  We are still a small race, and pacers are welcome.


Weather:  Hopefully the weather will be dry.  The clay sections become slick when wet, and more water in the canyons will add difficulty.  High water flow in Dairy Canyon can be very dangerous, but there is an ATV road that parallels the canyon if weather requires.  There is minimal chance for snow in September, but it is Utah, so come prepared just about anything.  Average temperatures the end of September is 40  degrees F on the low end and 75 degrees on the high end.


Course Markings:  The course will be marked at most places with signs, arrows, and ribbons corresponding to the race colors on the maps.  Orange = 50 miles, Blue = 50 KM (only in unique sections only), and Green = 1/2 marathon.  Follow the ribbons.


Packet Pick-up and Pre-race Pasta Feast:  Packet pickup is the night before between 6:00 and 8:00 PM.  Location to be announced.  Race orientation for 1/2 marathon at 6:30 PM, and the ultra distances at 7:00 PM.


1/2 Marathon Course:

[The 50km follows this course exactly, AFTER the Table Mountain Loop.  The 50 mile also follows this AFTER the Table Mountain Loop, BUT only out to Aid Station #1]


Section 1:  Frontage Road (1.5 miles)

From the Richfield Lion's Park, pass under the I-70 overpass, and run 1 mile to the South on a dirt road paralleling the freeway.  At a second overpass, turn West towards the mountains, running towards the white “R” built out of rocks on the hill.  Pass over the lower dug-out notch in this hill to the right of the “R” and approach Dairy Canyon, the middle of 3 canyons feeding into this constructed spillway.

Section 2:  Dairy Canyon (about 2 miles)

In the 1970’s there was a church-run dairy where I-70 now sits, thus the name of this canyon.  It is the most beautiful, diverse, and narrow of the 6 dry canyons running into the Richfield area.  Over the first 500 meters in Dairy Canyon you will have two boulders to pull yourself up over, and then The Ladder (conditions permitting).  After The Ladder, keep working your way up this narrow canyon, paying attention to trail marking ribbons at a couple junctions.  Towards the top of the canyon it becomes smooth carved sandstone that has a small overhang to get up.  A rope will be tied to help with the overhand if needed.  There is an ATV trail that parallels the ridgeline just above the stream bed, and eventually you merge with this trail.  There are a couple of steep climbs on the ATV trail, and at the top you merge with Flat Canyon as you turn to the South.

Section 3:  Flat Canyon (out 1.3miles) & Cathedral Canyon (entrance .9 miles round trip )

Flat Canyon changes the running surface up, and this easily runnable section starts slightly downhill, then climbs atop a natural raised fin of smooth packed clay.  To the left are rainbow colored hills, while to the right crumbled red hills.  All runners (all distances) will run to the end of the raised fin, and drop down to Aid Station #1:  Flat Canyon.   Pay attention here:  half-marathon and 50km runners will do an out-n-back to the entrance of Cathedral Canyon, and after touching the chock stone (honor system here), return back to Aid Station #1 and check in before returning back up Flat Canyon.  

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[Note, the 50 mile will diverge from the other distances in this section, continuing further up Cathedral Canyon and later departing Aid Station #1 in a third direction.  50 Milers see section 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 below]


Section 4:  Trail #84 (3.4 miles)

Half Marathon and 50km runners return back up Flat Canyon the way they came (1.1 miles), and connect with Paiute ATV Trail #84.  This trail rolls up and down (mostly up!) like a roller-coaster through unique red rock views.  Stay on the ATV trail, where with one left turn it technically turns into trail #84a.  Follow this until it peaks out with a panoramic view into Little Valley to your left, and a nice view of the Sevier Valley stretching off to the distance to your right.  Continue high along the ridgeline to the North until you merge with the CC mountain road #96.  Aid Station #5 will be here (though it is only the second aid station on the 1/2 marathoner route).  From the Little Valley Ridge Aid Station, all runners head off to the Scorpion Ridge trail.

Section 5:  Scorpion Ridgeline (2 miles)


From the Little Valley Ridge Aid Station, all runners take the Scorpion Ridge trail, following along the upper rim of Cottonwood Canyon.  You will probably want to stop to snap a photo or two of the canyon below.  The Scorpion Ridge trail connects with Trail #102 for a rocky, steep descent of about 1/3 a mile.  The final aid station will be at the junction of trail #102 and #103.

Section 6:  Trail #103 back to CC Road #96 to Finish (2.8 miles)


Trail #103 starts in a wash, and soon has a small climb.  Atop this hill you can see Richfield and the valley down below.  This deep red colored trail section coming down is rarely used by ATVs, and nature is reclaiming it- so be mindful of rocks as you descend.  After a final short climb, and crossing a couple unnamed trails (though they will be marked), you return to the CC Road.  Here cruise on down the final 1.8 miles back to the Lion's Park where you started the day. 



Cathedral Canyon Loop for the 50 Mile Runners.


Section 3.1:  Cathedral Canyon (2.4 miles round trip)

Streambed running in a remote wild canyon!  After Aid Station #1, 50 Miler runners will clamber over the chock stone where the other runners turn around (a rope will be added for assistance if needed), and continue on up this dry streambed - grab a rubber wrist band, and return back they way they came to Aid Station #1.  After checking in at Aid Station #1, and filling up hydration (you have a long climb ahead), continue down the large main Flat Canyon streambed about 0.4 miles to Trail #487.  


Section 3.2:  Trail #487 (4.8 miles, 4 of which are real climbing) 
Follow ATV trail #487 up 1460 feet over 4 miles.  There are several short but quite steep sections on this remote ATV trail.  As you get up on top, the trail will turn into ATV trail #948.  There will be an aid station where this ATV trail meets the large main dirt mountain road #105.  A port-a-potty will be available here as well.


Section 3.3:  Mountain Roads & Trails (6 miles)
Follow several different trails and roads across the mid-mountain meadows, running generally in a counter-clockwise direction. The course will be well marked, but for reference:

    • Road #105 (0.1 miles): running to the West.
    • Trail #706 & #950 (1.5 miles): two rugged ATV trail up (to 7971 feet the high point of the day) then drops down to Paiute ATV Trail #01 / Forest Road #111.
    • Paiute ATV Trail #01. A mostly smooth packed clay road, go Westerly (1.4 miles) to AS #3, this is about 15 miles since leaving the starting line the 2nd time (or about 39 miles into the 50 miler). From AS #3, continue North on the same mountain road (an additional 1.5 miles)
    • Upper Valley Rim Trail (1.5 miles): just past a round watering hole, is a small hill. Just over the crest, turn right off the road onto this faint trail (will be marked), and follow markings North. Enjoy the great views of the valley below.  The trail drops down to Aid Station #4:  Burnt Hollow.


Section 3.4:  CC Road #96 (3 miles)


Now for some smooth(er) fast downhill with spectacular views!  Cruise down the dirt road to the bottom of Little Valley, then back up to the Little Valley Ridge Aid Station #5.  Here all race distances recombine for the last few miles down to the finish line.  


[Section 4 was for the 1/2 marathon course only].


Section 5:  Scorpion Ridgeline (2 miles)

From the Little Valley Ridge Aid Station, all runners take the Scorpion Ridge trail, following along the upper rim of Cottonwood Canyon.  You will probably want to stop to snap a photo or two of the canyon below.  The Scorpion Ridge trail connects with Trail #102 for a rocky, steep descent of about 1/3 a mile.  The final aid station will be at the junction of trail #102 and #103.

Section 6:  Trail #103 back to CC Road #96 to Finish (2.8 miles)


Trail #103 starts in a wash, and soon has a small climb.  Atop this hill you can see Richfield and the valley down below.  This deep red colored trail section coming down is rarely used by ATVs, and nature is reclaiming it- so be mindful of rocks as you descend.  After a final short climb, and crossing a couple unnamed trails (though they will be marked), you return to the CC Road.  Here cruise on down the final 1.8 miles back to the Lion's Park where you started the day. 


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Table Mountain Ultra Loop

(50miler = 23.5 miles, 50km = 19.5 miles)


50 Mile and 50KM Ultramarathon racers will start with a loop around Table Mountain, by going up Willow Creek Canyon and down Ken's Canyon then return to the starting line before starting the Cathedral Canyon Loop.  Both distances run the same route on the Table Mountain Loop, EXCEPT at the Rifle Range Road where the 50 mile runners will run about 2 miles out along the canal, cross under the freeway, and run 2 miles back to the Rifle Range Road.


Ultra Part A:  Start, Canal Road, to Rifle Range Road (4 miles)
From the Lion's Park, run on a paved bike trail 1 mile following the canal.  Carefully cross Richfield Mainstreet (police will be there to assist) and continue on the gravel canal road another 3 miles of to Rifle Range Road.


At the Rifle Range Road to Aid Station A:

*  50 km runners:  cross the canal bridge, and continue on the Rifle Range Road towards the mountains to Aid Station #A. (1.5 miles)  


*  50 milers:  cross the canal bridge, and continue following the canal North about 1.5 miles, then cross under the freeway in a spillway, and follow trail #70 back to the Rifle Range Road.  Here rejoin the 50km runners and follow the Rifle Range Road towards the mountains and Aid Station A.  (about 5.5 miles total) 


Ultra Part B:  Willow Creek Canyon (6 miles) 

It is recommended at Aid Station A you buddy up with someone in Willow Creek Canyon because it is quite inaccessible and remote.  But you will love the rugged majestic layered red rock cliffs around you.  Follow cow trails that criss-cross the streambed as you gradually ascend Willow Creek. Basically you circle below Table Mountain to your left, although deep in the canyon you cannot actually see the flat mountain top. Do NOT take any right side canyons, always stay left. Follow trail markers when in doubt. Initial red rock streambeds down lower turn into forested cow trails higher. Exit by a hairpin turn onto an old jeep road. If you get to a barbed wire fence crossing the canyon, you have gone a bit too far.


Ultra Part C:  Cross Country to Trail #105, to Overlook (about 1 mile)


At 11.5 (50km) or 15.5 miles (50 miler)  into your run, take the jeep road & cross country to trail #105. Follow trail markings on the ATV trail first going to the South up to a lower ridgeline, then East up to the high ridgeline to meet trail #105. Go South ¼ mile to the end of the road for a spectacular overlook.  From here you can look across the expanse, to areas you will be running later in the afternoon.  After checking in and refueling at Aid Station B: #105 Overlook, run back on trail #105.


Ultra Part D:  Trail #105 (about 3.2 miles)


This remote ATV trail passes through a dry, sparse, yet beautiful Juniper forest.  After a mile or so of very gradual incline, you begin a rapid descent.  Some sections here are smooth and packed, other sections have loose rocks.


Ultra Part E:  Ken's Canyon to the Lime Kilns (about 1.8 miles)


Here you leave the defined ATV trail and enter a unique (hopefully) dry red rock canyon.  Watch for markings and beware of cliffs!  Follow the streambed down, and pay attention to four cliffs that require leaving the streambed and follow horse trails up and around the main channel.  Continue downhill until you exit into the Sevier Valley just North of Richfield next to the old Lime Kilns.  Aid Station C: Lime Kilns will be set up near the freeway off-ramp just before the pavement begins.


Ultra Part F:  I-70 Overpass to Horizon Trail #70 to Finish (2 miles)

From Aid Station C, take the dirt frontage road to the South, crossing over Cottonwood Creek.  Continue South on the frontage road as it climbs up a couple hundred feet.  Here you will meet up with the return course at the end of the day at the CC Road near the pink water tank.  Follow the road on down to the Lion's Park where you started the race.  Check-in, refuel, and then head out to Section 1.