Lookout Point, Monument Valley
From Mexican Hat, Hwy 163 winds southwest and enters the Navajo Reservation and – after 22 miles – Monument Valley, on the Arizona state line. Though you'll recognize it instantly from TV commercials and Hollywood movies (it was where Forrest Gump stopped his cross-country run), nothing compares with seeing the sheer chocolate-red buttes and colossal mesas for real. To get close, you must visit Arizona's Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.
50 Mile- This route starts off by heading into the North Valley an area where few tourists are able to see without a Navajo guide, then over to the 3 Sisters Aid Station, where it links into the 50K route. You'll do the North Window and Arches loops before heading up onto Mitchell Mesa, then back to the finish line.
50K- The route starts on the Valley Drive road where you will witness a sunrise that will be permanently etched in your memory. After about 3.7 miles you’ll arrive at the 3 Sisters aid station for the first time, located at the parking area of the Dineh Trailrides horse corrals. The next leg of the course will have you following horse trails around the towering formations of Monument Valley before looping back to the aid station again at approximately mile 8. From here you’ll head out on a 9.5 mile journey through the desert which will take you by several remote, seldom-seen, jaw dropping formations in areas of the park that are only accessible with Navajo guides. Our group Navajo guides will be covering the trails by horseback to help ensure that you remain on the appropriate path. After returning to the 3 Sisters Aid station for the 3rd time you can regroup before embarking on the daunting 1,500ft climb up onto Mitchell Mesa, an area seldom seen since it was mined for uranium. The turnaround at the top of the mesa will offer life changing views that you have earned by pushing through the crux of the course. After returning to the aid station at the horse corrals, 50k runners will take the Valley Drive back to the starting line.
Half Marathon- This run starts out along the Wildcat trail single track around the backside of the West Mitten following roads to the 3 Sisters Aid Station. Runners will do a 4.5 mile loop following horse trails between the landforms of Monument Valley after a second pass through 3 Sisters Aid Station runners follow Valley Drive back to the finish line.
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