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Black Canyon Ultras 100K

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Distance Ultra marathon

About Black Canyon Ultras 100K

The Black Canyon 100K trail race takes place on the world class Black Canyon Trail near Phoenix, Arizona. This 80 mile long trail features incredible single track trails on an old stagecoach route, this course traverses across high desert grasslands and crosses through several arroyos and deep canyons on a classic journey in the desert Southwest. This historic trail is of national significance, following a route used since the times of pre-historic Native American travelers and traders. The Department of the Interior officially established the route as a livestock driveway in 1919, when it was used by wool growers from the Phoenix area to herd sheep to and from their summer ranges in the Bradshaw and Mingus Mountains. The trail north of highway 69 is still used as a cattle driveway. The trail ends at the Prescott National Forest boundary. The Black Canyon National Recreation Trail was originally designed as a livestock driveway. Many segments of the trail roughly parallel the old Black Canyon stagecoach road between Phoenix and Prescott.

The Black Canyon Ultra 100K features a 60km stretch of this trail beginning near the town of Spring Valley and ending at the Emery Henderson Trailhead near New River. Along the way, runners will cross through Black Canyon and the Agua Fria river multiple times.



Lodging available at Hampton Inn Phoenix/Anthem. Other close lodging can be found off Happy Valley Road or in North Phoenix off I-17. The drive from Happy Valley Road & I-17 is approximately 15 minutes to the shuttle and 45 minutes to the race start. Camping is not allowed at the start, but is allowed in parts of Prescott National Forest.

After Race Services

After-race ultra-party, complete with wood fired pizza, beer, and recovery station.

Aid Stations

Nine aid stations spaced 4.3-8.6 miles including water, electrolyte drink, sweet snacks, salty snacks, and fruit.

Award Medals

All 100K finishers will receive a Black Canyon 100K buckle. The top two (2) female and top two (2) male finishers in each individual race will automatically qualify for entry into the 2017 Western States 100 event.

Equipment Storage

Four drop bags are allowed on course. Drop bags must be brought to the start line of your race. Drop bags are permitted at the Hidden Treasure Mine, Gloriana Mine, Black Canyon City, Table Mesa, and Emery Henderson (Finish Line) Aid Stations. We will bring drop bags back to the finish line after the closing of each aid station.

Maximum Time

20 Hours


Limited parking is available at the 100K finish line at Emery Henderson. We recommend all 100K runners park at the Anthem Outlet mall in the morning before your race and take the shuttle bus.


Chip Timing


There will be a shuttle bus available on race morning for the 100K. 100K passengers will park and be shuttled from the Anthem Outlet Mall located a couple miles from the finish line at Emery Henderson Trailhead to the start line at Mayer High School in Spring Valley by 5:10am. After you finish your run, there will be a van shuttle to take you back to your car at Anthem Trailhead. The shuttle cost will be $8 / person and you can sign-up when you register for the race.


Mayer High School Track

17330 E Mule Deer Dr, Mayer, AZ 86333, USA


Emery Henderson Trailhead

Black Canyon Trail, Phoenix, AZ 85087, USA




Black Canyon 

 Agua Fria River


Experience the beauty of winding Sonoran Desert trails in the shadow of the Bradshaw Mountains. The course is point-to-point with net elevation loss. The course runs along the non-motorized Black Canyon Trail (a National Recreation Trail) featuring a mixture of single track trail, jeep roads, and pieces of an old stagecoach route. The Black Canyon Trail is located on Bureau of Land Management land and is overseen by the Black Canyon Trail Coalition. 

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.