Bangs Canyon Trail Race

  • 2020 start
  • 2019 start
  • 2018 start
  • 2017 start
  • 2016 start
  • 2015 start
  • 2014 start
  • 2011, 2012, 2013 race starts
  • Looking out over Bang's Canyon area
  • Finish Line Festivities
  • 2020 men's leaders
  • Runners enjoying the post run fire and friends
  • snowy year
  • The leaders catch up to the early start group
  • a little laugh as you climb the last hill
  • famous buffalo robe Ray
  • awards
  • 2019 partial early start group

Race starts at
7:30 am early start, 8:30 am regular start
Bangs Canyon Trailhead, Little Park Ct, Grand Junction, CO
Bangs Canyon Trailhead, Little Park Ct, Grand Junction, CO
Contact Person:
Karla Nephew
Race Organizer

This is an old school, self supported, no frills race.

Race sign-up will occur in person the morning of the race at the start-finish line beginning at 7:15AM.

It is recommended that racers carry: a cell phone, map, and at least 40 oz of fluids. There will be sparse course marking and no aid stations; the course consists of a single 30k loop. The first loop will be clockwise followed by a counter clockwise loop for the 60k. You will have access to your car at the 30k mark.

This is a very challenging trail run on 100% double track trails. Each lap consists of over 4000 feet of climbing. The cutoff for starting the second loop of the 60k is 12:00 PM.

The 7:30AM start time is recommended for those intending to run the 60K as well as 30K runners who might need a little extra time to enjoy the course and looking for post run socializing around the fire pits. The official start will be at 8:30AM.

Additional 60K Information:
- The 60k course is a loop of the 30k course followed by a 2nd reverse loop of the 30k course.
-Any runner attempting the 60k MUST leave the start-finish area for their 2nd loop at 12:00PM sharp! No exceptions.
-Runners leaving on their 2nd loop MUST carry a space blanket, a headlamp and at least one additional layer in their packs. No exceptions, this is a self rescue event-no one is coming to save you!