Grand to Grand Ultra


The Grand to Grand Ultra course covers approx 171 miles (275 km) spread over 6 stages in 7 days.

Participants will encounter a mix of desert and other terrain including hard packed sand, soft sand, sand dunes, forest trails, red rock climbs, rocky roads and slot canyons. The starting line is situated at a remote location on the north rim of the Grand Canyon with breathtaking vistas at an altitude of 5344 feet (1629 meters). Campsite 1, which is your campsite on the evening before the start of the race, is close by.

The finish line is on the summit of the Pink Cliffs of the Grand Staircase and provides participants with a rewarding view back over the course that you will have just completed. From an altitude of 8698 feet (2651 meters), look back over the cliffs and enjoy the most amazing panoramic landscape of your journey framed by hoodoos and two billion year old rock formations

Throughout the course, you will trek by geological mesas, buttes and cliffs and enter into a series of unique canyons, hollows and valleys. Part of the long stage will have you cross the majestic coral pink sand dunes. One special highlight is when the course takes you into an isolated slot canyon. Keep an eye out for wildlife and flora along the route including the endangered California Condors, big horn sheep, mule deer and unique cacti.

Be prepared for a unique experience which few people on earth will ever see, never mind hike and run through.


Stage 1 30.8 49.6
Stage 2 26.9 43.3
Stage 3 53.2 85.4
Stage 4 26.0 41.9
Stage 5 26.5 42.6
Stage 6 7.7 12.3


  • The course starts at an elevation of 5,344ft (1,629m) and finishes at 8,698ft (2,651m) with a net gain of 3,353ft (1,022m).
  • The course total ascent over the six stages is 18,041ft (5,499m) with a total descent of 14,688ft (4,477m).

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