Best time to go to Grand Canyon

Grand to Grand Ultra 2020

Are you up for a seven-day race in one of the remotest parts of America?

Grand to Grand Ultra in Grand Canyon 2020 - Best Time
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Patrick Lair | U.S. Forest Service, Southwestern Region, Kaibab National Forest

Every year in late September, Grand to Grand Ultra (G2G) draws the bravest adventurers to race 170 mi (273 km) across rough desert terrain in Arizona and Utah. The world-class course starts in the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and finishes on the summit of the Grand Staircase. Runners cover six stages in seven days amidst the red rock slot canyons, sand dunes, buttes, mesas, and hoodoos. The experience is tough but memorable. And what's most important, participants are never left alone—their fellow runners don't let then give up in the middle of the race. The finish line on the summit of the Pink Cliffs of the Grand Staircase promises rewarding views back over the completed course at an altitude of 8698 feet (2651 meters).

The route strikes not only with its fabulous landscapes but also unique flora and fauna. The highlights include exotic cacti, bighorn sheep, and above all—the endangered California Condor, America’s largest bird. Besides, the race runs through the remotest part of America, once home to its first settlers—the Indian tribes of Navajo and Paiute. Another unsolved mystery of the area is Montezuma's gold which is believed to be buried in this area.

Note that registration is usually over by late May or June. The is a strictly limited number of places per nationality, and quotas fill up very quickly. Previous experience isn't necessary, but pre-training is a must. The closest airport is located in Kanab, Utah. This is where the race check-in takes place. Participants are to arrive at least three days prior to the competition to acclimatize to the high desert altitude.