​​​​2024 Entry:

  • Open on Ultrasignup.com March 1st, 2024   
  • $95 until August 1st
  • $105 after August 1st
  • 175 entrants 
  • No refunds, transfers, or rollovers (we made an exception for 2020 for extreme circumstances)
  • All proceeds go to charity

A waiting list on Ultrasignup.com will be maintained when the race fills. A gender specific technical t-shirt is guaranteed to registrants that enter before Sept. 1st.  Shirt sizes are only guaranteed for those that enter by August 1st.  Entry also includes a custom bracelet or pendant to all female finishers, well-stocked aid stations, a well-marked course, a post-race cookout free to runners, and a finishers medal to all that complete the 50K. 

Cancellation - The race director reserves the right to cancel the race in the event of conditions beyond our control. The Mt. Taylor 50K race will attempt to return a portion of the entry fee after accounting for the funds that have already been committed.

* Top 5 male and female overall
* Top 3 masters (>45 yrs.) male and female

* Top veteran (60 and over) male and female

Runners are led over singletrack and jeep roads on a panoramic loop that first circumnavigates then scales the 11,305 ft stratovolcano of Mount Taylor. The course includes 8 miles of the Continental Divide trail that crosses the Cibola National Forest. The course is entirely above 9000 feet in altitude and has 7000 feet of climbing. Appropriate clothing for high altitude running should be considered.

Aid Stations:

  • Mile 4.5 - Ridgeline
  • Mile 10 - Spud Patch
  • Mile 16.5 - Rock Tank    *drop bag   *cutoff at 12:00
  • Mile 21 - Gooseberry
  • Mile 25 - Caldera Rim 1  *cutoff at 3:30
  • Mile 29 - Caldera Rim 2

A variety of food (chips, sandwiches, fruit, cookies, candy) and drinks (sports drink, water, and soda) will be provided at each aid station.  

Each runner is allowed one drop bag at the mile 16 Rock Tank Aid Station, which is also the start/finish area. Do not expect to have access to your vehicle; parking for runners will be a quarter to a half a mile away from the Rock Tank Aid Station.

Race Schedule: 
Thursday 9/26  - Course Marking! Come volunteer!

Fri.  9/27
    4 - 8 PM   Packet Pickup, ***new location***

                  at St. Teresa gymnasium, 400  East High Str., Grants, NM

​                   Enter Parking lot from Stephens Ave. on the north side. 

Sat. 9/28
    5:45 - 6:20 AM   Start line check in.
    6:30 AM        (daybreak)  Start at the Rock Tank Shelter
    12:00 PM       Cutoff at the Rock Tank Aid Station (mi. 16)
    3:30 PM         Cutoff at the Caldera Rim AS mile 25. 
    6:00 PM         Finish cutoff at 11 1/2 hours.
         Awards will be given out as runners finish. 

The rules for the Mt. Taylor 50K are few and simple to follow. 
1. Runners must follow and complete the course.
2. Runners must follow the instructions of race personnel/volunteers.
3. No littering. At all. Even near Aid Stations.  
4. No headphones.
5. Runners must check out of every aid station.
6. Runners must notify a race official if you wish to drop.
7. No crews, No pacers.
8. No dogs.
9. Runners must abide by the cutoff times stated in the race schedule.

Directions and maps to the race:
Directions to Grants:
Grants, NM is located between Albuquerque and Gallup.

Grants is 70 miles west of Albuquerque on I-40 at exit #85.

Directions to the Race Start:
Please allow at least 40 minutes to drive from Grants to the

race start. The mountain roads twist and turn, and the last

5 miles are on gravel. The race will start from the Rock Tank

Shelter on Cibola National Forest land. To get there from

nearby 1-40 exit #85:

1. Head north on State Hwy 117. go 0.5 mi
2. Continue north/northwest onto E. Santa Fe Ave. go 1.6 mi
3. Turn right onto 1st Street. go 0.9 mi
4. Slight right onto W. Roosevelt Ave. go 0.4 mi
5. Turn left onto NM-547 N/ Lobo Canyon Rd. go 15.1 mi
Pavement ends after 11.9 miles (just past mile marker 13). Please consider parking here at the end of the pavement in the gravel lot on the left and carpooling to the start/finish area where there is limited parking. Driving on, continue to follow NM-547 N another 3 miles until you see a brown Forest Service sign for the right turn to La Mosca Lookout (FS Road 453).
6. Turn right onto Forest Service Road 453.   go 2 mi
You will cross two cattleguards. Please follow volunteers' directions for parking at the start/finish area as space allows, and then along the road.

Narrated directions
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Map to Race Start:

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larger map) 

If you or your family plan to be out on Mt. Taylor for the day, consider volunteering! Please contact us.      T
hank you! 


The Mt. Taylor 50K is run on a permit issued by the Cibola National Forest Service.

Julbo Eyewear

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