Dead Horse Ultra 15K, 30K, 50K, 50 Mile


Nov 18 2023

Dead Horse Ultra 15K, 30K, 50K, 50 Mile

There’s a reason this is one of the biggest trail running events in the country!  Moab in November is a trail runner’s dream.  Perfect weather and world class single track make this event one you don’t want to miss.  Dead Horse features the Magnificent Seven Trails off of Gemini Bridges.  The course will challenge you with technical slickrock and rocky climbs.  Every crest and turn gives stunning views of Arches National Park, the La Sal Mountains, and the Moab Valley.  Come see why this race sells out year after year!

Dead Horse Ultra is part of our Run Moab Series. Check out all of our Moab races and then head to our store to get your very own Run Moab running apparel.

Course Information

Dead Horse Ultra 50 Mile Course Map

Dead Horse Ultra 50 Mile Interactive Map

Dead Horse Ultra 50 Mile GPX File *download file to view

  • Lowest Point   4564′

  • Highest Point  5797′
  • Elevation Gain 4895′
  • Elevation Loss 4892′

Dead Horse Ultra 50K Course Map

Dead Horse Ultra 50K Interactive Map

Dead Horse Ultra 50K GPX File *download file to view

  • Lowest Point   4560′

  • Highest Point  5768′
  • Elevation Gain 2805′
  • Elevation Loss 2812′

Dead Horse 30K Course Map

Dead Horse 30K Interactive Map

Dead Horse 30K GPX File *download file to view

  • Lowest Point   4564′

  • Highest Point  5131′
  • Elevation Gain 1729′
  • Elevation Loss 1729’​​​​

Dead Horse 15K Course Map

Dead Horse 15K Interactive Map

Dead Horse 15K GPX File *download file to view

  • Lowest Point   4564′

  • Highest Point  5000′
  • Elevation Gain 932′
  • Elevation Loss 932′

Aid Station Mileage, Cutoff Times, and Course Limit Information

Dead Horse Ultra Race Guide
Cupless Aid Station Information

That’s right! We have gone cupless!


What does that mean?

  • Water dispensers will be located at the start/finish line and at every aid station.

  • Runners can use these to fill bladders, bottles​, and reusable cups

  • Gloved volunteers will pour sodas/misc drinks into runners’ reusable cups.

Camping and Travel Information

The 7 Mile RV Park Campground near the start/finish line is available year round. Click here to make a reservation.​ There are several other options for camping in the Moab area. Please see the Complete Guide to Moab Campgrounds or our Travel Page for more information.

Packet Pickup

Date: Friday, November 17, 2023

Time: 3:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Location: Start Line

2023 Dead Horse Ultra Bib List will be posted closer to race day

Race Day Packet Pick-up:

Saturday, November 18, 2023

5:15 a.m.-8:15 a.m.

Check-in and Packet Pickup at the starting line

Information Regarding Packet Pickup Process:

  • You will need to have a photo ID in order to receive your packet.

  • Runners may pick up the goody bag and shirt of a registered runner who will not be in attendance.

  • Runners may not pick up someone else’s bib.

  • Entries are non-transferable

  • See race guide for all information about packet pickup.

Directions to Start/Finish Line

GPS Coordinates (Click for Google Map)

38.65610703685277, -109.67716714972123

From Center St. and Main St (Highway 191), head north out of town, approximately 10 miles.  Make a left into Gemini Bridges parking lot.  Overflow parking is located across the street, at the Bar M parking lot. There is a short walk over to the start/finish line.  See parking map in race guide for more information.

**Do not cross highway, instead use pedestrian path under the highway. Consider carpooling!**

There will be parking attendants pointing out parking spots.  If you park in an unacceptable location,  BLM will issue tickets.  Please adhere to parking attendants instructions to avoid tickets and ensure we can continue to work with the BLM for future events hosted by Mad Moose Events.

Race Morning Schedule

Saturday, November 18, 2023

5:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

Check-in, packet pickup at the starting line.

6:00 a.m. – 50 mile start (6:00, 6:05, and 6:10)

7:00 a.m. –  50k start (7:00, 7:05, 7:10)

8:00 a.m. –  30k start (8:00, 8:05, 8:10)

8:30 a.m. – 15K (8:30, 8:35, 8:40)

10 minutes before each race start – pre-race announcement

Runners will choose their own wave, based on where they anticipate finishing. This is done to limit passing along the course and spread runners out for aid station volunteers.  Please choose the wave where you will feel the most comfortable and have the most fun! Waves will start 5 min apart.
Wave 1- Top 33%
Wave 2- Middle 33%
Wave 3- Bottom 33%


Finish Line Information

The finish line is located in the exact same location as the starting line. It is a ways out of town, so bring a cooler with your favorite beverages. We will be serving Mad Moose Enchiladas and other runner approved goodies to runners! We’ll also have water, soda, etc available.

Runner Perks

All runners will receive a custom short sleeved race shirt, custom BOCO Gear Technical Trucker, and a finishers’ medal.


The FAQ page contains information about:


-Race Rules

-Distance Changes

-Cancelation, transfer, and no refund policy

-Other Runner Requirements​


Find the results hosted on UltraSignup!

Race Photos

Race photos are taken by Aktiva Sport Photography. They will send an email to runners once the pictures have been processed. Please allow 1-2 weeks for processing.

Volunteer with Mad Moose

Do you like helping your fellow runners succeed? Do you want to support your favorite race company? Do you enjoy giving back to this awesome community? Consider volunteering at one of our future events! As if getting to give back to the running community wasn’t enough, we want to show our gratitude by having all volunteers earn credits toward FREE race entries of your choice! (Friends and Family – You can earn race credits for your runner to use toward their next Mad Moose Event!)

Click HERE for more details about volunteering with Mad Moose!


Nov 18 2023


6:00 AM - 6:45 PM


95 -195


Gemini Bridges Trailhead, Grand County, UT
Gemini Bridges Trailhead, Moab, UT
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