Behind the Rocks Ultra

50 mile, 50k, 30k, and 10 Mile

March 27, 2021

Race Starts: 50 mile- 6 a.m, 50k- 7 a.m.,

30k- 8 a.m., 10 Mile- 8:30 a.m.

About Behind the Rocks Ultra

Behind the Rocks Ultra starts and finishes at the Behind the Rocks Trail, along the border of the Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area. Moab's last hidden gem; its tall standing Navajo Sandstone domes and fins can be seen from many places along the course. This course traverses some remote trails, and give you the opportunity to enjoy the desert solitude. From smooth double track to sandy washes to technical doubletrack, to challenging singletrack, Behind the Rocks Ultra will test you mentally and physically. While the 30K can give a runner an introduction to Moab trail running, the 50 Mile course is among our most challenging events. It includes some some technical down climbs and rim running, that offer amazing views of arches and rock formations. As runners close in on the finish line, they'll see it nestled just below the La Sal Mountain range. A great place to enjoy the finish line with a great community! With free camping at the start/finish line, you're welcome to spend the weekend. Bring your cooler, stocked with your favorite post race drinks, and stay for the fun!

Course Information

Elevation Gain: 50 mile- 7000 ft, 50k- 3500 ft, 30k- 1800 ft

Course Information

Aid Station and Cut Off Information

Race Guide

Check out the 2020 Race Guide for information about the event!

Travel Information

Check out the Travel Page for information about lodging and recreation in the Moab area!

Packet Pickup

Friday, March 26, 2021

4 p.m. – 7 p.m.  Check in and Packet Pick-Up


Springhill Inn and Suites

1865 N Highway 191

Moab, UT  84532

Race Day

Saturday, March 27, 2021

50 Mile

5:30 a.m.- 5:45 a.m.


5:30 a.m.-6:45 a.m.


5:30 a.m.-7:45 a.m.​

10 Mile

5:30 a.m.-8:15 a.m.


*You will need to have a photo ID in order to receive your packet and timing chip.  This includes race morning packet pick-up.  We encourage you to pick up your packet prior to race day morning to eliminate issues on the morning of the race.  

Directions to Start/Finish Line

Directions to start:

From the south end of Moab, head south approximately 13 miles. You will head out of town on a single lane road.  As you begin to head up the first steep hill, the road will open up to a passing lane.  Once you get to the top of the hill, the dirt road will be on your right.  The turn is just past mile marker 113.  If you pass the rest area, you have gone too far. Take a right turn, and follow the road approximately 2.5 miles to the start.  You will see the start line on the left hand side.  The dirt road is difficult to spot. The road is technical, but passable for 2WD. Please allow plenty of time to find the start.  You can reference the map below for more information.


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 the Behind the Rocks and future events hosted by Mad Moose Events.

Note: Crew directions are located in the Race Guide

Camping Information

Behind the Rocks Ultra has dispersed camping at the start/finish line plus spots along the road.  If you arrive after dark, please be sure to camp in designated camping areas.


  • There are spots for tents and RV/Campers.  The road leading to camp is slow and technical in spots. 

  • We will have toilets available for the campers, beginning Friday. There are plenty of spots to accommodate everyone. No reservations required!

  • Please be sure to camp in designated spots.  If you are not, you may be asked to move.  

  • Please follow directions of parking attendants.


The RDs will be there all week, so join us for a night or for the full week!

Race Morning Schedule

Saturday, March 27, 2021

5:30 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.

Check-in, packet pickup, and drop bag collection: at the starting line.


6 a.m. – 50 mile start

7 a.m. – 50k start

8 a.m. - 30k start

8:30 a.m. - 10 Mile start

10 minutes before each race start - Pre-race announcement

Finish Line Information

The finish line is located in the exact same location as the starting line. We will have portable toilets starting Friday afternoon. 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! We'll also have water, soda, etc available. Feel free to camp with us and enjoy the post-race fire and community! 

Runner Perks

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


Need more information about pricing, race rules, refund policy, or runner requirements? Check out our FAQ page!  


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