Course, Venue and Other Details

Course Map & Profile

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The course has been updated from the 2013/14 race course. After requests from our stellar Search and Rescue, and some racers’ concerns, we have shortened the course by about 5 miles to make the total course distance around 14.5 miles with 1050ft of climbing. We have cut Lost Lake Rim, for those that know the area and expect to see a reduction in lap times. Folks of all ability levels should be able to comfortably finish their night laps.

The course is located among the ponderosa pines of the Zuni Mountains (just east, and up a few feet!, from Gallup, NM). But these are not your typical mountain singletrack trails; this course is all smiles with only a couple of short steep climbs. In one word: flowy. It rips and rolls through the finest singletrack west of the Mississippi (in our humble opinion) onto Turkey Nest, Smokin’ Handlebar, Burma, Quaking Aspen, and lower Y2K. There is about a one mile connector to get to the McGaffey Campground, our home sweet home for the weekend.

The EnchantedLand category is back by popular demand! Click the map to see the 5 mile course designed for families and novices who ride laps together.

Course Specs:
14.5 miles
Starting Elevation 7850′
Highest Elevation 8350′
Lowest Elevation 7600′
Total Climbing: 1050′

Staging Area

USFS McGaffey Campground, with vault toilets, gravel roads, a few electric pull in spaces, and even a couple of water pumps. Welcome to our version of the Hilton!

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Staging Area Map. Click to Enlarge.

Directions to staging area/campground from I-40:

  1. Take I-40 to New Mexico exit 33 (McGaffey/Ft. Wingate/Hwy 400)
  2. Head south off the exit onto Highway 400.
  3. Go about 11 miles to the USFS McGaffey Campground. The entrance to the campground will be on the right. (If you find yourself on a dirt road, you’re lost. All pavement.)

View the location on Google Maps, or see directions from Gallup.


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Thursday, June 18 9AM – Monday, noon
$5 per adult/$20 per RV (Volunteers free)
$50 for electric pull-in spaces (see below)
First come, first served

Primitive camping, which means: no showers and no electricity (unless you arrive early for the 6 pull in spots with electric, payable when you arrive). Toilets, dumpsters, and water are available. Campfires allowed! Vehicles must keep at least two wheels on gravel roads at all times – you can not drive out into the fields or woods to camp. However, you are welcome to put tents anywhere within the campground, just walk it out to your area.

If you haven’t been to the USFS McGaffey Campground before, it’s pimp. Gravel roads throughout, plenty of vault toilets, a few water spigots, and it’s huge. There will be no issue getting a spot on the course. See below.

Changes from last year – we will be utilizing the staging area race course route from 2013, which means the main gravel road will also be the race course, NOT Strawberry Canyon Trail behind the campground. There is ample room for everyone to camp on the race course in the campground/staging area. Check the staging area map above to peep.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Gallup

Fairfield Inn & Suites Gallup

Host Hotel

Fairfield Inn & Suites (brand new!)
3510 E. Historic Hwy 66
Gallup, NM 88301
(505) 863-0900

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  • 15 Room Block
  • 2 Queen or 1 king bed: $99.00 + tax
  • Includes complimentary hot breakfast, wifi, indoor pool, jacuzzi
  • Very close to staging area

Food & Amenities

Food vendors will be announced closer to the race. So far we have:

– Peddler on the Path: wonderful coffee and treats, open 24 Hours!
– Twisted Tacos: fantastic Mexican comida
– Tony’s Burgers: burgers, weenies, and piles of curly fries
– Tasty Shack: pulled pork sandwiches, ice cream, shaved ice, popcorn

Very poor cell service in the campground, Verizon service just outside the campground, although it’s spotty. You’re welcome!


TrailLED is offering both a neutral charging station AND light rentals. Rentals are $30.00, make your reservation here They are also offering a neutral charging station. Positive Energy Solar is also offering a neutral charging station. Both charging stations will be in the staging area.

Bike Rentals

For those who are flying in, the BikeSmith in Albuquerque is offering high-end mountain bike rentals at reasonable prices. They even have fat bikes! As an added bonus, if enough folks rent bikes, they will pack up the trailer and deliver them to the race venue. Now, that is service!  Check out BikeSmith at:  (505) 242-9253