Unique beauty, amazing wildlife and profound solitude – all the elements of true adventure – reward racers willing to brave the strenuous Desert RATS journey. Vast landscape and ancient obstacles combine to create the rugged and stunning beauty of the Kokopelli Trail. Desert RATS is more than just a race. It is not only a journey through true backcountry desert but within yourself.  While some will race, most are there to test their mental and physical limits. Don’t expect to set personal records for the distance you’ll cover, you will need to pace yourself for the heat and terrain. You must have patience and grit in order to not be fighting your own frustration. The race is about the experience, pushing yourself and making friends along the way.

Event details and schedule


4:00pm-6:00pm registration/gear check at The Gonzo Inn in Moab UT

7:30pm pre-race meeting at the The Gonzo Inn

Mon.: (breakfast will be on your own)

7:30 meet in front of The Gonzo Inn

8:00am bus departs for start line (gear must be separated and you must be ready to run)

10:00am RACE START!!!! (water and toilets will be available)

5:00pm cut-off

5:30pm dinner

7:30pm evening announcements


6:00am breakfast

7:30am #1 start of stage 2

8:00am #2 start of stage 2

1:45pm Westwater cut-off

3:30pm Cottonwood Wash cut-off

7:30pm dinner

8:00pm cut-off

8:30 evening announcements


6:30am breakfast

8:00am #1 start of stage 3

8:30am #2 start of stage 3

12:00pm cut-off/lunch

5:00pm dinner

7:00 evening announcements


6:00am breakfast

7:00am #1 start of stage 4

8:00am #2 start of stage 4

3:30pm Onion Creek cut-off

6:00pm hot food available at Base Camp

9:00pm Gateway cut-off

Midnight Stage 4 cut-off


morning snacks available

11:00pm brunch

1:30pm optional beach/hike/activities

6:00pm dinner

7:00pm announcements


6:30am breakfast

8:00am #1 start of stage 5

8:30am #2 start of stage 5

11:00am La Sal cut-off

1:00pm Porcupine Rim #1 cut-off

2:30pm Porcupine Rim #2 cut-off

4:00pm Final cut-off

Organised by

Gemini Events

3506 Feather Reed Ave, Longmont

Phone: 3032491112

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