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Chuska Mountains between Red Valley and Lukachukai
(One mile east of Buffalo Pass Picnic Area)
Mountain Bike Race, Tour & Kids Race
Saturday, September 18; course opens @ 9:00 a.m.
Yá'át'ééh riders! Welcome to the Chuska Challenge!
This year’s race is dependent upon guidelines and policies of the Navajo Health Command and Operations Center. Schedules of events, camping, and other elements of the weekend are dependent upon direction from HCOC. Please keep advised of all guidelines via our Facebook posts and registration pages. There will be a drive-through packet pick-up, masks required at start/finish area and runners will need proof of vaccination or recent negative test.
REGISTRATION – Online registration for both the tour and race is now open through 10:00 p.m. on the Thursday evening of race week at the NavajoYES website: www.navajoyes.org On-site registration will be held at the race site at the Chuska camp on Friday evening and Saturday morning. Registration includes performance long-sleeve t-shirt, a Code Talker poster, course support, live music and race awards.
FOOD & SUPPORT – Your registration includes light pre-race snacks, on-course support and a post-race food box. We will have some of the Chuskas’ best burritos available on Saturday morning, and we have invited a local food truck to sell post-race foods.
The Mountain Bike Race will take place on Saturday, September 18, with the course opening to racers at 9:00 a.m. on a challenging dirt road/doubletrack route between 8000 and 8800 feet elevation on the race course used in 2020. You may start your race anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Riders will not be allowed on the course after 4:00 p.m. Riders will self-time their race circuit, so please be prepared with an appropriate timing device. For youth (18 & Under) who want to race the full course, register online for the normal event and use the coupon code YOUTH at checkout. This will give youth a $10 entry.
The course for the Chuska Tour begins at 10:00 a.m., mostly on dirt road and trail. It offers a supported 20-mile ride from camp, heading toward Buffalo Pass and on to quiet doubletrack through the northern Chuskas, where fall colors will be appearing. The route also takes riders through beautiful forest to a stunning viewpoint referred to locally as “top of the world”, with dramatic overlooks of Cove, the Carrizos, Monument Valley and Bear’s Ears. The ride loops back past Dry Lake to Buffalo Pass and back to camp.
The Kids Race (ages 8 and under) is a roughly ½-mile circuit, ridden two times around camp. It can be done any time on Saturday. Registration is in person on Saturday.
The Junior Race is (ages 9-12) is six laps around the camp, also throughout the day. Registration is in person on Saturday.
LIVE MUSIC STAGE – The Chuska race venue will be filled with awesome sounds of some of the best live native music around, including Navajo blue musician Nolan James, drummer Gary Elthie, and Talibah Begay.
PACKET PICK-UP – Packet pick-up/on-site registration will be available before you start the race.
AWARDS – There will be awards for the adult race, the junior race and kids race.
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DIRECTONS – The race venue is nestled in the towering pine trees in a scenic spot at just over 8500 feet elevation. Situated between the communities of Red Valley and Lukachukai, the site is just one mile east of Buffalo Pass Picnic Area on N13 in the northern Chuskas. There will be large feather flags along the road welcoming you to the race!
Below are the directions from a variety of directions.
From east (if travelling from Shiprock, Durango, Farmington, Cortez, T’iis Nasbas, etc.) Head south on U.S. Highway 491 out of Shiprock. Five-plus miles south of Shiprock will be the junction with Navajo Route 13, with signs indicating Red Valley, Cove and Lukachukai. Turn right and head west on N13. You will see the Red Rock Trading Post and school in 22 miles, then will pass by Red Valley Cove H.S. and NHA housing on your way to the mountain. About twelve miles from Red Valley you will arrive at camp, which will be visible on the right (north) side of N13.
From south (Window Rock, Ganado, Gallup, etc.) Travel 60 miles north on Navajo Route 12 from WR to the junction with Navajo route 13 at Lukachukai (aka “L.A.”), From LA, head east into the mountains. From the junction, you will travel about 12 miles to Buffalo Pass, on your left as you approach the summit. Continue one mile east of the Pass to our camp, which will be visible from the highway on the left (north) side of the N13.
From north (Kayenta, Shonto, Black Mesa, Tuba City, Monument Valley, Page) Travel east eight miles from Kayenta on U.S. Highway 160 to the junction with Navajo Route 59 at the top of Church Rock hill. At the junction, turn right and head south 44 miles – past Chilchinbeto and Rough Rock en route to Many Farms. At Many Farms, travel 16 miles east to Round Rock on U.S. Highway 191. At the Round Rock, turn right and head south on Route 12. Continue 15 miles to Lukachukai. From Lukachukai, head east on N13 toward Buffalo Pass. Camp is just one mile east of the pass on your left (north).
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