Run the Ranches, Grand County’s trail run series, kicks off Sunday, Aug. 14 |

Run the Ranches, Grand County’s trail run series, kicks off Sunday, Aug. 14

Runners round a bend during last year's Run the Ranches event at Drowsy Water Ranch. Courtesy photo

Headwaters Trails Alliance is holding its second annual trail run series, Run the Ranches, which kicks off this weekend. The series features a trail run at three different ranches between August and September. All of these prestigious ranches will host a casual 2-3 mile event and a more adventuresome 6-8 mile run. The series begins on Sunday, Aug. 14, at Drowsy Water Ranch. The Fosha family provides after-race refreshments out of their chuck wagon for all race participants.

SolVista Ski Basin at Granby Ranch hosts the next race in the series the following weekend on Sunday, Aug. 21, where participants can experience this 5,000-acre natural environment, including an expansive network of trails, a 450-acre wildlife conservation area, hundreds of acres of open space, the Fraser River corridor and miles of forestland. Trail walkers and runners enjoy the scenic beauty of favorite trails such as Sweet Nancy and Vista Ridge and finish at the base lodge with delicious treats such as tapenade and wood-fired pizzas.

Devil’s Thumb Ranch completes the series on Sunday, Sept. 18, where participants can meander through the beautiful fall foliage at one of Grand County’s finest guest ranches that encompasses 5000 acres at the foot of the Continental Divide in the beautiful Ranch Creek Valley. Wild Horse Catering has graciously provided gourmet cookies for after race treats.

Register online at until noon on the Friday preceding the race to get early bird pricing ($20 adults, $10 children). Race-day registration is available beginning at 8:30 a.m. All races start at 10 a.m.

Whether you enjoy a friendly stroll or extended trail run, don’t miss this unique event series. Proceeds benefit Headwaters Trails Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to constructing and maintaining trails in Grand County. For more information, please visit or call Headwaters Trails Alliance at 970-726-1013.

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