NavajoYES is a program geared to fitness and youth empowerment across Diné Bikeyah


Take part in one of many Navajo Parks Race Series events and enjoy the journey


Trails, hikes and fresh air is what awaits you!


Our programs are designed to advocate the success of each participant


About Us:  NavajoYES is comprised of a team of avid outdoor enthusiasts committed to the philosophy that enjoying nature’s natural playground can lead to a healthy and more balanced lifestyle


Navajo Parks Race Series:  Learn more about our Navajo Parks Race Series, registration dates and other exciting events taking place throughout Diné Bikeyah


Trails Projects:  NavajoYES has been at the fore of the trails revolution – advocating for, building and promoting trails across Dine’ Bikeyah.


Our new Bikes for Kids Program is a new effort of NavajoYES to promote fitness at the grassroots level by providing mountain bikes to local communities as a means of surrounding our youth and communities with an “infrastructure of wellness”. Through the program, NavajoYES acquires decent used bikes of all types that we then refurbish and upgrade.


Education and Outreach:  We believe passionately in our mission of “promoting community wellness, lifelong fitness and youth empowerment across Dine’ Bikeyah” and we strive to share that message in schools and communities throughout the year


UPCOMING EVENTS FOR 2017!  Bikes have been a big part of the NavajoYES program since our inception.  Tour de Rez, Chuska Challenge, Paradise Loop Ride and Cove Classic….riding the rez throughout the year.


Shiprock Marathon
FEE SCHEDULE:  Marathon- $75; Half Marathon- $55; Relay- $170; 5K/10K- $20

Shiprock Marathon website

SRM Info Sheet

Marathon Map

Half Marathon Map

Kids Marathon Info

2016 Shiprock Marathon Results

Cove Classic Mountain Bike
May 20, 21, 2016 Registration now open!

The most extreme bike race on the Navajo Nation is back in 2016!

The Cove Classic will take riders on some of the most challenging and scenic country throughout this wonderful Red Rock Community, tackling miles of old mine roads and game trails in the northern Chuska Mountains above Cove,AZ.


There will be 3 Race Courses:

50+/- Mile Race for not the faint-of-heart with 5,000 ft.+/- of climbing

30 Mile Tour for 13+ Year Old with 3,000 ft. of climbing

Kids Race (age 13-17) very challenging 10-mile race

Kids Tour (age 7-17)  challenging 10-mile ride

Camping, showers and meals will be available throughout the weekend.

Chuska 150 Run
“Running for a Stronger & Healthier Navajo Nation”

Asaayi Mountain Runs
August 19, 2017

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Located in the heart of the Chuska Mountains, the Asaayi Mountain Run take place at Camp Asaayi in the Bowl Canyon Recreation Area.  The 2017 Asaayi Mountain Runs trail races will be held on Saturday, August 19 on the dirt roads and trails around Lake Asaayi.  The events will include 10K and 20K races.  Packet pick-up will take place beginning at 8:00 a.m. Both races begin at 10:00 a.m.  Event registration includes performance t-shirt, race poster, age-group awards, on-course support/food and finish-line food. Camping is available near the start/finish line.  Contact chuskaman@yahoo.com or for more information.

FEE SCHEDULE:  20K- $25; 10K- $20

2017 Race Info Sheet

2016 Results

2015 Results

Code Talker 29K
September 10, 2017

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Honor the legendary Navajo Code Talkers with a run on the final day of the Navajo Nation Fair.  Distances are 29K (in honor of the original 29 Code Talkers) or 10K. This year’s event is set for Sunday, September 10, beginning and ending at the Window Rock Veteran’s Park. The course is part pavement and part trail.  Registration includes performance t-shirt, course support, age-group awards, post-race food, finisher’s medals and professional timing. Contact chuskaman@yahoo.com or for more information.

FEE SCHEDULE:  29K- $25; 10K- $20

2017 Race Info Sheet

2016 Results

2015 Results

Chuska Challenge Mountain Bike Ride
October 13-15, 2016 Registration is now OPEN!

Located in the Chuska Mountains, the Chuska Challenge is the premier mountain bike ride of the year.  The 2016 Chuska Challenge will be held on Saturday, August 15 on the dirt roads and trails around Roof Butte.  Entry fees are $30 for riders 18-over, and $10 for riders under 18.  There are a variety of tour and race options for riders. Registration includes t-shirts, race poster, all meals Saturday, and a Sunday breakfast.  Camping is available near the start/finish line.

Chuska Challenge Info Sheet

Chuska Challenge Flyer

Contact chuskaman@yahoo.com or for more information.

Naatsis'áán Trail Ultra
Saturday, October 21, 2017  Registration opens soon!

The Naatsis’áán Trail Ultra is an epic 50-mile run from Navajo Mountain Chapter House at the base of Navajo Mountain, on road and primarily singletrack trail around the mountain, through rugged canyons en route to Rainbow Bridge, and back.  There is also a team division, in which runners run either to or from Rainbow, and their partner runs the other half.  Registration for the Saturday, October 21 event includes Friday’s pre-race meal, full course support, pottery award for all 50-mile finishers, medical support, finisher’s medal, post-race meal, available camping and boat transport for relay runners.  Contact chuskaman@yahoo.com or for more information.

Course Map

2016 Results Here

Monument Valley Marathon
Saturday, November 19, 2017  Registration opens soon!

The 2016 Monument Valley Marathon races will be held on Saturday, November 19 during the Monument Valley Balloon Festival.  The race and the balloon event will take place at MV Tribal Park, 23 miles northeast of Kayenta, Arizona.  Events include a Marathon, Half Marathon, 4 or 5-Person Relay, 3-Mile Fun Run, and a Kid’s Marathon.  The course is comprised of dirt roads and double-track routes. Packet pick-up is available on race morning beginning at 7:30 a.m.; race time is 10:00 a.m. Event registration includes long-sleeve tech shirts, race poster, age-group awards and pre-race, on-course and finish line food.  A pre-race dinner, including traditional entertainment and speakers, will be held on Friday evening at the local school.   Discounted hotel rates will apply, and camping is available.  Contact chuskaman@yahoo.com or for more information.

Fee Schedule:

Half Marathon – $60 (through August 30); $70 (through November 18) $80 (race day)

Marathon – $80(through August 30); $90 (through November 18);  $100 (race day)

2017 Race Info Sheet

MV Marathon Map

MV Half Marathon Map

2016 Results

2015 Results

Four Corners Quad Keyah Marathon
Thursday, December 7 – Sunday, November 10, 2017

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The Four Corners Quad Keyah will be held December 7-10 at Four Corners Monument near the community of Teec Nos Pos, Arizona.  There will be options of trail and paved routes each day, which will feature local music acts and a heated food tent.  Registration includes performance t-shirt, finisher’s medal each day, pre-race breakfast, professional timing and multiple pieces of race gear, including unique four-state finisher’s award.  Contact chuskaman@yahoo.com or for more information.

Fee Schedule:

Marathon Series – $260 (early through Oct 31);  $280 (through Nov. 30); $300 (on-site)

Marathon (each) – $60 (early through Oct 31); $70 (through Nov. 30); $80 (on-site)

Half Marathon Series – $200 (early through Oct 31); $220 (through Nov. 30); $240 (on-site)

Half Marathon (each) – $50 (early through Oct 31); $60 (through Nov. 30); $70 (on-site)

2017 Race Info Sheet

2016 Results

2017 Little Colorado River Half Marathon and 10K Run
The LCR Half Marathon and 10K is a mid-winter trail run in one of the natural wonders in Dine’ Bikeyah.  Race day entertainment features Talibah Begay and James & Ernice, plus a full post-race meal.  Registration includes performance tee, race poster, light pre-race breakfast, professional timing, finisher’s medal for the half and age-group/overall awards.

LCR Race Info Sheet

LCR Course Map

2017 10K Results

2017 Half Marathon Results

2016 Results

Paradise Loop Ride
April 8, 2017 9:00 a.m.

Registration is closed

Download Race Info Sheet

Download PLR Flyer

The 22-mile route is a loop ride from Shonto north on the Tall Mountain Road (BIA 6310), to Navajo National Monument and back to Shonto on road 221. The route is very scenic, among pinon and juniper forest, and incudes expansive views over the surrounding area, including vast canyons and the looming dome of Naatsisaan.  There are aid stations throughout the course.

The weekend begins with dinner at the Shonto Prep High School’s cafeteria between 5:00-7:00 p.m. You will enjoy a healthy menu and live music, plus the chance to meet other riders.  Your registration also includes a light pre-ride breakfast between 7:00-9:00 a.m. on Saturday, on-course support (including fresh fruit, drinks, energy gels, trail mix, sweet and salty snacks).  Everyone will enjoy a post-race Navajo taco meal back at the high school at the conclusion of the ride.


Rue Nelson
Navajo YES is one of the very few Navajo Nation non-profit Youth and Community Organizations that is truly 'grass-roots'. All monies generated go right back in to Youth Programs. The Executive Director and all Board Members of Navajo YES serve on a voluntary basis.
Rue Nelson

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