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
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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


Trails Projects:  Trails are essential to our mission in empowering youth and promoting a sense that they can affect positive, long-term change in their community.  Restoring old routes, developing and building new trails and promoting trails across the Nation are part of the project.
bikes for kids


Our new Bike Exchange 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


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
Bike Events


UPCOMING EVENTS FOR 2016!  Bikes have been a big part of the NavajoYES program since our inception and particularly following the birth of Tour de Rez in 1991.


Shiprock Marathon
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.

Asaayi Mountain Runs
August 20, 2016 Registration is now OPEN!

Located in the heart of the Chuska Mountains, the Asaayi Mountain Runs take place at Camp Asaayi in the Bowl Canyon Recreation Area.  The 2016 Asaayi Mountain Runs trail races will be held on Saturday, August 20 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 long-sleeve tech shirts, race poster, age-group awards and pre-race, on-course and finish-line food. Camping is available near the start/finish line.  Contact chuskaman@yahoo.com or for more information.

Code Talker 29K
Honor the legendary Navajo Code Talkers with a 29K (in honor of the 29 original Code Talkers) or 10K run through the Navajo capital, Window Rock, Arizona. The course, 10K in length, is part pavement and part trail, including 1 ½ miles each lap on the new Window Rock Trail.  LINK TO REGISTER  Runners in the 29K run three laps of the course, which includes a Meet the Code talkers and hear their stories as part of the weekend, which is also the culmination of the Navajo Nation Fair.  Race Info Sheet Here.  Contact chuskaman@yahoo.com or for more information.
Four Corners Quad Keyah Marathon
Rainbow Bridge Trail Ultra
Information forthcoming

Monument Valley Marathon
The 2016 Monument Valley Marathon and Half 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.  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 and camping is available. (More info forthcoming.)  Contact chuskaman@yahoo.com or for more information.
Little Colorado River Half Marathon
Paradise Loop Ride
April 22/23, 2016 9:00 a.m.  Registration is now open!

Download Race Info Sheet

This unique ride offers two options: an 18-mile loop up around Navajo National Monument and a 32-miler that heads north from Shonto to Tall Mountain, across the ride north of Inscription House on the Navajo Mountain road and then the loop back to Shonto. Both are dirt road routes and offer spectacular sweeping views of the surrounding country. Both courses will have support.

There is camping and dinner available at Shonto Prep School on Friday night the 22nd, with entertainment by Navajo flute musician Jimbo Keith and other local musicians. Should be a nice evening.

Your registration includes PLR t-shirt, three meals (Friday dinner, light Saturday breakfast and post-race meal), on-course support, poster and entertainment.


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