Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Promoting community wellness, lifelong fitness and youth empowerment in communities across the Dine' Nation


21st Chuska Challenge set for October 10-11, 2015
On the Trail 
The 2015 Chuska Challenge will be based in the Chuska Mountains, near Roof Butte, giving riders some of the best mountain biking in the Four Corners.  This year's Chuska route will include spectacular riding, beginning at just over 8,000 feet elevation and climbing into the range on tribal roads and old logging routes.  Riders may opt for rides of varying lengths, depending on their skills and interest.  The most advanced route climbs to 9,800 feet at the summit of Roof Butte.  Routes range from 20-50 miles, novice to advanced, but even that guidelines gives you plenty of flexibility to add and adjust to your ride as you go.  We like to think that this freedom to create your own ride helps make the Chuska a really nice ride for all ability levels.
All routes include aid stations, which will be well-stocked with great-tasting fuel and plenty of fluids.  Along the way, you will find plenty of course support from our great volunteers, the Navajo Rangers and Red Valley ALERT team.  You'll find stunning fall colors across the Chuska highcountry. 
The registration rates are $50 for adults and $20 for youth.  You can sign up at the link at   Registration includes a Chuska t-shirt, light pre-ride breakfast, a stunning Chuska poster, well-stocked aid stations all day, a hearty dinner and entertainment throughout..   Camping is available on Friday and Saturday nights.  
The Chuska Camp Experience
Part of the Chuska weekend includes great entertainment and cool activities, both on the trail in the Chuskas and at camp.  Among the on-stage entertainment will be native flute music of Jimmy Keith and local young artists.  The Chuska raffle and silent auction will give you a chance to take home some goods - both arts and outdoor gear - plus support the biking initiatives of NavajoYES.  We will have a NavajoYES slideshow on the big screeen at camp.  Plus, you will hear from pro cyclist Scott Nydam, some young YES cyclists and more throughout the weekend.  
You are welcome to camp at our Chuska campsite on both Friday or Saturday nights.  If you prefer motel lodging, Chinle is your closest option one hour southwest of the Red Valley.  Your choices are Holiday Inn-Chinle (928-674-5000), historic Sacred Canyon Lodge (formerly Thunderbird Lodge) (928-674-5841) and the Best Western - Canyon de Chelly (928-674-5874).   Farmington (one hour east) has lots of lodging options, while Gallup has the same, two hours to the south of Red Valley. 
The Cause
The Chuska benefits the work of NavajoYES, a Navajo Nation nonprofit that offers outdoor adventure programs, service projects and community outreach throughout the year.  NavajoYES also sponsors the Tour de Rez adventure each summer.  You can find out more about our organization in the "Programs" portion of the website.  Proceeds of the Chuska will go toward our efforts to get more bikes and trails onto the reservation, and to establish a high school mountain bike team.
A benefit auction featuring Navajo rugs, local art and outdoor gear plus a raffle drawing with hundreds of prizes are a couple ways in which you can support the cause throughout the weekend.  Additional contributions at registration or on Chuska weekend are welcome, as well. 
Where in the World is Red Valley?
Red Valley, Arizona (zip code 86544)Red Valley is on the eastern flank of the Chuska Mountains, just to the east of Buffalo Pass on Navajo Route 13.  Red Valley is one hour from Chinle, Farmington or T'iis Nazbas, 1 1/2 from Cortez, two hours from Gallup, Durango, Window Rock or Kayenta, three from Tuba and about four from Flagstaff or Page.  If you have any trouble or need directions, call Jim at (608) 201-8175.
Other Information
Check out the pictures on the website to get a look at past Chuska rides.  Go to  "Photo Albums" on the home page and scroll down to the pictures of the Chuska.  You can also find out more about the work of NavajoYES throughout the site.
We would like to encourage everyone to register online.   But if that does not work for you and you would like to do a paper registration, please contact Tom. Thanks.
You can contact us at or at (928) 429-0345 for more information.