Battle in the Badlands

Battle in the Badlands

Previously Held October 26, 2019
Pinon Mesa
VOTED A JOLT WORTHY EVENT! Test your skills on one of the most challenging trails with the best views in the Four Corners. No matter your skill level there is a trail run or bike course for you at this event (34-mile ultramarathon, 17-mile run, 4-mile run, 1-mile kids’ Trick-or-Treat fun run, 17-mile MTB race and a 4-mile fat tire mountain bike race). Competitors are encouraged to come in costume!

Event Information

Pinon Mesa
3801 La Plata Hwy. Farmington, NM
$5, $20, $40, $50

The Battle will feature 4 different trail runs (34 Mile Ultra, 17 Mile, 4 Mile, 1 Mile Fun Run)  and 2 different MTB rides (17 Mile and 4 Mile) with cash prizes. These trails have some epic gains of up to 5,800 ft. This is a Halloween event so all competitors will be in costume, and dogs are welcome (in costume of course) for the 4-mile trail run. Bring the kids out for a 1 mile “Trick-or-Treat” fun run.  Brought to you by The Strike Zone, BLM, City of Farmington, Alien Bike Shop and 505 Cycles.

Battle in the Badlands Registration Information

Registration for the trail run is open on fees are as listed. There are two listings, one for the trail runs and one for the MTB races.

  • $50 - 34-mile ultramarathon 
  • $40 - 17-mile trail run 
  • $20 - 4-mile trail run 
  • $5 - 1-mile kids’ Trick-or-Treat fun run 

Registreation for the mountain bike race is open on, fees are as listed. The 17 mile loop will have a pro, cat 1, and a cat 2 category for different levels of competition. Top pro male and female finisher for the long course will receive $200 each. The short course will have 2 different categories, a youth u16 class and and open age category. All are welcome! Trails are friendly to all types of bikes, however plus size tires might be the best size for the job.

  • $40 - 17-mile (pro, Cat 1 and Cat 2)
  • $20 - 4-mile (open age, youth under 16)

Battle in the Badlands Races

  • 34-mile ultramarathon (5,800 ft. gain) – 5:00 am
  • 17-mile trail run (2,800 ft. gain) – 8:00 am
  • 4-mile trail run (dogs allowed and encouraged) – 9:00 am
  • 1-mile kids’ Trick-or-Treat fun run – 9:30 am
  • 17-mile pro MTB race (2,800 ft. gain) – 7:00 am
  • 4-mile fat tire mountain bike race (800 ft. gain) – 8:30 am

All courses feature a mostly single-track desert landscape through pinon and juniper trees. Be prepared for anything from loose sandy hard pack dirt, sandstone slickrock, and clay mud if it rains. Trails feature badlands, arroyos, hoodoos, tent rocks, etc. Find more at 

Directions: Pinon Mesa is location at 3801 La Plata Highway in Farmington, New Mexico. From the intersection of Pinion Hills and Hwy 170, head north on HWY 170 for approximately .7 miles. On the left-hand side of the road (west), there is a single, large cottonwood tree in a small parking lot. Trail head starts at the green gate.

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