Tombstone Desert Donkey Dash

Sat April 1, 2023 Tombstone, AZ 85638 US Directions


501 Toughnut
Tombstone, AZ US 85638


Run with a donkey in the "Town Too Tough to Die!"  Please join us for the 4th Annual Tombstone Desert Donkey Dash on Saturday, April 1, 2023!

Runner must have personal donkey or have made arrangements for a donkey to register for this race.  Runners cannot participate in this race without a donkey (no other equine permitted).  Solo runners are NOT allowed to participate.  No riding allowed- this is an in hand trail race with a donkey.  Donkeys shall be in good health and sound condition.  Any runner mistreating their donkey will be disqualified.  

This is a TEAM race with one runner and one donkey making a team.  Teams starting the race must remain a team throughout the race, with a lead rope in hand to be no longer than 15 feet.  DONKEY EXCHANGING DURING THE RACE IS NOT ALLOWED, doing so will result in disqualification.  If the runner becomes separated from their donkey, dropping the lead rope, the team must return to the place the lead rope was dropped before continuing the race. Failure to return to the point of separation WILL result in disqualification.  Teams cannot receive outside assistance from spectators, family, or friends.  Doing so may result in disqualification.  Registered runners may support and assist other teams while on the course.  The proper race etiquette is to ask before assisting another team.  The winning combination consists of the runner and donkey team to cross the finish line. The runner may be leading or following the donkey. The donkey's nose crossing the finish line first constitutes the winner.

The courses are challenging and rocky.  Boots for donkeys are highly recommended, but not mandatory.  

There are 3 distances: 3 mile intro (pack saddle not required), 6 mile short (pack saddle not required), and the 13 mile long course (pack saddle and traditional mining gear of gold pan, pick, and shovel required).  Courses will be marked by color. 

3 Mile intro course YELLOW RIBBONS, 6 mile short BLUE RIBBONS, and 13 mile long ORANGE RIBBONS.  There will be water stations at the break off of the three courses. Water stations will be near the Charleston Road crossing for the 6 and 13 mile courses and at Monument Guest Ranch for 13 mile course. First aid supplies will be at each station with emergency crew on stand by.

Top three finishers for 3 mile and 6 mile course will receive trophies.  

Trophies and prize money will be awarded to the top three finishers of the 13 mile course.  

1st- $500

2nd- $300

3rd- $200

4th-8th- $100

13 mile course teams will follow Western Pack Burro Ass-ociation rules.  Each donkey must be equipped with a pack saddle carrying traditional mining gear of gold pan, pick, and shovel.  Items may be carried inside saddle bags or may be attached and displayed to pack saddle.  Traditional mining gear may be checked at finish line.  There shall be no minimum weight requirement for donkeys to carry.


$10 dry camping per night and a few pens available at Good Enough Mine.  Limited space available if you bring your own corral panels.  For reservations, please contact Robert Davenport at 520-335-4255 or by email

*Banner Photo- Mark Levy HERALD/REVIEW

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