Ruta del Jefe is a 125-mile self-supported adventure following a variety of dirt, rocky, and sandy surfaces around the Santa Rita Mountains, the lair of El Jefe, one of only three North American Jaguars to remain in the U.S.


Date: February 21

Time: 8:00 am


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Organizer: Sarah Swallow



Appleton Whittell Research Ranch

366 Research Ranch Rd
Elgin, AZ 85611 United States

Ruta Del Jefe is a 125-mile self supported adventure race following dirt roads around the Santa Rita Mountains, the lair of one of the only North American Jaguars to live in the U.S., El Jefe. Rural Del Jefe takes place on Tohono O’odham and Hohokam lands, in the Sky Islands region of the Sonoran Desert and the US/Mexico borderlands in Southern Arizona. The race follows remote and rugged dirt roads through one of the most biodiverse and beautiful places in the world yet, the region is plagued with many environmental threats and a humanitarian crisis that need our attention and action.

New for 2020 will be the addition of the following categories; 55-mile gravel ride, bikepacking tour, 12-mile run/ride.

The Bikepacking Tour will essentially be a self-supported tour along the Sky Islands Odyssey/Ruta del Jefe Route with a grand depart on Saturday, Feb. 22. The option ensures that anyone interested in the bikepacking tour category can come for the festivities on Friday night and start their tour from the Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch on Saturday morning with everyone else.