Navajoland- Take part in minimalistic camping on this horseback riding tour in Arizona

Navajoland

Ride Overview

An excellent choice for a horseback riding vacation in Arizona is the Navajoland trip which traverses the most spectacular and interesting parts of the vast Navajo Indian Reservation.  Deep in the heart of the Southwest Desert, the ancient Anasazi people built a highly developed civilization a thousand years ago.  They inhabited easily defended, precarious stone dwellings high in the sandstone cliffs, and later the Navajo Indians also carved out their settlements in the beautiful and isolated landscape. This horseback riding tour in Arizona crosses three distinct portions of the Navajo Indian Reservation. It begins in Canyon de Chelly, whose impossibly high cliffs are dotted with Anasazi and Navajo ruins. You then ride two days among the famed mesas, buttes and natural arches of Monument Valley before moving on to spend the final days in the rarely visited foothills of Navajo Mountain. From this camp one can see hundreds of miles across a labyrinth of sandstone canyons draining into the Colorado River. The week culminates with a boat cruise on Lake Powell, stopping en route to see Rainbow Bridge.

This is a riding trip for people who do not mind helping out with camp chores, and who are willing to forego creature comforts to become immersed in the unique culture and dramatic landscape of Navajoland. Check out some of the other Equitours horseback riding vacations in Arizona here.

Accommodations & Food

This is a vehicle-supported camping trip. Nylon external-frame tents with flooring, zippers and a screened window are utilized. The tents comfortably fit two people and their gear. Foam pads for placement under sleeping bags are provided. A portable toilet is provided at the campsites. Warm water is available for washing hands and face in the morning and evening. There is an opportunity to transfer to a developed campground for a hot shower one of the nights in Monument Valley.
In general this is a "minimalist camping experience," and appeals to riders who are willing to experience rustic conditions to see this remarkable country. Riders should be prepared to help with chores around camp; set up tents, assist with tacking and untacking one's own horse, and lend a hand wherever assistance is needed.
An assortment of home-cooked meals will be provided while on the trail. The cuisine is hearty and variable, prepared in an outdoor kitchen and over an open fire. Lunch is carried on a packhorse or in individual saddlebags and consists of fresh fruit and sandwiches.

Ride & Horse Details

  • Horse Breeds:
    local ranch bred
  • Trip Pace:
    moderate to fast
  • Tack:
    Western
  • Weight limit:
    210 Ibs

Meeting Point

St. George, Utah

With first-hand knowledge of the exciting tours we offer, the ride consultants at Equitours look forward to answering any questions you might have about this ride. We want to help make sure that you select the trip of your dreams. Please call or email and get ready to pack your bags for a wonderful adventure!

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