Horseback riding vacations in Utah and Arizona do not need to be a rough camping adventure. You can see much of the spectacular back country and still stay in comfortable inns where you can have a hot shower after a good day in the saddle. This ride gives you the opportunity to explore the wild area around the Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument which has breathtaking scenery, but is little visited by tourists. A short drive each morning allows you to pick up your horses at trail heads where you can enter remote, wild areas immediately. This is a vast protected region in southern Utah near the Arizona border sprawling between the better-known Bryce and Zion national parks.
Varied days are spent exploring canyons, sandstone formations, and dunes in the low country. Then ride up through stands of pine and aspen to the higher elevations where one can see out across the Colorado Plateau for hundreds of miles. The pace changes with the terrain; steady and cautious down rocky trails, fast canters on sandy tracks. You will be delighted with the performance of these ranch bred horses which are accustomed to the rugged terrain.
Spend the first 3 nights at a quiet inn near the sleepy ranching town of Alton in charming rooms furnished with rustic pine furniture, and an inviting porch with a view of the brilliant pink cliffs. Then move to a B&B surrounded by green pastures with white rail fences, a surprising contrast to the sandstone cliffs which run the length of the narrow valley. The pleasant rooms boast handmade quilts and lace curtains. Breakfast and dinners are served on the sunny patio or in an antique-filled dining room. You will appreciate the equestrian expertise of your cowboy guides and the knowledge of the region; it’s history, flora and fauna.
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!