Grand Canyon Winter Pastures

  • Trip Duration
  • 6
  • 5
  • Riding Time
  • 6
    days riding
  • 6
    hrs per day riding
  • Group Size
  • 4 - 8
    Guests per group
Ride through the Grand Canyon on this horseback riding trip in Arizona

Grand Canyon Winter Pastures

Ride Overview

The Winter Pastures horseback riding vacation will take you far below the remote North Rim of the Grand Canyon into a microclimate which is sheltered from the cold and winds above.  As one descends into the depths of the Canyon there are a series of benches or esplanades which vary in width from 200 yards to a mile wide.  Thanks to the exquisite scenery and solitude they make an inviting location for winter camping and exploring. This adventure is definitely not to be confused with infamously tedious donkey rides; it is a rigorous horse pack trip into some of the canyon’s least frequented drainages. It is rough going in this country, and riders often dismount to lead the horses through particularly treacherous stretches. You will quickly gain an appreciation for the amazing fortitude of these horses, and their instinctive skill negotiating the rugged trails.

Once the trail drops off the north rim, you are unlikely to meet anyone but the odd desert bighorn sheep, wary mule deer or perhaps glimpse a condor soaring overhead. The groups are small, and everyone must be a competent rider and be willing to lend a helping hand around camp. The few hardy souls who venture into the Winter Pastures will be rewarded by experiencing the grandeur of the canyon as the first explorer did. Explore our other horseback riding adventures in Utah and Arizona.


This is a camping trip with minimalist facilities. Nights will be spent camping at sites along the trail. Tents comfortably fit two people and their gear. Mattresses and cots are provided to sleep on and you can either bring your own sleeping bag or rent one from the outfitter for $35 for the week.
Water is available for washing up in the morning and evening, but please keep in mind that in this country water is a scarce commodity.

Meals & Drink

An assortment of home-cooked meals will be provided while on the trail. The cuisine is hearty and varied, prepared over an open fire.

Ride & Horse Details

  • Overview:
    The horses on this ride are chosen for their surefootedness in rough terrain. Although predominantly Quarter horses, other breeds and crosses will be among the outfitter's remuda. He also has a couple of mules which are excellent packhorses, and can sometimes be used as saddle horses. Western-style tack is utilized. Riders are welcome to bring their own saddles.
  • Horse Breeds:
    local ranch bred
  • Trip Pace:
    slow to moderate
  • Tack:
  • Weight limit:
    210 lbs

Activities for Non - Riders

This is not a recommended option for non-riders.

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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