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Meet in St George at 1:00pm. Drive north through the inspiring sandstone formations of Zion National Park and from there on to where the first campsite is located near the tiny town of Alton, Utah.
Meet the members and friends of the extensive Heaton Family, and become acquainted with your horse and the cattle. You will assist the cowboys in cutting specific cows from the herd. When the trail boss has determined that all animals are ready for the miles ahead, begin herding the cattle down 4-Mile Canyon to a camp on Kanab Creek.
Days 3-9: After a hearty breakfast, saddle up and begin moving the 800 cow/calf pairs from their summer range high on the Bryce Canyon Plateau, toward their winter range on the Arizona Strip. There will be a short break for lunch, before resuming the task at hand.
The trail proceeds along Kanab Creek, then through an area the locals call “The Sands.” From there cross the Coral Sands State Park, around the southern edge of Zion National Park, and across the sagebrush flats of the Arizona Strip toward the north rim of the Grand Canyon.
On Day 5 or 6 the trail crosses the Utah/Arizona state line and that night’s camp is in Arizona. The cowboys will tell you that the air becomes fresher there, and that the collective attitude of the cows improves noticeably. The ranch's winter headquarters is located 13 miles from the north rim near Toroweep, and its southern boundary is the canyon rim. The last night's camp will be located within a few miles of the rim.
Spend the day sorting cows and dispersing small bunches across the winter range.
Transfer back to St George by 1:00pm.
This itinerary is flexible. Changes may occur at the guide's discretion based on movement of cattle, weather, and other unforeseen circumstances.