Our varied horseback riding vacations in Utah and Arizona offer riders a chance to visit some of the most awe inspiring terrain in the world. John Ford’s famous movies, using this enthralling country as a backdrop, have caught the imagination of the world and views of these majestic formations and vast canyons have become symbolic of the American West to millions everywhere. National parks like Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon attract millions of tourists from around the world. The Three Park Spectacular visits the highlights of all three of these parks and on horseback one can penetrate parts of them seldom visited by other tourists.

The Navajoland Ride takes you to see remnants of the highly developed, ancient Anasazi Civilization which has so fascinated archeologists. This trip traverses the grandiose Canyon de Chelly with its sheer thousand foot high walls towering above the valley floor in the heart of Navaho country.  Cave dwellings are perched precariously high on the sides of these cliffs where they provided protection from intruders. The Winter Pastures Horseback Ride descends far into the depths of the Grand Canyon from the seldom visited Utah side. The trail takes you to benches and meadows at much lower altitudes where the winter climate is far milder and provides a pleasant haven for wildlife as well as riders from winter storms. The fall Cattle Drive when the cows are moved between Utah and Arizona to winter pasture in the old tradition offer another kind of riding experience. You will experience the authentic life of a cowboy on this rigorous and challenging adventure.

You will have reliable, experienced horses who negotiate the difficult terrain with ease and you will quickly have complete confidence in their ability. Your guides are fourth generation ranchers who are well acquainted with the history, flora and fauna of this fascinating area. These rides will give you an authentic Western experience most tourists never dream of.

If you have an interest in the past, you can read here about the colorful history of Horseback Riding in Utah.

  Peak Season

April, September, October

  Quiet Season

February, March

  Timezone in Utah

Mountain Standard Time (GMT-7)

  International Airports

McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas, NV


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Three Park Spectacular

The Three Park Spectacular Ride is on the border between Utah and Arizona and covers three of the most famous national parks in the world. This allows you to... Read more

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The Navajoland trip traverses the most spectacular and interesting parts of the vast Navajo Indian Reservation. Cross three distinct portions of the Navajo Indian Reservation with several Navajo guides... Read more

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Ride through the Grand Canyon on this horseback riding trip in Arizona

Grand Canyon Winter Pastures

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... Read more

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Even after reading the glowing reviews of others prior to booking, my expectations for the Three Park Spectacular ride were vastly exceeded. The horses were so energetic, well-mannered, sure-footed, lively and sensible. We had the misfortune of being caught in a thunderstorm one afternoon , and the horses were not fazed by it at all. Looking back, it's amazing to me that I did not see a single one of these fine horses shy during the week! The scenery was breathtaking, as so varied. We loved the gallops along the sandy river bottoms, wandering among the brightly colored red and yellow canyons, crossing rivers, climbing through the sagebrush and pine forests, seeing for miles and  miles atop the mountings surrounding Bryce and Zion, and finally looking down into the majestic Grand Canyon. It was indeed spectacular in every possible way!

Lambach, 2014

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