Horseback trail in the United States

Spectacular Three Park Trail

17 days / 10 days riding from £ 3,038

Riding levels

Each of our trips is assigned a minimum level of riding ability required. This reflects whether there is technical riding required; the terrain to be covered; the liveliness of the horses; the length of the riding days and the riding fitness required.




For novice riders, these riding holidays will give beginners the chance to get used to being in the saddle. In general, a beginner/ novice hasn't learned how to canter and has not yet mastered rising trot. They are able to mount safely and to control a horse at a walk. 



For intermediate riders who are at ease at 2 paces (walk and rising trot and are starting to canter in a forward seat) out in open countryside. The intermediate rider is able to mount and dismount their horse unassisted, use basic riding aids, ride at a rising trot for at least 10 minutes, to change and control the pace from a walk to a trot and comfortably canter over short distances.



For experienced riders who have mastered all 3 paces (walk, rising trot, canter in a forward seat) over uneven terrain. The experienced rider rides regularly, has a good seat and is confident of their own ability. They are able to control the horse at speed and change direction of their horse at any pace and in any circumstance as needed.



For advanced riders who have mastered all 4paces (walk, rising trot, canter gallop in a forward seat) over uneven terrain on all types of horses including those that are very spirited. The advanced rider rides regularly has good physical fitness, has good soft hands and has the ability to gallop for long stretches without getting tired.



For all riders, whether they are novices, intermediate level, experienced or advanced. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance training, natural horsemanship, trail riding orcentre based safaris.



For beginners and intermediate level riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capability of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For beginners, intermediate level  and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level, experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtrainingendurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.

Comfort

Each of our rides has been assigned an expected level of comfort

Nights in tents, outdoor dining

 

EQUUS JOURNEYS THE THRESHING BARN - HOMME CASTLE BARNS
SHELSLEY WALSH
WORCESTERSHIRE, WR6 6RR. UK
Phone : +44 (0) 1905 388977
INFO@EQUUS-JOURNEYS.COM

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UNITED STATES-Spectacular Three Park Trail

17 days / 10 days riding from 3038£


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An incredible trail ride across the border between Utah and Arizona, visiting some of the most impressive parks in the area - Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon. Wide open spaces contrast with narrow canyons on this incredible horseback trail through the old Wild West.

Strengths

- Visit some of the greatest natural wonders of the West - Lake Powell, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon
- Cowboys, chuck wagons, canyons and prairies .... the pure Old Wild West!
- Experience breathtaking canters towards infinite horizons
- Two nights in Las Vegas
- Be welcomed into this cowboy family and leave as friends.

Itinerary

Day 1: LONDON - LAS VEGAS -

Accommodation : Stratosphere Hotel

Fly from London to Las Vegas (c. 9 hour flight) and spend the night in a hotel.

International flights are not included but can be booked for you on request.

Day 2: LAS VEGAS - SAINT GEORGE - BRYVE CANYON - No riding

Accommodation : CAMPING RUBY'S INN

After breakfast (payable locally) you are collected from your hotel and transferred by bus to Saint George in Utah (3 hours drive). Here you stop for lunch and to visit a Western store. Continue your transfer after lunch, arriving at Bryce Canyon, famous for its geological formations, in the late afternoon. Attend a rodeo in the evening and spend the night camping.

Day 3: LAKE POWELL - MONUMENT VALLEY - no riding

Accommodation : CAMPING MITTEN VIEW

Wake early to view Bryce Canyon - a unique spectacle of colours and erosions. Then depart in the direction of Lake Powell in Arizona. Have a picnic lunch in Kanab and then there is time for a swim in Lake Powell - a paradise of blue water and red rock. Your route then continues to reach Monument Valley by sunset (c. 3hrs drive). Your campsite is in a magnificent location overlooking the famous red sandstone monoliths.

Day 4: MONUMENT VALLEY - PARIA - No riding

Accommodation : CAMP

The morning offers a beautiful sunrise and a driving tour around the most typical landscapes of Monument Valley. Continue your journey to the dry bed of the Paria River, where your horses and camp awaits you (c. 3-4 hours drive). At 1,500m, your camp is set amongst a landscape seen in the western "Lucky Luke" - multi-coloured rocks which blaze at sunset. Meet your riding guides and horses and, time allowing, there may be a possible short introductory ride.

Day 5: ROCK SPRING - SHEEP CREEK - WILLIS CREEK - 8 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Mount up for your first full day of riding. Your route winds through a succession of canyons which are inaccessible to vehicles. Follow the Paria river and have a picnic lunch at Rock Springs amongst a grove of Virginia Poplar trees. Continue along Paris river and at a bend you join the tributary for Sheep Creek and the rock changes from red to white. Your support vehicle has set up camp in the high valley of Willis Creek - here the landscape widens and is covered in forest. Far on the horizon you can see the sun setting and lighting up the cliffs of Bryce Canyon in pink hues.

Day 6: WILLIS CREEK - BRYCE CANYON - CHICKEN SPRINGS - 8 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

A long riding day today following Willis Creek through a forest of giant Ponderosa pines. Gradually climb up into Dixie National Forest and up to the cliffs of Bryce Canyon. Camp in a clearing amongst an aspen forest at Chicken Springs.

Day 7: CHICKEN SPRINGS - FOUR MILE - 7 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Head up to a plateau at 2,850m overlooking a magnificent ampitheatre of pink cliffs and a vast landscape of plains and prairies. It is surprising at this altitude to see such large valleys and mountain pastures bordered by forests of pine and aspen. Start the long descent along East Fork Creek and Swapp Canyon to leave behind the plateau of Bryce and enter the broad valley of Kanab Creek.

Here there is a short transfer by vehicle (the horses also go in a truck) to ascend Four Mile Canyon and set up camp on a volcanic plateau overlooking the canyon.

Day 8: FOUR MILE - RED CANYON - VIRGIN RIVER - 7 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Descend through the shade as you follow the meandering path of Four Mile Canyon out into the open and deep sand winding between juniper bushes. Ride through Red Canyon which becomes increasingly narrow before your picnic in the shade of the cliffs. Re-mount and ride through hills of red sand covered with a forest of cedar and aromatic juniper. The landscape opens up affording stunning views of the mesas, White Tower and Diana's Throne - large monolithic mounds emerging from the plateau. A final descent leads to the Virgin River (1,600m) where you camp.

Day 9: VIRGIN RIVER - SLOT CANYON - VIRGIN RIVER - 5 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Todays ride is a loop from Virgin River to reach two narrow canyons (slot canyons) formed by water running through the rock. Some sections have to be walked on foot and there is some climbing. The ground is sandy with groves of juniper and there are opportunities for good canters along the dry riverbeds. This short day allows time to rest in camp or to learn a few cowboy techniques such as lassoing, or playing games with horse shoes.

Day 10: VIRGIN RIVER - PINE SPRING - 8 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Descend on horseback through the wide canyon of the Virgin river until reaching its tributary at Rock Canyon. There are many river crossings today. Ride uphill on a sandy road out onto open land and in the distance you should be able to see the sandstone fortress of Zion national park. The landscape is smooth with occasional mesas such as Sandstone Butte and Elephant Butte. A long sandy track through the sagebrush heath and pines leads to a watering point at Pine Spring where there are corrals and camp is set up. The covered wagon and pack mules are waiting for you and will join you on the next stage of your adventure, across the prairies.

Day 11: PINE SPRING - YELLOWSTONE MESA - 6-7 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Today you leave Utah behind and enter Arizona. The horses are happy to be on firmer ground for these days where you ride from one watering point to another. This semi-desert landscape allows you to spread out and perhaps startle Jack rabbits and antelopes to scatter before you as the large spaces invite fast canters. There may be the possibility to try your hand at driving the wagon. Camp is set up at Yellowstone Mesa where there are 360 degree views across to the horizon.

Day 12: YELLOWSTONE MESA - ANTELOPE VALLEY - MOUNT TRUMBULL - 6 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Today offers a beautiful descent from the plateau to a lowland, terminating with volcanoes. It's the Wild West - dry and arid under a baking sun. Break in the shade of a cowboy cabin near a corral where the horses rest. A long crossing across the plains until, on the horizon, amongst the chain of volcanoes and Antelope Valley you find the truck for a short transfer (30mins) to the foot of Mount Trumbull. Camp is set up in a forest where you may hear the call of coyotes.

Day 13: MOUNT TRUMBULL - MOUNT LOGAN - MOUNT TRUMBULL - 5 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

A circular ride today, doing a loop on Mount Logan and through the Kaibab Forest, home to an endemic squirrel and families of deer. There are beautiful views of Antelope Valley and the prairies you have already ridden across, with the volcanoes on the horizon. On the other side of the mountain you get your first glimpse of the Grand Canyon.

Day 14: MOUNT TRUMBULL - GRAND CANYON - 5-6 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Set out riding through the forest, following the veins in the volcanic rocks. Here you may discover Indian rock carvings from the Anasazi tribe. After a dizzying descent into the vast, arid Toroweap valley you ride along a track and the horizon suddenly becomes clearer and widens as the immense Grand Canyon comes into view. The ride ends there, on the lookout point at Toroweap, with the green ribbon of the Colorado river flowing 1,500m below you and the Grand Canyon unfolding in a gigantic ampitheatre of multi-coloured mineral curtains. Say goodbye to your horses and watch the sunset over the canyon from your campsite.

Day 15: GRAND CANYON - SAINT GEORGE - LAS VEGAS - No riding

Accommodation : Stratosphere Hotel

After breakfast, transfer back to Saint George (c. 3hr drive) for lunch and a final chance to shop in the Western stores. Continue your transfer back to Las Vegas (c. 3hrs) for a final night.

Day 16: LAS VEGAS - LONDON -

Accommodation :

After breakfast you are transferred to the airport for your flight back to London. Flights are not included but can be booked for you on request.

Day 17: LONDON -

Accommodation :

Arrival back into London in the morning.


Price details

- International flights are not included but we can assist you to book your flights.

- Groups comprise of 6 - 12 international riders plus guides

- Single accommodation is not possible and you must be prepared to share.

- Tipping is compulsery. The local team expects to be tipped 220$ per rider.
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

PRICE INCLUDES

Support Team

1 English-speaking horse guide

Logistic

1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider
1 groom
1 cook
1 vehicle and driver
1 local team

Inland transports

Airport transfers in Las Vegas if arriving at the same time than the rest of the group. Otherwise you must make your own way. Airport transfers for the ride expedition in spring are not included.
Private bus as described in the itinerary

Accommodation

2 person tents and foam mattress
Double/3-bed room in hotel standard 2/3* in Las Vegas

Meals

Full board from lunch on day 2 to lunch on day 15

OPTION

Accommodation

Single room supplement in Las Vegas (2 nights appr. £70)

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Meals

Beverage and personal extra
Free dinners and breakfasts in Las Vegas on D1 and D15 (expect to pay 24$ for a buffet)

Transports

International flights bookable on request
Visa fees (ESTA) of USD 14 which must be arranged in advance
Airport transfers if coming for the spring ride

Extra

Tips to local team 220$
Spectacle in Las Vegas D15 (from 60 to 90$ depending on the show)

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurances are not included. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend to take out an insurance policy as soon as your travel is booked in case of cancellation.

TIPS

Tips are compulsory in USA.
Local team expects between 15-20% of the cost of your stay/ride expedition.

HORSES

Working horses including mustangs, paints and quarter horses. They are well trained, forward going, confident and independent.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

You need to be an experienced rider who is used to riding across varied terrain for several hours. There are some long riding days and the pace can be fast at times. There are some areas of difficult terrain.

PACE

There are long stretches of walk as the horses need to complete the whole ride, but there are plenty of opportunities for fast riding across the plains and prairies.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

Everyone is expected to assist in caring for the horses (tacking up, un-tacking etc) and setting up camp (erecting tents and helping prepare meals).

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

You need to be physically fit. There are some long days (up to 8 hours riding) at the start of the ride. The ground is uneven and you have to be able to trust your horse to find his way. This ride is not recommended for riders who are scared of heights. The camp is also basic.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

You should have previous experience of a long trail ride over several days and it is advantageous if you have experience of remote camping too.

COMFORT

In Las Vegas you stay in a 2 star hotel in double or triple rooms.
Whilst on the trail you camp in two-man tents with foam mattresses provided. You should take your own sleeping bags.

CLIMAT

Meals

Support Team

Packing list

Head
- Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you wear a riding helmet and that you take your own to ensure a correct fit. There are many lightweight options available nowadays
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana
- Warm hat for cold nights when camping

Upper body
- Thermals (long or short sleeved)
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and are an extra layer
- T-shirts
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- Warm fleece or jumper (and a spare in case one gets wet)
- Warm and waterproof jacket - it can rain at any time of year and the evenings can be particularly cold
- Swimming costume - for swimming/bathing in rivers/hot springs

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Thermals
- Casual trousers for the evenings, such as jeans or tracksuit bottoms
- Waterproof over trousers

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps as an extra layer against inclement weather. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged
- Waterproof shoes/boots can be useful for abundant dew in the mornings or when it rains
- Trainers or equivalent light shoes for moving around the camp in the evenings
- Several pairs of warm, thick socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, cold or rain whilst riding. Waterproof gloves can be particularly useful

Nightwear
- Sleeping bag. You need at least a comfort factor down to minus 5 celsius, but would recommend at least minus 8 or 10 celsius
- Sleeping bag liner - silk, cotton or fleece - adds an extra layer
- inflatable mattress
- Pyjamas or tracksuits or thermals for sleeping in

Our Recommendations
- Please don't take a hard sided suitcase. Your luggage should be soft sided with a capacity of 60-80 litres. We recommend taking a backpack or similar.//
- Hard sided suitcase are not permitted on this ride as your luggage is carried by packhorses. It should be soft sided with a capacity of 80-100 litres. We recommend taking a backpack or similar.
- Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. We recommend a small bumbag or a coat with pockets so that you can carry small items with you during the day (passport, camera, sunscreen, lipbalm etc)
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
- Tall riders may benefit from taking a pair of long stirrup leathers with them (the local stirrups are adjustable but are sometimes limited in length)
- Even if foam mattresses are provided, you may pack your inflatable mattress for comfort sake.

Other useful items
- Towels - camping ones will both dry and pack more easily
- Small backpack for accessing items required during the day (carried by support crew)
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around camp at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs
- Water bottle (2 litres or 2 x 1 litre)
- Swiss army knife
- Field glasses
- Wet Wipes or equivalent (for when washing facilities aren't available)
- Toilet paper and a lighter to burn it with
- Small plastic bags for rubbish
- Ear plugs (for light sleepers)

In your hold luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag. We recommend biodegradable washing products where possible.
- Swiss army knife (or equivalent)

In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes is highly recommended - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

Medical kit
- Any medication you regularly take
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent, preferably containing deet
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Re-hydration sachets
- Water purification tablets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel

Miscellaneous
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- Please take your rubbish home with you. There are no recycling facilities in XXX, so take your used batteries, aerosols etc back home and dispose of them appropriately. Try to leave excess packaging material at home before travelling
- You may wish to take some photographs or postcards of your home with you to show your hosts. You may also wish to take some crayons, colouring books etc for the children
- If you prefer travelling in a "light way" please choose a biodegradable soap or washing powder/liquid.

ENTRY FORMALITIES

To enter the United States of America, a passport valid for the duration of stay is required by Australian, British, Canadian and other EU nationals.
All travellers entering the USA under the Visa Waiver Program require individual machine-readable passports. Children included on a parent's passport also require their own machine-readable passport. Travellers not in possession of machine-readable passports require a valid USA entry visa.
Visas
Visas are not required by nationals referred to in the chart above for stays of up to 90 days, except:
1. Nationals of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania, who do require a visa as they are not included in the Visa Waiver Program

Visitors to the USA travelling under the Visa Waiver Program must obtain authorisation from the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), a fully automated, electronic system for screening passengers before they begin travel to the USA, if arriving by air or sea. It is recommended that applications are made at least 72 hours prior to travel but you may apply at any time prior to travel. Airlines must now deny check-in to passengers without a valid ESTA. There is a US$14 fee.
An ESTA is valid for two years, so if you've applied for one previously, ensure it's still valid.
When applying for ESTA-authorisation and entering the passport number, the number 0 must not be replaced by letter O as this can lead to problems upon entering the USA. The granting of an ESTA does not guarantee entry to the USA.
Canadian citizens do not require an ESTA, but permanent residents of Canada who are eligible for the Visa Waiver Program must obtain one.
Holders of UK passports with the endorsement British Subject, British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Protected Person, British Overseas Citizen or British National (Overseas) Citizen do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program and need to obtain a visa.

Addresses of consulates

  • Paris | Ambassade des Etats-Unis
    2, avenue Gabriel
    75008 paris
    Tél. : 01.43.12.22.22
    Fax :
  • Ambassade de France aux Etats-Unis
    4101 Reservoir Road, N.W.
    20007 Washington D.C.
    Tél. : +1 (202) 944 60 00
    Fax :
    info@ambafrance-us.org
  • US Embassy
    24 Grosvenor Square
    W1A 2LQ London
    Tél. : 020 7499-9000
    Fax :

HEALTH

There are no vaccinations required for entering the United States. If you are entering from a yellow fever endemic area (or you have been to one within 7 days of entering the country), you may be required to show proof of immunization. Recommended vaccinations include Tetanus(Lockjaw), Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B. Rabies vaccinations are sometimes recommended for wilderness travel and/or wildlife volunteer projects. Lyme disease is endemic in the northeastern, Mid-Atlantic and upper Midwest areas and transmitted via blacklegged ticks
Travel insurance that provides medical coverage is a requirement for visitors to the US. Only emergency cases are treated without prior payment and treatment may be refused without evidence of insurance or a deposit. All receipts for services rendered must be kept in order to make a claim. Medical care in the United States tends to be quite expensive, especially for emergency treatment provided in hospital settings, paid for out of pocket.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

TELEPHONE AND JET LAG

The dialling code for the USA is +1

The country stradles a number of different time zones. Eastern Daylight time (eg. New York) is GMT -4. Mountain Daylight time (eg. Montana) is GMT -6. Pacific Daylight time (eg. California) is GMT -7.

BUDGET AND MONEY

The US Dollar, is the national currency of the United States. One dollar consists of 100 cents. Frequently used coins are the penny (1¢), nickel (5¢), dime (10¢) and quarter (25¢). 50¢ and $1 coins also exist, but are rarely used. Frequently used banknotes are the $1, $5, $10 and $20 notes. $2, $50 and $100 notes can also be found, but are rarely used.
Most major credit cards are accepted throughout the USA, including American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Visitors are advised to carry at least one major credit card, as it is common to request pre-payment or a credit card imprint for hotel rooms and car hire, even when final payment is not by credit card. Be sure to check with your card issuer for current surcharge rates imposed for use of the card outside your home country. You should also inform your issuer that you are travelling for a specified period so your card is not flagged or temporarily suspended.

Bank-issued debit cards are accepted at many businesses in the US; however, using them to pay for many travel-related expenses, such as car hire and hotel rooms, often incurs a surcharge, deposit, or a hold on your account.

VOLTAGE

120 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs have two flat pins with or without a third round grounding pin

ACTIVITY :Trail Riding

LEVEL :Help

COMFORT :Help

An incredible trail ride across the border between Utah and Arizona, visiting some of the most impressive parks in the area - Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon. Wide open spaces contrast with narrow canyons on this incredible horseback trail through the old Wild West.

  • An amazing view of the canyon
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  • Spectacular Three Park Trail
    Horseriding map in Utah, Arizona and Nevada
  • Breath taking scenery
    Horseback trail riding in Monument Valley
  • Riding in the canyon
    Riding holiday in Bryce Canyon
  • Hitching a ride on the wagon
    Riding vacation Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon
  • A welcome rest break Spectacular trail ride
    Trail riding vacation in Monument Valley USA
  • A great way to see the state line
    Horseriding among Arizona and Utah
  • Following the chuck wagon
    Horseback trail ride in Utah, USA
  • Roping practice
    Trail ride in Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon
  • The lights of Las Vegas
    Las Vegas, USA

STRENGTHS

- Visit some of the greatest natural wonders of the West - Lake Powell, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon
- Cowboys, chuck wagons, canyons and prairies .... the pure Old Wild West!
- Experience breathtaking canters towards infinite horizons
- Two nights in Las Vegas
- Be welcomed into this cowboy family and leave as friends.

ITINERARY

Day 1: LONDON - LAS VEGAS -

Accommodation : Stratosphere Hotel

Fly from London to Las Vegas (c. 9 hour flight) and spend the night in a hotel.

International flights are not included but can be booked for you on request.

Day 2: LAS VEGAS - SAINT GEORGE - BRYVE CANYON - No riding

Accommodation : CAMPING RUBY'S INN

After breakfast (payable locally) you are collected from your hotel and transferred by bus to Saint George in Utah (3 hours drive). Here you stop for lunch and to visit a Western store. Continue your transfer after lunch, arriving at Bryce Canyon, famous for its geological formations, in the late afternoon. Attend a rodeo in the evening and spend the night camping.

Day 3: LAKE POWELL - MONUMENT VALLEY - no riding

Accommodation : CAMPING MITTEN VIEW

Wake early to view Bryce Canyon - a unique spectacle of colours and erosions. Then depart in the direction of Lake Powell in Arizona. Have a picnic lunch in Kanab and then there is time for a swim in Lake Powell - a paradise of blue water and red rock. Your route then continues to reach Monument Valley by sunset (c. 3hrs drive). Your campsite is in a magnificent location overlooking the famous red sandstone monoliths.

Day 4: MONUMENT VALLEY - PARIA - No riding

Accommodation : CAMP

The morning offers a beautiful sunrise and a driving tour around the most typical landscapes of Monument Valley. Continue your journey to the dry bed of the Paria River, where your horses and camp awaits you (c. 3-4 hours drive). At 1,500m, your camp is set amongst a landscape seen in the western "Lucky Luke" - multi-coloured rocks which blaze at sunset. Meet your riding guides and horses and, time allowing, there may be a possible short introductory ride.

Day 5: ROCK SPRING - SHEEP CREEK - WILLIS CREEK - 8 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Mount up for your first full day of riding. Your route winds through a succession of canyons which are inaccessible to vehicles. Follow the Paria river and have a picnic lunch at Rock Springs amongst a grove of Virginia Poplar trees. Continue along Paris river and at a bend you join the tributary for Sheep Creek and the rock changes from red to white. Your support vehicle has set up camp in the high valley of Willis Creek - here the landscape widens and is covered in forest. Far on the horizon you can see the sun setting and lighting up the cliffs of Bryce Canyon in pink hues.

Day 6: WILLIS CREEK - BRYCE CANYON - CHICKEN SPRINGS - 8 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

A long riding day today following Willis Creek through a forest of giant Ponderosa pines. Gradually climb up into Dixie National Forest and up to the cliffs of Bryce Canyon. Camp in a clearing amongst an aspen forest at Chicken Springs.

Day 7: CHICKEN SPRINGS - FOUR MILE - 7 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Head up to a plateau at 2,850m overlooking a magnificent ampitheatre of pink cliffs and a vast landscape of plains and prairies. It is surprising at this altitude to see such large valleys and mountain pastures bordered by forests of pine and aspen. Start the long descent along East Fork Creek and Swapp Canyon to leave behind the plateau of Bryce and enter the broad valley of Kanab Creek.

Here there is a short transfer by vehicle (the horses also go in a truck) to ascend Four Mile Canyon and set up camp on a volcanic plateau overlooking the canyon.

Day 8: FOUR MILE - RED CANYON - VIRGIN RIVER - 7 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Descend through the shade as you follow the meandering path of Four Mile Canyon out into the open and deep sand winding between juniper bushes. Ride through Red Canyon which becomes increasingly narrow before your picnic in the shade of the cliffs. Re-mount and ride through hills of red sand covered with a forest of cedar and aromatic juniper. The landscape opens up affording stunning views of the mesas, White Tower and Diana's Throne - large monolithic mounds emerging from the plateau. A final descent leads to the Virgin River (1,600m) where you camp.

Day 9: VIRGIN RIVER - SLOT CANYON - VIRGIN RIVER - 5 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Todays ride is a loop from Virgin River to reach two narrow canyons (slot canyons) formed by water running through the rock. Some sections have to be walked on foot and there is some climbing. The ground is sandy with groves of juniper and there are opportunities for good canters along the dry riverbeds. This short day allows time to rest in camp or to learn a few cowboy techniques such as lassoing, or playing games with horse shoes.

Day 10: VIRGIN RIVER - PINE SPRING - 8 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Descend on horseback through the wide canyon of the Virgin river until reaching its tributary at Rock Canyon. There are many river crossings today. Ride uphill on a sandy road out onto open land and in the distance you should be able to see the sandstone fortress of Zion national park. The landscape is smooth with occasional mesas such as Sandstone Butte and Elephant Butte. A long sandy track through the sagebrush heath and pines leads to a watering point at Pine Spring where there are corrals and camp is set up. The covered wagon and pack mules are waiting for you and will join you on the next stage of your adventure, across the prairies.

Day 11: PINE SPRING - YELLOWSTONE MESA - 6-7 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Today you leave Utah behind and enter Arizona. The horses are happy to be on firmer ground for these days where you ride from one watering point to another. This semi-desert landscape allows you to spread out and perhaps startle Jack rabbits and antelopes to scatter before you as the large spaces invite fast canters. There may be the possibility to try your hand at driving the wagon. Camp is set up at Yellowstone Mesa where there are 360 degree views across to the horizon.

Day 12: YELLOWSTONE MESA - ANTELOPE VALLEY - MOUNT TRUMBULL - 6 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Today offers a beautiful descent from the plateau to a lowland, terminating with volcanoes. It's the Wild West - dry and arid under a baking sun. Break in the shade of a cowboy cabin near a corral where the horses rest. A long crossing across the plains until, on the horizon, amongst the chain of volcanoes and Antelope Valley you find the truck for a short transfer (30mins) to the foot of Mount Trumbull. Camp is set up in a forest where you may hear the call of coyotes.

Day 13: MOUNT TRUMBULL - MOUNT LOGAN - MOUNT TRUMBULL - 5 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

A circular ride today, doing a loop on Mount Logan and through the Kaibab Forest, home to an endemic squirrel and families of deer. There are beautiful views of Antelope Valley and the prairies you have already ridden across, with the volcanoes on the horizon. On the other side of the mountain you get your first glimpse of the Grand Canyon.

Day 14: MOUNT TRUMBULL - GRAND CANYON - 5-6 hours riding

Accommodation : CAMP

Set out riding through the forest, following the veins in the volcanic rocks. Here you may discover Indian rock carvings from the Anasazi tribe. After a dizzying descent into the vast, arid Toroweap valley you ride along a track and the horizon suddenly becomes clearer and widens as the immense Grand Canyon comes into view. The ride ends there, on the lookout point at Toroweap, with the green ribbon of the Colorado river flowing 1,500m below you and the Grand Canyon unfolding in a gigantic ampitheatre of multi-coloured mineral curtains. Say goodbye to your horses and watch the sunset over the canyon from your campsite.

Day 15: GRAND CANYON - SAINT GEORGE - LAS VEGAS - No riding

Accommodation : Stratosphere Hotel

After breakfast, transfer back to Saint George (c. 3hr drive) for lunch and a final chance to shop in the Western stores. Continue your transfer back to Las Vegas (c. 3hrs) for a final night.

Day 16: LAS VEGAS - LONDON -

Accommodation :

After breakfast you are transferred to the airport for your flight back to London. Flights are not included but can be booked for you on request.

Day 17: LONDON -

Accommodation :

Arrival back into London in the morning.

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