Colorado Plateau camping trail

Explore Utah and the Colorado Plateau in the saddle on an unforgettable riding holiday. You will venture deep into the wilderness, exploring some of the most spectacular locations of the area: depending on your chosen week, ride across Capitol Reef National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, San Rafael Swell Wilderness, or Utah’s High Plateaus. This is one for adventurous riders; willing to explore remote locations and camp far from the beaten path, in comfortable canvas wall tents complete with showers.
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Centre based holidays
7 days / 4 days riding
From £1,995

Itinerary

Highlights

- Watch wild Mustangs or Bighorn sheep grazing on a beautiful backdrop
- Ride across beautiful rugged Canyons
- This rugged scenery is home to wildflowers, elk, deer, and even wild horses that can be spotted
- Ride through the Capitol Reef National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, San Rafael Swell Wilderness, or Utah’s High Plateaus.
  • Day 1 1: Home - Torrey

    International overnight flight to Salt Lake City (flights are not included, but can be booked upon request). Self drive or transfer to Torrey, Utah.
    You will meet with the trip leader and interpretative specialist at around 7pm at your accommodation for orientation, outline destinations, and further details.
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Please note that each week is different and riders can explore different areas depending on their time of travel. Early trips highlight high desert environment and canyon riding, while June, July and August highlight the surrounding mountains, taking in elevations up to 10,000 feet and offering panoramic views of the lower canyons and Capitol Reef National Park. The following itinerary is given for informative purposes only.

    Note: Transfers are not included but can be arranged, please check the “dates and prices” section to know more.
  • Day 2 2: Colorado Plateau - 4-6 hours riding

    After a lovely breakfast at your hotel, you will head to our partner’s headquarters, just a few minutes away from the hotel. There, pack your gear in the camp 4x4, and meet the remainder of the crew and your assigned horse.
    At around 9am, head out with the group to the trailhead from where you may start to ride towards the Red Canyon, past the Hondu Arch. Depending on the day, you may also ride by the Locomotive Point, home to several well preserved petro glyphs, Devil’s Race Track, the Golden Gate, Twin Priests, and other beautiful locations.

    Arrive at the camp where you may enjoy dinner by the fire.
  • Day 3 3: Colorado Plateau - 4-6 hours riding

    Each day you will ride out after a hot breakfast in a different direction equipped with a picnic lunch and return to camp in time for a delicious dinner prepared by the camp cook. Today, your ride might take you to the Red Canyon Narrows, or the Chute and Penitentiary Canyon.
    You will then make your way towards the Golden Gate, following a visit to Bullock Canyon and the Blue Man pictograph panel.
    At the end of the day return to camp located under beautiful cottonwoods along the stream and freshen up before having dinner.
  • Day 4 4: Colorado Plateau - 4-6 hours riding

    After waking up, enjoy a lovely breakfast at camp.
    Depending on the time of your visit, you will have different itineraries. In one week you might explore the upper reaches of the Muddy Gorge, where it meanders through Triassic sandstones. As you make your way, you may spot Mustangs grazing along the stream.
    Another possible itinerary will take you to Long Neck for views of the Swasey Arch, Saddle Horse and upper Cold Canyon. After lunch, ride up the McCarty Canyon trail.

    You will always arrive back at camp with plenty of daylight and time to clean up and enjoy hors d’ oeuvres before dinner.
  • Day 5 5: Colorado Plateau - 4-6 hours riding

    After packing you belongings and breaking camp, ride to Mckay Flat through the Red Canyons and the Grey Breaks. This route will take you to a favourite watering spring of the wild horses so there are high chances that you will spot a few.
    At the end of the trail you will be driven to Torrey. You should arrive in late afternoon.
    Collect your belongings and check-in into your accommodation for the night.
  • Day 6 6: Departure

    Today you will self drive or transfer to the airport in time for your flight back home.

    Please note that departing flights should be booked no earlier than 11am.

    Note: Transfers are not included but can be arranged, please check the “dates and prices” section to know more.
  • Day 7 7: Home

    Arrival home.

Dates & prices

Price details

- Flights or transportation to your destination are not included, but can be booked on request - please contact us for rates.

- Rates are per person, based on two riders sharing a twin or double room during the ride.

- Groups are composed of a minimum of 2 riders and a maximum of 10 international riders, plus guides.

- If you do not wish to share your tent a private one can be provided for an extra charge of $200/€180/£155

- If you need airport transfers, they can be arranged at the cost of $600/€580/£510 per person, both ways. Due to the remote location, guest arrival at the airport must be between the hours of 8am- 5pm MST to be transferred to the hotel.

- Riders with 8 years old and above can participate in this programme as long as accompanied by a guardian.

- IMPORTANT : Riders weighing more than 100 kg/17 stone 4 lb/ 250 lbs please indicate this at time of booking so we can ensure suitable horses are available.

- Please remember that each week is different, exploring a different National Park or Forest. This is the provisional schedule for 2023:
May 15-19 (Capitol Reef National Park)
May 22-26 (Capitol Reef National Park)
June 5-9 (Dixie National Forest)
June 12-16 (Dixie National Forest)
July 3-7 (Dixie National Forest)
July 10-14 (Dixie National Forest)
July 31- August 4 (Fish Lake National Forest)
September 11-15 (Capitol Reef National Park)
September 18-22 (Capitol Reef National Park)
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

Logistics

1 cook
1 support vehicle and driver

Accommodation

2 person tents
Double room in a standard hotel on day 1 and day 5

Meals

Full board from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on day 5
Soft drinks

Additional equipment

Saddle bags

Extras

USD Sales Tax

Price doesn't include

Meals

Alcoholic beverages and personal extras
Meals on day 1+dinner on day 5 are not included in the price

Transport

Transfers from/to the airport
International flights

Extras

Tips are compolsory in the USA. Teams expects 18%-20% gratuities.

Insurance

Visas and personal purchase
Cancellation and travel insurance are not included in the above listed price. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked to cover you in case of cancellation
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Equestrian info

Horses

Most horses available on this holiday are Quarter horses. Their temperament is ideal for trails and some are even suitable for the most novice riders.
Their size ranges between 14 to 16hh.

Minimum riding ability

Minimum riding ability

To participate in this ride you must be comfortable during walks, trots, and short canters in open areas.
Your hosts strive to give experienced riders the pace and challenge they desire, and to give inexperienced riders all the instruction they need.

Riders weighing more than 110 kg/17 stone 4 lb/ 250 lbs please indicate this at time of booking so we can ensure suitable horses are available.

Pace

The pace of this holiday is a relaxed one, with long periods of walking and some short trots and canters where the terrain allows. This is not a fast ride.

Tacking ability and participation

You are not required to help catch, groom, or tack up your assigned horse however help is most welcomed.

Trip conditions and Requested experience

On this holiday you will be spending an average of 5 to 6 hours in the saddle each day although riders can choose to rest for a day rather than ride if you want to.
The rides are leisurely and might be divided into two groups, one group going a longer distance and one a shorter distance. You should plan to leave your accommodation around 9am and return around 6pm.

Please note that on some occasions you might be required to dismount and lead your horse.

Equestrian equipment

You will be using Western tack. Waterproof gear bags, water bottles and saddle bags are provided.

Travel info

Comfort

On the first night you will be staying at a hotel. For the remainder of the holiday you will overnight at camp which is supplied by 4x4 vehicles. This includes canvas tents which can be set up for single, double or family occupancy. You will be provided with a freshly laundered sleeping bag and a pillow, blanket, foam sleeping mat and cot. All camp amenities are provided such as showers, camp chairs and coolers.

Camp locations are typically situated in higher elevations in mid-summer and lower elevations in spring and fall seasons.
Camping in the backcountry is a spectacular event, with a blanket of stars, campfires, cowboy music, and poetry. Please note you will be staying at the same camp throughout your holiday - this isn't a mobile trail.

Meals

All meals are provided during this holiday. Breakfast will be taken and prepared at camp. Lunch will be eaten on the trail and may include sandwiches, snacks, and fruit. Dinner is eaten at camp and it’s primarily made from local fresh produce and beef from the TK Cattle Ranch.
Vegetarian and other dietary requirements can be accommodated but please contact us with your requirements before booking.

Climate

The climate in Torrey is usually on the colder side but it is temperate.
July is the warmest month of the year with an average temperature of 21.4 °C, and January is usually the coldest month.

Guide and local team

The climate in Torrey is usually on the colder side but it is temperate.
July is the warmest month of the year with an average temperature of 21.4 °C, and January is usually the coldest month.

Tips

Tips are compulsory in USA. Local team expects to get 18-20% payable locally.

Packing list

You will be provided with a freshly laundered sleeping bag and a pillow, blanket, foam sleeping mat and cot. All camp amenities are provided such as showers, camp chairs and coolers.

Head
- Equus Journeys strongly recommends 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

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


Other useful items
- 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 (or equivalent)
- 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)

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

Our Recommendations
- 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!
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- In your hold luggage put 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.
- In your hand luggage place any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.

Visa & Health

Formalities

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the valid visa requirements for entry. We will endeavour to keep this section up to date, but please visit https://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors for further information.

You’ll need prior authorisation to enter the United States using a British passport, either through a visa, a Permanent Resident Card, or the Visa Waiver Programme. 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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - VISA WAIVER PROGRAMME
Most passport holders can get an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) through the Visa Waiver Programme, which allows travel to the US for up to 90 days. Visit the official US website to apply for your ESTA: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/
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.

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) aren’t valid for entry into the United States or transit through the United States under the Visa Waiver Programme; if you’re planning to enter or transit through the US using an ETD you must apply for a visa from the nearest US embassy or consulate before you travel, or hold a valid lawful permanent resident card (often referred to as a ‘green card’), which you must have with you on arrival; you can leave the US using an ETD that has been issued in the United States

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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - VISAS
If you don’t qualify for entry under the VWP, and don’t have a US Permanent Resident Card, you should apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate before travelling.

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.

PLEASE NOTE
Travelers in the following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):

- Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen on or after March 1, 2011 (with limited exceptions for travel for diplomatic or military purposes in the service of a VWP country).
- Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR TRAVELERS TRANSITING THROUGH CANADA
If you are travelling to the USA visa Canada, please remember you also need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), mandatory for anyone transiting through Canada. Completing ESTA formalities do not replace your eTA.
https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta.html

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.

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.

Voltage

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

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.

Telephone and jetlag

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.