From the horse’s mouth
- Ride through Navajo territory and gain an insight into the culture of the people who inhabited the region
- Experience breathtaking canters towards an infinite horizon and welcome the night under radiant sunsets in an magnificent spectrum of colours
- A Navajo guide will accompany the ride and provide first-hand knowledge about the sites encountered along the route and the Navajo culture.
Day 1 1: EUROPE - LAS VEGAS - ST GEORGEFly from Europe to St George. There are no direct flights from the UK, but same-day flights are usually available through Phoenix.
You can also fly directly to Las Vegas, then take a shuttle bus tonight (3 hours - to book on https://saltlakeexpress.com/).
Flights are not included. We can help with your travel arrangements, please contact us if you require assistance with your flights.
Night in St George to recuperate from the jetlag before the start of your ride the next day. The cost of this hotel is not included but we can book it for you on request - please contact us. We recommend staying at the Red Lion where your pick up is scheduled the following day.
Please note: the following programme may change and evolve depending on weather conditions and authorisations.
Day 2 2: SAINT GEORGE - CHELLY CANYONCAMPAfter breakfast (payable locally), you will be met at the Red Lion hotel by your guide (c. 9.00 am). Yourself, the other riders, the horses and the equipment will be driven to Chelly canyon (approx. 6 hours), with a break for lunch at Kayenta.
You will spend the night camping in a Navajo camp in the southern end of the Chelly canyon.
Day 3 3: CHELLY CANYON - DEL MUERTO CANYON - 4-6 hours ridingCAMPAfter breakfast you will mount up for your first day of riding, heading steadily down the Bat Trail into the canyon de Challey on winding, challenging paths. Once on the canyon floor, the ground will be softer and will allow you to pick up the pace.
From the trail, you will get to see many of the sights unique to the Navajo reserve; Spider rock, the Anasazi ruins, hogans built by the Navajos and petroglyphs.
You will camp for the night where Chelly canyon and del Muerto canyon meet.
Day 4 4: CANYON DEL MUERTO - MONUMENT VALLEY - 4-6 hours ridingCAMPFollowing breakfast, you will set off again through canyon Del Muerto with its immense and rocky landscape. The canyon has born the name 'Del Muerto' since 1804, after the Spanish slaughtering of the Navajos in that same year. You will view Anasazi ruins and on the pathway leading you out of the canyon, you will pass by Navajos farms.
Mid-afternoon you will be taken by car through the Navajo reserve to the majestic Monument Valley where you will spend the night at a campside among the buttes of the valley.
Day 5 5: MONUMENT VALLEY - RAINGOD MESA - 4-6 hours ridingCAMPYou will ride through hills of red sand, mesas (table top shaped formations) of Little Monument Valley. Your destination will be Raingod mesa where you will set up your camp. There will be an opportunity to stop at the visitor centre and to purchase Navajo Indian jewelry.
You will spend 2 days on the Navajo reserve discovering their culture and craft-making. The Navajo are a Native American people of the Southwestern United States. They are the second largest federally recognized tribe in the United States with 300,460 enrolled tribal members as of 2015. The Navajo Nation constitutes an independent governmental body that manages the Navajo reservation in the Four Corners area, including Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. The Navajo language is spoken throughout the region with most Navajo speaking English as well.
The open landscape will give you stunning views and on the horizon, the setting sun lights up the cliffs in pink and ochre hues.
Day 6 6: RAINGOD MESA - MONUMENT VALLEY - RAINGOD MESA - 4-6 hours ridingCAMPStarting the day with a glorious sunrise, you will ride past the popular Totem pole and through beautiful sand dunes. On horseback you will reach the summits of some of the unusual rock formations ever present through the valley. It is after these types of rocky formations or 'monuments' that the valley is named. You will ride between sand dunes, canyons and hillocks formed by the continual erosion of the plateau.
Stop for lunch at ancient ruins, and the afternoon should provide opportunities for long canters across valleys and through drainages.
At the end of the day's ride, you will head back to the camp, have a dinner and spend the night.
Day 7 7: RAINGOD MESA - NAVAJO MOUNTAIN - 4-6 hours ridingCAMPYour last morning to enjoy the beautiful sunrise at Raingod Mesa. Around noon you will load your horses and transfer to Navajo mountain on the border of Utah and Arizona. The mountain is sacred to the Navajo people and its form is similar to a hogan, the primary, traditional dwelling of the Navajo people.
The landscape here is craggy and the ground quite difficult to ride. The challenges presented by this hostile landscape are the reason why the Navajo were able to survive the Spanish invasion. You will see some hogans dating back to the period of this conflict. You will ride through a labyrinth of arches and vaults of multicoloured rocks on meandering paths.
You will set up camp in the northern part of the Navajo mountain.
Day 8 8: COLORADO RIVER - NAVAJO MOUNTAIN CAMP - 4-6 hours ridingCAMPToday you will ride from camp into the canyons formed by the erosion of the water's path through the rock. Some sections will have to be walked on foot and there will be some climbing. This is a very scenic section of the trail with several vantage points over the vast Colorado river plateau. Lunch looking down on lake Powell.
Return to the Navajo Mountain Camp for a farewell dinner.
Day 9 9: PIUTE CANYON - LAKE POWELL - 4-6 hours ridingFrom the campsite, it will be a half-day ride to Hawkeye arch, in some of the most remote parts of the reservations. Return back to camp and plan on arriving back in St George by 7:00pm.
Hotel not included.
Day 10 10: SAINT GEORGE - LAS VEGAS - EUROPEYou will be free to make your own plans for breakfast and then you will travel to Las Vegas airport by the 'St George Express' shuttle (3 hours). This service is not included but we can help with this on request.
ATTENTION: On arrival at Las Vegas be aware that there is an hour's time difference between Las Vegas and St George.
From there, you will catch your flight back to Europe. Make sure to book a flight that takes off after 14:00.
Day 11 11: EUROPEArrival in Europe.
Dates & prices
- Hotel nights in St George (before and after the ride) as well as potential shuttle transfers from/to Las Vegas are not included. We are happy to help with this upon request.
- Price is based on shared double room accommodation and a shared tent. If you would prefer not to share your tent during the trail you will be charged approx. £65 for the trip.
- Groups are made up of 6 - 14 international riders plus guides.
- Maximum weight of dressed rider : 95kg/ 15st/ 210lbs
- Gratuities are included.
- An electronic travel authorisation (ESTA) is required to enter the USA. It is your responsibility to organise this. Please visit https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/ and contact us if you need help.
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.
1 vehicle and driver
1 local team
Boat the last day
Price doesn't include
Dinners and breakfasts in St Georges on day 1 and day 9 are not included - you can expect to pay around £17 (24$) for a buffet lunch. Also not included is lunch on day 2 in Kayenta.
Airport transfers and potential shuttle transfer from Las Vegas to St George and back.
International flights that we can book for you upon request
Minimum riding ability
Minimum riding ability
Tacking ability and participation
Trip conditions and Requested experience
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.
- Tent and foam mattress
- Saddle bags
- Western saddle / equipement
- GPS balise for emergency.
For you to bring (optional) :
- Front saddle bags
- Rope to fix your jacket at the back of the saddle.
* We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.
Comfort of the ride:
Basic. The material will be transfered from camp to camp (toilet, drinking water)
A hot shower is possible in Monument Valley
Whilst on the trail you will be camping in two-man tents with foam mattresses (provided). You will need to bring your own sleeping bag. Toilets will be available.
Heavy breakfasts of sweet and salty food.
Lunch from your saddle bags prepared by you in the morning.
Dinner is warm and typical American fare: BBQ meat, vegetable, salad, potatoes.
Water and soda at your disposal.
Alcohol is prohibited on Navajo land.
The state receives more than 80% of possible sunshine, among the highest in the US.
Guide and local team
Tips are already included (10%) but you are welcome to leave a little extra if you were particularly happy with the service provided.
- 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
- Thermals (long or short sleeved)
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and are an extra layer
- 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
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- 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
- 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
- Pyjamas or tracksuits or thermals for sleeping in
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 (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)
- 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
- 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.
- 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 own inflatable mattress for comfort's sake.
- 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, so take your used batteries, aerosols etc back home and dispose of them appropriately. Try to leave excess packaging material at home before travelling
- 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
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.
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.
Addresses of consulates
- Paris | Ambassade des Etats-Unis
2, avenue Gabriel
Tél. : 01.43.12.22.22
- Ambassade de France aux Etats-Unis
4101 Reservoir Road, N.W.
20007 Washington D.C.
Tél. : +1 (202) 944 60 00
- US Embassy
24 Grosvenor Square
W1A 2LQ London
Tél. : 020 7499-9000
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.
Budget and money
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 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.
Did you know?
Did you know?
A short history of the Navajo nation
The Navajo Nation extends into the states of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah in the United States. A trail ride on horseback is the perfect opportunity to learn about this area.
Home to the Navajo people, the land has a long and difficult history, with its population decimated during their infamous conflict with the government over land ownership. However today they have endured and have retained their culture and language intact. During your trail ride in Navajo Land, you will have the chance to discover their beautiful craft including potteries, rugs, iconic turquoise and silver jewellery and much more.
The land also boasts an incredible variety of national monuments (Brice Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Monument Valley, etc), tribal parks and many lakes and ponds, including the famous Lake Powell. Each of these monuments has its own history and provide a spectacular backdrop to your trail ride.