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Horseback Riding

Horse Trails East of ZionPhoto by Jeff Lewis

Horseback riding in these settings allows visitors to imagine the days of the old west when pioneers, outlaws and lawmen ranged through the vast open spaces of Utah and Arizona. Horseback riding opportunities are available in several places in the Grand Canyons region.

Outfitters provide horseback riding tours at Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Kodachrome Basin State Park, Duck Creek Village and mule rides are available during the season at the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Guest ranches offer riding experiences and one outfitter also offers multi-day rides. Guided rides give visitors an opportunity to view the scenic wonders of the region without the strains of hiking and also provide the thrill of a western horseback experience.

Here are some of our local guides and outfitters that provide horseback rides and horse-drawn carriage rides:

Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort: This beautiful resort is just east of Zion National Park and has majestic views of the areas landscapes. They do horseback rides and wagon ride Dutch-oven dinners. They are a full resort with a variety of accommodations and numerous activities. For Reservations, call (800) 293-5444 or visit their website, www.zionponderosa.com.

Kanab Western Adventures: You can book just a horseback ride or do it with a combo of other adventures like rappelling, ATV rides, etc. To make reservations, call (435) 690-0220. www.kanabwesternadventures.com

Paria River Guest Ranch: This is a very genuinely rustic ranch with a variety of lodging options and horse boarding. They provide a guided horseride and a rib-eye steak dinner (optional) for guests. To make reservations, call (928) 660-2674 or visit www.pariacampground.com

Allen's Trail Rides: Guided horseback tours at Jacob's Lake, So. Utah and Northern Arizona. They provide tours anywhere from one hour up to mult-day pack trips. To book a ride, call (435) 689-1660 or (435) 644-8150 or email Jeff at j.allen.guides@gmail.com

MacDonald Ranch: This ranch is a working cattle and horse ranch in Alton where guests can come and enjoy chuck wagon dinners, wagon trains, ranch activities and accommodations. For reservations, call (435) 648-2133 or email Monica at, monicawren@att.net 

Mystic River Outdoor Adventures: Mystic River is just north of Glendale on Hwy 89. They provide horse-drawn carriage rides along the river and can seat up to 8 people at once. They also have other activities available. For reservations, call (435) 648-2823 or visit www.mysticriveroutdooradventures.com.

Duck Creek Horse Rides: Guided horse back rides through the scenic Dixie National Forest near Duck Creek Village on Cedar Mountain. $25 for a half-hour ride or $35 for an hour ride. For reservations, call (435) 704-1404. Email: dchorserides@gmail.com Find on Facebook: Duck Creek Horse Rides.

Old West Outfitters: Multi-day Guided horse rides & cattle drive vacations in scenic Southern Utah and Northern Arizona. Six different vacation rides to choose from riding through the national parks or  Navajoland.  Accommodations for up to 12 riders. Vacation packages range from $1585- $2830 per person with meals, accommodations and shuttle service included. www.equitours.com (view rides in either Utah or Arizona) Phone:  (435) 691-7433 Email: owoinc@hotmail.com

Red Rock Ride: Seven-day guided horse ride vacation tours through the National Parks (Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon North Rim) and the scenic Paria and Red Canyons. 7 Day ride is $2295/person includes pick-up and drop-off in Las Vegas, all meals and accommodations during the ride. Trips are done spring and fall and book out over a year in advance. www.redrockride.com (435) 679-8665 robert@redrockride.com

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