Discover the Colorado Plateau on these multi-day trails through scenic southern Utah. Located in the middle of Utah's five national parks, there are trails that visit Capitol Reef National Park, Dixie National Forest, Fish Lake National Forest and the San Rafael Swell.
Your hosts are owner-operators of an active cattle ranch in southern Utah and share a passion for the cowboy lifestyle. Cattle ranching runs six generations deep in their family which ensures understanding of local landscapes and history. They have recently created these trails to share their enjoyment of the backcountry cowboy way of life with guests. Together they have over 35 years of equestrian background - training, competing and working as horse wranglers and guides - so you can be assured of great care throughout.
Each of the trails is unique and offers breathtaking scenery:
On the San Rafael Swell, you camp near deep canyons with high buttes and vast plateaux. You may encounter bighorn sheep and wild horses and will follow intricate trails established by Native Americans, herdsmen and outlaws.
On the Capitol Reef and Dixie trail, you start in Capitol Reef National Park and ride to the lower elevations of Dixie National Forest. This ride offers desert landscapes, red rock and sandstone canyons where you can view petroglyphs and waterfalls.
On the Dixie trail, you ride through higher elevations of Dixie National Forest, with most camps being around 8000ft. You'll see alpine lakes and meadows and be able to overlook the rugged landscape of Capitol Reef. Dixie National Forest is incredibly beautiful in the summer and autumn and Highway 12, which passes through this area, is listed as one of the top scenic drives in the USA.
On the Fish Lake National Forest trail, you ride in the vicinity of Thousand Lake Mountain with views across to Capitol Reef and Boulder Mountain.
On the Inn based trail, you trailer the horses each day to different locations within Capitol Reef, Dixie National Forest and Fish Lake National Forest.