Utah Horseback Riding, Hiking and Jeep Tours

Owner operated for 43 years offering top notch scenery, service and accommodations.

Located in the middle of Utah’s 5 National Parks in south-central Utah, Hondoo Rivers & Trails outfits a full schedule of multi-day Utah horseback riding vacations, hiking, jeep tours and other Utah adventures. We  specialize in custom trips.  Learn more about our adventures below.

We are locally owned and operated, with all the familiarity of landscape and passion for community others can’t duplicate. Rooted in a legacy dating to the Canyon Country’s first Anglo settlers, Hondoo represents an understanding of Place that is often lost in our post-modern world. Our horseshoe-quarter-circle brand is the oldest east of the Wasatch Plateau; we’re proud of it and our knowledge of the backcountry which it symbolizes.


late October canyon ride beautiful – wahoogirls224

“It is always an adventure to join Pat on her horse trips, especially in the gorgeous canyons of the San Rafael Swell. Her horses are in great shape and spirited as well. They are enthusiastic to get going, just like I was, each and every day, to see what lies ahead. We were particularly blessed to see several herds of wild horses on our trip, which looked healthy and inquisitive. We ate beautifully prepared food, as always. And were provided excellent tents and plenty of gear to stay warm. This was my fourth trip, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to be out in fantastic country on a horse every day, and be away from the rest of the world for a mental cleansing, which is definitely is.”

Merrimac, Massachusetts

Incredible Horseback Adenture! – Candace G

“What a wonderful opportunity to be guided into such beautiful country but such experienced guides. Our campsite was beautiful, walled by colored mesas and the bottomlands were lined with fall color along the way. Amazing sunrise, stars and wild horse viewings. Cannot say enough wonderful things about this trip!”

Candace G
ahwahnee, United States

You cannot see this from your car – blackcat06

“Wonderful experience, riding with Pat and her wranglers. The horses were so well behaved and responsive that all fears on some of the steeper areas were quickly dismissed. Trust your horse, they know where to put their feet. There is not enough room to tell about the wonderful scenery that we experienced and every day way different. My favorite memory is riding along the edge of a canyon wall and seeing the edge get narrower. I began to wonder if we would run out of edge and if so, how we would get around the canyon. We did run out of edge and ended up going down the side of the canyon to the bottom. That as a fantastic experience as we turned the horses loose and helped them find their way down the red sand canyon walls.

The overnight camp was located on a high plateau with wonderful views all around. Roger, the camp jack knew how to make a breakfast to fill even the pickiest of eaters. And the dinners, amazing. Still, nothing compares to the cool, clear nights with all the stars in attendance. This is just something that is not seen anywhere where there are lights to disturb the darkness. Definitely a must do for horseback vacation lovers.”

Lake Tranquility

Amazing outdoor horseback adventure! – cbabcook

“We did the 5 day camping and riding trip in the San Rafael Swell. Pat is a tremendous horse woman and guide. Her experience and knowledge of this region know no bounds and you feel great in her hands for this kind of adventure. Her horses are sure-footed beings with lovely temperaments, who handle the rugged terrain and 5-6 hour rides with ease. Camp is organized and comfortable – the cot/foam/therma-rest combo is like a mattress – tents are great and the food, prepared by Beth was outstanding. Beth’s stories, humor and fun nature was a great addition. Some of the other guests on our trip were cattle ranchers with huge, open hearts and tons of wisdom to share, adding to a truly memorable experience in the outback.”

Salt Lake City, Utah

San Rafael Swell Oct. 2017 – MJ B

“Pat is unbelievable. Her knowledge and skill in what is an incredibly remote area are unparalleled I am sure. She is also one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. She takes absolutely brilliant care of her horses and her guests. If you have experience riding and are comfortable on trails, I highly recommend a trip with her.”

Salt Lake City, Utah

Vistas Galore – Vicki B

“We spent a delightful day with Brian in the Cathedral Valley area of Capital Reef. Brian was a most pleasant and informative guide who added greatly to the outstanding vistas of the northern desert and spectacular geologic features not easily accessible to the average visitor of Capital Reef.”

Vicki B
Houston, Texas

Outstanding adventure! – MyHazer

“The Inn to Inn trip was all that I would have hoped it to be and more. From the “meet and greet” meeting on Sunday night, right thru the end of the last ride on Friday. Pat (one of the owners) and Topher, our wrangler, were always friendly and professional. Their concern was the comfort and the safety of both their guests and their horses. The horses were in top notch shape, the tack was comfortable and well fitting, and the Inns we stayed in were first rate. The food was plentiful and very good too. I enjoyed this trip so much that I have already signed up to do it again next Spring. I highly recommend this trip to anyone who wants to ride off the beaten path.”

Kanab, Utah

hondoo river – Donna B

“the horses were friendly and well trained. the owner Pat as well as the trail hand were wonderful. they were knowledgeable of the trails and always took us someplace different. Pat was patient and wanted the best experience for everyone. the schoolhouse inn was wonderful, the food was great, and the area had shops to visit and was in a good location. the hotel in boulder was not as good, no coffee or anything available on site, and the owners were less than friendly. the facility was old and outdated. cleanliness sub standard.
I would recommend hondoo river trails for anyone who truly loves horses, and wants an adventure. Pat will be sure to accommodate your needs. I plan on a second trip there.”

Donna B
Michigan City, Indiana

Fantastic camping ride – dominiqueben

“My best trail ride ever !
Pat is an awesome horse-woman and guide, who loves to share her knowledge of the region.
I did a tour in Capitol Reef. Each riding day was totally different from the other and was an opportunity to discover new sceneries, and experience various terrains.
If you are ready to sleep outdoors, definitely go for the camping ride. The show is 24/7 : magnificent landscapes during the day, dinner by the campfire and beautiful sky at night. And the camp is comfy !
Well trained, well kept, reliable and sure-footed willing horses.
So a big thank-you again to Pat, and to Marcia (the cook, who pampered us with such great food) for this fantastic week.
I would love to be able to come back for another ride…”

Paris, France

Camping trip High Plateaus – 50andfun

“Wonderful. Amazing scenery, good horses, great camp facilities and awesome food. This was a ride that will be long remembered.”


What We Offer

Utah Horseback Riding Vacations

Utah Horseback Vacations

Multi-Day Horseback Riding Vacations in Utah.
Hondoo offers 2 types of multi-day horseback riding vacations: one features camping and the other features inn lodging.

Utah Horseback Riding Vacations

Utah Hiking Tours

The canyon country offers unparalleled hiking destinations. Explore the canyon lands with an experienced Hondoo guide. Hikers may visit pristine sandstone mountains, pinyon-juniper forests or red rock canyons.

Utah Horseback Riding Vacations

Canyon Lands Jeep Tours

Interested in canyon lands scenery or exploring?
Want to pursue your interest in hiking, rock art, photography, geology, archeology, paleontology or history? Join us on a canyon lands jeep tour!

Custom Trip Specialists

Hondoo takes great pride in our tradition of providing personalized service for those interested in exploring the backcountry of Utah’s Colorado Plateau. Whether your desire is solitude or group activity let us customize an itinerary for you, your family or group. Travel by horseback riding, hiking and jeep;  stay at inns, a basecamp, or move camp by pack horses or 4X4. Some of our popular custom groups include:

  • WOMEN: Back by popular demand in 2018, Hondoo is again offering select trail riding trips for singles, couples and groups of women only.  See Rates and Dates.
  • EUROPEANS: We’ve long appreciated your business and enjoy your presence in the canyon country! Join us for an adventuresome interlude while on your Southwestern holiday.

Who We Are

In 1975, Patricia Kearney and Gary George reorganized Castle Country Expeditions and founded Hondoo Rivers and Trails. Hondoo headquarters in the midst of the canyonlands at Torrey, Utah near Capitol Reef National Park, the heart of Utah’s Mighty Five National Parks. Pat and Gary share a passion for the social and natural history of this extraordinary region and imbue their trips with this knowledge and appreciation.

Utah Horseback Riding Vacations
Utah Horseback Riding Vacations