Utah Horseback Riding Vacations: Inn to Inn Trail Rides
Capitol Reef National Park and Escalante Canyons National Monument
Capitol Reef and Escalante Canyons is a landscape where thousands of feet of layered, multicolored sediments have been thrust skyward by faulting of the earth’s crust (the Circle Cliff anticline). Once you see this kaleidoscopic, jagged geologic spectacle, you’ll understand why the Ute Indians called it the “Land of the Sleeping Rainbow “. It was the last explored and named region of the continental United States. It is a countryside of slickrock mountains punctured by deep, narrow canyons so rugged and remote that the tiny village of Boulder, Utah, which lies within it’s midst could not be reached by automobile until 1938.
To trail ride this terrain and to take in panoramas of the Land of the Sleeping Rainbow breaking from the lush, alpine plateaus looming high above, is indisputably an opportunity of a lifetime. The topography of the rides is dynamic and elevation may change from below 4,000ft. to above 11,000ft., with higher elevations visited in the heat of the summer and lower environs visited earlier or later in the season.
You’ll cover new trails each day which were established by Native Americans, pioneer herdsmen and outlaws. An elegant lodge will serve as your home for the daily forays deep into the wilderness. You’ll experience ancient petroglyphs, slickrock mountains, slot-canyons, rock arches, buttes and spires such as Cathedral Valley, The Mummy Cliffs and Circle Cliffs, Paradise, Hell’s Hole, The Velvet Ridge, The Golden Throne, Pleasant Creek Falls and Gorge, Deep Creek Gorge, Tantalus Canyon, and more.
Lodging in Torrey, Utah and Boulder, Utah from day 1 thru day 6, with single, double or family occupancy; transfers to and from Torrey and Boulder; complete outfitting including all meals from breakfast day two through dinner on day six; all ground transportation days 2 thru 6; water bottles; saddle bags and tack; seasoned mountain horses; guides, wranglers and interpretative specialist well versed in both social and natural history.
|May 14||Capitol Reef National Park: Springtime in the Slickrock country|
|June 18||Escalante Canyons: Explore redrock canyons of the National Monument|
|July 16||High Plateaus/Boulder Mt.: Glacial Lakes & Canyonlands views|
|Aug 13||Capitol Reef National Park: Explore the breaks above the Park|
|Sept.10||Ride the Redrock Breaks above Waterpocket Fold & Circle Cliffs|
|Oct. 8||Fall color in the aspens and cottonwoods|
Capitol Reef National Park/Escalante Canyons National Monument Inn to Inn Trail Rides
Torrey Lodging Info:
Inn-to-Inn Trail Rides depart from Torrey, Utah. Torrey is a town of a little over 200 population, which is located at the junction of State Highways 12, and 24 near the west entrance of Capitol Reef National Park. We use one of the area’s three best inns for lodging our guests during the ride’s first three nights. You will lodge at Torrey Schoolhouse B & B, The Lodge at Red River, or Muley Twist Inn. The inn used will be specified with confirmation of ride reservation.
Boulder Lodging Info:
Inn Rides end in Boulder, Utah. Boulder is a tiny town with big scenery. It is famous as the last town in the continental United States which could be reached by automobile–1938. It is located on Highway 12–named by AAA Auto Club as one of the three most scenic roads in America–forty miles south of Torrey. Lodging is quite scarce; we’ll stay at either the Boulder Mountain Lodge or Pole’s Place for our last three nights based on availability.
Note: The trip is designed to spend the first three nights at one of the elegant lodges available in Torrey, Utah and the last three nights in the best accommodations in Boulder, Utah. From these two elegant inns, daily trail riding destinations will vary according to the season of the year and the area featured. Those areas featured are Capitol Reef National Park, Escalante Canyons National Monument and the High Plateaus of Boulder Mountain or Thousand Lake Mountain which constitute their watershed. These three areas are contiguous to each other with the towns of Torrey and Boulder in their midst.
Breakfasts and dinners will be a “sampler” of the remarkable quality of cuisine at a range of local restaurants. Lunches will be eaten on the trail. Time away from the lodge may vary day to day, but as a general rule, you should plan to depart by nine each morning and to return about six in the evening. The rides are leisurely and might be divided into two groups, one group going a longer distance and one a shorter distance. Daily travel time to or from our trailhead averages about twenty minutes.
This is a sample itinerary of several trails we may use. Each trail is unique and we’ll highlight the best trails for the conditions.
Day 1 Arrive scenic Torrey, Utah and check into your assigned lodge. Participants on Inn-to-Inn rides will meet with your trip leader and interpretative specialist for orientation and to outline details, destinations, and scheduling particulars at 8:00pm at your assigned lodge.
Day 2 Your guides will meet you after breakfast at your inn and then you’ll depart for a short vehicle ride to the trailhead meeting the remainder of the crew and your horse. After becoming familiar with your mount, you’ll hit the Sand Creek Trail for The Mummy Cliffs and Fremont River Overlook, Hell’s Hole and Paradise Overlook or you’ll ride along Pleasant Creek as you pass through the Waterpocket Fold in Capitol Reef National Park.
Day 3 From your Torrey inn, you’ll visit Sulfur Creek Gorge and The Goosenecks; or you’ll ride the Keller Trail to Capitol Reef Overlook on Chokecherry Point and The Terrace.
Day 4 Today your accommodations will shift from the Torrey area to Boulder, Utah. For those guests traveling by automobile, you’ll transfer car and luggage to trails end then go in Hondoo’s van to today’s trailhead and ride The Slickrock Trail or you’ll ride The Great Western Trail to The Terrace and Meek’s Lake. Follow Hondoo’s vehicles to your new accommodations with plenty of time to unpack, relax and enjoy a distinctive dining experience with your guide before bedding down.
Day 5 From our Boulder base, you’ll experience the Burr Trail into the Escalante river canyons of Sand Hollow and Deer Creek or you’ll ride from Roundup Flat Trail to Long Lake, Scout Lake and Sunflower Flat.
Day 6 You’ll depart for a final day of riding joining your mount in Indian Gulch, then journey to The Lamp Stand, Lamanite Natural Bridge and Egg Canyon or venture to Edmund’s Hole, Steep Creek Lakes and Deer Creek. On this final evening, you’ll enjoy a group dinner before your final night’s stay.
Day 7 Depart Boulder, Utah.