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This section is designed to help participants on Hondoo’s multi-day adventures plan their trip to the Canyonlands. You will receive a trip information packet containing a packing list, detailed itinerary, lodging confirmation and travel instructions upon receipt of reservation.

Travelers may drive, fly/drive, or fly only. As general rule if you live outside the area, trip participation is most economical if you fly into Salt Lake City, Utah or Las Vegas, Nevada then rent a car and drive. (Flights into Las Vegas are often cheaper than into other area cities.)

If you have any question, need help with logistics, or would like to share travel expenses with other trip participants, contact Hondoo or your travel consultant.

NEAREST COMMERCIAL AIRPORTS:

The following cities are served by international airlines and are listed with their driving mileage to our headquarters in Torrey: 1)  Grand Junction, Colorado–215 miles;2) Salt Lake City, Utah–255 miles; 3) St. George, Utah–300 miles; 4)Las Vegas, Nevada–390 miles.

GATEWAY CITY for TRIPS:

Travelers who elect to drive or fly/drive will begin and end their trip in Torrey, Utah (except Inn-to-Inn Trail rides, see below).

Camping trail rides depart and return Torrey, Utah.

Inn to Inn trail rides depart Torrey, Utah and end Boulder, Utah.

Vehicle tours and hikes depart and end Torrey, Utah unless otherwise arranged.

All Custom trips meet, depart and end as arranged.

TRANSFER PACKAGE:

While hiring a rental car is the most economical way to reach the canyonlands and Torrey, Utah, and public transportation is not an option, we recognize that some guests will require supplemental transportation. Ground transportation may be arranged from Salt Lake City, Moab or St. George, Utah after a ground shuttle from the Las Vegas, Nevada airport.

Contact Hondoo or your travel consultant for additional information and connecting transportation schedules.

MEETING TIMES, PLACES & LODGING:

Camping Trail Rides depart from TORREY:
Participants on camping rides will meet at 8:00pm on Day 1 in the lobby of the Boulderview Inn,  pool-side at the Chuckwagon Inn or Redsands Hotel.  We will have an orientation and final packing session at this time. Meeting and lodging locations will be specified upon reservation confirmation.

Lodging your first night is included at the AAA-rated  Boulder View Inn,  Chuckwagon Motel or Redsands Hotel.  Boulder View Inn is located on highway 24 at the west-end of Torrey across from the Capitol Reef Inn.  Their web site address: www.boulderviewinn.com. The Chuckwagon Motel is located in downtown Torrey at the junction of Main and Center Streets, one block west of Hondoo’s headquarters. Their web address: www.austinschuckwagonmotel.com. Redsands Hotel is located on highway 24 on the east side of Torrey.  Their web address is : www.redsandshotel.com

Inn-to-Inn Trail Rides depart from TORREY
Participants on Inn-to-Inn rides will meet with Hondoo’s staff at 8:00 PM on Day 1 in the Living Room at the Torrey Schoolhouse Bed & Breakfast, the Communal Room at Sky Ridge Inn, or Muley Twist Inn. Your lodging location will be specified upon reservation confirmation.

The Muley Twist Inn is located one mile west of Teasdale, Utah in a secluded rock cove (3 miles west of Torrey). Their web address: www.muleytwistinn.com. The Sky Ridge Inn is located ridge-top and off-highway one mile east of Torrey, near the junction of highways 12 and 24. Their web address: www.skyridgeinn.com. The Torrey Schoolhouse Bed & Breakfast is situated 1 block from Hondoo headquarters on Center St. in Torrey. Their web address: www.torreyschoolhouse.com. 

Inn Rides end in Boulder, Utah at either Boulder Mountain Lodge or Pole’s Place. For information about their inns, see Inn-to-Inn Rides after selecting the Trail ride page from main menu.

Trail rides with Transfer Package You will receive details from Hondoo for meeting based the travel details you have provided to us. You will meet members of Hondoo’s staff for ground transportation to your first night’s lodging, 8pm group orientation and final packing session.

All other trips meet and depart as arranged.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Suitability
While little riding experience is required, participants should be in good health and physical condition. And although the minimum age of eight years is required, the important point you should understand is that Hondoo doesn’t want to put any participant in a situation which they are physically or emotionally unable to handle. An appreciation of the outdoors is the only prerequisite for joining a trip.

Hondoo’s horseback trail rides are limited to 10 or 12 participants, depending on destination. Our trips are designed for horse lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. We pride ourselves in giving experienced riders the challenge and pace they desire without abusing the horses, and in giving wilderness seekers the untraveled and scenic backcountry they relish. Our high guide to guest ratio allows us to divide into groups by ability and interest when time and logistics allow.

It should be noted that although Hondoo’s trips are designed to accommodated hikers as well as riders, if you plan to combine both activities, let Hondoo or your travel consultant know so they may plan for appropriate personnel and horses before the last moment.

Tipping
While tipping is customary, it is always optional and a personal decision on your part, based on your overall experience. A guide is rewarded by the opportunity to show you a beautiful area and to share your vacation with you. However, a financial gesture of appreciation will be well received! If you do choose to pass along a gratuity, it is appropriate to direct it toward the trip leader who is responsible for distribution. The industry standard is 20 percent.

Inclusions for All Horseback Trail Rides EXCEPT Inn-to-Inn Rides

  • all taxes and land-use fees–nearly 14% of trip price
  • all meals from lunch on day two through lunch on the last day
  • special diets accommodated with advanced notification
  • locally raised, grass fed, hormone free beef
  • ground transportation from Torrey
  • complete outfitting with deluxe base-camp including cooking and dining tents, showers and chairs
  • canvas sleep tent with choice of one or two person, or family occupancy
  • freshly laundered sleeping bag and six inch foam sleeping pad or cot
  • water bottles, saddle bags and quality tack
  • daily guided horseback riding or hiking
  • seasoned mountain horses for novice or experienced riders
  • guides/wranglers, cook, camp jack and interpretive specialist well versed in canyonlands social and natural history

Inclusions for Inn-to-Inn Rides

  • all sales, resort and meal taxes and land-use fees–over 14%
  • all daily ground transportation from Torrey and return
  • all meals with gratuities from breakfast on day two through dinner on the last day
  • three nights lodging in Torrey, Utah
  • three nights lodging Boulder, Utah
  • water bottles, saddle bags and quality tack
  • daily guided horseback riding or hiking
  • seasoned mountain horses for novice or experienced riders
  • interpretive specialist well versed in canyonlands social and natural history
  • evening activities may include 4X4 tour, museum visit, sunset wine party

Special Transfers from any location in the Inter-Mountain West may be arranged.

Nearest Airport to Torrey, Utah
The Wayne Wonderland Airport is located seven miles east of Torrey near Bicknell, Utah, and serves private airplanes with a 6,000ft. landing strip which is paved and lighted.

Travel Documents
Passport and Visa requirement information is available through your consulate.

Additional Lodging Suggestions
Quality lodging may be found at the Boulder View Inn, Chuckwagon Motel, and Red Sands Hotel all in Torrey. Quality service may also be found near Torrey at the Lodge at Red River or Muley Twist Inn, Sky Ridge Inn or the Boulder Mountain Lodge, Boulder, Utah. For those travelers who desire quality accommodations with a swimming pool, the Chuckwagon Motel and Store has clean, AAA-rated facilities and is located in the heart of town, one block west of Hondoo’s headquarters.

Weather/Climate/Geography/Vegetation
Utah’s portion of the Colorado Plateau region is a semi-arid tableland or steppe ranging in elevation between 3,800 ft. and 11,500 ft. with vegetation classified as upper-Sonoran to Alpine. This landscape is famous for it’s dynamic elevation changes with hundreds, even thousands, of feet change literally in one step.

The key word in this description, as far as weather is concerned, is semi-arid. It is generally dry with most precipitation falling as snow in the winter and occasional thunder storms during the summer. Higher elevations are cooler and receive more moisture than lower environs. Hondoo’s trips explore the lower, slickrock and pinyon-juniper forested areas on spring and fall trail rides. In the heat of the summer, ponderosa-pine or aspen-spruce forests form the backdrop for experiencing the canyonlands. Trip temperatures rarely exceed 90 degrees daytime or 40 degrees at night. With warm days and cool nights, it is best to layer your clothing to maintain comfort and you should always pack rain gear just in case.

Post Trip Suggestions
Unless otherwise indicated or arranged, the trip ends late afternoon when you return to Torrey.  Often the group meets for dinner and spends at least one last night in town.  You may wish to extend your stay in the area and Hondoo or your travel consultant can assist you.  See Suggested Arrival Time and Suggested Lodging for more pre and post trip details.

Guest Travel Information
It is good for us to know how and when you will be arriving as well as where you plan to stay on the evening prior to the trip. Please keep us informed of any changes in your plans.

Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance is a good idea and most insurance agents or travel consultants can provide you with a vacation insurance plan that covers accident, baggage, and cancellation claims. While we don’t endorse any particular company, American Express Travel, Travel Guard and Lonely Planet have programs for adventure travel coverage.

Itinerary Changes
Although every attempt is made to adhere to itineraries, participants need to acknowledge and willingly accept the possibility of route and itinerary changes due to factors beyond the control of the operator. Mother nature and government land managers have on rare occasions, thrown us a curve ball (i.e. a freak two foot snowfall and camping restrictions due to hazardous fire conditions).

Questions?
Please contact us with any questions regarding the trip.

About Your Guides
Patricia Kearney or Gary George, interpretive specialists, lead each and every trip. Pat and Gary have been guiding backcountry travelers for over three decades. They are joined a small group of seasoned guides who share a similar interest and enthusiasm for the canyonlands.

Additional expenses
Airfare, rental car, transfer package, single accommodations, personal items and alcoholic beverages—if possible, pack spirits in unbreakable containers.

Navigating Utah’s infamous liquor laws

Spirits are welcome on Hondoo’s camping trail rides. You will need to bring your own favorite which can be safely carried into camp in the camp truck.  Cocktails may be purchased at the local restaurants with meals on the Inn trail rides.   Beer (3.2%) is available locally, however stronger spirits should be purchased prior to arrival.  Utah has State operated liquor stores, the closest is in Bicknell, UT. 6 miles west of Torrey.  Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, Noon until 7 PM.

Guests/Hikers on Trail Rides
If you want to accompany someone on a trail ride but you are not a rider, or you simply want to spend time camping and relaxing in a wilderness setting, or you want to hike this spectacular landscape, then you’re welcome to join a trail ride. Although the trips are designed for riders, it is not uncommon for participants to not ride one or more days. Daily guided hikes will venture forth as arranged. Non-riders may travel with the cook and campjack to and from the base-camp, however Hondoo and your travel consultant should know in advance.

You should note that Hondoo Rivers and Trails guided a full schedule of multi-day hikes for over a decade, but now, trips are outfitted only in conjunction with our scheduled trail rides and hiking-only trips are outfitted on a charter basis exclusively.

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