Ride With Us
Have a child with you who wants to ride a horse, but is too young? He or she might be able to go on a pony ride with us! Younger cowpokes (5 or under) can go on a "pony ride" at our corrals. They'll be on the back of a saddled horse and one of you responsible adults can lead them around our corrals area, complete with picture-perfect views of those gorgeous red cliffs. A guide will be present with you and can even walk beside your child to make sure the lil' one stays safely aboard.
*please note that these rides are not always available; please check in advance to ensure booking.
If your child is 5 or under, they might be able to experience a similar ride to their older brothers and sisters. While the older crew is out riding, you can walk alongside your child, mounted on one of our fantastic kid horses, around our corrals area under the watchful eye of a present guide. There are several options for day rides. Right from our barn under the gorgeous red rock cliffs of the Velvet Ridge we take people out on 1-hour and 2-hour rides. These trails cross the Fremont River and lazily wind under the cliffs, offering spectacular views and the possibility of seeing local fauna such as golden eagles, red foxes, and the ubiquitous rabbits.
Our half-day ride is geared for the more adventurous rider who wishes to get off the beaten path. On this ride you will ascend the verdant benches of nearby Boulder Mountain, which provides cooler weather on warm days and a surprising change of scenery from the surrounding desert. Up on the mountain, fragrant pines, beautiful lakes, and endless views are a part of your adventure. Lunch is provided.
Absolutely no prior experience is necessary; in fact, we specialize in beginners. Our guides give a brief yet thorough instruction just before introducing you to your horse and starting the ride. We take people ages 6 to 106 on our rides, provided they are physically able to ride. We may let the younger cowpokes ride a horse on a lead rope (led by the guide) if they are unable to control their own horse. During the warm summer months, our sturdy horses take you up verdant Boulder Mountain, where lakes and streams are interspersed amongst high mountain meadows and light, airy aspen groves. Once on top, we explore the gently undulating terrain of Boulder (technically the highest timbered plateau in North America). Boulder Top, as it is referred to by the locals, features stellar views of Capitol Reef, the Henry Mountains, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and the Book Cliffs over 100 miles away! Lunch is provided; we usually stop to eat by a mountain lake or stream and enjoy the views.
Join us on an all-day horseback adventure through the stunning red rock canyons of Capitol Reef National Park. You may have the chance to see unexpected mini-waterfalls, ancient Fremont Indian rock art, and desert bighorn sheep (fairly likely in the spring months). This is a great way to experience the less-traveled yet still spectacularly gorgeous sights of Capitol Reef. Lunch is provided.
Absolutely no prior experience is necessary; in fact, we specialize in beginners. Our guides give a brief yet thorough instruction just before introducing you to your horse and starting the ride. We take people from 6 to 106 on our rides, provided they are physically able to ride. We may let the younger cowpokes ride a horse on a lead rope (led by the guide) if they are unable to control their own horse. The Capitol Reef area holds some of the most varied and interesting terrain in Utah. Part of the 100-mile long monocline called the Waterpocket Fold, an abrupt thousand-foot ridge made out of twisted sandstone, this region makes an ideal playground. During the cool spring and fall months, we warm up amongst the Sleeping Rainbow in the colorful desert red rock canyons of Capitol Reef. Here we will take in the impressive views of the “Little Grand Canyon,” where eons of water and wind have carved tirelessly into the rock creating convoluted sandstone pathways. The rim of the canyons can extend nearly 500 feet above the floor of the rim, creating cool narrows that offer relief from the desert heat.