With networks of horseback riding trails to destinations throughout all of Utah's six National Forests, 4 out of five of The Mighty 5 National Parks, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Antelope Island State Park, and hundreds of thousands of acres of public lands, the true splendor and variety of riding opportunities makes Utah a #1 destination for the equine enthusiast.
In the hottest months of the summer, many riders choose to experience the majesty of Utah's alpine riding experience, especially the High Uintas Wilderness. Riding in the High Uintas allow for exploring a remote wilderness area, consisting of pristine alpine basins of pine forests and aspen groves, countless scenic alpine lakes, surrounded by the state's highest summits. You'll even have the chance to glimpse Utah's tallest mountain, Kings Peak, which rises to 14,527 feet above sea level. Come breath the clean air of Utah's high country!
As the temperatures begin to cool down Utah's canyon country–most of which is in the southern part of the state - becomes the preferred setting for many riders. A seemingly endless network of serpentine canyons full of many hues of reds, oranges, yellows and lavender, rock spires, mesas, plateaus, arches, and natural bridges, conjures feelings of the Old West. Many trails begin along Utah's best scenic byways, including the All American Road Highway 12 through the Grand Staircase, state route 9 through Zion National park and S.R. 128, the Upper Colorado scenic byway which runs Northwest of Moab, Utah.
Here, riders may begin to quickly sense their sharing the trails with Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch en route to hidden passages and hideouts, following a heist. Some rider's may even choose to book a western themed trip on a vintage train bound to be overtaken by outlaws under the shadows of the awesome, the breathtaking Mt. Timpanogos, an iconic ridgeline on Utah's Wasatch front also known for the scenic Alpine Loop Scenic Backway, Timpanogos Cave national monument and Robert Redford's Sundnance Mountain Resort. Which is near many more great horseback riding in Provo Canyon. Other riders may choose to higher a guide and ride the dessert wilderness for a multiday trip in and around Capitol Reef National Park, and the nights either by ATV supplied camps or trotting from inn to inn. This provides for a wonderful backcountry experience.
The horseback riding trails, guides and outfitters, including detailed information could fill the pages of a sizeable book.
For Guides and Outfitters that offer horseback riding, go to www.visitutah.com/guides-outfitters
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