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Horseback Riding with the Navajo

Horseback Riding with the Navajo

Utah has some of the most incredible terrain in the entire world with mountains in the backdrop and vast canyons to be found in the state.  It was once part of the wild west and today it is filled with National Parks like Zion, Bryce and of course the Grand Canyon.  Millions of tourists flock to Utah every year to go skiing, visit the parks and just get in touch with nature.  The scenery in Utah is so spectacular that Hollywood drops by to take advantage of the natural beauty of the state as a backdrop for dozens of movies.  If you really want to get into places rarely visited by tourists then horseback is the way to do it, try horseback riding with the Navajo.

The Trail Ride

Not only can you see the beauty of Utah, but you can witness the ancient Anasazi Civilization that has been drawing in archeologists for decades.  The Navajoland Ride will take you through the incredible Canyon de Chelly.  Deep in the heart of Navajo country you can witness towering walls that were carved out by ancient glaciers.  As you traverse the valley you can see ancient cave dwelling that are high up the cliffs where the kept intruders away.

If you take the Winter Pasture Horseback Ride you can go right into the Grand Canyon, tourists don’t often go into the canyon through the Utah side.  Coming in from Utah has a lot of advantages, the climate is milder and it protects the local wildlife from the fierce winter storms that blow through Utah.  There are benches and meadows that you can stop at along the route.  Visiting the canyon from the Utah side on horseback is an incredible ride.  During the fall you can witness the cattle drives that move the cattle from Utah to Arizona for the winter months.  It is like stepping back in time as you watch real life cowboys do their thing.  Here is a look at the canyon from the Utah side.

Always make sure that before you set out on the trail that you have a surefooted experienced horse that doesn’t mind the terrain.  There are plenty of guides that can take you on the trail, these are third and fourth generation cowboys who know the area and can give you a local’s perspective on the history of the area.  This is a Western experience that you can’t even imagine…think of “City Slickers” it’s much like that, only without Jack Palance.