Ride Overview - Land of the Sleeping Rainbow Ride
You will ride across a landscape where thousands of feet of layered, multi-colored sediments have been thrust skyward. Once you see this kaleidoscopic, jagged geologic spectacle, you’ll understand why the Ute Indians called it the “Land of the Sleeping Rainbow. The Capitol Reef National Park region in Utah was the last explored and named region of the continental United States. These lands are rugged and primitive, appealing to those looking for adventure. The slick rock mountains punctured by deep, narrow canyons so remote that the tiny village of Boulder, Utah, which lies within its midst, could not be reached by automobile until 1938. The topography of the rides is dynamic and elevation may change from below 4,000 ft. to above 11,000 ft. with higher elevations visited in the heat of the summer and lower environs visited earlier or later in the season. Your trails were established by Native Americans, pioneer herdsmen, and outlaws. You’ll experience ancient petroglyphs, slot-canyons, rock arches, buttes and spires with the descriptive names such as Cathedral Valley, Mummy Cliffs, Circle Cliffs, Paradise, Hell’s Hole, Velvet Ridge, Golden Throne, Pleasant Creek Falls, Deep Creek Gorge, Tantalus Canyon, and more. To trail ride this terrain and to take in panoramas breaking from the lush, alpine plateaus looming high above, is indisputably an opportunity of a lifetime. This is a progressive ride where you will stay at two different inns during the ride.
“We rode many different and sometimes difficult terrains. The scenery was unbeatable and we were very lucky to have wonderful weather. The accommodations in both towns were wonderful.” K.L.
“The quality horses are very well cared for, obviously much loved and happy. They are responsive and willing – a real treat to ride. Pat is an excellent guide and knows the area like the back of her hand so no need to worry about getting lost.”
Ride Itinerary - Land of the Sleeping Rainbow Ride
Arrive in scenic Torrey, Utah and check into your assigned lodge.The drive is 3 1/2 hour from Salt Lake City Airport, 5 hour drive from Las Vegas Airport and a 3 hour drive from Moab Airport. You will meet with your trip leader, interpretative specialist and fellow riders for orientation and to outline details, destinations, and scheduling particulars at 8:00 PM.
You will be transferred after breakfast to the trailhead to meet your horse. The Sand Creek Trail will then lead you to the visual delights of the Mummy Cliffs and Fremont River Overlook, Hell’s Hole and Paradise Overlook or your path will take you along the Pleasant Creek as you pass through the Waterpocket Fold with one very steep side in an area of otherwise nearly horizontal layers.
From your Torrey inn, your horse will carry you to the Sulfur Creek Gorge, a rarity in Capitol Reef, as it follows a perennial water source through a cool and shady canyon and the Goosenecks where ancient rivers carved deeply into the rock or you’ll ride the Keller Trail to Capitol Reef Overlook on Chokecherry Point, a long section of large boulders that twists tightly within the trees and the ghost town of Terrace.
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 ride in your guide’s van to today’s trailhead. Either the Slickrock Trail or the Great Western Trail will lead your ride to Terrace and Meek’s Lake. You will then follow your guides to your new accommodations with plenty of time to unpack, relax and enjoy a distinctive dining experience with your guide before bedding down.
From your Boulder base, you’ll experience the descending Burr Trail into the Escalante River Canyons of Sand Hollow and Deer Creek. The canyons take on many different characters–from narrow and deep slot canyons that slice through sandstone like large cracks, to narrow drainages that follow the serpentine erosion trail of years of past floods, to wide open canyons with sandy bottoms and cottonwood trees or the Roundup Flat Trail, surrounded with dense alpine terrain, steep slopes, and ragged cliffs. will lead you to the spectacular Long Lake, Scout Lake, both surrounded by verdant pine trees and Sunflower Flat, a plateau filled with golden sunflowers.
You will mount up in Indian Gulch to journey to the Lamp Stand, the impressive Lamanite Natural Bridge and the pinkish sand of Egg Canyon or venture to the basin of Edmund’s Hole, the 14,000 years of the shoreline of Steep Creek Lake and the cool waters of Deer Creek. On this final evening, you’ll enjoy a group dinner before your final night’s stay.
Day 7 :
Depart Boulder, Utah at your convenience.
Note: This is a sample itinerary which includes two possible scenarios of daily activity. It will give you an idea of what you might experience. In reality, we have dozens of trails to explore and dozens of landforms to visit. Where ever we go, we’ll have fun and see some spectacular country.
Ride Details - Land of the Sleeping Rainbow Ride
April 12th – 18th,
May 3rd – 9th, May 24th – 30th, June 14th – 20th, July 5th – 11th, July 26th – August 1st, August 16th – 22nd, August 30th – September 5th, September 20th – 26th, October 11th – 17th
Airport: Salt Lake City (4 hour drive to Torrey), Moab (165 miles to Torrey)
Transportation: Car rental is required
Meeting Place: Torrey inn
Riding Days: 5
Daily Hours in the Saddle: 5 – 6
Horses: Quarter, Thoroughbred/Quarter
Riding Ability: INTERMEDIATE: Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots, two point canters and gallops in open country.
Group Size: 4 – 10
Accommodations: Trip Advisor 4* lodge or inns – 3 nights near Torrey and 3 nights near Boulder
Price: $2,875.00 per person, double occupancy $375.00 single supplement
Includes: 6 nights’ lodging, all meals, guided trails, horse, tack, tax
Not included: airfare, transfer from airport to inn -$450.00 per person, round trip
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Land of the Sleeping Rainbow Ride
Utah, United States