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Itinerary for High Plateaus Ride

Sample Itinerary- subject to changes

Day 1

Arrive in scenic Torrey — lodging will be specified with confirmation of ride reservation. Torrey is a town of a little over 200 population which is located at the junction of highways 12 and 24 near the west entrance of Capitol Reef National Park. At 7:00pm, meet at the lobby for an orientation and final packing session with your trip leader and the trip's interpretative specialist.

Day 2
After breakfast, you'll travel a short distance to our headquarters, located on highway 24 in the middle of downtown Torrey. Here, we'll pack your gear in the camp 4X4, meet the remainder of the crew and your horse, then depart (9 am) for the Slickrock Trail ten miles southeast of Torrey, or the Great Western Trail two miles north of Torrey. The Slickrock Trail leads to Happy Valley, Golden Throne overlook, Wildcat Gorge then to your basecamp on Pleasant Creek. The Great Western Trail will take you up Sand Creek to the Velvet Ridge, then to Hells Hole, Sand Creek Falls and your camp at Wiff's Pasture.

Day 3
After breakfast and preparing lunch, from the Pleasant Creek basecamp you'll ride to Meeks Lake, Pleasant Creek meadows and the Boulder Top at Behunin Point before returning to a hot shower and cold drinks. From the Wiff's Pasture camp you'll ride to Snow Lake and the Flat Top on Thousand Lakes Mountain where the views of the canyon lands are indescribable. As always, you'll return to camp in time to relax and enjoy hors d'oeuvres before dinner.

Day 4
Daylight at the Pleasant Creek camp brings the prospect of visiting Scout Lake, Long Lake and spectacular Bowns Point via the Elderberry Trail. From the Wiff’s Pasture camp you’ll wind your way into Paradise in Capitol Reef National Park. After lunch you’ll return to camp via Billings Pass and the Cathedral Valley overlook.

Day 5
Riders at the Pleasant Creek camp will follow Keller's Trail to the breath taking vista on Chokecherry Point, then across the Terrace to Pleasant Creek Falls. After a hearty breakfast, riders at the Wiff's Pasture camp will spend their final full day on the Saddle Pass Trail with its stunning views of Hell's Hole, Sand Creek Gorge and the Fremont River Valley.

Day 6
After packing personal gear and breaking camp, Pleasant Creek campers will use a different access back to the Slickrock Trail and return among the multi-hued Navajo sandstone domes littered with volcanic boulders where you'll exchange your saddle seat for the short drive back to headquarters. From the Wiff's camp you'll take the Sulfur Basin trail to Torrey Knoll and the Bingo and Torrey town overlooks. After a short drive you'll arrive in Torrey late afternoon.

Note: This is a sample itinerary for two of several camps we may use. Each camp is unique and often offers more trails to explore than time will permit.

2019 Dates & Highlights:
June 9th to 14th: Spring wildflowers
June 16th to 21st: Spring wildflowers
July 21st to 26th: Views of Canyon Lands, 4 Corners, the Grand Staircase
July 28th to August 2nd: Views of Canyon Lands, 4 Corners, the Grand Staircase
August 11th to 16th: Views of Canyon Lands, 4 Corners, aspens, alpine lakes, wildlife (wild turkeys, elk, deer, and birds of prey)
August 18th to 23rd: Views of Canyon Lands, 4 Corners, aspens, alpine lakes, wildlife (wild turkeys, elk, deer, and birds of prey)
September 1st to 6th: Fall foliage, cooler weather in maze of redrock canyons, wild horses
September 8th to 13th: Fall foliage, cooler weather in maze of redrock canyons, wild horses
September 22nd to 27th: Capitol Reef, 4 Corners, Waterpocket Fold Vistas
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High Plateaus Ride
Tour Code: RTUT03
6 days / 5 nights ~$1,800.00
Dates : June to September

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Tack: western
Horses: Quarter and Quarter cross
Pace: 5-6 hrs per day depends on terrain and...

Airport: Salt Lake City Airport (SLC)
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