Canyonlands Lodge Ride

Utah USA: (IRUT01)

Utah USA
On our inn-to-inn trail rides, we select daily destinations from several dozen available. Our lodging location changes mid-week from Torrey, UT to Boulder, UT as our ride meanders down the Waterpocket Fold towards Lake Powell. Our horseback ride destinations move us from the Capitol Reef National Park area into the Grand Staircase/Escalante Canyons National Monument. During warm weather or fall foliage, excursions to the lakes and alpine meadows of Fishlake or Dixie National Forest become part of our itinerary.

An elegant lodge will serve as your home for the daily forays deep into the wilderness.  You’ll experience ancient petroglyphs, slickrock mountains, slot-canyons, rock arches, buttes and spires such as Cathedral Valley, The Mummy Cliffs and Circle Cliffs, Paradise, Hell’s Hole, The Velvet Ridge, The Golden Throne, Pleasant Creek Falls and Gorge, Deep Creek Gorge, Tantalus Canyon, and more.

Trails on all of our Utah horseback rides are mostly un-groomed and pioneered by wildlife, Indians, outlaws or herdsmen. Areas explored are selected for their scenic quality, pristine natural condition and remote location. As a general rule, the rides explore higher environs (to 11,500 ft.) during mid-summer and lower elevations (to 3,900 ft.) earlier or later in the season. Life zones visited may range from Alpine to upper-Sonoran depending on ride and time of year.



This is a progressive ride where nights are spent at different lodges.

We spend 3 nights at a beautiful inn near Torrey and 3 nights at a lodge in Boulder.  Generally we use the Torrey Schoolhouse B&B Inn and Pole's Place in Boulder, but depending on availability we may use other facilities like the Red River Lodge, the Sky Ridge Inn. Upgrade to the Boulder Mountain Lodge is possible. Please inquire about availability and cost. Laundry is available at an additional cost.

Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Nights 1-3: Hotel in Torrey
Nights 4-6: Hotel in Boulder

Torrey Schoolhouse B&B Inn (Torrey)
The Torrey Schoolhouse B&B Inn provides lodging in a historic pioneer setting. The Inn was once the lifeblood of the whole county, including weekend dances, country bands, boxing matches, sometimes attended by local outlaws including Butch Cassidy. Relax and enjoy the historic elegance that awaits you! Located in the heart of Torrey, Utah--only minutes from the entrance to Capitol Reef National Park--the Torrey Schoolhouse B&B is the most convenient and luxurious lodging accommodation at Capitol Reef, providing delicious ORGANIC full hot breakfasts, the inn is also a wellness retreat.  It is truly where "Capitol Reef meets comfort!". All rooms feature private bath, tempur-pedic beds, shiatsu-massage recliners, and WIFI.

Pole's Place Motel (Boulder)
This motel is operated by a fourth generation Boulder Family. It offers simple and clean rooms with TV, air-conditioning, and private bathrooms. There is no Wi-Fi at this accommodation.

Boulder Mountain Lodge (Boulder) – with upgrade, if available
This lodge offers comfortable accommodations with amazing views of the surroundings. Each room has a deck or patio, satellite TV, air-conditioning, coffee and tea services, a fridge and a private bathroom with hairdryer. The rooms feature Western-style furniture and a charming décor. The lodge itself consists in multiple buildings set around a bird sanctuary. In the main building's common room, you can relax, read or chat.  An outdoor hot tub, volleyball, croquet, an outdoor stone fire pit, games, books, and DVD's are available for guests as well. Free wireless Internet and laundry service are available.

Room Occupancy
Single supplement applies if you are a single traveler.

Three meals are included daily except for the first and last day. 

Breakfasts and dinners will be a “sampler” of the remarkable quality of cuisine at a range of local restaurants.
Breakfasts are taken at the accommodation, lunches are eaten on the trail, and dinners are at local restaurants.

Alcoholic drinks are not included in this trip and it is not possible to bring your own.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to dietary restrictions with prior notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.


While no previous riding experience is required, participants should be in good health and physical condition. And although the minimum age of eight years is required, the important point you should understand is that we do not want to put any participant in a situation which they are physically or emotionally unable to handle. An appreciation of the outdoors is the only prerequisite for joining our trip.

You'll ride at a pace that is comfortable for the group, sometimes splitting into two groups, one faster for the hearty rider, and one well-paced but leisurely for those who wish to take time relishing the beauty and wonder of the sights. All riders will then regroup and make a lunch stop together. Following the afternoon ride you will return to camp with plenty of time to clean up and relax before dinner.

Although the trips are designed for riders, it is not uncommon for participants to not ride one or more days. 

Our remuda consists of ranch raised Quarter Horses with a few Thoroughbreds, Arabians and Mustangs. Most of the horses we're bred and raised and trained personally.

Saddle Time
Usually about 5-6 hours; more or less time if desired or circumstances require. On inn-to-inn trips, ride or rest as you please.

About Your Guides
Patricia Kearney or Gary George the owners, will lead each and every trip. Pat and Gary have been guiding backcountry travelers for over three decades. They are joined by a small group of seasoned guides who share a similar interest and enthusiasm for the Canyonlands.

Sample Itinerary- subject to changes

Time away from the lodge may vary day to day, but as a general rule, you should plan to depart by 9am each morning and to return about 6pm in the evening. The rides are leisurely and might be divided into two groups, one group going a longer distance and one a shorter distance. Daily travel time to or from our trailhead averages about twenty minutes.

Day 1: Arrival
Arrive scenic Torrey, Utah and check into your assigned lodge. Participants on lodge rides will meet with your trip leader and interpretative specialist for orientation and to outline details, destinations, and scheduling particulars at 7:00pm at your assigned lodge.
Meals included: None
Overnight at accommodation in Torrey

Day 2: Ride through Capitol Reef National Park
Your guides will meet you after breakfast at your inn and then you'll depart for a short vehicle ride to the trailhead meeting the remainder of the crew and your horse. After becoming familiar with your mount, you'll hit the Sand Creek Trail for The Mummy Cliffs and Fremont River Overlook, Hell's Hole and Paradise Overlook or you'll ride along Pleasant Creek as you pass through the Waterpocket Fold in Capitol Reef National Park.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at accommodation in Torrey

Day 3: Ride through Capitol Reef National Park
From your Torrey inn, you'll visit Sulfur Creek Gorge and The Goosenecks; or you'll ride the Keller Trail to Capitol Reef Overlook on Chokecherry Point and The Terrace.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at accommodation in Torrey

Day 4: Ride through Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument
Today your accommodations will shift from the Torrey area to Boulder. For those guests traveling by automobile, you'll transfer car and luggage to trails end then go in the van to today's trailhead and ride The Slickrock Trail or you'll ride The Great Western Trail to The Terrace and Meek's Lake. Follow our vehicles to your new accommodations with plenty of time to unpack, relax and enjoy a distinctive dining experience with your guide before bedding down.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at accommodation in Boulder

Day 5: Ride through Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument
From our Boulder base, you'll experience the Burr Trail into the Escalante river canyons of Sand Hollow and Deer Creek or you'll ride from Roundup Flat Trail to Long Lake, Scout Lake and Sunflower Flat.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at accommodation in Boulder

Day 6: Last Ride through Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument
You'll depart for a final day of riding joining your mount in Indian Gulch, then journey to The Lamp Stand, Lamanite Natural Bridge and Egg Canyon or venture to Edmund's Hole, Steep Creek Lakes and Deer Creek. On this final evening, you’ll enjoy a group dinner before your final night's stay.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at accommodation in Boulder

Day 7: Departure
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.

2020 Dates and Highlights
April 12th to 18th: Wildflowers; Springtime in Red Rocks
May 3rd to 9th: Wildflowers; Springtime in Red Rocks
May 24th to 30th: Wildflowers; Springtime in Red Rocks
June 14th to 20th: Explore Capitol Reef NP & the Escalante Canyons NM headwaters including alpine settings
July 5th to 11th: Explore Capitol Reef NP & the Escalante Canyons NM headwaters including alpine settings
July 26th to August 1st: Explore Capitol Reef NP & the Escalante Canyons NM headwaters including alpine settings
August 16th to 22nd: Views of the Canyonlands, Four Corner area, alpine lakes, and aspens
August 30th to September 5th: Views of the Canyonlands, Four Corner area, alpine lakes, and aspens
September 20th to 26th: Fall colors in the aspens and cottonwoods
October 11th to 17th: Fall colors in the aspens and cottonwoods

Rates and Dates for Canyonlands Lodge Ride

Rates include:

Accommodations, 3 meals daily from Day 2 to 6, Gratuities for the inns, 5 Riding Days, Park fees & Land-use fees.

Packages and Options

  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    20207 day Trip, AP$2700
Tipping is always optional and a personal decision on your part, based on your overall experience. A guide is rewarded by the opportunity to show you a beautiful area and to share your vacation with you. However, a financial gesture of appreciation will always be well received! If you do choose to pass along a gratuity, it is appropriate to direct it toward the trip leader who is responsible for distribution. The industry standard is 18-20%,
% (Tip paid Locally)

Tax 1: 6.95 %

Rates Note:

Shorter tour with minimum of 3 riders is possible for 4 days 3 nights 3 riding days.

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy
Gratuity: 18 % (to be paid locally)
Tax: 6.95 %  

Rates Note:

Shorter tour with minimum of 3 riders is possible for 4 days 3 nights 3 riding days.

Transfer and Other Charges:

2020 Best to rent a car in Las Vegas or Salt Lake and drive in $0
2020 Ground transportation from/to Salt Lake City airport (pp, return) $450
2020 Single supplement $440

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 04/12 - 04/18 7d / 6n 7 day Trip, AP 4 /10 Reserve
A 2020 05/03 - 05/09 7d / 6n 7 day Trip, AP 4 /10 Reserve
A 2020 05/24 - 05/30 7d / 6n 7 day Trip, AP 4 /10 Reserve
A 2020 06/14 - 06/20 7d / 6n 7 day Trip, AP 4 /10 Reserve
A 2020 07/05 - 07/11 7d / 6n 7 day Trip, AP 4 /10 Reserve
A 2020 07/26 - 08/01 7d / 6n 7 day Trip, AP 4 /10 Reserve
A 2020 08/16 - 08/22 7d / 6n 7 day Trip, AP 4 /10 Reserve
A 2020 08/30 - 09/05 7d / 6n 7 day Trip, AP 4 /10 Reserve
A 2020 09/20 - 09/26 7d / 6n 7 day Trip, AP 4 /10 Reserve
A 2020 10/11 - 10/17 7d / 6n 7 day Trip, AP 4 /10 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Meals on Day 1 and 7, Guide Gratuities, Alcoholic Drinks, Airport Transfers (recommend rental car) & Taxes

Other Info
Meeting: Torrey
Airport: Salt Lake City Airport (SLC)
Transfer: Salt Lake City Airport (SLC)

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Utah's portion of the Colorado Plateau region is a semi-arid tableland. It is generally dry with most precipitation falling as snow in the winter and occasional thunder storms during the summer. Higher elevations are cooler and receive more moisture than lower environs. Our trips explore the lower, slick rock and pinyon-juniper forested areas. With warm days and cool nights, it is best to layer your clothing to maintain comfort and you should always pack rain gear just in case.

What To Bring:
The outfitter provides 

- Gratuities at restaurants
- Transportation from headquarter to trailhead and return
- Saddle bags or day pack
- water bottles

Additional expenses
State of Utah sales tax, airfare, rental car, personal items and alcoholic beverages. You should note that trip prices have been discounted to reflect the added expense for car rental incurred in reaching Torrey. In the final analysis, the cost for this quality trip make it one of the best buys in the adventure travel market. 
This list is only a guideline for you


Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Visa (check with your consulate)


Western style jeans
Chaps (optional item)
Heeled, smooth soled, riding boots
Long underwear- for early spring and late fall trips.
Riding helmet (This is an optional item except for riders under 18 years of age.  Stipulations of our insurance require that riders should be encouraged to wear helmets)
Long sleeved shirt and pants
Riding gloves
Rain Gear (we don't often use them but always have them)
Wide brimmed hat with chin strap


Sweater, medium and heavy weight jackets
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Underwear and socks
Bandanas (for dust)
Bag for dirty clothes
Rubber overshoes for early spring/fall
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Swimsuit (optional item)
Personal Toiletries
Insect repellent (Avon's Skin-So-Soft is the only thing that repels the small gnats, we sometimes encounter--a rare occurrence)
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Camera and enough extra films and batteries
Dark sun glasses
Plenty of sun screen and lip balm