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Horseback Riding in Utah

Utah is a great place to go horseback riding. With its vast landscapes and stunning scenery, this state offers plenty of opportunities for both experienced and novice riders alike. From the red sandstone canyons of the south to the high mountain meadows of the north, there is something for everyone.

Experience Utah in a whole new way by exploring the diverse terrain on horseback. With plenty of outfitters to choose from, riders of all levels can enjoy the adventure of a lifetime. Get up close and personal with mountain wildflowers, lakes, and peaks as you take in the breathtaking scenery. With endless trail options and an elevated adventure factor, it's no wonder why visitors from all over come to ride horses in Utah.

Horseback riding in Utah can be enjoyed year-round, making it a great option for any season. In the warm months, riders can explore Utah’s deserts and national parks on horseback, taking in views of colorful rock formations and wildflowers. The cooler months offer an entirely different experience with snow-capped mountains becoming a stunning backdrop to your ride.

Peekaboo Loop Trail

Peekaboo Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park is a great option for riders of all levels. This trail offers breathtaking views of the canyon and its rock formations, making it a must-see destination in Utah. The Big River Trail System is another top choice for horseback riding in Utah. This system features 80 miles of trails that wind through aspen forests, meadows, and rivers.

Provo Canyon

Experience Utah Valley's breathtaking mountain views, located south of Salt Lake on the Wasatch Front. S.R. 92 of American Fork Canyon connects to the renowned Provo Canyon, ideal for horseback riding enthusiasts. Take in the stunning sights of the mountains and meadows atop your noble steed as equestrian trails lead to spectacular vistas and lush forests. Canter through wide, flower-filled meadows with ease and traverse the famed Great Western Trail or Big Springs Trail from the South Fork Equestrian Trailhead. Additional trails can be found in the area at Nunn's Park, once a hydropower plant owned by hydroelectric pioneer, L.L. Nunn. Nestled in a grove of trees, it now overlooks the South Fork of Provo Canyon and offers overnight camping and picnicking options.

American Fork Canyon

Discover the beauty of Tibble Fork - a beloved mountain trail in American Fork Canyon. Whether you're on horseback, a mountain bike or just hiking, prepare to be amazed by stunning switchbacks and breathtaking views of Tibble Fork Reservoir and the surrounding mountains. As you continue to the open meadows and into the trees, the adventure continues with a range of options to choose from. Explore the Tibble Fork Trail, the Mud Springs Trail or the Mill Canyon Trail - each offering its own unique experiences before looping back to the reservoir. Come and experience the magic of Tibble Fork today.

Antelope Island

  • Explore the Wild West vibes of Antelope Island State Park, the most unique horse-riding destination near Salt Lake City. As you ride through sandy trails, you'll discover remnants of Lake Bonneville and ancient volcanoes, surrounded by untouched landscapes and abundant wildlife. From pronghorns and bighorn sheep to free-roaming bison, this largest island of the Great Salt Lake is a sanctuary for big game animals. With trailer parking lots and corrals, spending the night with your horse is definitely an option. Most trails on the island are horse-friendly, with hitching rails provided at the trailheads. Just be sure to keep your horse on the trail and step aside whenever possible to prevent trail damage. For equestrian campers, there are spots available at White Rock Bay Campground near the horse trailer parking area. Don't forget to bring your cowboy hat for an authentic Wild West experience!
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Dimple Dell

Escape the hassle of navigating winding canyon roads with a trailer in tow if you want to explore Northern Utah's horseback riding trails. Instead, take a trip to Dimple Dell Park in Sandy. Conveniently located near I-15, this urban oasis is easily accessible right off 1300 East. Spread over 600 acres, this park is an ideal spot for beginners as well as experienced riders. You'll feel a world away from the city once you descend into the ravine and get on to the Wrangler Trailhead. Here, you can follow a stream and trot into the shade of a tranquil, wooded area while your horse quenches its thirst. Don't miss the opportunity to make unforgettable memories at this equestrian paradise.


Midway

Visit Midway and take in views of the Wasatch Mountains as you ride your horse through the meadows. Home to Soldier Hollow Olympic Park, this quaint mountain town is great for hikers and equestrians. With trails suitable for all levels, finding something that suits your needs is easy. Gambel Oak, a popular destination for horseback riding, has become a favorite of horseback riders. The forest has a soft dirt base and wonderful oak groves, making it a great place to explore on horseback. However, the ground can become quite sticky during the spring, which is why it's best to ride here during the summer months. If you're looking for an alternative trail option, consider the Cottontail Loop. This easy trail on the north side of the parking area offers fantastic vistas of the Heber Valley and loops right back to the parking lot.
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