Hondoo Rivers and Trails


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Hondoo Rivers & Trails specialize in trail rides with camping and Inn to Inn rides primarily in the Capitol Reef National Park region of southern Utah.

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The trails used on all rides are mostly ungroomed and were created by wildlife, Indians, outlaws or herdsmen. All the areas used are selected for their scenic quality, pristine natural condition and remote location.

As a general rule, the rides explore higher altitudes of up to 11,500ft. during mid-summer and lower elevations (to 3,900ft.) earlier or later in the season. Life zones visited may range from Alpine to upper-Sonoran depending on the ride and the time of year.

Each ride takes you to a different base camp and you will ride into the wilderness from these camps, returning each evening.

Each camping ride is unique and seldom covers the same backcountry trail or uses the same camp site more than once or twice a season.  These are base-camp rides are supplied by 4X4 vehicles. 

The area that Hondo Trails explore are the Capitol Reef National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, San Rafael Swell Wilderness or Utah's High Plateaus.

The trail ride includes all taxes and land-use fees, all ground transportation from Torrey & return, your first night's motel lodging in Torrey, 4 nights at their deluxe basecamp deep in the backcountry, all meals from lunch on day two through to lunch on day six, including fresh produce, hot and iced drinks. Canvas tents for cooking, dining, showering and sleeping (single, double or family occupancy) with sleeping bag, cot and foam pad, camp chairs, coolers and other camp amenities.

Waterproof gear bags, water bottles, saddle bags and tack, seasoned mountain horses, guides/wranglers, cook, camp-jack and interpretative specialist.

As the ride progresses, the daily destinations move from the Capitol Reef National Park area into the Grandstaircase/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 the itinerary. 

On the Inn-to-Inn ride, they select daily destinations from several dozen available.  Lodging locations change from Torrey, Utah to Boulder, Utah as the ride meanders down the Waterpocket Fold towards Lake Powell.

Rides are open to all horse enthusiasts and nature lovers. Although heart and athleticism are often more important than experience when judging horses or riders, riders should be in control at walk, trot and short canter.

Hondoo Trips start in mid April and run through to late October.

2015 departure dates for the tours are below, all camping tours are Sunday to Friday

San Rafael Swell Wilderness

Start on :  26 April, 10 May, 11 & 18 Oct

Escalante Canyons National Monument

Start on : 17 & 24 May, 20 & 27 September

Capitol Reef National Park

Start on : 31 May & 7 June

High Plateaus & Capitol Reef

Start on : 21 & 28 June, 5, 19 & 26 July,  2, 9, 23 & 30 August, 6 & 13 September

Inn to Inn Trips are to Capitol Reef and Escalante Canyons. Sunday to Saturday

Start on : 10 May, 14 June, 12 July, 16 Aug, 13 Sept, 4 Oct

In addition to the two types of trail ride, Hondoo also offer full and half days trail rides. There also full day vehicle tours to many of the destinations used by the trail rides, Capitol Reef, Escalante Canyons, San Rafael Swell and Canyonland National Park.

Rockart and photography day trips plus hiking trips can also be requested.

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Utah Canyon Ride 25 April - 3 May

25 April - 3 May 2015  £4318 for 2 adults - Th...

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25 April - 3 May 2015  £4318 for 2 adults - This package includes 2 return Virgin Airlines  flights from London Gatwick  to Las Vegas, car hire 25 April-3  May 2015, one night hotel Zion Ranch, Hondoo camping and riding experience 26-30 April, one night hotel in Torrey, one night in Zion Ranch, last two nights at the Luxor Las Vegas.   (other dates 10 May or autumn flora rides 11 and 18Oct)

The San Rafael Swell is 2,800 square miles of uninhabited wilderness–nearly two times the size of Rhode Island without a single human resident. The Swell is a gigantic bubble in the earth’s crust which has eroded into a maze of deep, multi-hued canyons punctured by the mesas, buttes and pinnacles typical of the world famous canyonlands geography. Riders will explore intricate trails established by native Americans, herdsmen and outlaws during the day, then hear stories about these trailblazers while relaxing around the camp fire at night..

Always a high point of the trips are views of mustangs or bighorn sheep which occur, with rare exception, daily. From a deluxe basecamp riders will visit Red Canyon, The Penitentiary, The Chute, Muddy River Gorge, Chimney Canyon Gorge, Head of Sinbad, Courthouse Butte, Family Butte, Golden Gate, Twin Priests, Devil’s Monument, Devil’s Racetrack, Joe and his Dog, Sid’s Mountain, Swasey Arch, Dutchman Arch, Saddle Horse Canyon, Cold Canyon, The Snake Dance pictographs, South Fork pictographs, The Blue Man pictographs, and more. Always a high point of the trips are views of mustangs or bighorn sheep which occur, with rare exception, daily. 


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From £1014 per ADULT PER trip

All prices are per person unless otherwise specified. Please EMAIL or call American Round-Up on 01798 865946 to book this ranch. We have first hand knowledge from our many ranch visits. Please contct us to confirm the ride rates.

Camping trip rates include all meals from lunch on day two, first night's hotel accommodation plus 4 nights camping, all equipment required, horse & tack, services of staff, tax and park user fee.    Gratuity paid locally, 10% to 15% is the suggested amount. Based on double occupancy.

The 2015 season runs from 19th April to 23rd October

There are 22 Camping trips - the basic cost is from £1014.00pp. (double)

There are 6 Inn to Inn rides - the basic cost for these is from £1497.00pp (double)

These prices are based on double occupancy, single supplements apply :

  • Inn-to-Inn Trailrides—from £205 for 6 nights at the resorts.
  • Camping Trailrides—£34  for 1st night inn lodging & single tent.

We can tailormake your holiday with or without flights car hire, motorhome, hotels for those who wish to explore the area they are visiting. 

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