Horseback riding options abound in Wayne County. Riders will enjoy a variety of scenery including high alpine lakes and forests, historical and archeological sites and the felling of the old west while riding the dusty desert trails. Most of the area is open to pack animals, but their use is mostly limited by the availability of water.
The Great Western Trail, Boulder Mountain and Thousand Lake Mountain offer a variety of trails that reward the rider with outstanding views of the surrounding desert while traveling amongst pine and aspen forests, peaceful lakes and broad open meadows.
Capitol Reef National Park allows equestrian activities but is somewhat limited; however, the surrounding BLM and Forest Service land is less restrictive. The park has no developed overnight facilities for stock users, with the exception of the Equestrian Staging Area in the Waterpocket District. The availability of water is a limiting factor in the use of horses and pack animals. Please talk with a ranger at the visitor center for information.
The desert areas of Robbers Roost and the San Rafael Swell are dissected by numerous trails that are reminiscent of the classic Western movies. Broad sage brush plains are interrupted with imposing sandstone towers and deep canyons.
Before riding be sure to educate yourself on feed restrictions and trail etiquette.