Horseback Riding in Capitol Reef National Park
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Many areas in the park are closed to horses and pack animals, so it's a good idea to check with the visitor center before you set out with your animals. Day use does not require a permit, but you need to get one for overnight camping with horses and pack animals.
Hondoo Rivers & Trails run horseback tours into the national park. Unless you ride with a park-licensed outfitter, you have to bring your own horse, as no rentals are available.
Old Wagon Trail. For spectacular views of Waterpocket Fold, try this popular horse trail. The 3.5-mile loop gradually climbs along the long rampart of Miners Mountain, merging for a short distance with an old route that goes beyond into Boulder Mountain. There's very little shade on this trail. Allow two to three hours. Difficult. On Scenic Dr., about 6 mi south of visitor center, Capitol Reef National Park, UT, 84775.
South Draw. This 12- to 15-mile route gives you access to Tantalus Flats and Boulder Mountain or a return via Pleasant Creek. Difficult. At the end of Scenic Dr., 9 mi south of the visitor center, Capitol Reef National Park, UT, 84775.
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