Mountainous Landscapes & Deep Canyons mean Horse Riding in Utah is a real taste of the West …
The name ‘Utah’ originates from the Native American ‘Ute tribe ? meaning, the people of the mountains.
Utah is a great state for a horseback riding vacation, with many natural wonders and terrific landscapes. The state offers a wide variety of equestrian facilities to explore its many vistas by horseback, in the truly Western tradition.
Horse riding in Utah also offers a vast selection of riding trails throughout the state. Popular places to ride include Red Canyon with its towering pine trees, and Paunsaguant Plateau which is heavily forested, and has view points overlooking canyon country
Every part of the state, from Southern Utah’s red rock canyons to Northern Utah’s alpine retreats, provides endless opportunities to enjoy a fantastic trail ride.
Utah, is known for its Great Salt Lake, (hence its capital ‘Salt Lake City’) and is blessed with a vast expanse of natural beauty. It has many tourist attractions including Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and the Zion National Parks.
Utah has an arid climate although the climate in the mountain areas varies dramatically.
Utah is also famous for deep canyons and numerous horse trails ? especially those navigating the Colorado River.
Add these to the excellent equestrian facilities and horse riding in Utah is a must do.
Horse Breeds in Utah …
Many of these breeds are ideal for barrel racing, roping, athletic abilities and all round performance, and are the product of local breeding facilities.
Others, such as the Andalusian, are imported from Spain.
The American Quarter Horse is a highlyl-regarded breed, versatile and great for new riders.
Whereas the Thoroughbred is the horse of choice for racing and speed related equestrian sports.
Horse Shows & Events in Utah …
The Salt Lake County Equestrian Center has been hosting premier racing, training and show facilities for four decades.
The Park has the finest equine amenities in the Western Region. This facility can accommodate a wide variety of events ranging from horse racing to rodeos.
The state also has the Legacy Barrel Races and Legacy All Breed Open Schooling Show which are great for experienced competitors and spectators alike.
Other top events include the No Frills Paint Horse Show which takes place in July, the UAHS Autumn Classic Arabian Show which is held in September and the Mountain Valley Extreme Mustang Takeover which takes place in November.
Alternatively why not try trail riding in Utah. Try the Thunder Mountain Trail, which goes from the bottom to the top of Red Canyon and offers the most breathtaking scenery in the Bryce Canyon Area as a backdrop. Switchbacks and narrow backbones will make your riding experience unforgetable.
Or try Losee Canyon mountain trails, and ride the same trails as Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch.
Equestrian Centers & Riding Centers in Utah
You will find plenty of good equestrian centers located throughout the State of Utah. Around Salt Lake County, Spring View Farms has 4.5 miles of riding trails. Salt Lake County Equestrian Park offers boarding, riding lessons, horse racing and rodeos. In Davis County, the Ultra Show Jumpers Equestrian School provides horse boarding, horse rentals and riding lessons.
Coyote Creek Equestrian Center – 801 768-3676
8194 South Sage Hill Drive, Saratoga Springs, UT 84043
Board with Coyote Creek and enjoy our excellent equestrian facilities – 100 Stalls, 8 Tack Rooms, 6 Wash Racks, 150×300 foot Arena, Indoor Round Pen, Indoor Walker. Or contact us today for a personal one-on-one riding lessons
Sweetwater Equestrian Center – 801 404-4223
2655 South 3000 West, Heber City, Utah 84032
Horse Boarding, Summer Camps and Riding Lessons. Sweetwater EC provides beautiful pastures, heated arenas, heated stalls and private or group English or Western riding lessons for beginner to advanced riders
Horse riding in Utah’s mountainous landscapes offers a riding experience unlike any other.
With so many horse friendly parks, rugged canyons and historic trail rides, including those ridden by the notorious outlaw Butch Cassidy, horse riding in Utah is a must do for all trekking and trail riding fans.
Park City, the Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon, offer excellent horseback riding and so do the excellent equestrian centers found all over the state.
So, saddle up and get yourself to Utah for some excellent horse back riding.