Each day's trek is six miles or so, and you have all kinds of time to actually see the Canyon and marvel at its beauty. Spend your first night at Cottonwood Camp, and marvel at the lights from the North Rim Lodge twinkling a mile above you.
Spend the second at Bright Angel Campground, and enjoy a steak dinner at Phantom Ranch. The fourth day's hike out is much easier, since you are already nearly halfway up the south rim.
Here, at a signed fork, take the old jeep road branching to the left and marked with basket cairns. The road drops to cross a dry streambed, climbs a bit and ends at the 0.75 mile point.
The trail continues to the left and climbs moderately, topping out on a large, flat expanse. The level trail leads into a stand of Arizona cypress and intersects Chapel Trail about 1.4 miles from the Chapel of the Holy Cross as it nears the “Madonna and the Nuns” spire rock formation.
Continue for 150 yards passing the base of the knobs of Chicken Point on the left. Take the path left for a short climb onto the bare rock for wonderful views.
Also, shuttles aren’t running, so you can park at Pipe Creek Vista and hike about a mile on the Rim Trail to get to the trailhead. Blue Wash Trail Tonto National Forest Length: 2.8 mi • Est.
Lima Canyon TrailPusch Ridge Wilderness Length: 10.1 mi • Est. Note: As of December 2020, users report that this trail can only be hiked for 1.8 miles and then you will have to turn around.
Located at the Northwest side of Tucson on the edge of front range of the Santa Catalina Mountains lies the Iris O. Dewiest trail. Though the stream in Lima Canyon is dry for most of the year, it supports an excellent example of a desert riparian habitat located conveniently close to the Tucson metropolitan area.
Unfortunately, that accessibility has resulted in significant overuse of this beautiful and fragile area, especially during the winter, its season of the highest use. From the trailhead, located among suburban ranches, the trail ascends a V-shaped notch carved along the south face of Push Ridge.
Views down the canyon get better as you climb, encompassing the city of Tucson as well as distant mountains and valleys. The riparian area on the floor of the canyon provides excellent birdwatching for a wide variety of resident and migratory species that make use of this most productive of all desert habitat types.
Other desert creatures you may encounter in this area include javelin and jackrabbits, but the real viewing prize of Lima Canyon and the entire Push Ridge area are the desert bighorn sheep that maintain a surefooted existence here among rocky crags and rugged canyons. Beyond Lima Spring, the trail becomes steeper and harder to follow as it continues to climb to the upper slopes of Mt.
From Cave Creek to Sedna, you'll enjoy eye-popping views of Arizona landscapes, wildlife and sunsets on horseback. Soak up the scenery in the Alps of Arizona, including meadows, streams and wildlife at this high-country ranch.
Guests also can take a vacation, rent a cabin daily, or plan a Scout troop trip at the ranch, which is open June-October; no rides Sundays. Horse riders must be at least 6 years old, and pony leads are available for ages 3-5.
You don’t have to trek to Tombstone to face down the Cantons, you need only head east to Apache Junction for OK Corral Inc.’s horseback rides, which offer views of Goldfield and Superstition Mountains. Take a ride lasting an hour or two, book a half-day horseback adventure, or spend an entire day exploring the wilderness with lunch included.
Take a guided trail ride through such areas as Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, Scottsdale Sonoran Preserve and Tonto National Forest. All rides take place within the boundaries of Dead Horse Ranch State Park, which is plenty of ground to cover as riders explore mesquite groves, limestone hills, small lakes and a riparian corridor of cottonwoods and willows draping the Verde River.
The Trails, Rails, Rhythm & Ribs package includes a one-hour horseback ride, a first-class train ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad to historic Perkinsville and back, and a barbecue dinner, complete with a cowboy show. Walk or trot on horseback through the Gila River Reservation on 60- to 90-minute trail rides and get breathtaking views of Arizona scenery and tribal lands while wranglers provide narration.
Details: Wild Horse Pass Boulevard and Maricopa Road, Gila River Reservation, west of Chandler. The working ranch offers one- to three-hour trail rides around the Sedna area.
More experienced riders can take a two-hour backcountry adventure to a remote area of the ranch, or a three-hour canyon-trail ride over rugged terrain. There is an all-ages family fun area with pony rides; a petting zoo with miniature ponies and donkeys, goats, ducks, sheep and more; and western games like horseshoes and ring toss.
Cookouts; hayrides; and group, private and moonlight stagecoach rides are available. $45-$120; $45-$85 for stagecoach ride, a discount is offered to military personnel and veterans.
Take a scenic trail ride to such destinations as Bear Springs, Sawmill Canyon and an escarpment overlooking San Rafael Valley. Return transportation, a bottle of wine and souvenir glass are included.
A three-hour ride takes you along the range Wyatt Earp once traveled, where you’ll hear stories about the American West and about movies filmed in the area, including “Tombstone” and “A Star is Born.” Full day rides, pack trips, cam pouts, vacation packages and horsemanship classes also are offered. No age restriction applies, but riders must be able to mount a full-size horse without assistance.
$85-$175; $380 or more for vacation packages, overnight pack trips and cam pouts; discounts available to active military, church and scouting groups. Mountain views and western wildlife are what you can expect to see on private horseback rides that begin at one of several trailheads throughout the state, whether you’re a novice or an advanced rider.
Rides lasting from two-and-a-half to over five hours are offered in the Camp Creek Canyons, in the Superstition Wilderness, and along the Agra Aria River on the Black Canyon Trail. Book an adventure in the legendary Superstition Mountains and Wilderness near Gold Canyon.
The working cattle ranch offers one-hour to half-day rides through the Sonoran Desert. When the weather cools down and the stables reopen in September, take a trail ride along the Verde River and 25,000 acres of desert where you may see eagles, roadrunners, coyotes, and more.
Rides from one hour to a half a day can be booked from sunrise to sunset Monday-Saturday. Groups of 10 or more can try a two-hour “city slickers” cattle drive with real cowboys.
Details: 14803 N. Hiawatha Hood Road, Fort McDowell Reservation. You can take an underground-mine tour, pan for gold, and learn about women’s history in the West while you’re there.
Corral Stables for horseback rides lasting one hour to an entire day. Details: Town open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 4650 N. Mammoth Mine Road, Apache Junction.
Enjoy views of the Sonoran Desert while your horse ambles along trails through the Cave Creek Recreation Area north of Phoenix. Check out the historic clay mine ride for a hands-on history lesson away from the corrals and crosses.
Riders dismount for a walking tour into the mine, which is usually closed to the public. Make the experience even more memorable by putting on provided boots, hats and chaps.
One- to two-hour rides are offered, and Corral West can help create a custom experience. $43-$75, $5 off kids 6-12; $20 per person (minimum of 6 people) for wagon rides; cowboy cookouts start at $69.
Your horseback excursion through beautiful Zion National Park will be the highlight of your vacation experience. You’ll see such natural wonders as the Three Patriarchs, the Beehives, and take a breathtaking jaunt through beautiful cactus gardens.
For a nice relaxing horseback tour, the 1-hour ride will follow the Virgin River for about one mile to the Court of the Patriarchs and return you back to the loading corral. For a more adventurous horseback ride the three-hour trip will take you around the Sand bench Trail, gradually ascending 500 feet giving you a spectacular view of the Southern end of Zion National Park.
On a horse riding vacation in the USA, you'll get explore the vast country on horseback. Channel your inner cowboy and go on a ride in the wild, wild West and explore the forests and canyons while riding your horse.
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