The trails for the Moab Canyon Rims ride are all within the BLM Canyon Rims Recreation area. This recreation area is being managed for all types of recreation to include horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, 4x4 and ATV use. A nice thing that you will notice is this area is still pretty undiscovered (so don't tell anyone how cool it is out here!!).
It is a big landscape and there is a lot of room out on Hatch point for all the different kinds of recreation. To help preserve the wildlife habitat and scenic nature of the area the BLM has restricted the motorized activity to designated roads only and no motorized events within the recreation area. Our ride routes are on two track jeep roads with packed sand, dirt and some sandstone "slickrock". The sections of trail that cross "slickrock" will disappear on one side of the sandstone and reappear on the other side, so in these areas you will have to look closely for the flagging that leads you across the rock. There are only a few miles of gravel road and little traffic. There will be water stops and snacks set out for your horse along the way.
Horses can easily trot the packed sand and sandstone sections since they maintain their 'grip' on the sandpaper-like surface of the "slickrock". We recommend that horses be shod or booted as the footing changes throughout the ride. Steel shoes grip great as do boots and experienced barefoot horses will do fine.
Maps and flagging
The trails will be marked by a different color of flagging each day for each distance to make them easy to follow. Detailed maps will be provided to every rider. It is recommended that all riders download and use “Avenza” on their cell phone to follow the trails. Electronic maps will be made available to registered riders prior to the ride dates to be downloaded as a geo-referenced pdf. There is a free version of Avenza that allows you to download up to three georeferenced pdf maps and it is easy!! Download the FREE Avenza App and a FREE QR Code Reader App before you come to make loading maps really easy!!!
We’ll supply lunch & drinks for the riders & staff (including vegetarian food) both days. It will be a full-on healthy spread and we will provide all the hay your horse can munch.
Day 1 vet check will be in camp and Day 2 Vet check will be at Eightmile Rock. We will supply alfalfa & grass hay and lots of fresh water for horses. A trailer will haul all crew bags to the vet check. Family and crews can easily find the vet check and are welcome to come out to observe or lend a hand.
The spring and fall weather in Moab can vary widely, but typically the temperatures range from 50-70 degrees during the day and 30–40 degrees at night. It’s good to plan for the full range of warm and sunny to rainy and cold, so bring a blanket for your horse and a jacket for yourself!
Directions to Ride Camp
From the North
From Interstate 70, turn south on Hwy 191 towards Moab, UT. Continue south of Moab 32 miles on highway 191 to the Needles Overlook Road. Drive west on the Needles Overlook Road approximately 15 miles to the fork of the Needles Overlook Road and Hatch Point Road. Take the Hatch Point Road (gravel) 8.2 miles to Ride Camp located just across from the Hatch Point Campground.
From the South
Driving north on Highway 191 continue 14 miles north of Monticello to the Needles Overlook Road. Drive west on the Needles Overlook Road approximately 15 miles to the fork of the Needles Overlook Road and Hatch Point Road. Take the Hatch Point Road (gravel) 8.2 miles to Ride Camp located just across from the Hatch Point Campground.
Healthy lunches and drinks for Riders and Staff
Vacation in Moab!!
Moab is well known as an adventurous town. Maps are available for more horse riding and there are trails for Cycling, ATVs, Jeeps, and Motorcycles. Plan to visit a National or State Park (Arches, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point) and base out of the Moab Equestrian Center where you can stall your horse. You can park your LQ at the Center (no hook-ups) or pull into an RV park nearby and hook-up for the night. Go to www.discovermoab.com to learn more.