Moab Canyons Ride
Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2022
This endurance ride was put on from 2008 to 2017 by Sheri Griffith. As we all know Sheri put on an outstanding event and I have heard from many riders that this was considered a “Bucket List” ride for them.
We are bringing this ride back with the intent to keep it as close to it was as before as possible. We will use the same great trails and camp location surrounded by the incredible Canyon scenery. One change we did make this year was to bump the ride to the beginning of October instead of the end. We did this in hopes of finding the perfect weather window. I noticed while flagging trail on earlier events that early October was often perfect riding weather, but nearer the end of the month the days are getting shorter and it starts to get cold.
As a new ride manager, I am learning from Sheri and all of you as to what will make this the best ride for you. I am always interested in listening to each of you about what you do and don’t like in a ride.
This past spring, we put on the Moab Rims ride south of Moab. It was the first time for this event as well as the first time for me as a ride manager. I learned a lot and have ideas about what worked and what didn’t so you will see some of those lessons learned incorporated into future rides.
Some of those changes include simplifying the registration process and a better spreadsheet for quicker results.
We will be providing paper maps as well as maps that are downloadable in PDF format to use in AVENZA. Go to https://www.avenza.com/avenza-maps/ on your phone or tablet to download the free app. You don't need to buy a subscription unless your going to use it all the time. We will give it a shot at converting the maps to .GPX and/or .FITs format for GPS users. And I understand that some folks like to have written directions so we will see if I have the time for that!!
Flagging will be as good as it has always been on Sheri’s rides although I hope to get folks used to a little less flagging and more map/GPS and AVENZA usage over time.
I hope the ride will be a fun, safe horse riding event in the beautiful Canyon Country of Grand County Utah!
The trails that you will ride are a mixture of two track jeep roads, single-track trails with Sand, packed sand, dirt and some sandstone "slickrock". The sections of trail on the "slickrock" will disappear at the edge of the sandstone and reappear on the other side of the sandstone section so you will need to be heads up looking for the flagging across these rock areas. There are a few miles of gravel road to get you from one great trail to another and some areas that are flat out rocky. 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.
All Vet checks will be out of camp. We will supply alfalfa & grass hay and lots of fresh water for horse and rider. 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 and go 20 miles south to Hwy 313.
Turn west on Hwy 313, signage says, “Dead Horse Point” and “Canyonlands National Park”. Continue 8 miles on Hwy 313 to the Dubinky Well Rd (top of the hill). Turn right onto Dubinky Well Rd and continue 1.5 miles staying left at the fork onto the Spring Canyon Rd. Drive 3.5 miles to camp on the right. See map below.
From the South
Traveling north on Hwy 191, continue through Moab going 8.5 miles north to Hwy 313, Turn west on Hwy 313, signage says, “Dead Horse Point” and “Canyonlands National Park”. Continue 8 miles on Hwy 313 to the Dubinky Well Rd (top of the hill). Turn right onto Dubinky Well Rd and continue 1.5 miles staying left at the fork onto the Spring Canyon Rd. Drive 3.5 miles to camp on the right. See map below.
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.