Moab Canyons Ride
Oct. 13 - 15, 2023
The course is a mixture of two track jeep roads, single-track trails with sand, packed sand, dirt, rocks and some sandstone "slickrock". The trails 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 and white painted arrows 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.
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 before you come to make loading maps really easy!!!
We hope to have maps available as .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!!
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, lend a hand and have lunch!
Lunches & Dinner
We’ll supply lunch & drinks for the riders & staff (including vegetarian food) both days.
We will be serving dinner on Friday and Saturday night, Chicken and Beef options and always a vegitarian option. Please sign up and pay for your meal during registration so that we can plan the food accordingly.
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!
12:00 Ride Camp OPEN
2:00 pm Registration OPEN
2:00 pm Pre-Vet OPEN
6:00 pm Rider Meeting
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
7:00 am Registration / Vet in
7:30 am 50's Start
8:00 am 30's Start
8:30 am Intro Riders Start
9:30am Vet Check Open
6:00 pm Rider Meeting / Awards
6:30 pm Dinner (Fri, Sat only)
Afternoon Check-out / Pay / Awards
GO To "Directions to Ride Camp" in the Menu tab at the top to find printable directions.
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.