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“Excellent Ride” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Canyon Trail Rides

Canyon Trail Rides
Zion Lodge, Zion National Park, UT
435-679-8665
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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Excellent Ride”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We booked the one hour ride and had a great time. Dion and his crew were friendly and made the ride fun time especially for our kids (7 and 10). Once the kids get older and we come back we'd probably look to do the longer half day ride.

Visited July 2014
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Columbus, Ohio
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“Best way to see most of the park in a short time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

We did the three hour ride, first thing in the morning (8:00 am). This was a really good way to cover a lot of ground, and sights, in a relatively short time frame.

Like most trail rides for tourons, like us, this was a nose-to-tail affair. We were in a group of nine with one wrangler. There were several other groups leaving just behind us.

The wranglers were good and certainly knew their horses and their dispositions. The path is well-worn and hits the scenic highlights. I cannot fault a thing, really. There is a lot of dust in the dry times, and so our selenium levels are certainly higher than normal as a result. I have not been so dusty in a long time.

The horses and mules were generally well-mannered and know the trails. One could easily do nothing to control the direction or pace of the animals and all would still be fine. The wranglers prefer a tightly spaced group, so it is helpful if all are able to keep up with the tail in front of them.

The scenery is top-notch. The value is quite good for the time spent. A high quality photo of each rider is made early in the ride by a spare wrangler, which is presented for inspection at the end in 8x10 format for a $10 purchase.

Water was provided at the halfway point in our ride, along with access to a pit toilet. While the pace is slow, there is much to see. The ride covers over 8 miles.

The wranglers are good and attentive, but the back office process suffers from tourist fatigue, IMHO. Rules are stressed in the negative, with dire consequences fully expressed. No open toed shoes, no unsecured hats, no water bottles, etc. Do read the caveats provided to avoid an ugly scene at the corral. Most are common sense.

Do not expect return emails if you are asking questions or hitting links for more information. Instead, pick up the phone to ask your questions as this is really an old-fashioned operation.

The process with the horses and the ride is well run.

Visited July 2014
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Wabash, Indiana
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“Great Place For Horseback Riding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Amazing scenery and great guides. Our group comes back here every other year on our southwest tour. We have done the 1/2 day and the 1 hour trip. Both were wonderful. A bit pricey but I guess thats expected in a national park.

Visited June 2014
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Plymouth, Minnesota
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“great ride”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

My daughter and I took the 3 hour ride. We have little riding experience and were matched with a great horse and mule which made us feel very confident. The cowboys were fantastic - very helpful and friendly (much more so that any other ride we've been on). The ride was up and down some very steep terrain and had great views - could be a little unnerving for someone with fear of heights. The picture of us as we crossed a river was a nice touch ($10 each). Ride was pretty dusty so dress appropriately.

Visited June 2014
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Reno, Nevada
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“Zion Canyon Trail Rides”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The trail ride was interesting in its own right; but just not quite as spectacular as the Bryce Canyon Trail Rides. The trail guides were all just wonderful people to deal with. The ride takes you along the inside of the canyon valley and along different elevations. There are some places along the ride that provide some very nice photos if you are ready for it. All in all, I would still recommend it to anyone who is considering the experience of the area's scenic beauty.

Visited June 2014
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