We had the pleasure of not only having a trail ride at the Hauer Ranch but also staying at the Rockhouse. The ranch has three separate houses as accomodations, Rockhouse, Guest House and Riverhouse. My wife and I stayed in the Guest House for Thanksgiving 2012. We returned this year with my parents and stayed at the Rockhouse (recently completed rennovations in 2013). Both years we were able to ride through Castle Valley on trail rides. I'll write a separate review of the accomodations and include the trail rides below.
Overall - the location is just truly stunning. My wife and I have been to Moab approx. 10-12 times now and driving down Highway 128 upon arrival is a highlight every single time. Being able to stay in Castle Valley is just gorgeous. The ranch is one of only a handful of properties in all of Castle Valley and you cannot beat the views from anywhere on the ranch/at the houses (even the small basement window at the Rock House has a view of the Priests & Nuns (rock formations).
Trail rides - two years in a row we had great rides. The first year was just my wife and I and our guide (Chance) which they arranged for us staying at the property. I rode Nino which was perfect for my first ever trail ride. Chance was great in accomodating two people who had never ridden and other than the first few butterflies it was a relaxing and great ride. This year, we went with 4, including my wife, both my parents and I. This again included two people who have never ridden before and Jeremey our guide was just as great of making us as comfortable as possible. He was also nice enough to take us on a different trail ride (of which there is a never ending supply) because he knew we went on a certain ride the year before. He explained the area, helped us with the horses, gladly took pictures for us and had a great combination of leading/guiding/describing the area and letting us take it all in ourselves. This year I rode Rowdy (not an entirely accurate name as he was a great companion), my wife rode Sassie (similar comment), my mom rode Nino this year and she enjoyed Nino as much as I did the year before and my dad rode Atlas (a great relaxed horse who let you really enjoy the views and rarely had to think about "handling" him).
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