Hondoo Rivers & Trails- Utah Riding Vacations

Torrey, Utah

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90 East Main St.
Torrey, Utah 84775
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Tel. 435-425-3519
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About Utah Horseback Riding Vacations

Trail riding in Utah’s red rock canyonlands surrounding Capitol Reef National Park!

Utah’s canyonlands were the last explored region in the continental United States. Bounded by the Grand Canyon on the south and the Uintah Basin on the north, this New England sized landform is often referred to as the Canyonlands, Canyon Country or 4-Corners Area. It is the largest tract of unspoiled territory in the lower forty-eight and is the home of more formally designated parks, monuments, conservation and wilderness areas than you can shake a stick at. Modern writers have mythologized this landscape as the “Great Back-of-Beyond” and “The Place Nobody Knew”.

Pat Kearney along with her husband Gary George of Hondoo Rivers & Trails have been exploring Utah on horseback for over 40 years. She takes riders on multi-day camping and inn to inn rides through some of Utah’s most stunning national parks and areas for viewing wildlife and wild horses--- like Capitol Reef National Park. Hondoo’s trips focus on scenic and distinctive landforms west of the Colorado River.

Hondoo outfits a full schedule of multi-day horseback riding vacations featuring camping or inn lodging. They can also arrange custom day or multi-day backcountry trips which afford you the opportunity to travel Utah by vehicle, horse, raft, or/and foot.

2018 Dates

Mention "Equitrekking" to get $100 off these trips!

Inn to Inn Riding Trips

April 29-May 5
May 20-26
June 10-16
July 8-14
July 29-August 4
August 19-25
September 9-15
September 30-October 6
October 21-26

Camping Trail Riding Vacations in Utah

April 15-20 San Rafael Swell Wilderness
April 22-27 San Rafael Swell Wilderness
May 6-11 Capitol Reef National Park
May 13-18 Capitol Reef National Park
May 27-June 1 Escalante Canyons- GSENM
June 3-8 Escalante Canyons-GSENM
June 17-22 High Plateaus above Capitol Reef National Park (North)
June 24-29 High Plateaus above Capitol Reef National Park (North)
July 8-15 High Plateaus above Capitol Reef National Park (South)
July 22-27 High Plateaus above Capitol Reef National Park (South)
August 5-10 High Plateaus above Escalante Canyons
August 12-17 High Plateaus above Escalante Canyons
August 26-Sept. 1 High Plateaus above Capitol Reef National Park (South)
September 2-7 High Plateaus above Capitol Reef National Park (South)
September 16-21 Escalante Canyons-GSENM
September 23-28 Escalante Canyons-GSENM
October 7-12 San Rafael Swell Wilderness

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Each Utah camping ride is unique and seldom covers the same backcountry trail or uses the same camp site more than once or twice a season. These base-camp rides are supplied by 4X4 vehicles. The camp location is generally situated at higher elevation in summer and a lower elevation in spring and fall seasons. Areas explored: Capitol Reef National Park, Grandstaircase-Escalante National Monument, San Rafael Swell Wilderness, or Utah’s High Plateaus.

Sensitive to the fragile environment, Hondoo Rivers & Trails implements low-impact camping techniques, small group sizes, well-maintained equipment, and top-notch horses. You will have access to rugged and scenic landscapes of immense scale, with an unencumbered and comfortable ambiance where you can relax, refresh, and rejuvenate prior to your next day’s adventure. As an owner operated facility, Pat Kearney makes sure that guests receive personal attention and service while exploring the backcountry of the Colorado Plateau.

Riders may choose to camp out at a deluxe basecamp or stay in comfort at night on their inn-to-inn adventure. This outfitter strives to give experienced riders all the pace and challenge they desire, and to give inexperienced riders all the instruction and patience they need. Time and logistics permitting, she often divides into two groups riding to separate destinations or scenic features. Non-riding companions are welcome on all trips.

For the trips that feature camping, all equipment is provided–– cots, mattresses and inflatable pads, freshly laundered sleeping bags, blankets, chairs, showers. Guests sleep in tents at sites that are supported by four-wheel drive vehicles.These camp wagons bring what is needed for cooking, eating, a shower tent, chairs and commode, as well as feed for the horses. Guests stay in tents for single or double occupancy. Hondoo's tents are similar to wall tents, but with floors. Guests can stand up, and also bring in a chair. A base camp is the setting for most rides. The first night guests have a motel stay and orientation in Torrey.

For the inn-to-inn riding vacations, guests stay at Bed & Breakfasts or lodges. Torrey Schoolhouse is one example. Its modern facilities include in-room phones with free local calls, free high speed Internet, and television. 

Food/ Drinks

Camping rides: Prepared at camp- a varied menu of fresh foods. Cooks prepare fresh and locally sourced foods at meals.

Inn trips: Breakfast at the Inns, trail lunches and sampling of local restaurants for dinners.  

Area Attractions

Capitol Reef National Park, Escalante Canyons National Monument

Awards & Accolades

Featured in "Equitrekking Utah," part of Equitrekking’s Emmy award winning third season on Public Television.

These backcountry adventures have been featured in many prestigious publications including the New York Times, National Geographic Explorer, Sunset Magazine, Time magazine, and Western Horseman.

Observers have lauded their guide service for its educational value, and the experience and professionalism of their crews.

Affiliated with Utah Guides and Outfitters and America Outdoors. They received the Guide of the year from Outdoor Utah Award and 2010 True West magazine Best of the West for “Best Horse Trail Ride Out West.”

At a Glance

Trail riding in Utah’s red rock canyon lands surrounding Capitol Reef National Park! Utah riding vacations in Capitol Reef National Park and Utah's canyon lands with longtime backcountry outfitter featured on "Equitrekking." Camping trails rides or inn-to-inn vacations.


South Central Utah, 100 miles from Bryce National Park and West of Arches National Park


Salt Lake City, Utah or Las Vegas, Nevada

Riding Style/ Ability

Western style/ Beginner to Advanced


April through October. Weather is semi-arid with little precipitation other than snow in the winter and thunderstorms in the summer. Temperatures rarely exceed 90 degrees or fall below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.


Maximum 10 riders

Cost/ Payment Methods

$1600 for all inclusive multi-day camping and $2400 for Inn trips with restaurant meals included*

* Taxes not included (5.95%)

Travel Agents Accepted- Hondoo Rivers & Trails works with travel agents!