- Horseback riding can be enjoyed in area national parks, on Forest Service Lands, and on Bureau of Land Management Lands.
- There are many area outfitters that can help you organize a trip.
- Popular trails include Ken’s Lake Trail, Onion Creek, and Bull Pasture Trail.
Horseback has been the preferred method of cross-country travel in these areas since the first settlers expanded westward during the 1800’s. Today, horses allow backcountry travelers to go farther, and see more without the lungs of a Sherpa or the legs of a mountain goat. Especially popular during the summertime, people of all ages and ability levels will enjoy their trip in to the Moab wilds on horseback.
Where to go Horseback Riding
- Onion Creek Trail
This out and back 14 mile trail takes approximately four hours to complete. Along the way you’ll ride through a scenic sandstone canyon as well as passed classic red rock formations.
- Ken’s Lake Trail
This short trail takes about two hours to ride. It circles scenic Ken’s Lake located just outside of Moab’s Spanish Valley.
- Horse Canyon Trail
Beginning at the base of Horse Canyon in the La Sal Mountains, this trail climbs almost 2,000 feet through beautiful Aspen groves and open alpine meadows. The total trail length is four miles, so this is a great trail if you’ve only got a few hours to ride. This trail can be combined with several other trails for a long ride, though for some, shuttle vehicles may be required.
- Bull Pasture Trail
This steep five mile trail climbs from 7,300 feet to 9,400 feet along rocky La Sal Mountain slopes. Along the way expect views of East Mountain, Huntington Canyon, and Gentry Ridge.
Rules and Regulations
- Canyonlands National Park
Though pack and saddle animals may be taken on all backcountry roads and in Horseshoe Canyon, cross-country travel is prohibited. Additionally, all stock must be fed pelletized feed for 48 hours in advance of and during the duration of your trip.
- Bureau of Land Management Lands
Must feed equestrians weed-free hay while using BLM lands. While it is not required, its recommended you stay on designated roads and trails.
- Forest Service Lands
All trails are open to horse use.
Guided Tours & Rentals
If you want to get the most out of your Moab area horseback riding trip, hire a guide located on this page. They’ll take care of the planning and logistics so you can just sit back and enjoy the trip.