Las Vegas Horseback Riding
There is nothing more country than riding through the desert on the back of a mighty steed. Throw in a cowboy hat and some spurs, and you could probably pass for a real cowboy or cowgirl. If you’ve ever wanted to get that southwestern feel and see one of the United States’ most standout tourist attractions, then you will want to try going on a horseback riding tour of the Grand Canyon.
Carved out by the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is a majestic piece of American history. This massive hole in the ground can be seen perfectly clear when flying overhead and, at its deepest point, can reach a depth of 6,000 ft. At 18 miles wide at its widest, it’s no wonder that this massive gorge has attracted tourists from all around the country. There are many ways to experience the Grand Canyon, be it either by helicopter or foot, but there is none that feels more “at home” than traversing the grounds of this giant canyon on the back of your own horse.
Outside of the horse itself, one of the most important things that will come with your horseback guided tour is, of course, the guide. These natives are experts when it comes not only to the Grand Canyon, but to the horses that you will be riding; so if you’re a novice horseback rider or have absolutely no experience, you can feel safe under the watchful eye of these guides.
Your horseback riding tour will start at an authentic ranch where you will be matched up with a horse that suits your needs. While all the animals are trained and tame, some will provide a more exciting ride than others. It’s important for your safety and the safety of the rest of your tour group that you are truthful when you tell your guide how experienced you are with horses. You don’t want any mishaps, especially when you’re in the middle of the Grand Canyon.
Once paired with the ideal horse for you, you will start your journey deep into the canyon. Your 1-hour long tour will take you along preexisting trails, some of which were used by some of America’s most infamous Wild West outlaws. These trails will take you right into the heart of grazing paths, so you want to have a camera handy as you are likely to pass by some of the Grand Canyon’s native wildlife, including jackrabbits and big horned sheep.
Throughout your tour, your guide will tell you the ins and outs of the Grand Canyon, providing a little educational sidetracking to go along with your sight seeing. In the distance, you will see the Colorado River cut violently through the canyon’s floor. Your tour will end at a nearby cowboy town, where you will be brought to a petting zoo to get really up close to the Grand Canyon’s inhabitants.
Your experience will start with a bus ride from destinations like Las Vegas and either a real western-style breakfast or a midday burger or chicken lunch. The entire trip, even if you come in from Las Vegas, is a day-long experience that, once over, leaves you plenty of time in the evening to explore Sin City itself.
If you’re looking to get a real, wild look at the Grand Canyon, the best way to do is on the back of a mighty steed.