in Northern Utah
Want to ride like a Cowboy?
Western riding is a more relaxed way of riding.Theres plenty of places to learn or just to take a weekend break and enjoy the experience. Heres a few tips on how to get yourself ready for your first ride!
Dress comfortably, A good peair of boots with no heel and pants that have some stretch, think about layering up incase it warms up and dont wear anything that could get caught in the horse mane or reins like loose jewelry.
Relax and enjoy. Horses react best to confident, relaxed riders and a western saddle is designed for comfort during long hours on the range, sit up straight and keep your back relaxed llowing your hips to move with the horses movement. Dont forget to speak to your horse, a soft voice and gentle grip of the reins go a long way to connecting with your horse.
Get the Look: Custom Cowboy Hat : Custom Burns Jacket: Filson
Boots: Boot Barn Jeans:Wrangler Location: Antelope Island 2021
Take a Break -Stay on a Ranch in Utah.
Heres a few:
Defa Family Dude Ranch- Hanna, UT Open: MAY-OCT
Located in Ashley National Forest, Authentic Western experience
Rockin R Ranch, Antimony, UT
Located near Bryce Canyon National Park
Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, Zion, UT
Year-Round. Used to be a pioneer logging camp
Embrace the old west by sleeping in a Conestoga wagon
Horseback riding through old Pioneer trails
Zion Mountain Ranch, Zion National Park, Zion, UT
FInd out More:
The Utah Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
The Utah Cowboy Hall of Fame
Union Station, 2501 Wall Avenue, Ogden, Utah 84401
is the state’s newest museum.
Open 10-5 Monday through Saturday. Admission is included with purchase of a ticket to the museums at the station
Hutchins Museum & Institute
55 N Center Street, Lehi, UT 84043
Wild West Exhibit includes history, stories of Butch Cassidy and other cowboys.
Please call 801-768-7361 to schedule a visit.- open by appointment only until further notice to ensure we have time to disinfect between groups.
Utah Wild Mustangs
Photo: James Phillips
Utah is home to 22 herds of Wild Mustangs. One hour west of Salt Lake City, in Tooele County, you may be lucky to spot the Onaqui Herd of almost 450 mustangs. Usually living and grazing within sight of dirt roads along the old Pony Express Trail, they are one of the most photographed herds in the United States.These mustangs are said the be decendants of the domestic horses which in the 1800's escaped from local ranchers. These mustangs soon came to be considered an indispensable part of Utah’s public lands. In 1971, Congress passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horses & Burros Act to protect these horses as “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West.” Today, these wild horses live in herd management areas around the state, the Bureau of Land Management maintains thier watering holes and manages the herd levels. You can read more on the blm.gov website.