RESULTS ARE UP TO DATE
The 2021 Mt Carmel XP results are now on our results page.
The Lonesome Duck Ride is currently taking place.
OUR NEXT RIDE IS
The Strawberry Fields Forever XP
Ride date changed to July 15-16-17, 2021
The AERC has approved sanctioning for the AERC rides listed on their calendar.
The ride date has been moved for 2021 only
The Strawberry Fields Endurance Ride is one of the most beautiful rides in the Mountain Region. Located in the Uintah Mountains, 55 miles SE of Salt Lake City and just 20 miles east of Heber, just north of Strawberry Reservoir, this is a ride to enjoy in a friendly, relaxed environment. The terrain is challenging, but not difficult, with trails winding through aspens and meadows filled with wildflowers and spectacular mountain scenery.
2021 is the 19th year for Strawberry Fields and once again, it will be a 3-DAY Pioneer Ride. There will be 15 through 55 mileage point rides for WDRA. There will be statute mile 25 thru 55 mile rides for AERC.
Dave and Ann Nicholson are helping Howard continue this great ride and will be doing our Lonesome Duck Ride on the same trails that weekend. We look forward to seeing everyone again this summer. We hope everyone will spread the word about the beautiful scenery… the area is blessed with some of the most pristine, gorgeous riding terrain imaginable. At this time of year, with the spring run‑off, numerous creeks are flowing, and the wild flowers and Aspen are blooming everywhere. It is a perfect time of year to enjoy a memorable Uinta Mountain riding experience.
We are looking forward to taking our riders back up to the Red Cliffs and on the spectacular high mountain trails again as there should be no snow problem this late in the year. Come early, stay late and savor the pure mountain atmosphere. Sightings of deer, elk, moose and beaver are not uncommon, and look for bald eagles and hawks soaring above. The scenic value of this ride is what makes it truly unique and special, and if taken at a moderate pace, this is a ride to cherish and remember forever.
DIRECTIONS: Base camp is about 55 miles south east of Salt Lake City, Utah, with easy access. From Heber City, take Hwy 40 eastbound for approximately 25 miles. You will go over Daniel’s Pass and the Daniels Summit Lodge. Base camp was moved to Co-op Creek last year and will be there again in 2016. 7.6 miles east of Daniels Summit Lodge you will see the sign for the Co-Op Creek Road. The turn off is between milepost 41 and 42. Turn left and continue on the good gravel road for approximately 2 miles then turn left on Forest Road 451 to Base Camp. You can use these directions as an address for health certificates.
If you are coming from the east, the turn off is about about 5 miles west of Fruitland on Hwy 40. Turn right at CO‑Op Creek.
TRAIL DESCRIPTION: Our trails are mostly single track through woodland and open meadows, and some gravel roads. There are plenty of creeks and ponds, and an abundance of green grass for horses to snack on. Although it is high altitude, and there is significant elevation change, the trails are not difficult and the footing is generally very good. This is an excellent opportunity for those wishing to be introduced to the sport of Endurance Riding in a friendly, relaxed, environment and there will be people around who would be pleased to show you the ropes and get you started.
We plan for the 55 and 50 milers to start at 7am and the 25 milers at 7.30am, but weather and trail conditions could dictate a last minute change in plans. Daytime temperatures usually range from 70 to 80 degrees, and you can expect the occasional thunder shower so come prepared. The nights can get chilly so warm jackets and horse blankets are advised. Annie is unable to cook for the riders but there is a possibility of having catered meal supplied, once again with sufficient requests. We will not be providing the lunches until the Covid Pandemic is fully under control
For more information contact Ride Manager:
One Day $120.00 check or $125.00 Paypal
Two Days $230.00 check or $240.00 Paypal
Three Days $ 320 check or $333.00 Paypal
AERC riders add $10.00 per day.
Cell and internet service is poor at the ride site. Emails and text work best but don’t be frustrated by no response as we may have to travel some distance from camp to make contact.
Ann Nicholson, 907-209-8881
Dave Nicholson, 907 419 0924
P.O. Box 422, Klawock, AK 99925
You may notice we have made some big changes in our traditional scheduling. We have eliminated ending our events on Sundays. This is especially important for those in California so they can travel home late Saturday or very early on Sunday to avoid the traffic. In addition we have moved the dates of Coso Junction and Death Valley so Annie and our XP families can now spend their holidays at home. Might not hurt to spend those Sundays and Holidays meditating with the congregations of your choice to pray for healing this troubled world.
I keep getting emails and calls about our plans for the foreseeable future. It is our intention to continue doing the XP Rides on the same weekends as we have been doing.
We are unable to make some of our most scenic mountain region rides meet the AERC mileage requirements without endangering horses. We can address the mileage issue by adding insane little loops at the end of an otherwise great ride but that really takes the enjoyment out of beautiful rides.
XP Rides and the Nicholson Family
Ann and I are committed to continuing with XP Rides as long as possible. The entire sport seems to be dwindling away and our rides are no exception. We will continue with our remaining 2021 ride schedule as both WDRA and AERC events and have planned for the 2022 season as well. Thirty years ago we moved to Southern Utah with the specific intention of sponsoring XP Rides. As the sport dwindles we may be forced to give up the more expensive venues further away from our winter home, which is now in Colorado. We have no intention to cut back on our Utah and Arizona rides. Indeed we are working on new rides in the eastern Utah and western Colorado areas and are looking at other sites for new and exciting ventures.
There is now an option to obtain what is called an EECVI. You can Google it. This is a relatively new program that allows veterinarians to issue a CVI(health certificate) for a six month period and allows you to to to multiple states and venues. Its worth checking out.
Breaking news can be found on the xp facebook page https://www.facebook.com/XP-Rides-205291171799
have been moved to the the General Ride Info Page
Carol McLeod has volunteered to build a data base for XP and WDRA Results. At some time in the future we will offer an option to include all your lifetime mileage in that database. Many thanks to Carol for taking on this task
Entry Fees in General:
Ride information will be sent to those who have entered online usually within a week of the event. If you have not received a response with the information you are looking for you should call or email us.
WE NO LONGER ACCEPT PAYPAL THROUGH THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY OPTION EXCEPT IN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES.
We usually do not require pre payment for most of our rides, so its easiest to just bring cash or check to the ride and pay when you decide how many days you have ridden. Its the old time way of doing business based on trust. That being said, times are different during the Covid Crisis. We are dealing with such small numbers that we must know in advance that we have enough participants to make the ride happen. We may have to require advance payment until we get through the disease restrictions.
Entry fees are a composite of ride entry fees along with other charges that must be passed on to the riders. These hidden charges include fees to the various government entities such as the BLM, USFS and NPS as well as camping fees to state, country and private entities. They also include drug testing taxes levied upon the riders from the State of California and/or the AERC. In addition there are AERC rider fees which vary depending upon membership status. XP Rides and the XP Riders host a number of events, all of which have different financial conditions. Not only do fees vary from ride to ride, they also vary within most rides. Our policy of not publishing fees comes from accusations of government officials going to the ride site, extrapolating information and applying it as they wish. There will be a slight increase in fees on rides in the Peoples Republic of California due to increases in the charges for drug testing. Cuyama is the only XP Ride that requires prepayment. Most riders pay at the end of the ride on all the other rides.
Photos for Mt Carmel, Strawberry, Grand Canyon and Virgin Outlaw available at:
You can learn more about each of our rides by going to XP Rides and Dates on the menu bar and scrolling down to the one you are interested in.
XP Rides for the 2021 and 2022 Ride Season
(Subject to AERC & Landowner approval)
Note that rides marked in red have changed days and weekends from their traditional times.
Coso Junction ~ Cancelled due to Covid
Death Valley Encounter ~ January 1-2-3-4, 2021 (Ride starts after the NYE party on January 1. Three and Four day Pioneer offered)
Bar H ~ WDRA only~January 23rd
Laurel Mountain ~ February 4-5-6, 2021 (ends on Sat)
Eastern Mojave ~ March 10-11-12-13, 2021 (ends on Sat)
Cuyama Oaks ~ March 25-26-27, 2021 (ends on Sat)
Cuyama Rain Date ~ April 1-2-3, 2021
Mt Carmel ~ April 25-26-27 Rest Day April 29-30-May 1, 2021
Lonesome Duck Distance Ride ~ June 2 – July 25, 2021
Entries are by invitation only.
Strawberry Fields ~ July 15-16-17, 2021 *Special date this year only. Ride ends on Saturday
Original ride date was in conflict with another ride.
Grand Canyon ~ August 29-30-31 Rest Day September 2-3-4, 2021
Virgin Outlaw ~ September 19-20-21 Rest Day 23-24-25, 2021
Moab (New Ride) ~ October 21-22-23, 2021 (ends on Sat)
Sesenta Años ~ November 12-13-14, 2021 AERC and WDRA
Tentative 2022 Ride Season pending AERC approval
Laurel Mountain ~ February 10-11-12, 2022 AERC and WDRA
Coso Junction/Western Mojave ~ March 10-11-12, 2022 AERC and WDRA
Cuyama Oaks ~ March 24-25-26, 2022 AERC and WDRA
Mt Carmel ~ April 24-25-26 Rest Day April 28-29-30, 2022 AERC and WDRA
Strawberry Fields ~ June 23-24-25, 2022 AERC and WDRA
Grand Canyon ~ August 28-29-30 Rest Day September 1-2-3, 2022 AERC and WDRA
Virgin Outlaw ~ September 18-19-20 Rest Day September 22-23-24, 2022 AERC and WDRA
Moab XP ~ October 27-28-29, 2022 AERC and WDRA
Sesenta Años ~ November 10-11-12, 2022 AERC and WDRA
THE UNSOCIALIZED DUCK
Please don’t be offended if Ann or I don’t add you as a friend or associate on Facebook, LinkedIn, or any other type of social media. We simply do not participate in social media.
Over the years our family has made a lot of great friends along the trail. We always look forward to the new ride year to renew those friendships and to make new ones. We hope you will be able to join us on the endurance trails this year. Come ride with us, you will be glad you did.