New for 2018
Starting with the 2018 ride season the XP Rides will be adding an Intro Ride to all of our events. These rides are also known as Fun Rides or Duck Rides. We have offered Duck Rides for many years but we are going to formalize the events to a limited degree and will be more diligent in keeping track of the rider mileage in ALL divisions. This means that your ALL of your mileage will count for the year end awards regardless of what division you rode in. Just to be clear, we will include AERC Endurance Miles, plus AERC Limited Distance Miles, AS WELL AS XP INTRO/FUN/DUCK MILES. We are doing this as we now have many riders and horses who have reached an age at which it is no longer fun or even possible to “go the distance”. These old campaigners, have been reluctant to drop to the “lower” levels of competition for various reasons. We miss them and want to offer them an opportunity to continue in the sport they have supported for so long. Starting with the Coso Junction Ride in December we will track mileage from all divisions including the Intro/Fun/Duck rides. This cumulated mileage will then be the basis for the year end XP awards.
We are expanding our 5 day events (Mt Carmel ~ Grand Canyon ~ Virgin Outlaw) to 6 days. They will start on a Sunday and run for three days. Then there will be a rest day on Wednesday. Another three day Pioneer Ride will start on Thursday and run though Saturday. We have received numerous requests and suggestions for this so we will give it a try and see how it goes.
2018 Results through Eastern Mojave are now posted. XP Rider, Carol McLeod has volunteered to build a data base for XP Results. At some time in the future we will offer an option to include all your lifetime XP mileage in that database. Many thanks to Carol for taking on this task
OUR NEXT RIDE
Mount Carmel XP
Mount Carmel, Utah
Two Three Day Pioneer Rides separated by a rest day on Wednesday
Each day will include AERC sanctioned Endurance Rides, LD and Intro Rides
These distance are subject to change due to weather and land owner restrictions
Sun-Mon-Tues April 22-23-24 ~ Rest Day April 25 ~ Thu-Fri-Sat April 26-27-28
Join us for a great ride in beautiful southern Utah and the scenic canyon country east of Zion National Park. You and your horse will have the opportunity to ride through the most spectacular country in the world.
Base Camp:The base camp is located just south of Mt. Carmel Junction at 5200’ elevation, 11 miles east of Zion National Park. The camp is located a quarter mile south of where Utah State Highway 9 dead ends into US HWY 89, at Mt Carmel Junction. Basecamp is in the large flat area east of the highway and south of the East Fork of the Virgin River. This campsite has very easy access for large rigs.
The average daytime temperatures should be in the mid 70’s and rain showers are a possibility. The evenings are cool, so bring warm clothes and horse blankets. There will be plenty of water on the trail and at the campsite. There are a wide variety of sales and service establishments, including motels and restaurants, within walking distance of the base camp. The golf course, across the street from camp is open to the public. Basecamp address that you can use for health certificates: One quarter mile south of Utah Hwy 9 and US Hwy 89, Mount Carmel, UT 84755
Trails:The well marked trails follow single track cattle and horse trails, two track jeep trails and a minimal amount of graded road. The trails go through a variety of grassy meadows, pinion and juniper forests. The views along the trail are breathtaking. Most of the trails are sandy or clay, with just enough rocks to make it interesting. The trail is moderately difficult with climbs and good or varied footing. For those of you with extra time, the campsite is an excellent place to camp and see Bryce, Zion or the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. All 5 days of Mount Carmel will loop back into basecamp.
Weed free certified hay is required on all public lands in the United States. If you’d like to purchase some, Crockett will be bringing a load of weed free certified hay to the ride. You should contact him directly for hay orders at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Awards: Individual awards are available for the fastest time and best condition each day. An overall award will be given to the horse and rider finishing in the fastest time for all five days. An overall best condition award for the horse that completes all five days in the best condition will also be awarded. Completion awards will be given to all successful horse and rider teams. Horse and rider teams that compete all 6 days will receive one of the following: XP jacket, crewbag or specially made plaque.
Ride Photographer: Steve Bradley will be shooting this ride!
Directions from Points South: There are two ways to come from CA and Southern NV. Turn off at MP 16 on Interstate 15 and head east towards Zion National Park. When you come into Hurricane, Utah turn R at the sign towards the Grand Canyon. I think it is the third light in Hurricane. Follow the signs towards Fredonia, Az and the Grand Canyon. Option 1 occurs just past Colorado City, which is on the UT AZ border. You can make a left turn on the dirt road that goes to the Cane Beds. If you stay on this road it will turn to pavement when you come over the Utah State line. Continue on the pavement, past Coral Pink Sand Dunes and it will dead end at a T. Turn L at the T on US Hwy 89 and go to the bottom of the hill. The camp is at the bottom of the hill on the right side of the road.
Option 2 would be to continue on the paved highway through Colorado City and go to Fredonia, AZ. Turn L at the stop sign in Fredonia and go north to Kanab. Continue North on Hwy 89 to the ride site at Mt. Carmel. There is a map on the web site. The dirt road is about 6-8 miles as I recall and is really nice some of the time and really washboard at others. You can go slow and save gas or go fast and stay on the highway and probably get there within 15 minutes of the same time. You can drive like I do and save time and gas by driving 65-70 on the dirt road and save a lot of time.
From Points North and East: Come south on Interstate 15 to Utah Hwy 20 near MP 99. Go east on Hwy 20 to US Hwy 89. Turn south on Hwy 89 to the ride camp south of Mt Carmel Junction.
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 WILL NO LONGER ACCEPT PAYPAL THROUGH THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY OPTION.
We 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.
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. We have not increased any of our ride fees for many years and have no plans for any increases in the foreseeable future. Cuyama and Lost Padres are the only XP Rides that require prepayment. Most riders pay at the end of the ride on all the other rides.
Photos for Lost Padres and Cuyama available at:
Photos for Mt Carmel, Strawberry and Grand Canyon available at:
XP Rides for 2018 Ride Season
Coso Junction ~ December 2 & 3
Death Valley Encounter ~ December 28-31
Laurel Mountain ~ January 27 & 28
Eastern Mojave ~ February 8-11
Bar H ~ AERC Clinic PLUS Bar H Ranch Ride ~March 3
The AERC website is incorrect. There is no sanctioned endurance or LD ride at Bar H.
Cuyama Oaks ~ March 23-25
Lost Padres ~ April 7 & 8 DO NOT SEND RELEASES TO THE RANCH.
Mt Carmel ~ April 22-23-24 Rest Day 26-27-28
Strawberry Fields ~ June 29-30 July 1
Grand Canyon ~ August 26-27-28 Rest Day 30-31-Sept 1
Virgin Outlaw ~ September 23-24-25 Rest Day 27-28-29
Sesenta Años ~ November 9-10-11
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.
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THE UNSOCIALIZED DUCK
Please don’t be offended if the Duck doesn’t add you as a friend or associate on Facebook, LinkedIn, or any other type of social media. He just simply does not participate in those things!
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.