Virgin Outlaw XP will take place as scheduled

Thanks to those who have made firm commitments the Virgin Outlaw Ride will take place as originally scheduled and will be sanctioned by both the AERC and WDRA. There will be appropriate distances for both sanctioning bodies. There is good cell phone service for both ATT and Verizon at ride camp. We won’t have GPS data until we see which trails are open but we will be able to send out that data via internet the day before the ride. We will also download GPS’s at the ride site along with giving out maps and instructions.




The Virgin Outlaw XP

Distances subject to last minute adjustments for weather.


Description: This ride will stay in the same camp again for all six days in 2021.  We are going to make use of the start of the Grandview Trail as well as the spectacular trails through Red Canyon and Mt Dutton. GPS Receivers are highly recommended but not mandatory as the trails are marked with pie plate directions on the corners. We do rely on the GPS tracks to replace the “confidence ribbons”.  Those tracks are indispensable when the trail markings are removed or altered by others.


DirectionsBase Camp is located at 37° 45.602’N x 112° 13.175’W. From US Hwy 89, south of Panguitch, Utah, go 7.5 miles east on Hwy 12 to Forest Road 117, also known as the Tom Best Spring Road. Turn left (north) and continue 3.2 miles on the excellent gravel road FR 1080, which is on the left not far past the third cattle guard, turn left and go 0.6 miles to the new camp.

When you get the top of Red Canyon the turn off is only a third of a mile, so slow down and be ready to make that turn.  Should you miss the turn you can go to the Chevron station just down the road for a turn around.

Meals: No meals are provided during the Covid Crisis but Annie is going to resume doing lunches on a limited basis at Virgin Outlaw

Awards: Individual daily awards are available for the first to finish and the horse in the best condition. Daily participation awards will be given to all riders.  Riders who complete all six days will receive jackets or plaques.

 Basecamp address that you can use for health certificates:  Tom’s Best Spring Road and Hwy 12, Bryce Canyon, UT 84764
Weed free certified hay is required on all public lands in the United States.  Weed free pellets are usually available at feed stores in the area. 

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 six days.  An overall best condition award for the horse that completes all six days in the best condition will also be awarded.  Completion awards will be given to all successful horse and rider teams.

For more information contact Ride Manager:

Entry Fees:

One Day          $140.00 check or $145.00 Paypal
Two Days       $240.00 check or $250.00 Paypal
Three Days     $320 check or $360.00 Paypal
Four Days       $440 check  or $455.00 Paypal
Five Days         $525 check or $545.00 Paypal
Six Days $600.00 check or $625.00 Paypal

Mail checks to 19898 Road V, Lewis, CO 81327

Ann Nicholson, 907-209-8881

Dave Nicholson, 907 419 0924 ~ 970 880 0150


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 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




have been moved to the the General Ride Info Page

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 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 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

Tentative 2022 Ride Season pending AERC approval

Laurel Mountain ~ February 10-11-12, 2022

Coso Junction/Western Mojave ~ March 10-11-12, 2022

Cuyama Oaks ~ March 24-25-26, 2022

Mt Carmel ~ April 24-25-26 Rest Day April 28-29-30, 2022

Strawberry Fields ~ June 23-24-25, 2022

Grand Canyon ~ August 28-29-30 Rest Day September 1-2-3, 2022

Virgin Outlaw ~ September 18-19-20 Rest Day September 22-23-24, 2022

Moab XP ~ October 27-28-29, 2022

Sesenta Años ~ November 10-11-12, 2022



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.