MOUNT CARMEL JUNCTION, UTAH
50-50-50-50-50 –250 Miles/Pioneer and 25-25-30-25-25 LD
Usual date is first weekend in May but we are now moving it back to the last weekend in April. April 26-27-28-29-30, 2017
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
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.
The base camp is located just south of Mt. Carmel Junction at 5200’ elevation, 11 miles east of Zion National Park. This is where Utah State Highway 9 dead ends into US HWY 89, about 1/4 mile south of that junction towards Kanab, HWY 89 crosses the E. fork of the virgin River. Basecamp is in the large flat area east and south of the highway. This campsite has very easy access for large rigs. Click on the map thumbnails below to see more detail.
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.
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. We continue changing the order and layout of the rides to cut back on the deep sand. We hope to open a new section of trail into base camp that will allow us another route in and out of base camp. 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. Those of you with extra time may want to take a short side trip to see Bryce and Zion National Parks, or the North rim of the Grand Canyon.
Trail: The well marked trail follows single track cattle and horse trails, two track jeep roads and a minimal amount of graded roads. The trails traverse 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 changes that we have made each year have made for a better ride. We expect to continue making changes to improve the ride.
Hay: Weed free certified hay is required. 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 email@example.com.
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 5 days will receive one of the following: XP jacket, crewbag or specially made plaque.
Ride Photographer: Steve Bradley will be shooting this ride!
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. Hope this helps, See you soon, Dave