Color Country

Color Country Endurance Ride

Due to the Corona Pandemic the 2020 ride will not be sanctioned with the AERC. This will be a WDRA event in 2020.


October 30 and 31, 2020

October 29 and 30, 2021

AERC/WDRA 50 & LD Rides

The BLM in Washington county would not give us a permit for the ride due to the Covid pandemic.  We are planning on a two day ride at Mt Carmel using a mix of old trails along with the trails from the spring ride.  Enter the Color country ride and we will send you the preride information October 15th.

Each day will include WDRA sanctioned Endurance Rides as well as shorter distances.

These distance are subject to change due to weather and land owner restrictions

 Mt C web


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: We have had to move the base camp since UDOT has fenced the old camp property.  Due to the Covid virus and the ride being limited to 25 riders we ended up using our old barn just up the road from the UDOT camp. 

The average daytime temperatures for October range from 68 in the day to 34 at night. The evenings are cool, so bring warm clothes and horse blankets. We usually do not have frost this early but its possible.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 at the barn. 

Basecamp address that you can use for health certificates:  4200 S. State St. Mt 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 6 days of Mount Carmel will loop back into basecamp. 

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.  Horse and rider teams that compete all 6 days will receive one of the following:  XP jacket, crewbag or specially made plaque.

Directions from Points South: Current directions to the Nicholson Barn. Coming from CA and Southern NV you  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. Follow the signs towards Fredonia, Az and the Grand Canyon. A few miles past Colorado City, which is on the UT AZ border you make a left turn on the back road that goes through the Cane Beds. The turn is just past the Mojave Country Justice Court. This road is now paved but it is slow in places. Annie and I routinely take this route as it is a beautiful drive.    Continue past Coral Pink Sand Dunes and it will dead end at a T. Turn L at the T on US Hwy 89 and go past the golf course and the Hwy 9 junction. The camp will be on your left about a quarter mile past the Hwy 9 Junction. An alternate route is to continue to Kanab and then take Hwy 89 north through Kanab to Mt Carmel Junction. The camp is on your left a quarter of a mile north of the Hwy 9 junction. 

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. A quarter mile before the Hwy 9 junction there is an old barn on the right.  Turn just past that old barn on the old highway.