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Horseback riding is a great way to slow down and experience Bryce Canyon National Park. Horses have been used to explore Bryce Canyon National Park since before it was set aside for federal protection.
To support this activity, the National Park Service completed 4.5 miles of foot and horse trails in 1931 that are still in use today for both guided and private horserides from approximately May through October each year, weather-permitting.
Guided Trail Rides
If you want to see Bryce Canyon from a different perspective, check it out from the back of a horse! Canyon Trail Rides, the park's concessioner, offers 2-hour and 3-hour guided horse and mule rides into the Bryce Amphitheater along a dedicated horse trail and the Peekaboo Loop Trail.
Bring Your Own Horse or Mule
The use of privately-owned stock on the trails of Bryce Canyon is permitted only in certain areas and at specified times. Stock is defined as horse and mules only. All other animals are prohibited.
You are responsible for following the park’s private stock regulations:
Scheduling to Bring Your Own Horse or Mule
In order to avoid conflict with other horse riders and for the safety of other visitors and stock, all private horseback riding must be scheduled for a specific date and time prior to entering the park.
All park visitors are required to pay a park entrance fee or present a valid pass upon entering the park. There is no additional fee to ride your own horse at Bryce Canyon. The NPS is evaluating the use of an online reservation system in the future, which may include a fee.
Stock camping is available in nearby Red Canyon and on U.S. Forest Service land. Contact the Dixie National Forest Field Office for further information. Liveries are not available in the immediate area.
For additional questions about private stock use in Bryce Canyon National Park, please e-mail us or call 435-834-4748.
Last updated: March 7, 2023