220 LB WEIGHT LIMIT
If you are between 220-235 lbs we can accommodate you on our one hour trail ride.
12 YEAR MINIMUM AGE
Children must be 12 years or older.
No double riders.
REQUIRES RIDING EXPERIENCE
Due to the canyon's rough terrain, some of this ride requires the ability to navigate tight turns that may be steep uphill/downhill. If you are unable to mount/dismount without the aid of a stepping block, we do not recommend this ride.
ABOUT THE RIDE
1.5 hours in the saddle
Our private rides are a fun, exciting way to experience Palo Duro Canyon. This ride is about 5 miles round trip, and winds around the bottom of Palo Duro Canyon near Sad Monkey Mesa and the Catarina Caves. While some parts of this trail are smooth and easy to navigate, other parts there is no trail at all! Because of this, it is not open to first time riders. It requires confident beginner level ability. Please refer to the experience chart below to determine your skill level. Please keep in mind, all of our rides stay at a walk regardless of rider ability. We can accommodate up to 4 people on this ride. If you have more than 4 please call us 806-488-2180.
LEVELS OF RIDING ABILITY
Recommend 1 Hour Ride
Total beginners have little experience (if any) at all with horses in general. They may have been on a "trail ride" at a rental stable once or twice but they do not know general horse handling or the basic commands to make the horse move forward, turn, stop and back unassisted.
Recommend 1 Hour Ride
These people have a little experience with horses. They may have grown up around horses or taken a few lessons. Maybe they used to ride a little as a child. This rider can mount and walk off unassisted. They know how to ask the horse to move forward, turn and stop on a well broke horse.
Reccomend 1 Hour Ride / 1.5 Hour
A confident beginner has the knowledge of an advanced beginner, but will also be able to handle a horse that may not be overly willing to do as asked. Sometimes an older horse that is well broken may still balk at leaving the barn or be a little reluctant to leave a secure place. This rider will have the confidence to give a little kick if needed or use a more persuasive aid when required even though they may lack experience. They are willing to learn and have no "fear" of horses or heights.