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  • Change in Rules for Horseback Riding Using Privately Owned Stock within Bryce Canyon National Park
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    Published - 03/28/14 - 08:31 AM | 3 3 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Bryce Canyon National Park
    Bryce Canyon National Park
    (BRYCE, Utah) - Bryce Canyon National Park has announced a change in the use of privately owned stock on designated horse trails within the park. Privately owned stock are permitted, however, new regulations are in effect to insure safety and protection for visitors and park resources alike.

    In order to avoid conflict with concessioner-led horseback rides, for the safety of other visitors and stock, and to protect natural resources, all horseback riding must be coordinated with Canyon Trail Rides, Inc., the authorized concessioner, prior to entering the park. Canyon Trail Rides will provide a guide to accompany any privately-owned stock riding group. Private stock rides can be scheduled daily at 7:30am and 12:30pm. Riders must make arrangements for the guide a minimum of 48 hours in advance of coming to the park. A fee will be charged for this service and will be based on the number of riders. For current guide fee rates or to book a guide, please contact:

    Canyon Trail Rides

    Mr. Paul O. Mangum

    P.O. Box 128

    Tropic, Utah 84776

    Phone: 435-679-8665

    As a reminder, the following rules are in effect to assist riders in enjoying their park experience:

    1. Private stock horseback riding is authorized only with a guide employed by the concessioner, Canyon Trail Rides, Inc.

    2. Parking, loading, and unloading must take place in the mixing circle area.

    3. Stock must never be left unattended.

    4. Backcountry trails and campsites are not developed to accommodate stock, therefore, backcountry overnight camping or pack trips on horseback are not available.

    5. Horseback riding is limited to designated horse trails only.

    6. Horses must stay on designated trails at all times; shortcutting of trails is not permitted; and riding parallel to the trail is not permitted.

    7. The park requires the use of certified weed-free feed. Stock must be fed certified weed-free feed a minimum of 48 hours prior to stock coming into the park.

    8. All stock must have current Coggins Certification. Rangers will check this certification prior to stock being allowed in the park.

    Liveries are not available in the immediate area however; you may be able to make livery service arrangements by visiting www.brycecanyoncountry.com. Camping with your stock is available on National Forest Service land. Contact the Dixie National Forest at 435-676-9300 for further information.

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    Willard England
    March 31, 2014
    I believe people should be allowed to ride their private stock in all National Parks without having to have a guide or pay a fee. I can't believe someone is pushing this kind of agenda.
    R Webb
    March 24, 2014
    This is the first step in trying to keep private stock out of Brice. Would like to know the specifics regarding conflicts with Pete and safety issues. I have taken the ride with the Mangum's and in a small group. Never had an issue or witnessed a problem.
    Leon Rogers
    March 24, 2014
    This is an outrageous change of policy! Horsemen are among the most responsible of all users of the National Park system and the outdoors. They care for their stock and others and are among the most courteous of backcountry users. To force us to pay a guide to accompany us on this ride is unbelievable. I have ridden this trail dozens of times and have NEVER had a problem with the outfitter or other park users. EVER!! We have always been able to cooperate and get along fine. I know Pete and have the highest regard for him and his people, but this is ridiculous!
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