Ride high up into the San Francisco Mountains
This is a one-week trail ride leading high up into the San Francisco Mountains of Flagstaff, Arizona and down into a side canyon of the Grand Canyon, to Havasupai. This is the area that legend has called "people of the green blue water".
The next day after your arrival, you can purchase your Cowboy gear at the Western Store.
Than you will be introduced to our extraordinary Missouri Fox Trotter horses. You will select your mount from a herd of well-trained horses, which you will ride in the round pen in order to get yourself accustomed to the different Foxtrotter gaits. Shortly after this introduction we will take you on a trail ride into the surrounding Sonora desert, where you can try out your horse's flat foot walk, foxtrot and canter. You will be amazed at how comfortable you are on your Foxtrotter Horse.
After this introduction we will take you on a trail ride into the surrounding Sonora desert, where you can try out your horse's flat foot walk, foxtrot and canter. You will be amazed at how comfortable you are on your Fox Trotter. The next morning we will take our trucks and trailers to Flagstaff to build our first camp at Marshal Lake. From there we will ride into Walnut Canyon, through the tall Ponderosa Pines, which are so typical for Northern Arizona.
As we go further into the canyon, the trail becomes very narrow and the ride becomes very challenging for both horses and riders. Few people ever ride this trail and we have to use our machetes from time to time. You will see wild game along the trail, which makes it obvious that this was an Indian hunting trail in the past. The Kachina Trail, which we will ride the next day, winds up the snow-covered Humphrey Peak, at 12,000 feet it is the highest elevation in Arizona. We will ride through beautiful Aspen and Ponderosa forests, and we will cross an ever-changing variety of obstacles that the winter avalanches have left for us. It will again be time for our Missouri Fox Trotters to show their ability to master difficult terrain. The trail ends at an elevation of about 11,000 feet and we will enjoy a gorgeous view of Flagstaff and northern Arizona, sometimes as far as Sedona. Then we will move on to the Grand Canyon, specifically to the Havasupai Indian Reservation.
From Flagstaff we will follow historic Route 66 to Seligman, which is still an old Western town, with an old gas station, General Store and City Jail. At Havasu Hill Point, our Indian Crew will welcome us with a mule pack train that will take our gear down to the bottom of the canyon. The trail is easy and is even wide enough to allow another pack string to pass us heading the opposite direction. After a 2-hour ride, we will reach Havasu Village, home of about 450 Havasupai Indians, who admit only a few visitors per day.
Permits are hard to get and have to be booked far in advance. The little village is 2 miles away from the famous waterfalls, which we will explore the next day. We will climb down to Mooney Falls, Half Moon Falls and Beaver Falls, where we will enjoy the natural beauty of this place. Those who like hiking can walk down the canyon to where the Havasu River feeds into the Colorado, a 10-mile trail reserved for hikers. It is a 5 to 6 hours hike, but you will be amply rewarded with the breathtaking beauty of the canyon. The ride back to the hilltop is also an unforgettable event and usually our guests are a little sad to return to Scottsdale the next day.