Miller-Ranch Trail Navajo
For one week we will ride in the land of the Navajos. Our camps will be in Mystery Valley, Comb Ridge and in Monument Valley National Park. “Nowhere else in the world has nature done a comparable job. Words alone cannot describe the 1000 foot high pyramids and castles, the slim towers, the bridges and arches, the rock formations that dominate the landscape of the Monument Valley.”
The day after your arrival first you will have breakfast, either at the Miller Ranch or in the genuine General Store and than we will take the opportunity to make you familiar with your chosen Missouri Fox Trotter. You can pick your own horse from a herd of well-trained Foxtrotters, and you will immediately appreciate the easy riding gait of these horses in the round pen or the arena.
We will leave Scottsdale on the next day with our trucks and trailers, and build our first camp in Mystery Valley, on Navajo Land. While riding the Navajo range, we will see old Indian ruins, which are hundreds of years old, as well as petroglyphs. If we are lucky, our Navaho guide will tell us tales of his ancestors in the evening as we sit around the open campfire.
The next day, our trail will take us along a steep canyon wall up to Wetherill Mesa. From there you will have a breathtaking view of the whole Monument Valley. Rock formations like “Totem Pole” or “3 sisters” will remind you immediately of the many Western movies that have been filmed here, with actors like John Wayne and Richard Widmark. The advertising people have also discovered this area in the world, and have nicknamed it ” Marlboro Country”.
We will leave our camp in Mystery Valley for Comb Ridge. This ride is very demanding for the horses and also for the riders, but represents certainly one of the highlights of the whole week because of the spectacular scenery. The only people living here are Indian sheepherders, but we meet them only occasionally. We will build our camp in the shade of Comb Ridge, at the very edge of the big sand dunes, which you will find here, and it has been said that the area is very similar to Sahara desert in North Africa.
The next incredible part of this trip takes us up to Hunts Mesa. This is another spectacular ride with gorgeous, unforgettable views of Monument Valley.
The following day we will leave the sand dunes and head out through canyons and over high dunes into the Monument Valley National Park. Our camp will be right in the valley, beautifully guarded by towering red rocks. In the evening, the setting sun paints those rocks and you will have the famous “Kodak Moment”.
The last morning we will break camp and pack our trucks, which will take us back to Scottsdale. Be assured that you will remember these wonderful days in Navajo Country long after your return to the real world.