The highlight of this year’s Western Legends Round-Up will be an authentic week-long Wagon Train Trek through some of the most beautiful backcountry in America! The trek, August 21st-27th, 2017, also includes activities and perks during the Western Legends Festival August 24th-26th. Join us for an unforgettable adventure through 60-miles of some of the most iconic Western scenery anywhere: directly below the rim of Bryce Canyon and across the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument!
AUTHENTIC, HISTORICAL, and CULTURAL
Southern Utah is a formidable frontier of wilderness, desert basins, Redrock canyons, and high snowy peaks. The 2 million acres known as the Grand Staircase-Escalante is most rugged and memorable! Designated as a National Monument in 1996, this huge region contains some of the most spectacular, historic, and remote scenery in the entire United States. In fact, so inaccessible is this area, it was the last to be mapped in the lower 48!
It was through this route that the early Mormon Pioneers created their highways to their remote settlements of Tropic, Cannonville, Kanab, Paria, and points south–Cutting through the western section of the Grand Staircase on the famed Skutumpah Road and Johnson Canyon.
But before the Mormons, were the indigenous tribes of the Piute, Ute, and ancient Anasazi tribes. And millions of years before them, the giant Dinosaurs roamed the area! (Over 20 new species of dinos have been discovered on the “Staircase”!)
But still today, there is the wonder and beauty that solitude brings: the colorful geologic strata of millions of years of earth’s history. Heck, there’s colors out here they don’t even have names for. And above: the clearest night skies found anywhere in the world, revealing billions upon billions of stars. In fact, Southern Utah is renowned for its pollution-free “Dark Sky” designation. We will have a very special celestial treat for our Pioneers on Monday, August 21!!
But other ‘stars’ have discovered this land: Hollywood came to Southern Utah beginning in its early days of the ‘talkies’, and created the “Westerns”—utilizing our stunning red-rock cliffs and canyons as backdrops–and local people as movie ‘extras’. In fact, over 200 movies, TV series, and commercials have been filmed in our backyard, earning Kanab the nickname of “Little Hollywood”!
As your wagon train rolls down the legendary Skutumpah Road, you will see such memorable sites as the many slot canyons, gorges, and sites of the Grand Staircase. You will be “descending” down several of the Monuments “steps”—each with its unique geologic color and characteristics. No wonder Hollywood Filmmakers were so captivated by this area for such classics as “The Outlaw Josie Wales”, “Maverick”, “Mackenna’s Gold”, and the original “Lone Ranger” and “Gunsmoke” series. Be sure YOU come dressed accordingly!
Be prepared for a true Western Wilderness Experience! The route begins in historic Cannonville, with about 30 miles of very well graded, wide dirt roads. The remaining 30 miles is nice asphalt. You will be starting at about 6800 feet elevation (“The Pink Cliffs”) in Cannonville, descending to about 5300 feet into Kanab (“The Vermillion Cliffs”). There will be about 20 wagons and dozens of cowboy outriders. There will be plenty of time to stop and enjoy: there are jaw-dropping sites all around. Easy to moderate hikes will take you to historical markers, unique slot canyons, and unbelievable gorges. Crossing the Bull Valley Gorge in a wagon train will be unforgettable.
And each evening, we will “Circle the Wagons” at private ranches along the road within the Grand Staircase. We’ll gather around the traditional campfire, and enjoy some great grub, tall tales, cowboy poetry, singing, and make great memories. We bring along the grub, big tents, cots, bedding, and supplies. Stay up as long as you like—you will want to check out the stunning night sky! Of course, we’ll have some ‘modern conveniences’ like water, porta potties, camp showers, etc.
On the final day of the trek, we load up and ride into Kanab for a Wagon Train Welcoming Parade. Yeah, you’re on a major State Highway, but certainly nothing is more important than a parade in Kanab! Of course, you are more than welcome to participate in all the festivities of Kanab’s signature event: WESTERN LEGENDS ROUND-UP!
When we get to Kanab, that doesn’t mean it’s over! Not by a long shot. Included in your ticket price is the Wagon Master’s Shindig and the Kanab Movie Fort Wagon Tour. There will be other goodies as well. And on Saturday Western Legends’ famous “High Noon Parade” takes over Main Street, with a herd of local longhorns, more cowboys, and movie stars. You will be “required” to hop on a wagon for that one too.
Many of the wagons, teamsters, and Outriders that will be participating are seasoned trail veterans of numerous treks sponsored by the Utah Western Heritage Foundation:
We supply all the tents, camping gear and wagons. Local cowboy caterers will be providing the grub. Our staff is comprised of experienced wagoneers and true cowboys; many are trained EMT’s (Emergency Medical Technicians). We will be handling all camp set-up, take down, and support vehicles. A list of suggested personal items for each participant to bring (mainly clothing, meds, sunscreen, personal hygiene items, etc.) will be provided at a later date. More details about where and when to arrive will be communicated in the coming weeks.Due to safety and insurance requirements dogs, firearms, and alcohol will not be allowed.
Tenderfoots and Pioneers are invited to ride in the wagons, and experienced Outriders or ‘wanna-be-wranglers’ are needed lead and help herd 50+ head of ‘un-broke’ rodeo stock horses the entire 60-mile route.
Pioneers: Reserve your space on a classic authentic Wagon now!
4-days, 3 nights $950/person [plus taxes & fees]**
Experienced wranglers & outriders: bring your own horse, tack, feed, vehicles, trailers, and other support materials and join the Western Legends Round-Up Wagon Train on the open trail.
4-days, 3-nights: $400/rider [plus taxes & fees]**
Cowboy up, friends, and get ready for adventure!
**Space is LIMITED. Taxes, federal fees and gratuity extra. Guests are encouraged to make hotel arrangements early. Support Vehicles/shuttles on the trail will be supplied by Western Legends.