Wagon Train 2017 – 4-Day, 3-Night
August 21 - August 24$950
The highlight of this year’s Western Legends Round up will be an authentic 4-day, 3-nite Wagon Train Trek through some of the most beautiful back-country in America! 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, slickrock canyons, and high snowy peaks. The most rugged is the almost 2 million acres known as the Grand Staircase-Escalante. 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”!) Remnants of all those eras are all around you on the Skutumpah!
But still today, there is the wonder and beauty that solitude brings: colorful geologic strata of millions of years of earth’s history, and above: the clearest night skies found anywhere in the world, revealing billions upon billions of stars. 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, and created the “Westerns”—utilizing our stunning backdrops, canyons, red-rock cliffs and welcoming people.
As your wagon train rolls down the dusty 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, 50+ wild horses (remuda), 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 un
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. Yea, 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!
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 saddle up 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:
- 1997-Mormon Trail re-enactment
- 1999-Provo SesquicentennialTrek
- 2001-Spanish Fork, UT to San Bernardino Trek
- 2011-City of St. George, UT Sesquicentennial Trek
- 2004-Promontory Point Nat’l Monument to Bear Lake across southern Idaho
- 2013- Back Country Horsemen of America’s 40th Anniversary Wagon Trek
- Previous Western Legends Round-up Treks from Spanish Fork to Kanab
We supply all the tents, camping gear and wagons. Local cowboy caterers will be providing the grub. Our staff are 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.
Pioneer tenderfoots and ‘settlers’ 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 Remuda 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!
*Reservations REQUIRED. Transportation and accommodations at start point (Cannonville) extra. Details to follow.; Space is LIMITED. One day trips may be offered only if available.