Western Legends Roundup’s
Historic & Authentic
Wagon Train Trek
Join us for an unforgettable adventure of a lifetime, riding in an authentic wagon or on your personal horse through 60-miles of some of the most iconic Western scenery anywhere—the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument! In celebration of Western Legends Round-Up’s 20th year, we will be hosting an authentic four–day, three night “on the trail” Wagon Train Trek– through some of the most beautiful backcountry in America!
HURRY! Take advantage of our SPRING SALE!! Spend a day on our Historic Wagon Train Trek in one of our Authentic Period Wagons for 20% OFF!
Wagon Train "Tenderfoot"–One Day in Wagon: Monday
Wagon Train "Tenderfoot"–One Day in Wagon: Tuesday
Wagon Train "Tenderfoot"–One Day in Wagon: Wednesday
Wagon Train "Tenderfoot"–One Day in Wagon: Thursday
Wagon Train: "Pioneer" (Whole Trek in a Wagon)
Got a horse? ride in our trek as an “OUTRIDER”
Join our Wagon Train as a single-day “Tenderfoot”!
The “Tenderfoot” options on our Wagon Train Trek allow you to enjoy this adventure of a lifetime, and STILL take advantage of all the great sites to see in and around Kanab.
Here’s a plan: Come early, basecamp in Kanab, then visit a National Park each day:
- Grand Staircase-Escalante: at Kanab’s doorstep
- Looking for great Slot Canyons? Check with our local guides–we have several close by
- Zion, 35 minutes away
- The Wave: 1 hour away (passes required)
- Grand Canyon North Rim: 1.5 hours away
- Bryce Canyon: 1 hour away
- Lake Powell: 1 hour away
All this AND Western Legends Festival August 23-25!!
As a “Tenderfoot” passenger, we will pick you up at your Kanab Hotel (make reservations NOW!!). We will bring you to join the Wagon Train Trek EARLY in the morning and bring you back to Kanab after supper & entertainment in the evening (NO overnight camping for “Tenderfoots” [or is that “Tenderfeets”]).
Each day will start EARLY and end LATE–and will be packed with fun, adventure, memorable experiences, and wonderful people! We will cover about 12 miles per day, with plenty of stops along the way. Not strenuous at all (except for the team of horses).
Here’s what you can look forward to:
- Monday: The Trek will be forming up at Deer Springs Ranch, about 40 miles from Kanab. We will be riding up to Crawford Pass, with a stunning overlook down into the ‘Hoodoos’ of the southern end of Bryce Canyon National Park. All dirt roads.
- Tuesday: We break camp and travel along the Skutumpah Road through the remoteness of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument descending through several geologic epochs (thus the name: “Staircase”). All dirt roads.
- Wednesday: We continue through the Grand Staircase and then onto Johnson Canyon. Beautiful ranches, the old “Gunsmoke” movie set. Petrogpyphs. And tons of Pioneer. Anasazi and Movie history. The Mormon Pioneers blazed this road in the 1800’s. Half dirt, half asphalt.
- Thursday: The Trek breaks camp at “Church Ranch” and travels to the end of Johnson Canyon, then turns west and heads on frontage roads along Hwy 89 into Kanab. Roads: mostly paved, with some dirt. There are stunning views the Johnson Canyon canyons (where several Western Movies were filmed) There are the Vermillion Cliffs to our north, and the Kaibab to the south.
[Note: This route tentative right now. Our Wagonmasters are scouting it out now, arranging for campsites, rest stops, permits, etc. The wagons roll no matter the weather. There may be heat. There may be rain. There may be highway robbers & an ambush. Never can tell. Cowboy Up!]
You will also have the opportunity to ride in your wagon again for our legendary “High Noon Parade” on Saturday.
AUTHENTIC, HISTORICAL, and CULTURAL
The two million acres of the Grand Staircase-Escalante is a formidable frontier of wilderness, desert basins, Redrock canyons, and amazing slot canyons. It is rugged and memorable! Designated as a National Monument in 1996, this huge region of Southern Utah contains some of the most spectacular, historic, and remote scenery in the entire United States—in fact, so inaccessible, it was the last area to be mapped in the lower 48!
It was through this wilderness that the early Mormon Pioneers created ‘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, the indigenous tribes of the Piute, Ute, and ancient Anasazi were plentiful. And millions of years before them, giant Dinosaurs ruled the area! Evidence of these previous occupants are all around in the form of petroglyphs, pottery shards, dino bones and pioneer cabins. The colorful geologic strata of the Grand Staircase reveal millions of years of the earth’s history. Heck, there’s colors out here they don’t even have names for!
And above us, 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 Skies”.
But 80 years ago, other ‘stars’ discovered this land. Hollywood came to Southern Utah, and created “Western Movies”—utilizing our stunning red-rock cliffs and canyons as backdrops and local cowboys as movie ‘extras’. In fact, over 300 movies, TV series, commercials, magazine layouts and videos have been shot in our backyard, earning Kanab the nickname of “Little Hollywood”!
As the wagon train rolls down the legendary Skutumpah and Johnson Canyon Road, you will experience the memorable sites of the Grand Staircase: slot canyons, gorges, and familiar red-rock movie backdrops. Each geologic step of the Monument has 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!
Each evening we “Circle the Wagons” and form an encampment. We then enjoy a delicious cowboy supper, hear tall tales, cowboy poetry, singing–and making great memories. We supply all the grub, cooks, camping gear and entertainment. Stay up as late as you like—you will want to check out the stunning night sky!
On the final day of the trek, we ride into Kanab for a hearty “Welcome Home”. You will become part of WESTERN LEGENDS ROUND-UP festival, as the Trek settles into their Kanab Encampment right in the middle of town. Of course, you are more than welcome to participate in all the festivities of Kanab’s signature event! There’s the Wagon Master’s Shindig, Wagon rides around Kanab, movie set tours, Concerts and Movie Celebrities everywhere. Enjoy world class BBQ at our Kansas City Barbeque Cookoff and the professional Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition. The Street Fair offers a great selection of local handicraft and food, entertainment, dancing and antique working displays. On Saturday, Western Legends’ famous “High Noon Parade” takes on Kanab’s s Main Street, led by a herd of local longhorns, cowboys, and movie stars. You will be “required” to hop in your wagon and mount your horses for that one too.
Be prepared for a true Western Wilderness Experience!
‘Cowboy up’ and join us for our adventure!
Our waggoneers and teamsters are seasoned trail veterans and true cowboys—they have a passion for providing an authentic experience. They are led by professional Wagon Masters who have thousands of miles experience in leading long-distance pioneer and western treks.
We invite you to join us as for the Adventure of a Lifetime. We are recruiting Passengers in the wagons (‘Pioneers’—full four days on the trail & ‘Tenderfoots’—complete one-day experience). You will be riding in authentic wooden wagons with wooden/steel wheels and canvas cover, pulled by a team of horses or mules—just like in the Westerns Movies. The trails are well graded dirt roads and some pavement. We supply all the camping gear for the ‘Pioneers’. Wagon passengers will be shuttled to the start of their Trek. (You may park your car in Kanab.)
Backcountry Horsemen are also welcome to join our Trek as ‘Outriders’. Bring your own horse & feed. We will provide transportation to bring your trailers and rigs to the next campsite, so you can camp in your trailers.
Local cowboy caterers will be providing the grub, tables chairs, etc. We will be handling all camp set-up, take down, and support vehicles.
Book your adventure. Hurry! Space is limited and spots are filling up fast!