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Come join us for a wagon train ride through some of the most spectacular scenery in the American West – where many Hollywood Western movies were filmed for decades in many locations surrounding the historic town of Kanab. Come ride on the same trails as John Wayne, Clint Walker, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Maureen O’Hara, Ava Gardner, Clint Eastwood and dozens of other prominent actors and actresses.
The 2017 Wagon Train Trail
Our wagon train will descend from the high mountain bluffs near Bryce Canyon National Park, down to the old Mormon town of Tropic, then through the Grand Staircase-Escalante Nat’l Monument into Johnson Canyon, past the old ‘Gunsmoke” TV series set and into Kanab to enjoy two more exciting days of festivities. Cowboy poets and Western musicians will accompany the train and entertain us nightly around the campfire. Hot breakfasts and Dutch Oven dinners will be provided by a local Chuck-Wagon style caterer and comfortable authentic cowboy camp with tents, cots, and bedding – just like the old West! This could be the chance of a lifetime to actually mark this experience off the ‘bucket list’!
Riding Since 1999
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 since 1999. Some of these very same wagons participated on the Mormon Trail Re-enactment Trek of 1997, Provo Sesquicentennial Trek 1999, Spanish Fork, UT to San Bernardino Trek 2001, Promontory Point Nat’l Monument to Bear Lake across southern Idaho 2004, City of St. George, UT Sesquicentennial Trek in 2011, Mt. Carmel Jct. to Rockville, UT near Zion Nat’l Park in 2012, the Back Country Horsemen of America’s 40th Anniversary Wagon Trek of 2013 along the top of Skyline Ridge in central Utah, and previous treks from Sp Fork to Western Legends Festival.
A few highlights: first wagon company to camp at historic Mountain Meadows since the massacre of 1857; escorted by the US Army Mounted 7th Cavalry across US Army Base Ft. Irwin on the trek to San Bernardino in 2001 – with front-page photo and coverage in the LA Times newspaper; granted permission to camp on weekend layovers at historic Cove Fort in Millard County and use the corrals for livestock and courtyard for LDS (Mormon) church services. National Geographic photojournalist Bruce Dale discovered “by pure happenstance” our trek to Western Legends, with a remuda of 50 horses trotting in front of the wagons, then followed and photographed our journey to Kanab. He subsequently posted photos on his internationally known website.
15th Anniversary Wagon Train Ride
So to honor the 15th anniversary of that trek with the Remuda from the 7C Ranch out of Erda, UT – we plan to invite them to join us again this year and provide an opportunity for any out-riders or ‘wanna-be-wranglers’ to lead and help herd 50+ head of ‘un-broke’ rodeo stock horses the entire 60 mile route, over 4 days and 3 nights, to the Kanab Western Legends Roundup! Our entire entourage – wagons and Remuda, will participate in the grand ‘High Noon’ parade on Saturday the 26th as hundreds of festival attendees and tourists line the streets to celebrate our great Western heritage. We’ll circle the wagons near the center of town and offer nightly campfire programs with even more Western entertainment. On Friday and Saturday, our wagons will offer half-day rides and tour of the historic old ‘Movie Fort’ just a few miles southwest of town. Our Remuda will be corralled nearby at the Kane County fairgrounds and we plan to offer a Ranch Rodeo event comprised of real working cowboys from local ranch’s who will compete for prize money and pride – townsfolk and tourists are invited to attend as well. So if you love the West – the scenery and anything/ everything ‘Cowboy’ — plan to join us and make your reservations now. Visit the festival website for photos and video from previous treks and more updates, fee schedules, maps and itinerary at westernlegendsroundup.com.
We hope to see you on the Trail!