full-day Wagon Train tours

Join us for an unforgettable adventure of a lifetime, riding in an authentic wagon through some of the most iconic Western scenery anywherethe Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument! The most beautiful backcountry in America!

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”]).

ITINERARY

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!

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”!

WAGON TRAIN

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.

On the final day of the trek, we ride into Kanab for a hearty “Welcome Home”.

Be prepared for a true Western Wilderness Experience!

‘Cowboy up’ and join us for our adventure!