Horseback riding in Yellowstone

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you a requested post from D, who has just informed me that he wants to go horseback riding in Yellowstone.

I will not be reflecting here on the multiple discussions already had on when future trips to the States would be taken… (Pittsburgh wedding in September? Minnesota in the Summertime? Upstate NY in the autumn?) and rather indulge his request in the hopes that he helps me finish packing before my move tomorrow.

However I will also offer a counter-proposal… Let’s suppose for a minute that we decide to take this trip before D’s next birthday, say, in September after a certain Pittsburgh wedding. And let’s imagine for a minute that we visit some Southern parks rather than Yellowstone…

Proposed national park trip – including multiple opportunities for horseback riding

Fly into Salt Lake City, Utah. Drive South to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks.

Bryce Canyon – photo via Pinterest                                                             *One can horseback ride here.

Zion National Park – photo via Pinterest from National Geographic                                        * Also here

Continue south into Arizona for the Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon – imagine via Pinterest                                                                                          *And here

Head West to the Hoover Dam before settling in Henderson, Nevada (note – if we visit Dave, Belgium… then there is precedent to visit my namesake, Henderson, Nevada)

Hoover Dam – image via Pinterest 

The Ravella Hotel – just outside Las Vegas in Henderson, NV – image from the Ravella Hotel

From there, head on south to San Diego… perhaps more specifically Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach, CA – photo sourced via Pinterest here

Beach horseback riding anyone? Image sourced from Pinterest via That Kind of Woman

Then, if one was really ambitious, one could drive up the California coast to San Francisco.

Images sourced on Pinterest here and here. (Photo above is the Big Sur)


My hope is this has given David a bit of inspiration for future trips State-side… what all this horseback riding talk really has me wondering, however, is when we are doing this…

Horseback riding on safari – photo sourced here. 

  1. Lindsay said:

    My money is on D being too saddle-sore to walk before getting out of the Grand Canyon…. 😉

    But looks like a great trip. Can you and I go instead? I’m sure there’s a Lindsay-somewhere or other that needs visiting…

  2. I highly recommend Bryce and Zion. Two of the most beautiful places in the country and Zion definitely outshines the Grand Canyon.

  3. MSG said:

    Hello. Chiming in here, maybe a bit late to the game, but I just found this. While Grand Canyon/Yellowstone/Zion/etc. sound scenic, I think you should swing by Minnesota as well in the summer – we can all meet in Alexandria and take over my parent’s lake house for a few days.

    • Hello there. A certain gentlemen seems dead-set on the Southwest US visit. But I am with you! I suggest we launch a heavy lobbying-effort on how great summertime at a lake can be in good-old MN 🙂 I will start with the brats-beer-BBQ aspect. We’ll leave out the bit about the mosquitoes… x Jess

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