Working Cattle Ranch with Horseback Riding and Rodeo Demonstrations
The Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail winds about 1,300 miles from its trailhead in Nauvoo, Illinois, to Salt Lake City, Utah. During its heyday, the trail helped nearly 70,000 Mormon pioneers—including Brigham Young, who made the first crossing in 1846—escape religious persecution. Today, at Grand Canyon Ranch, covered horse-drawn wagons still escort guests along a small section of this historical trail. The ranch’s history is just as rich as the trail’s—it’s near springs that were home to the Cohina tribe thousands of years ago, and it was once owned by a notorious cattle rancher and gunfighter.
Grand Canyon Ranch—a 2.5-hour drive from Las Vegas—is still a 165-square-mile working cattle ranch. The owners raise corriente cattle, which are bred for their speed and dry wit; see them in action at the Western Arts Rodeo Arena, where professional wranglers demonstrate roping and cutting techniques. Venture into the surrounding wilderness on a guided horseback ride that passes scraggly joshua trees and herds of wild buffalo, or take a helicopter tour, which flies over 19 miles of the western rim of the Grand Canyon.
Keep chilly desert nights at bay with warm bedding in an authentic Native American tepee hand-painted with traditional symbols. This Getaway also includes daily western-style breakfasts served in the historical ranch house.
Meadview, Arizona: Desert Landscape Surrounded by Red Rock Canyons
Grand Canyon West, a tourist destination owned by the Hualapai Nation, is just 15 miles east of Grand Canyon Ranch. Although the area is not a part of Grand Canyon National Park, it showcases similarly breathtaking views of striated red rock canyons and the Colorado River. Some of the best views are visible from the Skywalk, a U-shaped glass bridge suspended 4,000 feet above the canyon floor. While here, hike to scenic vistas or take a walking tour of authentic Native American dwellings, where you’ll see live performances.
Drive about two hours east to get to the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Largemouth and striped bass and bluegill crowd the lake’s waters, making it an ideal spot for canoeing, picnicking, and fishing.
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