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Canyonlands National Park Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding Pack and saddle stock are allowed on all backcountry roads and in Horseshoe Canyon. However, due to a lack of water in most areas, Horseshoe Canyon and Horse/Salt Creek Canyons in the Needles are the main destinations for visitors with horses.Day Use Permits are required for day use in both Horseshoe and Salt Creek Canyons. At Horseshoe, permits are unlimited and free, and may be obtained in advance by calling the Hans Flat Ranger Station at (435) 259-2652. Individual groups may not exceed ten animals and ten people.

In Horse/Salt Creek and Lavender Canyons, use is limited to seven animals per day. These permits may be reserved through the central reservation office in Moab. Overnight Use Permits are required for all overnight trips in the backcountry. During the spring and fall, demand for permits frequently exceeds the number available. If you plan to visit Canyonlands during peak season, it is recommended that you make reservations well in advance. All manure and feed must be packed out from the campsites. The group size limit for overnight use is seven people and ten horses for the Needles and Island in the Sky, and five people and eight horses for the Maze and Orange Cliffs.

Regulations Horses, mules and burros are the only animals permitted. Other domestic animals are prohibited in the backcountry (including dogs). Stock must be fed pelletized feed for 48 hours in advance of and during a trip in order to prevent the spread of exotic plant species. Grazing is not allowed. Animals may not be left unattended and must be staked at least 300 feet away from water sources and away from vegetation where possible.

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