Zion Horseback Riding Tours


The best horseback riding in Zion National Park. All horseback rides at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort are conducted by East Zion Adventures. Our horses are chosen and trained to match the wide variety of guests that visit the resort. It is important to let your wrangler know about your past riding experience so he can team you up with the best horse possible. Our horses are young enough to enjoy the Zion mountain trail rides, strong enough to make the climbs, and obedient for safety reasons. See our selection of horse riding day trips and sunset horseback rides below.

A family experiencing Zion Ponderosa’s horseback riding trails and tours

Available Horseback Riding Tours

Pine Knoll Horseback Ride

Saddle up and experience Zion National Park from a unique perspective. Begin your Zion horseback riding tour with a quick introduction and get acquainted with the horses. Learn their unique personalities as you prepare to spend the next two hours together. Your guide will demonstrate safe techniques for handling your horse.

This Zion mountain trail ride begins by following a trail that winds up the side of Pine Knoll through the desert forest with an intense elevation increase. Eventually, the horseback ride exits the forest and you'll get to see majestic sweeping views of Southern Utah and Zion National Park. At the summit, you'll pause to capture pictures that will help you remember this experience for years to come. Then, continue down the mountain, all the while learning about the area and wildlife while listening to western stories.

Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced

Ages: 8+

Duration: 2 hours

Views: Majestic sweeping views of Southern Utah and Zion National Park. The greatest views of all of our horseback riding tours.


Zion Sunset Horseback Ride

Saddle up on the back of one of our amazing horses and experience the Zion Ponderosa views on this incredible trail ride that takes you into the sunset. Whether it is your first night or your last, come soak in the views as you bid an amazing day farewell.

Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate      

Ages: 8+ years

Duration: 1 hour 30 mins

Views: The beautiful Zion sunset


Twin Knoll Horseback Ride

On this horseback riding experience riders will travel to the top of Twin Knoll.

Skill Level: Beginner and Intermediate

Ages: 8+ years

Duration: 1 hour 30 mins

Views: Zion National Park, the Elk Heart Mountains, the Kaibab Mountain Range, and the surrounding mountain ranges and canyons


Pine Grove Horseback Ride

This ride is ideal for the timid beginner looking to get acquainted with horses. The trail has very little elevation change and lacks the views of the other ride options. Let our guides put you at ease and help you become a horse expert by the end of the ride!

Skill Level: Beginner

Ages: 8+ (this is the most beginner-friendly horseback riding we offer)

Duration: 1 hour


Kids Horseback Riding in Utah

Children under eight years old are too young for the regular horse rides but they will love our kid-friendly horseback rides that are led by wranglers and are very safe. Each kid's horseback ride lasts about 10 minutes.

More Details

Zion Ponderosa horseback riding is located high in the pines at nearly 6,500 feet above sea level on the east plateau overlooking Zion Park. Surrounded by a forest of ponderosa pine, Zion Ponderosa was once home to a pioneer logging camp. Many of the old pioneer trails and horseback riding roads remain and provide guests of the ranch a range of horseback rides through rugged, Rocky Mountain high country.

Zion National Park is one of the most popular of the Utah National Parks for horseback riding tours. It was first discovered by Native Americans who refused to enter the enchanted walls of the Park at night. Early Mormon pioneers hired Indian guides to tour them through Zion National Park on horseback. More than a century later, Zion National Park remains home to some of the most scenic Utah horseback riding tours and trails in the Western United States.


Come to Zion Ponderosa and experience the thrill of horseback riding in Utah, along with many other activities. Our guides will take you on a journey through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. You'll be surrounded by towering cliffs, rushing waterfalls, and lush forests. It's an unforgettable experience that you won't want to miss. Call today for more information!

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