Some riding vacations are worth revisiting. The Red Rock Ride is one of them. The outstanding horseback adventure, first featured in our February 1999 issue, followed a â98 trip to Utah and Arizona. Then, it was hard to imagine the ride becoming any better, but it has.
In the years since, the Red Rock Rideâs founding families, the Houstons and the Mangums, have continued to fine-tune every aspect of the journey. However, some things canât be improved â the breathtaking scenery, for instance. Red Rock guests ride trails in Utahâs Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks and the Grand Staircase of the Escalante National Monument, and on Arizonaâs north rim of the Grand Canyon.
In 1992, when Daylean and Robert Houston, Kanab, Utah, teamed up with Keela and Pete Mangum, Tropic, Utah, theirs proved a successful partnership for obvious reasons. The former own and operate Houstonâs Trailâs End Restaurant in Kanab and Houstonâs Catering. Compared to their usual workload, feeding 40 guests and the Red Rock Ride staff is a busmanâs holiday. The same holds true for the Mangums, whoâve operated horseback-riding concessions in Zion, Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon National Parks for more than 30 years. Plus, the Red Rock Ride now is a multigenerational effort including sons, daughters, in-laws and grandchildren.
For the complete story, see the February 2006 issue of Western Horseman.