The Red Rock Ride Revisited

This outfit leaves no stone unturned in Utah's Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks, on the Grand Staircase or along Arizona's rim of the Grand.



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 ’98 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 Ride’s founding families, the Houstons and the Mangums, have continued to fine-tune every aspect of the journey. However, some things can’t be improved – the breathtaking scenery, for instance. Red Rock guests ride trails in Utah’s Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks and the Grand Staircase of the Escalante National Monument, and on Arizona’s 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 Houston’s Trail’s End Restaurant in Kanab and Houston’s Catering. Compared to their usual workload, feeding 40 guests and the Red Rock Ride staff is a busman’s holiday. The same holds true for the Mangums, who’ve 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.