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 Ã¢Â€Â™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 RideÃ¢Â€Â™s founding families, the Houstons and the Mangums, have continued to fine-tune every aspect of the journey. However, some things canÃ¢Â€Â™t be improved Ã¢Â€Â“ the breathtaking scenery, for instance. Red Rock guests ride trails in UtahÃ¢Â€Â™s Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks and the Grand Staircase of the Escalante National Monument, and on ArizonaÃ¢Â€Â™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 HoustonÃ¢Â€Â™s TrailÃ¢Â€Â™s End Restaurant in Kanab and HoustonÃ¢Â€Â™s Catering. Compared to their usual workload, feeding 40 guests and the Red Rock Ride staff is a busmanÃ¢Â€Â™s holiday. The same holds true for the Mangums, whoÃ¢Â€Â™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.