Grand Canyon Trail Rides For Private Stock Users
Equine trips are allowed in Grand Canyon National Park and it is not necessary to take a guided mule ride you have your own stock. Permits are required for overnight trips and can be obtained from the Grand Canyon backcountry office. Typically, mules are used on Grand Canyon Trails because they are better suited for this terrain. Horses usually have problems on the steep trails. Keep in mind permits are limited so you'll have to plan your trip in advance.
There are several trails pack animals are allowed on, including the South Kaibab, North Kaibab and Bright Angel Trails. There are designated areas for your stock and at least one person in your groups needs to stay with the animals overnight. There are limited water stops and no feed available, so you'll need to keep this in mind while you do your trip planning. There is a place to leave your stock on the Rim the night before the trip, and a ranger who specifically deals with stock issues. If you need more information, the Grand Canyon Backcountry Office issues permits and provides information for private stock use in Grand Canyon National Park. Read the guide below to learn more.