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Dineh Trail Rides, Monument Valley
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Navajo Tribal Park
Monument Valley, UT 84536
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+1 928 309 8834
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Horseback Riding
 
 
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Dineh Trail Rides, a Navajo-owned outfitter, offers horseback trail rides in Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Tours can be booked from the tour booth inside the park or in advance by telephone. Trail rides, charged by the hour, depart from John Ford's Point at the back end of Valley Drive. The rides take place in the area of the park known as Thunderbird Mesa and offer stunning views of Totem Pole and other Monument Valley landmarks. Family Travel Tips: Children must be at least 8 years of age to horseback ride. Riding experience isn't required. The quality of the excursion is hit or miss.
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Never Rode A Horse Before

Submitted on 19 July 2010 by a kidscantravel.com member
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It was a dream come true for me and a special memory for my wife and daughter. My main concern was my eleven year-old daughter's safety since none of us ever rode a horse before. Terrell (one of the owners') put her on a horse named Charlie he was quite gentle. Best memory of our two-week vacation, it was better than Garden of The Gods, Pikes Peak, Mesa Verde, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest and The Great Sand Dunes. The Dunes are pretty cool but the Moon rise over the Valley floor is special with all the stars!! If you have a young daughter, ask that she rides Charli e and God's Sake take an apple to feed Charlie. Charlie loves apples!!
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Terrific Family Experience

Submitted on 10 May 2010 by a kidscantravel.com member
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We happened upon this opportunity a couple of miles into the 17 mile scenic drive in Monument Valley. We got out of our car only to pet the puppies and look at the horses. The gentleman in charge and horses appeared calm and safe, so we took a one hour ride. It was the most special moment of our two week vacation. The scenery is spectacular and the right way to see it from a horse. The horses were great. My wife is a championship rider and the rest of us are novices. All were happy. I only wish that we had planned this in advance so that we could have taken a longer ride. W e absolutely recomend Dineh Trail Rides. (Riders were parents, daughters ages 8 - 12 and our nanny)
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Submitted on 10 May 2010 by a kidscantravel.com member
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In short: We booked a two hour trail ride. The horse threw my teenage daughter who was then too scared to remount. As we had just managed to talk her round our guide kicked and punched the horse responsible causing further distress and so ending any chance of her completing the ride. The guide kept suggesting that the rest of us continue with the package.  With some persuasion he took the rest of the group back to the coral while I waited with my daughter.  He then disappeared leaving the group to try and locate us (we were not on Valley Drive and as such wer e supposed to be escorted).  After two attempts to locate us they returned to the coral, found the guide and persuaded him to show them where we were.  Having finally made it back to the coral some 2.5hrs later the guide produced a piece of paper that we had signed to say that we accepted that horse riding was dangerous (note, we were never shown the front of the form only asked to supply name and address details on the rear).  Whilst I happily accept that there is an inherent risk associated with this type of activity I am not prepared to accept that there were no provisions made (and clearly no training given) on actions in the event of an incident.
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Don't trot or your trail ride will be shorter

Submitted on 10 May 2010 by a kidscantravel.com member
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The only way to get under this park's skin is to hire a guide and get off the beaten path. However, hiring a guide from the parking lot tour booth isn't the way to do it. We got a closer look at an often-filmed sight, there were no lingering crowds on the trail, and the kids were smiling from ear to ear. But apart from pointing out two or three landmarks our guide provided little detail. What's more, the length of the horseback ride is based on the time it takes a horse to walk the trail. We trotted some and returned after 75 minutes, our trail ride was a quarter of an hour short. At $200 for a family of four, it was a pricey horseback ride. If we were to do it again we would research the outfitters in advance and book a tour that offered more.
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