Horse & Pack Stock
The Monument offers many opportunities to experience the backcountry by horse but please note that designated horse & pack stock routes have not been established on the Monument.
The varied landforms present a variety of challenging terrain for all skill levels. These lands are rugged and primitive, appealing to those looking for adventure. The area's remoteness, limited travel corridors, Aand low visitation have helped preserve this type of opportunity. Help us maintain these values by planning your trip well, being prepared, and camping light.
In the early days of settlement, horses and pack stock were important for survival and making a living in this rugged, arid, and immense landscape. Very few residents had vehicles; horses were the only transportation. Running cattle was a common livelihood, whether for producing beef or dairy products.
Today, when people take horses and other stock into this rugged landscape, they have the advantage of modern equipment and stock trailers to get to trailheads.
The purpose of the journey is typically to enjoy the scenery and the feeling of freedom that riding offers.