Trail Riding By Mule

Ah, traveling by mule.  Brings to mind visions of prospectors panning for gold in the old west, but even today mules have managed to stay relevant and play a role in the U.S. National Parks.

Mules only know how to travel one way- slowly. Perhaps that’s the perfect speed after a long week in the corporate fast lane.  Depending on the location there are plenty of outdoor activities like hiking, biking, climbing and white water rafting to compliment a mule trail ride.  Here are a few spectacular settings that can easily be reached by car or a quick plane ride for a microadventure.

Meander on a Canyon Trail Rides mule around the pink hued spires of Bryce Canyon and discover the labyrinth of passages in this colorful terrain that make this national park so unique.

Xanterra South Rim has day trips to the Abyss Overlook as well as overnight rides to the bottom of the canyon and the Colorado River from the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.  From the North Rim half-day trips descend down the North Kaibab Trail.

Yellowstone National Park’s backcountry of waterfalls, hot springs, geysers and wildlife are more accessible on Yellowstone Mountain Guides’ overnight muletrip.

Whether it’s for two hours or a full day the high country and valley of Yosemite experienced from Yosemite Valley Stable’s mule saddle brings the rider up close to the natural beauty of this national park.

Relax and saunter casually through these national parks known for their rustic beauty atop strong, sure-footed animals that know the rugged terrain.

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