Wind in Your Hair Riding, Wanship, Utah
Your host: Sueanne Clark.
The getaway: Wind in Your Hair Riding is located at the base of Cherry Canyon, east of Park City, Utah. The ranch is picturesque, with historic barns and scenic pastures. Riding is offered on 1,000 acres of private land with miles of trails. The ranch takes only experienced riders on the trail (i.e., those with a solid seat and comfortable with faster gaits).
Gaited mounts: Paso Finos. The trails: You’ll ride through the mountains on Paso Finos, which exhibit a smooth, four-beat lateral gait. The twohour (minimum) ride offers open spaces, some wooded areas, hand-built trails, and climbs to spectacular views. Area wildlife includes deer, red-tailed hawks, osprey, mountain bluebirds, and blue jays. Occasionally, you’ll see wild turkeys, badgers, ermine, eagles, moose, elk, and coyote. Rare sightings include cougars, wolves, bears, and bobcats.
Accommodations: You can stay in the nearby Woodland Farmhouse Inn Bed & Breakfast in Kamas ( wood landfarmhouseinn.com), which offers accommodations in a 120-year-old farmhouse. Located on four acres, the inn provides quaint rooms and a full-service breakfast. Best time to go: Year-round. Bring own saddle? No; Western, English, and Australian stock saddles are available. Horses for sale? No. Contact: (435) 901-4644; firstname.lastname@example.org; windinyourhair.com.