Cattle Drive Activities
Drives No. 1-4:
Check in on the first day for the first three cattle drives is before 1:00 p.m., with lunch being your first meal with us. For the fourth drive, check in is between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m., with dinner being the first meal. For these four drives, you’ll stay in a comfortable private room in our lodge the first and last nights. The other nights will be spent at our Cow Camp on the Boulder Mountain, where you’ll sleep in tents. (For the first drive, both nights are spent at the lodge.) Check out on your last day is by 11:00 a.m. These cattle drives are limited to no more than 12 guests (10 guests for our June 30th drive).
Shortly after check in, we will get you into the saddle to get you fitted for the right one and evaluate your riding skills (to assist us in matching you with a horse to suit your riding experience). You’ll spend some time riding and may be able to participate in team penning and sorting in the arena. This helps riders become better acquainted with their horses as well as with some of the techniques used in working cattle.
The next morning, after a hearty breakfast, we will meet at the tack shed to prepare the horses for the day. After assisting in grooming and saddling your mount, then loading it in the horse trailer, you will follow us, in your own vehicle, to the Boulder Mountain to begin the cattle roundup process. (Part of the ride to the Mountain is on a well-traveled dirt road. You’ll want to make sure you have a vehicle appropriate for this.) After an exhilarating day searching for and rounding up cattle, we’ll all head over to Cow Camp where we will camp for the next two or three nights. We’ll be sleeping in tents (or under the stars if you prefer), and eating delicious meals cooked over an open fire or camp stove.
The remaining days will be spent looking for, gathering, and then driving the cattle to their new allotment. You’ll experience the paradise of south central Utah—filled with wildflowers and wildlife as varied as that of any state in the nation. After pushing the cattle to their new grazing area (on your last full day), you will return to the lodge at the Ranch to enjoy a hearty dinner before retiring to bed on your final night, with wonderful memories that you will be able to share for years to come. The following morning, you’ll enjoy one last breakfast with us before departure. (Please see the itineraries for each cattle drive for more details.)
Drives No. 5 & 6:
The Rockin’ R Ranch has recently contracted with Pens Valley Ranch to guide their two Extreme Cattle Drives. You’ll be gathering and pushing the cattle between their “summer” range located in the Parashant National Monument and their “winter” range in the Grand Canyon. You’ll see beautiful back country that very few have ever seen in terrain that is accessible only by horse.
These are “no frills” cattle drives and are as authentic as they come. You will cover at least 47 miles on horseback and see and experience things that you never thought possible, from Anasazi petroglyphs and caves to a Colorado River overlook that will take your breath away. You’ll bring with you only what you can pack on your horse, and you’ll sleep in sleeping bags under the stars. Participants in these two cattle drives must be advanced riders, and need to be very physically fit with no health problems. Not only are there long days on the horses, but there are areas where the terrain is so rugged that you’ll need to walk and lead your horse up and down steep or rough patches in the trail. You will be hiking at least five miles during the cattle drive. The cost includes your stay in a motel in St. George, Utah, for the first and last nights. (With these two drives, you won’t be spending any time at the Rockin’ R Ranch in Antimony, Utah.) These two drives are each limited to only eight guests. So you’ll want to make your reservations early and not let this chance of a lifetime pass you by.
CATTLE DRIVE DEPOSIT: At the time of reservation, a one-third deposit is due. Balance is due 60 days prior to arrival. Payment can be made by check, Visa, or Mastercard.
CATTLE DRIVE CANCELLATION: Up to 60 days prior to arrival, 50 percent of your deposit (less a $100 non-refundable fee) will be refunded. From 59 to 45 days prior to arrival, 50 percent of your payment (less the non-refundable fee) will be refunded. After 45 days prior to your arrival, there will be no refunds. There are no refunds for early departures and no refunds for “no shows”. We are happy to credit payment toward a stay with us at another time.
The Rockin’ R Ranch reserves the right to change the location of our sleeping accommodations and some meals from our Cow Camp to our three-story lodge based on weather conditions, fire restrictions, and/or number of guests, if necessary.