The Lodge at Blue Sky is set on a 3,500-acre working ranch, and horses and riding are part of our DNA. Begin your stay with a riding lesson or natural horsemanship lesson where you will learn to communicate with your horse using non-verbal cues, before embarking on a private horseback ride with jaw-dropping views. With an onsite horse rescue foundation set amidst the splendor of the Utah mountains, our equine experiences are like no other in the country. Scroll to learn more.
Traditions of Natural Horsemanship
At the ranch, we train our horses in the tradition of Tom and Bill Dorrance, Ray Hunt and the modern day horse whisperer, Buck Brannaman. We believe that our trail horses and our ranch horses should be continually worked on the ground to correct bad habits and ensure the safety and welfare of our riding guests. We work on recognizing the signals that horses give us and we vary the routines to keep it interesting for the horse.
Foundations of Health and Wellness
Horsemanship at Blue Sky is not just about the riding. We believe it starts with how you learn to care for a horse, your sensitivity to how they are feeling and recognizing any health problems that need to be tended to prior to training. We think it's important for the horse to be groomed properly with special attention to diet, supplements and foot care. The ritual of tacking a horse properly and making sure the horse has the proper hydration at all times is key to proper horsemanship. We take our time with the horses and address them as individuals with their own unique needs, limitations and potential.
The Lodge at Blue SKy
This family-friendly Western trail ride ambles across flat, shaded, gentle terrain adjacent to the banks of Alexander Creek
The surrounding flora and fauna is varied and abundant
This is a wonderful ride for families. For adults that want a short trail ride, we recommend booking the White Tail Ride which can be customized to any level of riding ability
Saddle up for a gentle walking ride across varied terrain in the foothills of the beautiful mountains of our ranch
Take in stunning mountain views while ambling through aromatic scrub oak and sagebrush
This is an ideal trail for riders of all levels, and younger guests ages 12 and older
2 hour | May–November | 6 guests max
Embark on an excursion through mountains, meadows, valleys and alongside creeks while taking some much-deserved, adventuresome alone time
A longer excursion for those who want to stay out and enjoy solitude from the best vantage point – the back of a horse
Commune with nature in a secluded setting while pausing mid-ride for light refreshments
3 hours | May-November | 6 guests max
Experience an introduction to the philosophy and practice of natural horsemanship as you explore the essence of the human/horse relationship through non-verbal communication, action and perception.
Arrive seeking an understanding of a horse and leave with a powerful connection, deeper understanding and enriching sense of realignment.
Guests will work through what we call “groundwork” which will build a foundation of communication and then practice newly found skills in the saddle.
1.5 hours, one hour of groundwork and 30 minutes in the saddle.
Spend time with one of our experienced wranglers in The Remuda, The Lodge at Blue Sky’s 36,000 square foot state-of-the-art indoor riding area
Master the basics or hone your existing skills with walking, trotting and loping
Experienced riders can do pole work, caveletti work, dressage and equitation
Each lesson is highly customizable based on a guests’ comfort and level of experience
The Lodge at Blue Sky is the only guest ranch in North America with their own onsite vet
Learn about our our special horses, their basic anatomy, and participate in helping to give them simple treatments
Learn the basics of natural horsemanship and cattle moving in the tradition of Ray Hunt and Buck Brannaman
Spend time helping our wranglers ride out and do the real work of the ranch, checking fence, moving cows, and enjoying the scenic trails of Blue Sky
3 hours | June – September | 6 guest maximum
“Horses are very keen on body language, and what I refer to as ‘presence’ or expression. They know quite a bit about you before you even get to ’em. They can read things about you clear across the arena.”
– Buck Brannaman