Even though we are only a short distance from the West Entrance of Zion National Park, we are typically 15 to 20 degrees cooler. This is due to the rapid elevation change from Springdale's 3,898 feet, to Rising K Ranch's 5,982 feet. (If you go horseback on our "Mountain Ride", you will reach elevations of over 9,000 feet for even cooler temperatures.)
Along with the cooler change in temperature, you will find the geography of Rising K Ranch to include a much more forested, "Rocky Mountain" appearance than does Zion Canyon proper, which is a bit more of a high desert. Visit Zion National Park for awe-inspiring red cliffs and red canyon walls, surrounded mostly by juniper, pinyon, sage, cactus, and Gambel Oak, and ponderosa pine, and visit our ranch to view similar red cliffs, pyramids, and red rock walls surrounded by more spruce, quaking aspen, and maple.
If you are visiting Zion National Park and are looking for a unique way to get into some cooler temperatures, higher altitudes, and much less crowds (each of our horseback rides are private, consisting of only you, the people you bring along with you, and your guide) we hope you will consider taking a horseback ride with us here at Rising K Ranch!