Is The Wild Horse for you?
You are the right person for The Wild Horse if you love to see new vistas, have your bike take you places you have never pedaled, enjoy the camaraderie of riding with others, but are not afraid to spend time riding all alone (especially for the long loop). In 2015, the average ride time on The Wild Horse was about 6 hours, Little Wild Horse was about 2.5 hours.
Even though we are only 45 minutes away from downtown SLC and are just off the interstate, the ride develops a very strong feeling of remoteness very quickly. You will likely always have cell coverage, but the road options are limited, and there are no easy or quick bail out options.
Much of the roadway is part of the lake floor of the ancient Lake Bonneville. Rain can make it an impassible quagmire very quickly. Rider and volunteer safety overrules all other considerations. If the forecast looks threatening, the event will be rescheduled. Last year we were forced to make this call on Thursday afternoon, less than 48 hours before the initially scheduled date.
This is quite a drag for those who plan to travel a great distance for this event. If The Wild Horse requires booking a plane trip, perhaps this event is not right for you. We'd love to have you take part, but also understand that vacation time and money are both quite limited resources for most of us.
If you do want to travel more than a few hours to be a part of The Wild Horse, we would recommend that you make this a part of a larger Utah adventure. Pedal The Wild Horse and then head south to sample the world-class desert riding in Moab or St. George. If weather shuts us down, you can just head south a little sooner.