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Don Vinson, 1675 Los Osos Valley Road, #119
Los Osos, CA 93402

(805) 704-5778


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Douglas Mesa

Douglas Mesa

Douglas Mesa

Douglas Mesa

Douglas Mesa

Douglas Mesa


Douglas Mesa Trail Ride

ALL rides start on Sunday 1:00pm Utah Time at the meeting place, end on Friday, and you leave Saturday.

Spring Rides:

  • Apr 29th 2018
  • May 5th 2018
  • May 27th 2018

Fall Rides:

  • Sept 2nd 2018
  • Sept 30th 2018

Required Items

  • Wood to contribute to the campfire
  • Riding gear for all-weather (slickers?)
  • Horse feed of your choice (certified or not)
  • Breakfast and Lunch for yourself daily - Dinner for potluck (3 days large group).
  • All your health papers for your horse

Suggested Equipment for your comfort

  • Head light that straps to your head
  • Flash Light
  • Comfortable folding chair for the camp fire
  • Jacket or Sweatshirt for the evening
  • Grooming tools to care for your horse


Douglas Mesa

Directions Coming from the south on highway 163, cross the Arizona / Utah border, go 6 miles and take a left. Stay on the main road going up the hill for 16.2 miles. Watch for signs.

Coming from the north, when you hit Mexican Hat on highway 163, go 15 miles further to Douglas Mesa road sign. Turn right. Follow main road up the hill 16.2 miles from the turn-off. The 16.2 miles is from the turn-off on highway 163.

Today family groups, such as the Dutchies, Cantsees, Lehis, and Poseys have Paiute roots that extend back to the Douglas Mesa—Monument Valley—Navajo Mountain area. Other families, such as the Ketchums, Mikes, Hatches, and Eyetoos are more closely related to the Weenuche or Ute Mountain Utes living at Towaoc. Until the mid-1920s, the three main permanent camps of Numic speakers in southeastern Utah were at Navajo Mountain (Paiute), Allen Canyon (predominantly Paiute, but with a significant mix of Ute), and Montezuma Canyon (predominantly Weenuche Ute). This point should not be stressed too heavily, however, since a great deal of intermarriage, trade, and social interaction characterized all three groups.

Allotting Land Leads to Loss

Regarding the allocation of lands down on White Mesa, even though the allotments were issues as a result of a 1923 skirmish—many Allen Canyon allotments were issues in 1924—it was the 1940s and 1950s before the government got around to issuing the White Mesa patents to the individual Indians to whom they had made a commitment.

Although the Indians had lived on the lands prior to 1923 and continued during the years between 1923 and when they received their patents, there have been some of the Ute people who have since turned their allotted land over to the tribe. So the Ute Mountain Tribe currently has ownership of some of the allotted land at White Mesa, Allen Canyon, and Cottonwood. But the thing that occurred through this last battle—this Indian skirmish—was that attention was b rought to the fact that the Ute people needed to have some place that they could identify as home. As the Anglos moved into the area, they had taken over the grazing, springs, and watering places. They made it difficult for the Indians to be able to eke out a living at that point. Even though many did feel kindly toward the Ute people, they were not prone to worry about whether they were still able to survive or weather they had taken away some of the area the Ute people had.

On the other side, we are talking about the fact that the Indian people had lost the land area they had previously hunted on, been able to raise a few crops, and graze their animals. They were having a difficult time making a living or even getting by with the conditions that prevailed at that time. It is also interesting that the ranks of the Ute Indians had swelled somewhat right about that same time. There had been Paiute Indians at Navajo Mountain and at Oljata. Some had lived at Paiute Farms, north of Ojata along the San Juan River. Others lived at Paiute Canyon, Paiute Mesa, and out around the Navajo Mountain area, interminglilng there with the Navajo. The Federal Government had given the Paiutes an Indian Reservation in 1908 that included the land west of 110th parallel south of the San Juan River and north of the Arizona border. In 1922 they took this reservation back from the Paiute.

Navajo Baskets

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Navajo Ceremonial baskets merge oral traditions with material culture and create a visual representation and reminder of Navajo values and beliefs. Much of this artistic activity is the product of a cluster of families who have lived for generations atop Douglas Mesa.

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Don Vinson, 1675 Los Osos Valley Road, #119
Los Osos, CA 93402

(805) 704-5778


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