As it turned out, the rain stopped before morning, leaving a mist that hung over the cliffs. The riding conditions were fine.
Our second day was sunny, and the main feature of the ride was the spectacular Thunder Mountain Trail. The trail is narrow and winding in places, and we shared it with a few mountain bikers. Fortunately, our horses have seen a lot of bikes, so that wasn't a problem.
Bristlecone Pine grow above 8000 feet in dolomite soil, usually on windy ridges. These slow-growing trees are poor competitors and tend to survive best in difficult conditions where other trees don't do well. The needles can last up to 30 years before they are shed.
At the trail's high points, the views were spectacular.
The vast expanse of open territory shows how much there is to explore. I don't think we'll run out of trails any time soon.