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Lost Canyon Tours

Lost Canyon Tours

Lost Canyon Tours

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Address:
720 Canyon RdWisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Phone:
(608) 254-8757
Open:
March 17 - November 4
Website:
http://www.lostcanyontour.com
 
 
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Overview
At Lost Canyon you enjoy the entire tour riding through a magnificent mile of cliff-walled gorges in comfortable yet quaint horse-drawn carriages. Your tour will be even more thrilling when you come to the narrow passages of Lost Canyon where the guides must talk the horses through the tight squeeze. In some of the deeper parts of Lost Canyon the sheer rock and sandstone wall have not felt the touch of the sun in more than 50,000 years.
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It was back in 1956 that Dr. R.O. Ebert started the horse-drawn wagon tours through Lost Canyon, the longest and deepest land canyon in Wisconsin. In 1967, the Kissack families took over the business and still operate it today, doing their part to maintain this natural treasure.  Visitors ride through a mile of cliff-walled gorges in comfortable yet quaint horse-drawn carriages.  At the narrowest passages, the guides must talk the horses through the tight squeeze.  In some of the deeper parts, the sheer rock and sandstone wall have not felt the touch of the sun in more than 50,000 years.

 
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    07/31/2013This was such a great addition to our stay in Wisconsin Dells. I unfortunately don't remember the name of the tour guide but he was very informative yet not boring in the least. He joked around and it made it a great trip through the canyon. The horses names were Bill and Barney who were some kind of Percherons. They were gorgeous! I would definitely recommend this addition to anybody who is visiting the Dell's.
    -BrittanyRochester,MN
    07/05/2013Just came back from Wisconsin and this was one of the things we did - loved it! Beautiful canyon, great guide, awesome horses, and just really fun! Would do it again in a heartbeat! A must do when going to the Wisconsin Dells area!
    -teresapotosi,mo
    05/30/2013A very cute and fun tour. The perfect amount of time for a tour, not too long not too short. The tour guide, Josh, was fun too. Our 7 month old loved when the horses went faster. Definately a must do with the family.
    -Michelle 
    04/28/2013I've promised my wife a carriage ride for over 20 years. I thought for a moment as she was telling me about the attraction....maybe.. but no...as I wheeled the car into the drive next to the big sign I saw our transportation, big blue clunky amusement park style wagons, complete with car tires. Looking at the excitement in my Wife's eyes I went into "quiet mode", I knew this was going to end poorly. A short while later I heard the "click-clack" of heavy hooves hitting stone, the last party was returning. Turning, I saw them, similar to Clydesdales but smaller, I promised I wouldn't forget the name of the breed of horse - I did- lol. Suffice to say, that was when the tour began to turn for me. The two stout draft horses were beautiful, well groomed with shiny coats, expensive tack and harness they were very well cared for- their eyes- not the dull blank stare of horses forced to endure the same trail over and over, but the twinkling eyes of creatures that enjoyed what they did. Something they proved over and over again on the tour as they played with the guide/driver Josh - nudging the wagon forward from time to time as he stopped them to talk, making him grab the seat for balance more than once. "Dick " and "Dan" proved to be just as entertaining as their handler. As the tour began Josh fell into the role of guide and entertainer, telling corny jokes mixed with a heavy dose of facts about the Lost Canyon itself. His joking manner couldn't hide the passion he felt about the canyon itself - for a brief moment he allowed us in his world - showing us the beauty of nature and the the powerful forces it took to create such a wonder. A wonderful experience, well worth the cost of the tour. I highly recommend.
    -JohnBolingbrook,Illinois
    08/23/2012Josh was our tour guide (Pete if we didn't like him) and he did a wonderful job. The canyon is one of the few untouched tours of the dells which makes is one of the best. It was so beautiful, I don't know what took us so long to find the Lost Canyon but we are glad we did.
    -Steve & SueGrafton,WI

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    Time Capsules04/01/2010Landmarks in their own right, these legendary destinations and perennial favorites stand out in their appeal across generations.Read More
    Time Capsules
    04/01/2010

    When you've been around as a Wisconsin Dells tourism town for 150+ years, it's inevitable that some attractions will be viewed as more "flashes from the past" than nods to the future. Good thing residents of the Dells have found those "flashes" to be worthy of preservation and visitors have found them to be worthy of continued patronage, because some of these are the last of their kind.

    Circus World - Wisconsin Dells Museums

     


    We'll start a short drive out of town in a quaint little community known as Baraboo. There you'll find a national historic landmark -- Circus World. The Ringling Bros. Circus was founded in Baraboo in 1884 by five Ringling brothers and, naturally, they named their property in Baraboo "Ringlingville." This compound along the Baraboo River served as the winter quarters for the troupe. The buildings date from 1897 and, while they are the largest surviving group of original circus structures in North America, the museum's collection of circus artifacts may just be the largest in the world. It includes more than 210 original wagons and an exceptional collection of thousands of circus ads and posters. You can't miss the Buffalo Bill Wild West poster which measures nine feet high by 70 feet long. During the warm weather months, take in a performance in the Hippodrome, see live animals and daydream about what it must have been like to be a circus performer all those decades ago.

    Mid-Continent Railway Museum - Wisconsin Dells Museums

     


    For the next stop, it's the Mid-Continent Railway Museum in the town of North Freedom. Stroll museum exhibits of steam locomotives that date back to the 1880s and then hop aboard a restored steel coach for a 50-minute ride through the countryside.

    Lost Canyon Tours - Wisconsin Dells Museums

     


    As long as we're on the subject of transportation, let's add to the itinerary a horse-drawn wagon ride at Lost Canyon Tours, located on the south shore of Lake Delton, back in the Dells. This mile-long tour gets you so close to cliff-walled gorges that it's a wonder the large Percheron horses don't get spooked. According to the guides, who really live the part, the deeper recesses of Lost Canyon have not felt the touch of the sun in more than 50,000 years.

    Parsons Indian Trading Post & Museum - Wisconsin Dells Museums

     


    Then it's on to Parsons Indian Trading Post & Museum. This business was opened in 1885 by Glenn Parsons, an honorary chief of four Native American tribes and a local river boat captain. Today it stands as one of the world's largest purveyors of Native American gifts and artifacts. Beaded moccasins, satchels, ceremonial capes and bold jewelry are inspired in both their design and technique. Parsons features the work of tribes from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America.

    H.H. Bennett Studio - Wisconsin Dells Museums

     


    No historic tour is complete without a visit to the H.H. Bennett Studio, believed to be the oldest business in the Dells. Here, you'll see haunting images of Native American tribespeople and loggers, even Bennett's family. It was Bennett's other-worldly photos of the river and bluffs that helped turn Wisconsin Dells into a bustling tourism town.

    Big Sky Twin Drive-In Theater - Wisconsin Dells Drive-In Movies

     


    Last stop is the Big Sky Twin Drive-In Theater with its two big screens, each featuring a first-run double feature. Before the show starts, make a dash for the snack bar for some hot buttered popcorn, icy cold soda and sticky cotton candy. Now that'll take baby boomers back.

     

     

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    Attraction & Lodging Price Guide01/06/2013Price it out, then plan it.Read More
    Attraction & Lodging Price Guide
    01/06/2013

    Price It Out, Then Plan It

    This section allows you to download numerous Wisconsin Dells area price guides. We're certain you'll land on the right dollar figure.

    2013 Attraction Price Guide (12 pages - 155KB)

    2013 Complete Accommodation Price Guide (36 pages - 323KB)

    The price lists are in a PDF (Portable Document File) format, which requires a free download of Adobe® Acrobat® Reader.

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    Rock A Classic Vacation08/01/2011At least once in your lifetime you should try this itinerary. These classic attractions, restaurants and resorts never go out of style. Just ask your parents or grandparents.Read More
    Rock A Classic Vacation
    08/01/2011

    At least once in your lifetime you should try this itinerary. These classic attractions, restaurants and resorts never go out of style. Just ask your parents or grandparents.

    Starting with attractions, these are all must-do’s, so be sure to schedule your time accordingly. For those traveling with little ones, Wisconsin Deer Park is worth a stop. At the deer park, which opened more than 50 years ago, kids can feed the freely roaming deer, some still with their doe spots, others with huge antlers. Staying with animal-themed attractions, Lost Canyon Tours offers its own version of the “magnificent mile” - a ride through the narrow gorges of the canyon in a quaint horse-drawn wagon.

    A tour of the Wisconsin River in the afternoon is next in order. You can head out on a Duck, an amphibious WWII vehicle that gives you a little land travel with your water tour. Choose from the Original Wisconsin Ducks® or Dells Army Duck Tours. Or you can relax aboard a double-decker tour boat. Some offer you shore landings to explore the gorges and see a trained dog make the famous Stand Rock jump from one bluff outcropping to another. Other aqua tour options include jet boats, a paddle wheeler, tours without shore landings and dinner cruises.

    Take a detour downtown and stop in the H.H. Bennett Studio, the original studio of the post Civil War photographer H.H. Bennett, the man who introduced the world to Wisconsin Dells with his critically acclaimed photos of the river, the bluffs, the early logging industry and Native American culture. Here you can try the Stand Rock jump, blocked off on the floor. The original leaper was actually Bennett’s son Ashley.

    You can’t get much more classic than the circus and that’s why nearby Circus World in Baraboo makes this list. The grounds here were the original winter home of the Ringling Bros. Today, visitors can still take in 10 different shows performed daily during the warm weather months and gaze upon the world’s largest collection of restored parade wagons.

    One evening has to be set aside to see the Tommy Bartlett Show. Even this popular ski show, going strong after 60 years, is harkening back to its classic high-energy roots with the costumes and choreography for its 2011 “Livin’ the Dream” show. After the show, take a stroll downtown for some homemade fudge or a candy-loaded caramel apple or giant sucker at one of the many confection shops. Maybe even slip into a new pair of moccasins at Winnebago Gift Shop, Bailey’s Landing or Aunt Jenny’s Got-It-All Store.

    On another evening, pile in the car for a double feature of first-run movies at Big Sky Twin Drive-In Theater. This is one of the last of its kind in Wisconsin.

    Settle down for the night at a classic hotel or motel.  There are so many to choose from in the area it would be unfair to mention just one or two. But what must be said is that these places represent the best of the mom-and-pop motel tradition, with a good number run by second and third generation families. Pull your car right up to the door of your room and make yourself feel right at home.

    The next morning, make breakfast your classic meal of the trip, with a stop at Paul Bunyan’s Northwoods Cook Shanty (fair warning, the doughnuts are fresh and soft and irresistible); or Mr. Pancake, where matriarch Diane Thompson’s recipes for waffles and pancakes and blintzes are to die for.

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