We were traveling through Utah and we put up in the small town of Tropic which is on route 12 at the foot of Bryce Canyon. Early the following morning we headed out into the back roads where we came across a group of cowboys tending a corral of horses and mules. We soon discovered that these cowboys are the guides for the Bryce Canyon horseback tours. I photographed in the exceptional light of the early Utah morning while they prepared their animals for their day on the trails.