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Step into the old wild west and experience it as it was meant to be experienced: by horseback. Ride the same trails as Geronimo, Cochise, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, and Johnny Ringo. Whether at a ranch or a remote mountain lodge, Blue Sky Ranches will spoil you with first class accommodations and stories that last a lifetime. These are legendary destinations you won't want to miss.
Blue Sky Ranches is located in Cochise County, Arizona. Here are a few highlights in the area:
Cottonwood Canyon: ride amongst the oak trees to a stunning view of the WPA dam or enjoy the scenery of the high desert.
Cochise Stronghold: home to the famous Cochise and Apache people who spent generations living amongst the granite domes and sheer cliffs in the Dragoon Mountains.
Council Rock, Tombstone, Arizona: ride in and around “The Town Too Tough Too Die." See Indian petroglyphs and Council Rock, where Cochise and his people lived and found refuge from the Calvary.
Turkey Creek Fire Tower: travel high into the scenic Chiricahua Mountains and traverse through oak and pine forests to breathtaking vistas.
Chiricahua National Monument: visit the spectacular “Sky Islands” and ride among the "wonderland of rocks" created by violent volcanic eruptions 27 million years ago.
Blue Sky Ranches offers trail rides 7 days a week as well as Destination Vacations and pack trips throughout the west.
Destination Vacations: come as a group or join a small group. Arizona vacations run from 2-7 days, and all others are typically 6 nights 5 days. Choose from destinations, such as:
Colorado Rocky Mountains: spend a week in a beautiful 1930’s log lodge and explore a new area of the Rocky Mountain National Park every day.
Monument Valley: retrace the scenes from famous westerns, ride into caves, around monoliths, view petroglyphs, and learn about Navajo and Anasazi culture from Navajo guide Effie Yazzie.
Southeast Utah: stay in a beautiful cabin and explore different National Parks in the Moab area as well as Manti LaSal National Forest.
The Black Hills of South Dakota: relax in a cozy secluded home near Custer, South Dakota. Then head out on the trail to Custer State Park, The Mount Rushmore trail, and other breathtaking areas.
Valley of the Gods in Utah: ride through the valleys that were once home to the ancient Anasazi people, the Navajo, and the backdrop to several westerns.
Overnight Camping Trips: Join Blue Sky Ranches for an overnight pack trip and night of rustic camping. Begin your journey in Pearce at the trailhead near the Cochise Stronghold trailhead. Travel over the Dragoon mountains along the same trails as the Apache people to Council Rock on the western side of the mountains.
Bucky and Andrea Buckley founded Blue Sky Ranches in 2002. Bucky is originally from Maine, and moved to Arizona in pursuit of his dream to “become a cowboy.” Andrea graduated with a degree in Biology and moved from her home state of Ohio to work with horses in Colorado. They ran a riding stable in Colorado for several years, and then moved to Arizona to start Blue Sky Ranches. They enjoy running a small operation because they can give guests personalized attention and spend quality time with all of their horses.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider, Blue Sky Ranches has the perfect horse for you. The Ranch herd consists of both quarter horses and gaited Tennessee Walkers for the best possible trail rides.
Spend five days on an Historic Old West Vacation. Experience an authentic stagecoach ride, a reenactment at the OK corral, visit Fort Bowie, and ride along the same trails as Cochise and Geronimo.
Destination Vacations: includes lodging, horses, tack, guide, and transportation once at the location. You will be transported to different trailheads in the area. Once your ride is over, you'll travel back to the house for a home cooked dinner and relaxing evening.
Overnight Camp trips: Find your campsite, enjoy dinner cooked over an open fire, and then sleep under the stars. Wake up the next morning with cowboy coffee and a hearty breakfast. Then head back across the mountain range. Guide, dinner, breakfast, and sack lunch the second day are provided. All horse and camping equipment will be trucked in to the campsite.
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Experience the breathtaking beaches, canyons, and deserts of Egypt from the back of an Arabian horse. Retrace Moses' steps to Mt. Sinai, relax on the yoga/riding retreat, or gallop along the coastline with Sharm Equestrian. Whether you're a novice or experienced rider, the team's professionalism and hospitality will make you feel like royalty.
Sharm Equestrian is located in Sharm El Sheikh, on the edge of the Sinai desert. It is easily accessible from flights into Sharm El Sheikh. The facilities are near to Nabq National Park, away from all the tourist areas and surrounded by nature as far as the eye can see.
The multi-day trail rides are a real adventure for the experienced rider whereas the day trips offer a more relaxed, easy-going holiday.
Nabq National Park – Beach and Sea Trail: 8 days / 7 nights. 5 days of fantastic beach riding, including 2 half days of great desert and canyon exploring. Be welcomed into the homes of the Bedouin Tribes along your travels—enjoy fresh mint tea and spend time with ancient tribes. Each day is unique and includes steady canters along sandy deserts, as well as faster stretches along the shoreline. Swimming with horses is a must in the spring and summer months, too!
Horse Riding and Yoga: 6 days / 5 nights. Combine yoga with horseback riding in a natural and quiet setting. You will practice Yoga Nidra in the sunset and listen to the sound of the waves on the shore, riding the stunning beaches of Nabq National Park and dining together around the campfire watching the rising of the stars in the sky. You'll stay at a five-star luxury hotel that blends contemporary Tuscan architecture with warm Egyptian service, a perfect pool, and outstanding food.
In the Saddle for 10 Commandments: 8 nights (2 nights hotel & 6 nights camping). Ride Arabian Horses across the deserts of Egypt, retracing the historical steps of Moses to Mount Sinai. The terrain varies from deep sand on high dunes, to stony desert and the hard packed sand of dry oases. You may even meet Bedouin families living in traditional nomadic camps on your journey. Watch the sand turn from pink to deep orange as the sun sets, whilst eating delicious local dishes prepared over an open fire.
Day Rides: designed for all ages and all levels of experience, the day rides range from one hour to full day trips. Escape the city lights and head for the desert on the Bedouin Trail. Take a half or full day ride to the stunning mountains, deserts and sea trail of Nabq. Take a romantic private ride along the stunning beaches of Nabq National Park. You can even swim with horses in the sea and take riding lessons at Sharm Equestrian.
Typical trips have three horseback guides, a chef, and two to three 4×4 vehicles accompanying it. Emma, Guenda, and Gunun are the main guides.
Emma, the owner, is English and grew up in the New Forest. She rode as a child and then as a show jumper in her early 20s. A few years ago, she visited Egypt with her horses and fell in love. She immediately opened Sharm Equestrian, and brings European standards and professionalism to the facilities.
Guenda, an Italian woman, is a guide and manages the stables. She has over 20 years experience with horses and competed in show jumping at a high level. She also brings years of experience with hospitality and the health care of horses. Ganun is the lead guide who is adored by guests for his humor and deep connection with the horses.
The horses are all Arabians and almost all stallions, although there are one or two geldings/mares. All are fit and familiar with the desert. Arabian horses are famed for both their beauty and endurance; they want to ride at all paces, and will be happy to gallop along the sea. The stable also has a full time trainer who has been training and teaching for 25 years. He is a very experienced horseman favoring gentle training often used by Monty Roberts.
In addition to horseback riding, you and your family can also spend some time diving, quad biking, relaxing on the beach, by the pool, or experiencing traditional Egyptian dancing, folklore, music and entertainment in the evening. The animation team guarantees endless fun and activities for children.
Stay in the Mediterranean style architecture and light airy rooms of Jaz Mirabel Club, a five-star resort. It faces Tiran Island with stunning seascape views set against the spectacular Sinai desert and its impressive mountain ranges.
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At Mystic Saddle Ranch, you'll enjoy 300 miles of trails that lead you through the glacial valleys, alpine meadows and snow-fed streams of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Choose from multiple types of rides that range anywhere from one hour to sixteen days. On overnight trips, you'll get to camp in the backcountry with majestic mountain views and crystal clear night skies.
With a Special Use Permit, Mystic Saddle Ranch is one of the few establishments that can offer trail rides into the Sawtooth Wilderness and the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Trips can be customized to suit your group's needs and desires. For example, Mystic Saddle Ranch offers hiking with packstock, basecamps, moving camps, fully catered, and drop camps trips to name a few.
The overnight pack trips take you on a tour of 5 lakes, a glacial canyon, and a wilderness camp at Toxaway Lake. You'll get to eat lunch near one of four sparkling lakes and waterfalls.
Mystic Saddle Ranch is the parent company of Redfish Lake Corrals and Galena Stage Stop Corrals, which offer 1 hour to all day trail rides.
Horses at Mystic Saddle Ranch are safe and sure footed. Safety is their number one priority and it shows in the quarter horses they have for guests. No matter your group size, everyone can expect to ride an easy going, well mannered, and well feed horse.
Mystic Saddle Ranch hires cowboys and cowgirls that love the outdoors, enjoy people, and are enthusiastic about trail riding. All guides are first aid and CPR trained, and have extensive training on all aspects of the operation.
Horse-drawn wagon rides on the winding roads of Senate Meadows are a staple at Mystic Saddle Ranch.
From basecamp, you can explore lake basin areas for fishing, swimming, hiking and enjoying. Fly fishing is particularly popular in nearby alpine lakes and the headwaters on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Hunting trips are also available.
Edna Lake Basecamp is located between two great lakes for fishing and at the trail junction for exploring other lake basins. Here, you'll have healthy western-style meals, campfire evenings, and great views.
The Toxaway Lake Basecamp adjoins a glacial meadow overlooking the lake and surrounded by towering mountains. The perennial snowfields feed small streams and waterfalls that cascade into the lake below. Comfortable chairs, restrooms, and the sounds of nature make for a relaxing atmosphere.
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Discover some of South Africa's last wilderness areas with Out in Africa's all-inclusive horseback safaris. A significant distance is covered on a daily basis through the African bush, where you will get to explore different habitats and encounter a wide array of animals along the way.
Safaris take place on a quiet and peaceful reserve in South Africa, surrounded by private game farms and rural villages. The land is open to Kruger National Park, where the Letaba River attracts herds of buffalo, elephant, and other big game. You can also extend your stay with a trip to the untouched beaches of Mozambique.
These areas are owned or about to be owned by rural African communities as part of a conservation act that makes African communities shared stakeholders. You will have the opportunity to spend a day in a village where you can get to know the local way of life and have a full African experience.
The Great Kruger Ride is a 6-day safari through Kruger National Park. Out in Africa will set up “fly camps” in remote areas of the reserve before your arrival. You will experience an adrenaline packed horseback safari up close to Africa’s animals and in tune with the untouched surrounding without compromising on comfort along the way.
Founder, Cecile von Auersperg, was born in Austria and grew up in Marbella, Spain. She completed her studies in London and Paris, and then worked at Christian Dior and Key 2 Luxury among other prestigious brands. Being the daughter of Prince Alfi Auersperg, who was a renowned hunter in Africa in the 70’s and 80’s, Cecile decided to follow her passion for horses and Africa. She completed her professional Field Guiding course in Kenya, and continues to promote conservation in all that she does.
All guides are FGASA qualified field guides with extensive experience in guiding on horseback in addition to theoretical and practical training. They will guide you safely through the natural environment, and accompany you throughout your stay.
Guides are charismatic and personable, which makes the trip a fantastic group experience—people come as guests and leave as friends. With a maximum capacity of 6 pax on a ride, expect your experience to be very personalized and adapted to your needs and desires.
Horses are predominantly Boerperd crosses, a home-grown breed that is well adapted to South African conditions. Riding is done in English tack. Please note that you will be riding in areas with big game, so you will need to be comfortable enough in the saddle to react quickly and ride at all paces if told to do so.
Bush and Beach Safari: add a 6 day extension to your trip with a private camping safari from Kruger National Park to Mozambique. Start your trip with a drive through the Kruger National Park and view big game from the comfort of the vehicle. The route will take you across the border post into Mozambique, where you will spend one night at a partnering camp in the Nature Preserve. A guide will take you on your last bush walk before continuing on to the Mozambique coast. You will have a few days to relax on the untouched beaches of Mozambique at a beautiful camp where it seems time has stood still—it's a great finish to an adventure-packed trip.
Out in Africa offer all-inclusive safaris. A driver will pick you up at the airport. Nights are spent in different locations in the bush, under canvas. When you're not on the trail, expect to enjoy delicious lunches, brunches, high tea, and candle lit dinners. The Out in Africa team will surprise you with a new highlight every day. You'll also have time to take in the exotic scenery, relax in hammocks, and share stories around the fire.
Out in Africa is looking for volunteers to work with the safari team. Since you will be trail riding with guests, you'll need to have a high standard of riding, ride regularly, and feel comfortable on new horses. Responsibilities include general horse care (e.g. tacking up and lunging) as well as assistance with the logistics, hospitality, and care for camp during safaris. You'll stay in pop up tents while on safari. Between safaris, you'll get to stay at a lodge with a private room/bathroom, plunge pool, and common area.
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The CM is one of the oldest dude ranches in the country. It's in an ideal location for exploring the wilderness, fishing in cold mountain lakes, or relaxing with family and friends. Guests of all ages have experienced the tremendous beauty and solitude of the Wind River Mountains, where the stunning terrain has seen very little human impact. On trail rides, you will get to traverse through creek bottoms, forests and meadows. Expect to see deer, elk, moose, antelope, snowshoe hares and picas on your adventure. Whether hanging out at the ranch, journeying out on a pack trip, or having your backpacking gear delivered to a remote site, you'll be met with incredible hospitality.
Located in Dubois, Wyoming, the CM is nestled a secluded valley in the Wind River Mountain Range. The ranch lands neighbor the Shoshone National Forest and Fitzpatrick Wilderness, which are only a short drive away from Yellowstone National Park and Jackson Hole.
Trail Rides are available twice a day every day except Sunday. The head wrangler divides riders into small, compatible groups to ensure a personalized experience. Depending on your skill level, you may trot and lope with your wrangler through majestic scenery. You can also participate in the weekly gymkhana, or join other guests for an early morning breakfast ride. If you're new to trail riding, introductory instructions can be provided.
Pack Trips can be booked in conjunction with or separately from traditional week-long dude ranch vacations. Base camp is at Union Lake, where Simpson and other glacier-fed lakes are just a short ride away.
Progressive Trips are also available, and enable you to go even further into the interior of the Fitzpatrick Wilderness. You can camp right next to Simpson Lake, or camp next to a different lake each night.
Experienced wranglers will accompany you on your ride and are happy to share with you the history and geography of the area.
Pack trips are led by an experienced guide and a cook who devote themselves to showing you the very finest and detailed areas of Wyoming.
The CM has an exceptional string of horses that are well adapted to mountain terrain. They are gentle and spirited, suitable for the beginner or the expert rider. You will be matched with a horse that suits your ability, and ride in a comfortable western saddle.
During the day you can also fish, hike, swim, picnic, get a massage, participate in activities, or relax with a book. Evenings can be spent at square dances or cookouts, playing softball, horseshoes, volleyball, ping pong, or card games. Each week there is a slide show by a local photographer, and an evening of cowboy poetry and music.
Charming log cabins and log homes are available for rent. The log cabins are spaced along the stream and around large, well-kept lawns. The larger log homes are situated slightly above the ranch.
If you are a hiker or backpacker who wishes to explore the area by foot, the CM will pack in and drop off your gear at locations of your choosing.
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Tucked in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Sleeping Indian Outfitters offers private horseback riding, hunting, and fishing trips through some of the most beautiful scenery Wyoming has to offer. You'll feel right at home with the delicious wholesome meals and generous wisdom of your guides.
Sleeping Indian Ranch is located in the Bridger-Teton National Forest near Bondurant, Wyoming. It's in an isolated mountain valley on the Hoback River about thirty minutes outside of Jackson Hole.
Sleeping Indian outfitters offers exclusive horseback trips off the beaten path. You and your party will get to go on a private ride tailored to suit your needs.
Garden Creek: a 2 hour horseback ride for all riding levels. Includes creek and river crossings, panoramic mountain views, and great potential for wildflowers and wildlife.
Shoal Creek half-day: a 3-4 hour horseback ride for all riding levels. Includes everything that the Garden Creek ride offers and more! Optional sack lunch.
Shoal Creek Ride & Fish: a full day horseback excursion over the river and through the woods to Shoal Creek where you can fish to your hearts content before making the trek home. Includes a yummy sack lunch and fishing gear if needed.
Shoal Falls Pack Trip: from two nights up to a full week, you can stay in the heart of the Gros Ventre mountains, just a few miles from the exquisite Shoal Falls. This ride includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as all the camping gear you will need (except sleeping bags and clothes).
Cliff Creek Falls Full Day: ride up the gorgeous Cliff Creek Canyon to the very remote Cliff Creek Falls. Sleeping Indian Outfitters is the only horseback riding outfit with the permits to offer trips here, so this is a very exclusive trip! Includes lunch at the falls and plenty of time to explore the area before heading back home.
Garden Creek Dinner Ride: an evening horseback ride that includes creek and river crossings and beautiful mountain vistas. Half-way through your ride, you'll pull off the trail for a steak supper in the mountains, surrounded by wildflowers and curious antelope.
Poker Ride: Every summer Sleeping Indian Outfitters hosts two horseback poker rides to get the community together for some fun and to help raise money for Kickin Cancer in Sublette County.
Sleeping Indian Outfitters is a small, family-owned operation. Paul and Sharon Crittenden started it thirty years ago as a lasting hunting outfit. Paul is now in the process of passing the reins to his son, Sam, who was born and raised on the ranch.
Sam guides the pack and hunting trips, sharing his second generation wisdom of the area with guests. Sam's wife, Alix, moved west from North Carolina in 2008. She and her pony Tuff guide most of the day rides. On the trail, the guides will encourage you to spread out and will help you learn how to ride your horse rather than just sit on it.
The family is completed by about 20 horses and mules.
Hunting: the number of hunters on each trip are limited to give you the personal experience you deserve, preserve the quality of the resident herds, and insure excellent hunting in the future. 7 day hunting trips are recommended, but Sleeping Indian Outfitters will accept reservations for any length of time.
Fishing: you can go on float trips on the Green and New Fork Rivers where the opportunity for catching trophy trout abounds. Take in the beautiful views of the Wind River mountains as your experienced guides take you to the best parts of this fishing wonderland.
Lodging is available in the hunting lodge, bunkhouse, or wall tents. You will begin each day with a hearty home cooked breakfast, and hot home cooked meal will be waiting for you when you get home at night. You'll be provided with a sack lunch for your day on the trail.
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