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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The Wild Horse Sanctuary is the epitome of "Ride Free. Do Good." The Sanctuary was established to protect and preserve American wild horses. It is home to some 300 wild mustangs and burros, many of which were rescued after being removed from federal lands in the western U.S. On this 5,000 acre preserve, you can ride through volcanic rock meadows and forested mountain land. Expect to see wild herds grazing and running free in their natural surroundings—a scene you're helping to protect by patronizing the Sanctuary.
The Wild Horse Sanctuary is a non-profit, tax exempt, organization located near Shingletown, California. Black Butte is to the west and Mt. Lassen to the east.
Two or three day all-inclusive trail rides are offered from late spring through early fall. The rides follow trails created by the wild horses through pine and oak-studded hills and volcanic rock outcroppings. You'll cross through creeks and stop at ponds for the horses to get a drink. Every night, the group returns to base camp on the banks of a vernal pond.
The Wild Horse Sanctuary has a string of gentle geldings that are well adapted to the terrain. You will be matched with a horse that suits your riding style and level.
Guides are seasoned volunteers who know the property and Sanctuary history well. All rides are hosted by volunteers in order to ensure the maximum amount of funds raised goes straight to the horses and burros who call the Wild Horse Sanctuary home.
On the multi-day trail rides, you'll rest your head in frontier-style sleeping cabins bordering a vernal pond. Base camp has a "cook house” featuring a main kitchen, a wood-burning stove, hearty meals, and bathroom facilities, complete with hot shower. Evenings are spent relaxing around a glowing campfire and enjoying a peaceful night's rest after a day of adventure.
The Sanctuary is open to the public for wild horse viewing by foot on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free.
The Annual Open House and Benefit will be on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from noon to 5pm. Admission and parking are free. These are great opportunities for your non-rider family and friends to experience the Sanctuary. As a non-profit, the Wild Horse Sanctuary relies heavily on donations – both financial and those of time and talent.
Volunteer and internship opportunities are available. You can help by sponsoring a horse or taking home a “symbol of the American West” by adopting a young horse. Adoption day this year is on October 31, 2015.
The Wild Horse Sanctuary develops public education programs, participates in research projects on ecologically sound wild horse management, consults on related programs in order to help build other wildlife preserves, and cooperates with responsible ecology, animal protection, and educational organizations to further the protection of the environment and all species of wildlife, including America's wild horses.
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Come explore 3200 acres of beautiful Rocky Mountain landscape! Not only is the location spectacular, the entire Ranch team goes above and beyond to make sure you have a wonderful experience. Even the horses fill you with a new level of confidence. Whether you're a beginner or expert rider, there's a horse and trail for you. Come for a day ride, pack trip, fishing expedition, lesson, retreat, or wedding...and leave with tons of beautiful photo-worthy memories.
The Ranch is located in Loveland, CO, an hour and fifteen minutes from Denver and forty minutes from Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. The terrain varies from an easy, fairly flat mosey ride to climbing the peaks of Alexander, Green Ridge, and Eagle Ridge. You'll experience plenty of different geological views, from igneous granite to red shale and metamorphic rocks. As a bonus, the Big Thompson River runs right through the ranch!
Whether you're an experienced rider or have never put your foot in a stirrup, you'll find a riding experience that fits you perfectly. Trail rides are available year round, weather permitting.
Day Rides: Most day rides range from 1-4 hours. From shorter rides through gentle terrain to extended climbing rides with ridge-top views, you'll have a 3200 acre "don't fence me in" riding experience regardless of your riding level. You can also sign up for a Chow Down Ride and enjoy breakfast, lunch, or a steak dinner while out on a ride.
Pack Trips: The overnight pack trip is perfect for outdoor adventurers. Head up the gulch for a 4-hour ride to Cow Camp, a 1930's homestead in the remote back country. Gear, guide, and grub provided. (6 rider minimum, 12 year old minimum)
*Note: All rides have a 240lbs weight limit and a 7 year old age minimum. Double riding is not offered, but children under 7 can do lead around rides.
Experienced wranglers will accompany you on your ride. They are friendly horse professionals who will create a safe and enjoyable riding experience for you. They'll share facts and stories about the history, wildlife, and vegetation of the area while on the ride.
Pack trips are led by an experienced guide and a cook who devote themselves to showing you the very finest and detailed areas of Colorado.
You'll get to ride a gentle and responsive American Quarter Horse during your stay. All horses are born, raised, and well-trained on the Ranch. Each horse in the herd has learned the ropes under the gentle hand of Barry McAleenan, professional horse trainer. They are loved dearly as part of the Ranch family...it won't take long to fall in love with them, too!
During the Summer season, Sylvan Dale operates as a Dude Ranch Vacation destination. The Ranch is also available for meetings, retreats, picnics, and weddings!
Depending on the time of year, you can do fly fishing, hiking, wagon rides, campfires, riding lessons, roping lessons, draft horse workshops, trap shooting, white water rafting, and more. Most activities are exclusively available to guests staying at the ranch.
Day use options: Horseback riding, fly fishing, and privately scheduled events.
Overnight stays: Dude Ranch Vacation packages are available from June through August. Bed & Breakfast Getaways are available year round. Cabins range from a Sweetheart Cabin to a 4 Bedroom Guest House. Though the lodging capacity is 40 guests, 300 guests can be accommodated for day events.
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Ride the best ranches, old Spanish trails, mountain trails, and sandy beaches of Costa Rica! Riders and non-riders alike will enjoy the relaxed environment of the 50 acre family-owned ranch—an oasis of giant tropical trees and lush pastures. Wake to monkeys calling from the trees and horses nickering in the pastures. This is not a "nose-to-tail" operation; the horses are born and trained on the ranch with Natural Horsemanship methods. Whether you want to do a 2 hour or 14 day adventure, your expert bi-lingual guides will tailor your Riding Package to suit your wants and needs.
The Painted Pony Guest Ranch at Casagua Horses is located just minutes from Costa Rica's famous Pacific Gold Coast beaches (Tamarindo, Flamingo and Playa Grande) in the heart of Guanacaste's famous ranch country. Ride a variety of terrains with beautiful tropical flora and fauna.
There's plenty to see and do in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. You can book anything from a 2 hour ride to a multi-day travel package. All rides are private or small groups, and you'll have the freedom to explore at your own pace.
Day Tours (2 hours to half+ days): Natural History Tour, Taste of Guanacaste Tour, Fiestas and Traditional Topes Tour, Old Tempate Trail Tour, Forest to the Sea Tour, Monteverde Ride, Honeymoon Ride, Beach Rides, and Moonlight Ride.
Ranches, Beaches, and Mountains (7-10+ nights): experience Costa Ricas ranches, beaches and mountain volcanoes on horseback. Customize your Riding Package for your level and interests.
A taste of Guanacaste Adventure (5-7 nights): enjoy a combination of trail riding riding and popular adventure tours, such as canopy, sailing, snorkeling, kayaking, and more.
Old Spanish Trails and Pacific Beaches (6 nights): new, exciting beach rides and adventures through the Costa Rica countryside.
Silver Saddle (5-7 nights): For anyone over the age of 50 who wants to do small, individually designed tours on comfortable well-trained horses. Tours are limited to 2-6 riders with a flexible itinerary to match your riding level.
The owners of Casagua Horses are your guides: Kay and Esteban have been providing quality horseback riding tours for over 20 years, as well as breeding and training the wonderful Spanish criollo horses using Natural Horsemanship Training. Kay is a wildlife artist with a Ph.D. in Biology and Ecology originally from Michigan. Esteban, her husband, is a Zotecnista ( farm vet) born and raised in Guanacaste. They are bilingual professional guides as well as Natural Horsemanship trainers.
The Painted Pony Guest Ranch is known for its high quality, well trained horses. Most horses were born on the ranch and all were trained with Natural Horsemanship. They are comfortable, well-trained Spanish mixed horses that can be matched to your riding level.
There are so many activities offered in the area—beach and water activities, golf, sport fishing, zip lining, bird watching, and many more. The Ranch offers personalized riding lessons and tours to local fiestas, horse events, and extensions to travel destinations (Arenal Volcano, Rincón de la Vieja National Park, Tamarindo Beach, Playa Grande, Monkey Park and others). If you time your trip right, you can even ride with the bulls!
Natural Horsemanship Riding and Training (3-7 nights): experience natural horsemanship training and riding—from ground work to centered riding with young horses and high stepping Spanish breeds. Learn about imprinting foals and non-violent training.
Ride and Relax Packages (add-on): add Spa and Yoga days to your horse vacation.
City tour (add-on): Full Day Guided Tour to Granada Nicaragua for markets, city tour and island boat trip.
Stay in a suite or house with comfortable, air conditioned accommodations. Relax in the splash pool and stay connected with free high speed internet and WiFi. Select from a variety of meal plans or cook "at home." Stables for horses and private parking available.
Casita Mandrina: a private suite with a queen bed, queen futon, kitchenette, romantic star shower, and a DVD player. Sleeps 1-4. Full ranch breakfast included, other meals by arrangement.
Casa Roble: a spacious, fully furnished, one bedroom ranch house with a queen and single bed in the bedroom and sofa bed in the living room. Cable TV and Internet. Sleeps 1-4.
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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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Enjoy trail riding with an expert in Natural Horsemanship. Katherine Barbarite offers practical instruction for communicating with your horse and negotiating obstacles on the trail. You'll learn how to decode your horse's behavior for better communication and a more enjoyable ride all around.
Whispering Hooves is located in Miller Place, Long Island, NY. However, Katherine travels the country for clinics, shows, and instruction. You can ride with Katherine at Whispering Hooves, or she can come to you.
Instructional Trail Rides: Learn to conquer random obstacles and develop trail etiquette while enjoying the trail.
Trail Ride Events: Develop trust and advanced communication skills that foster a better understanding of your horse's behavior. Refine your timing, balance, finesse, and feel as it applies to the trail.
Katherine Barbarite has over 30 years of experience with Natural Horsemanship—a method of educating the horse and rider without using brute force, but instead using a take-and-give format. She's studied and worked with legends, such as Frank Bell and Buck Brannaman. “Basically, I am an advocate for the horse and I keep the horse’s well-being first, that’s what I teach," says Katherine.
She is a Certified Horsemans Association Riding Instructor in English and Western and a Certified Horse Trainer. Katherine was a featured Clinician for the Horse World Expo, Northeast Equine Expo, as well as a demonstrator and featured judge at ACTHA events.
Since Katherine is an instructor, you have multiple options when it comes to horses. You can ride one of Whispering Hooves well trained trail horses, bring your own horse to learn together, or have Katherine work with your horse individually.
Natural Horsemanship clinics, workshops, and lessons are available year round (group and individual). Katherine teaches a straightforward set of exercises that aid in the development of a calm confident horse and rider. No matter the skill level or discipline, these steps remove fear and resistance, which elevates trust, communication, and bonding. Get expert feedback about how to communicate with your horse, prepare your horse for the trails, and be a better partner on the trail.
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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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Come explore the mountains and olive groves of Southern Spain with Cortijo Los Lobos. Many horses in the herd have been rescued and are trained to ride barefoot and bitless. You can ride at your leisure and customize your holiday to suit you. Whether you come to ride, or just enjoy the pool and surroundings, you will love meeting the friendly herd of horses and relaxing in this untouched corner of the Earth.
Set in the beautiful olive groves and pine clad National Park area of Andalucia, Southern Spain, Cortijo Los Lobos is just 40 minutes from Granada and Malaga airports. The breathtaking mountain views and spectacular rural location offer days of riding through open fields, cool shady pine forests, olive groves and streams.
Depending on the time of year, you can go on breakfast hacks, picnic hacks, hacks to a restaurant and even moonlit hacks. With so much surrounding countryside, you'll get to explore a different route every day. The duration of rides depends on your ability and the time of year.
Riding package: 2 hours per day for 5 days. You can distribute the 10 total hours however you wish across the week.
Weekend or midweek full board riding break: 10 hours of riding during a 3 night stay. Package includes board, meals, snacks and drinks, airport transfers, and use of all facilities.
1 week full board riding break: 14 hours of riding during a 7 night stay. Package includes board, meals, snacks and drinks, airport transfers, and use of all the facilities (including mountain bikes and heated pool).
June, owner and operator, has been riding for her entire life. She knows the countryside like the back of her hand and can show you or point you toward the best sights. She is gentle and kind with horses and riders alike. After a medical mishap with one of her horses nearly twelve years ago, she transitioned her herd to barefoot and bitless riding. If you're new to riding (in general or bitless), June will patiently show you the ropes and build up your confidence with a calm smile.
The Cortijo Los Lobos horses all live together as a family. Since many of the horses in the herd are rescue horses, June and Clive go above and beyond to give them a calm and stress-free life. The horses are trained with natural horsemanship techniques, go barefoot, and are ridden in bitless bridles. All are kind and sure footed, making it easy to find the right horse for you and your requirements.
Walking: stick to the trails or climb the steeper mountain paths in this hiking paradise. Expect to see wildflowers and even the more unusual wildlife: wild boar, Ibex (the wild mountain goat), eagles, Hoopoos, blue magpies, bee eaters and numerous other birds.
Mountain bikes: mountain bikes are available free of charge.
Skiing: go on an excursion to the Sierra Nevada ski resort with a personal guide to show you all the best runs. Equipment rentals and lessons can be arranged.
Painting and photography: bring your own equipment to capture the spectacular scenery all around.
Surfing: Tarifa, the popular surfing resort, is a 2 hour drive away with a clear sea and pure white sand.
Motorcycle trail riding: take scenic tours of the Andalucian countryside on motorcycles.
Spanish: learn Spanish on site with a native speaker.
The beautiful old family farmhouse consists of two tastefully and comfortably furnished self catering spanish cottages with a heated pool: El Establo & El Granero Viejo. Each sleeping up to 6 people (up to 4 adults, plus extra children) with private patios or courtyards. There is also a self-catered 1 bedroom apartment with twin or king size beds (plus 2 more beds for children if required).
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True West Campground was named the #1 5-Star campground in the USA by Consumer Reviews and Trail Rider Magazine. You'll get to explore the gorgeous mountains of Tennessee's Big South Fork by day and return to a spacious cabin, RV, or tent campsite by night. Your horse will feel at home in the large barn with attentive staff around the clock. Whether staying for a weekend or a season, you'll find plenty to do at and around this peaceful campground.
True West is located about an hour and a half northwest of Knoxville at the edge of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Big South Fork encompasses 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, and protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. You'll have miles of scenic rivers, streams, gorges, sandstone bluffs, overlooks and caves to explore in and around the area.
True West has easy access to park trails. Add to that a mix of private trails and you'll have access to over 200 miles of riding pleasure. The trails are mostly in the woods, along creeks and ridge lines. This makes for very pleasant conditions, even in summer. The trails are well marked and maintained, varying in both length and degree of difficulty. Some are short, easy day rides; others are strenuous loops that may take several days to complete.
As experts of the area, True West is happy to point you toward all the best trails. Guided trail rides can be arranged with advanced notice.
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is one of the most popular outdoor destinations in Tennessee with hiking, fishing, hunting, white water rafting, kayaking, and mountain biking. There are also ATV trails available nearby at Pickett Park. Check the campground schedule for seasonal activities and events.
Stay for a while in one of the 33 easy access, level RV and tent camping sites with water, 30-50 amp electric, and access to two shower houses with heat and A/C. Sewer hookups are available in 8 of the sites. A room, cabin, and camper are also available for rent. You'll even have Wifi in the main building.
You'll rest soundly knowing your horse is safe in the large clean barns, with 18' wide aisles. There are 67 bedded stalls available with 2 bucket hooks for your water and feed, a saddle rack, and a bridle hook. You can use the 2 large horse wash areas and a large 60' round pen whenever you please.
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If your daughter or son loves horses and needs/wants to be around others who do as well—M.A.D. Riders Youth Trail Riding Association is the place for her/him to be! A National Association, M.A.D. Riders promotes character development through a variety of activities both on and off the trail with group and individual participation. A unique program was designed to enable each M.A.D. Rider with responsibility, honesty and loyalty. Providing them with a set of rules and code of conduct to follow, members earn points for season ending awards through group participation, riding and required community service.
M.A.D. Riders is a nationwide association, headquartered in Indiana.
Each member will have the support of a Trail Guide Group in their community. Trail Guides help mentor, plan activities, host group trail rides, plan group community service projects, and so much more. Trail ride locations are determined by the Trail Guide and members based upon the group's skill level.
Trail Guides offer mentoring to youth riders. While on the trail, Guides ensure everyone stays together, reiterate the rules of the trail, help riders control their horses, and show how to read trail maps/remember markers, etc.
M.A.D. Riders is open to ALL equines—horses, ponies, donkey, and mules. Breed registration is NOT required!
The Trail Guide groups determine what sort of activities to organize for the group. Past activities include bowling, skating, rock climbing, fishing, waterparks, etc.
All members provide their own transportation to/from trail rides, except when the Trail Guide is the rider's parent/grandparent.
M.A.D. Riders is open to ages 4-6 (Minis) and 7-17 (Youth). Girls & Boys are eligible for membership up to age 13, at which point boys must either be siblings of or be referred/sponsored by an active M.A.D. Rider member.
The Association is able to keep costs down for youth riders thanks to the generous support of sponsors. Sponsors' names/logos are recognized on all official documents, advertisements, and events.
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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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