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There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot.

-Aldo Leopold

 

 

You can see what man made from the seat of an automobile.

But the best way to see what God made is from the back of a horse.

-C.M. Russell

Latest News

We are currently OPEN for rides on the ranch and in the Weminuche Wilderness (weather and trail conditions permitting).

Use the following calendar to book a 2 hour Horseback ride with us:

 

Time has been flying and it's full on spring here in Durango! Snowpack in the high country is currently over 100% of normal for this time of year! The deep snow pack will most likely make getting into camp by mid June a challenge, but the abundant snowpack is worth it. I can already taste the steaks on the grill, the woodsmoke from the fire saturating my clothing and imagine riding in the high country of the Weminuche Wilderness. Then, the call of the elk...

We still have openings for summer packtrips and fall hunts. Check out our online booking site for current availability.

We are offering a"Bring on Summer Special" on our Wilderness Photography Workshop with Christopher Marona. Book before summer solstice (June 20) and receive $500 off! Call us for more information.

We now take PayPal as a method of payment. You don't have to be a PayPal member to take advantage of using this secure way to make your deposits and payments as anyone can use a credit card to make a payment through their secure website. Ask about this service if you are interested when booking your trip. You can also book directly through our website and pay directly with a credit card when you checkout.

If you are a fan of Western Horseman magazine, you may be aware that they publish a western calendar every year. Christopher Marona had three images used in the 2015 calendar, two of them from our Weminuche Wilderness Photography workshop. Even more exciting was that the advertisement which was run for several months in the latter part of 2014 featured a spectacular image taken in the Weminuche Wilderness of Randy & Kelly Palmer and Kelly Wotkyns:

2015 Western Horseman annual calendar

 

 

 

 

Click here for a link to a gallery shots taken by Chris on the 2014 Wilderness Photography Workshop.

 

Click here for a link to Chris Marona's website on the trip.

 

 

 

 

 

We have been lucky enough to have had a lot of exposure in some prominant magazines over the past couple of years. Here are some links to those articles:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some from previous years:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


We are attending the following shows for 2017.

Four Corners Backcountry Horseman annual tack sale in Durango, CO on April 1, 2017.

   
     
     
     
     

 

We want to thank all of our guests. Without you, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to get to know each and every one of you and to be able to share our piece of paradise.

 

Cameron Group Photo with views of Pigeon & Turret Peak in the Background

Once again, our Backcountry Horsemanship Clinics featuring Craig Cameron were one of the highlights of our summer. We had participants from New Mexico, Texas, New Mexico and everywhere between. Craig’s incredible personality and ability to teach, combined with our unique wilderness setting, sets this ‘clinic’ apart from anything in the world. It truly is something that you must join to understand what it’s all about.

Note that this trip is full for 2016. Contact us if you want to be on the waiting list. The 2017 trip is already half booked as well. Jump on it if you want to get a spot!

Dates for the 2017 clinic:
Jun 26- 30

You can read more about this trip in an article in the February 2007 issue of the Quarter Horse Journal. by Jim Bret Campbell, who joined us on Craig's trip in 2006.

 

Riding over Nebo Pass on the Continental Divide Trail with the
Guardian in the Background

We will be offering a Continental Divide Trail Ride Aug 3-11, 2017. This is one of the most magnificent trips in the world, riding on the top of the world along the spine of the Rocky Mountains through the Weminuche Wilderness, the largest in Colorado. This may very well be the highest you can be for eight days on a horse in the United States!

This trip is already full. We already have some bookings for Aug 20178 as well, but it is currently not full. If you are interested in joining us for 2018, let us know so that you can get on the list for this high demand ride of a lifetime. We may also be able to put you on a waiting list for 2017 in case someone has to cancel.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike's Bull

During late August through mid September we spent our time in the high country in pursuit of elk with primitive weapons (bow and blackpowder). The weather was incredibly warm and the rut was later than normal. The warm weather continued throughout the entire rifle seasons as well allowing us to call in bugling bulls all the way into November. As a matter of fact, we called in all of the bulls that we took during the first rifle season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tarahumara Boarding School Girls at Pie de Cuesta

 

 

Our fall Mexico’s Copper Canyon Horseback Trip Back in Time is currently not offered, but we will still tell you about it! This trip is a true cultural adventure, with incredible scenery, jaw dropping trails, cultural history, anthropology, camaraderie, solid horses and the rest is totally indescribable.

 

 

 

 

 

Eating Lunch at the Plaza Restaurant in Urique

 

 

 

The next Copper Canyon date for 2017:
Not currently offered.



 

 

 

 

Chad Posing for the Participants of the Wilderness Photography Workshop

 

 

 

 

We are excited to announce that we are continuing to offer our Western Wilderness Photography Workshop featuring Christopher Marona. Chris is a world renowned Western Photographer in addition to being a staff photographer of Cowboys & Indians magazine.

Two photos that Christopher took on the 2008 trip were used in two separate articles in the October 2008 issue of Western Horseman. See the link to the articles resulting from this trip at the top of this page or on the section in our website on the trip.

Two images that Chris took on the 2014 trip were used in the 2015 edition of the Western Horseman Calendar (Chris had a total of three images in the calendar!).

Click here to see a gallery of photos from this workshop on Christopher Marona's Website

Western Wilderness Photography Workshop Details: July 17-21, 2017.

 

The state of Colorado has made it possible to purchase Colorado Search and Rescue (CORSAR) cards on the internet. Go to the following website:

https://dola.colorado.gov/corsar_order/order_instructions.jsf