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Sand Dune National Park Ride


Sand Dune National Park Ride
Colorado USA

The Great Sand Dunes National Park is the United States newest National Park, which officially came to be in September 2004. They are North America’s highest and tallest dunes, with the tallest one, Star Dune, reaching 750 feet above the valley floor.
This wilderness journey is for both experienced and beginning riders. The horses are sure-footed, no nonsense and willing. Mountain riding techniques are taught as we travel. Our philosophy is simple; the more you know about your horse and equipment, the more you will enjoy your vacation.
Although the distance we'll travel is not excessive, the riding is adventurous along steep trails with spectacular scenery. We'll share our extensive knowledge of geology, plants, wildlife, and history of the area. Those who have less riding experience particularly enjoy this trip as an excellent learning experience. Advanced riders enjoy the additional hands-on experience and scenic country of this little known area of Colorado.
You will see a unique sight in North America - the largest sand dunes in the Western Hemisphere! In addition, we'll take you to remote mountain valleys, ride past old west ghost towns, and allow you time to play in mountain creeks and waterfalls. Maybe we'll even see some Bison!
The route begins at Music Pass and then over the top of the range into the wilds of the Sand Creek drainage. We work our way down Sand Creek to a little known route at the base to join a trail heading to the Sand Dunes. We'll camp close to the Sand Dunes and enjoy a day riding on sand mountains. Then we exit out Madano Pass to our trail head once again on the eastern side of the Sangres.
The group works as a team. Everyone participates in saddling, care of horses and in setting-up/breaking-down camp. The staff cook, clean up, and pack horses. This is an expedition, lightweight and mobile, utilizing all hands towards the ultimate goal of reaching the next pass, or catching sight of the moving forest of elk. Doing it simply. Responding to the call.


Camping Ride with pack horses
Suitable for riders over 210 lbs

Meeting: Colorado Springs
Airport: Colorado Springs
Transfer: Colorado Springs hotel 7:30 am on Day 2. Drop off after 6:00 pm on Day 6.
Riders: Min 4 riders
Max 8 riders

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    Sand Dune National Park Ride
    Tour Code: RTCO08
    6 days / 5 nights ~$1,690.00
    Dates : July - Sept.

    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    ABeginner
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    BNovice
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    CIntermediate
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    EAdvanced
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Standard
    Lodging Level Explained
       
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
       
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
       
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
       
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
       
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
       
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
    A 2016 07/31 - 08/05 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP, first night ... 4 /8 Expired
    A 2016 08/07 - 08/12 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP, first night ... 4 /8 Expired
    A 2016 08/14 - 08/19 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP, first night ... 4 /8 Expired
    A 2016 08/21 - 08/26 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP, first night ... 4 /8 Expired
    A 2016 08/28 - 09/02 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP, first night ... 4 /8 Expired
    A 2016 09/04 - 09/09 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP, first night ... 4 /8 Expired
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    Tack: Western
    Horses: Appaloosa and Quarter
    Pace: Moderate with trots

    Airport: Colorado Springs
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