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Meeting: Mosca
Airport:   San Luis Valley Regional Airport (ALS)       Train station:   --
Transfer: Alamosa    Distance: 30 miles

Pick-up/ drop-off for this trip is from San Luis Valley Regional Airport (ALS), as well as hotels and bus stops in Alamosa. Pick-up anytime before 8:00pm. Chek-out for 10:00am on last day.
Fly via Denver or Albuquerque to Alamosa on Boutique Air).

Tack: Western
Horses: Quarter, Paint
Pace: All paces, riding from 4 to 10 hours a day, depending on the riders. 6 riding days
| Walk | Trot | Canter |
Level: Riding Level (Click for legend) (2 to 4 out of 5)    All riding levels
Age: Min 8
Weight: Max 210 lbs
Riders: Min 1 riders Max 15 riders

Riding Level

We can accommodate a variety of riding levels and cater the itinerary to your preferences. If you are new to the saddle, our wranglers provide solid instruction to start your horse journey off in the right direction! For those more experienced we have more challenging rides and cattle work to keep you fast on your feet. Horseback activities can include working and moving cattle, exploring the surrounding San Luis Valley, and venturing into the adjacent Great Sand Dunes National Park. Formal instruction and horsemanship demonstrations from our expert wranglers are available at any point during your stay.

Guest rides are from about 8:30am - 2:00pm, though can be shorter if guests would like. Riding groups are kept small: 3 to 4 riders per wrangler.

The horses we use in our daily ranch work and guest program come from our breeding program.  The program focuses on producing gentle horses that can work long days on a ranch and thrive on native pasture with minimal supplemental feed. Specifically, our horses are bred for a gentle disposition, athleticism, hardiness, and livestock sense. We also train horses that come from outside of the program that show promising disposition for daily ranch work and meeting the needs of guest riders. The herd, averaging around 60 head, meet all abilities ranging from experienced to beginner riders. We work closely with each horse to train them for working livestock. During the guest season the herd is split into two groups with one group resting and the other group in a nearby pasture ready for daily work. The groups are then frequently rotated giving the horses plenty of rest and time under saddle so they ultimately remain in peak and healthy condition.

Horses are the core to a good ranch program. Therefore, we work with our horses every day and we encourage guests to be involved by learning about how to improve or maintain their horse. The crew will work with the guests so they will be continually learning and working to improve their skills with a horse. Guests are welcome to watch the ranch crew train a young horse or participate in one-on-one horsemanship instruction. These options are typically half day options in the afternoon.

Passport and Visa Requirements: Valid passport required by all nationals referred to in the chart ; validity varies - for most countries the passport must be valid for at least six months from the date on which the holder enters the. more
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Bison and Cattle Working Ranch in Colorado
Tour Code: WRCO01
8 days / 7 nights ~$2,765.00
Dates : March-October, custom dates possible with 3+ nights

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
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.
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.
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 Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 03/01 - 10/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP - Ranch Week,... 1 /15 Reserve
B 2020 03/01 - 10/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP - Ranch Week,... 1 /15 Reserve
C 2020 03/01 - 10/31 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP - Ranch Week,... 1 /15 Reserve
D 2020 03/01 - 10/31 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP - Ranch Week,... 1 /15 Reserve
E 2020 03/01 - 10/31 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP - Ranch Week... 1 /15 Reserve
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Tack: Western
Horses: Quarter, Paint
Pace: All paces, riding from 4 to 10 hours a...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: San Luis Valley Regional Airport (ALS)
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