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Gila Wilderness Sample Itinerary 2019 - subject to changes

This 5-day pack trip goes into a base camp and includes rides along the awesome Middle Fork of the Gila River, a trip up the canyon to an Indian Cliff Dwelling, and some top country to a late 1800’s log cabin. Deer, elk & bear can be seen on this trip. The elevation is around 8000 feet.

Day 0: Saturday
(Option 1) Drive to Glenwood and check into a local B&B or hotel (not included). Dinner and breakfast is not included.
(Option 2) Drive to Glenwood and go to our ranch (complimentary if room is available). Dinner is not included.

Day 1: Sunday
We pack our gear into vehicles, have breakfast along the way, driving to the trailhead. Then, we saddle up, pack the mules and ride into camp. We have good chances of seeing elk and deer along the way. The camp is located in an hidden, stunning canyon, the birth place of Geronimo. Enjoy a delightful meal.

Day 2: Monday
We ride up canyon to visit  a 1000 year old Indian Cliff Dwelling, very much preserved. An unique experience only our riders will enjoy.  Imagine how these Cliff Dwellers lived. Along the way view some of the most remarkable canyon wall landscapes in the southwest. Spend quite time a the Dwelling, then head back to camp and enjoy a Dutch oven meal. Fishing is available.

Day 3: Tuesday
A stunning ride along the Middle Fork River as we ride through ever-changing scenery to our next camp. Experience Petroglyphs, a remarkable historic site.  Climbing out of the Middle Fork canyon, we enjoy a grand scenic view of this deep and awe-inspiring river system. Riding through lush open meadows with possibilities of elk and deer sighting.  Late 1800’s cabin site. Arriving at our next camp, enjoy a fine meal and campfire conversation.

Day 4: Wednesday
We experience the most inspiring loop in the Gila. A stop at a spring-feed meadow then continuing towards a mountain range called the Jerkies. Take in the grand view of the Gila Ridge, the tallest peaks in the southwest. Ride to the mountain top, have a lunch near a running creek, then back to camp. Landscapes change constantly.

Day 5: Thursday
Riding back to the trailhead, we enjoy incredible vistas, and lunch along the majestic Middle Fork River. A stunning climb out of the Middle Fork River, riding across vast stretches of open country. The perfect ending to the Great Gila Wilderness Loop .  We return to the trailhead around 2- 3pm and then drive 50miles back to Reserve NM.

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Gila Wilderness Sample Itinerary 2020 - subject to changes

This 5-day pack trip goes into a base camp and includes rides along the awesome Middle Fork of the Gila River, a trip up the canyon to an Indian Cliff Dwelling, and some top country to a late 1800’s log cabin. Deer, elk & bear can be seen on this trip. The elevation is around 8000 feet.

Day 0: Saturday
(Option 1) Drive to Glenwood and check into a local B&B or hotel (not included). Dinner and breakfast is not included.
(Option 2) Drive to Glenwood and go to our ranch (complimentary if room is available). Dinner is not included.

Day 1: Sunday
We pack our gear into vehicles, have breakfast along the way, driving to the trailhead. Then, we saddle up, pack the mules and ride into camp. The camp is located in a hidden, stunning canyon, the birthplace of Geronimo. Our comfortable camp features wall tents, cots, and everything to make your stay comfortable and warm. Elk and deer are abundant and thriving in the Gila, offering many excellent opportunities to see elk graze right along with our horses in camp, and along our riding journey.
In the evening, we enjoy a delicious Dutch Oven Meal.

Day 2: Monday
Ride the magnificent Middle Fork of the Gila River. There is no better wilderness experience in the world, than a horseback ride along the Middle Fork. Many water crossings with towering and splendid canyon walls await us. Awe-inspiring at every turn, canyon walls tower over us, with splendid hoodoo columns rising up along every stretch. Continuous water flow offers a cool dip along the way.

Day 3: Tuesday
We ride down stream on the Middle Fork, and make a gentle climb out of the canyon to a rest stop for sweeping views of the canyon below.  We continue through changing landscapes to an historic late 1800 hundreds cabin. The horses graze while we eat a healthy lunch. A most splendid experience, wondering about life in the Gila over 1000 years ago. Then, ride back to our base camp.

Day 4: Wednesday
Today, we ride upstream from our base camp to an Indian Cliff Dwelling. These Dwellings are in a canyon few people visit. Make a short climb to the Dwelling site and inspect the many Dwellings left behind some 1000 years ago. Ride back to camp.

Day 5: Thursday
Pack our gear and ride back across vast scenery to our trailhead. We return to the trailhead around 2- 3pm and then drive 50miles back to Reserve, NM.

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Blue Wilderness Sample Itinerary 2019 - subject to changes


This 5-day pack trip goes into a base camp and includes rides into red rock country, with 360 degree vistas and stunning landscapes, as well as a visit to a log cabin. We also ride into alpine country, with good vistas and wildlife sightings.
March, April and early May are the best times to book this trip. 6000-8000’  elevations.

Day 0: Saturday
(Option 1) Drive to Glenwood and check into a local B&B or hotel (not included). Dinner and breakfast is not included.
(Option 2) Drive to Glenwood and go to our ranch (complimentary if room is available). Dinner is not included.

Day 1: Sunday
Meet at the ranch and drive to the New Mexico/Arizona border. We ride into Arizona’s Blue Wilderness area, or otherwise called Blue Primitive Area.  Riding a narrow, stunning canyon to a 400 year old Spanish Mining Symbol, a historical destination with significant consequences.  Enjoy a grand view of the valley, not many people experience.

Day 2: Monday
Ride the incredible Blue Wilderness loop through a slot canyon, then we climb to rolling high country. Experience grand vistas of Arizona with its rugged mountains terrain. Also, we visit the ruins of a historic late 1800’s cabin.

Day 3: Tuesday
Ride to our high country camp, near a fully-intact and different late 1800’s historic cabin.
An excellent chance to see elk and deer along the way. Landscapes every changing.

Day 4: Wednesday
One of more diverse loop riding experiences in Arizona. Landscapes and views change constantly as we move from one stunning terrain to another. One of the most unusually stops  is called the “Talc Uprising” — white columns of this fine mineral explode over many acres of landscape. Terrain one might find in Utah. The most unusual geological formation.

Day 5: Thursday
Pack up camp and we journey back to the trailhead by a different route. We climb to one of the highest peaks in the Blue, passing a natural lake. Then we descend, passing through changing landscapes are we drop in elevation. From old-growth alpine terrain to desert-like environments this is the fitting end to Nature’s Hidden Treasures. We return to the trailhead around 2- 3pm and then drive 15miles back to Glenwood.

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Blue Wilderness Sample Itinerary 2020 - subject to changes

This 5-day pack trip goes into a base camp and includes rides into red rock country, with 360 degree vistas and stunning landscapes, as well as a visit to a log cabin. We also ride into alpine country, with good vistas and wildlife sightings.
March, April and early May are the best times to book this trip. 6000-8000’  elevations.

Day 0: Saturday
(Option 1) Drive to Glenwood and check into a local B&B or hotel (not included). Dinner and breakfast is not included.
(Option 2) Drive to Glenwood and go to our ranch (complimentary if room is available). Dinner is not included.

Day 1: Sunday
Meet at the ranch and drive to the New Mexico/Arizona border. We ride into Arizona’s Blue Wilderness area, or otherwise called Blue Primitive Area.  Riding up a narrow and spectacular canyon, our journey ends at a Spanish Mining Symbol, carved into a tree some 400 years ago. Spaniards, at the time, forced Indian slaves to do the mining. Enjoy a grand view of the valley, not many people experience.

Day 2: Monday
Ride the incredible Blue Wilderness loop through a slot canyon, then we climb to rolling high country. While riding narrow slot canyons, one can almost touch the canyon walls on each side. Once at the top, we experience grand vistas of Arizona with its rugged mountains terrain. We will visit the ruins of a historic late 1800’s cabin.

Day 3: Tuesday
Ride to our high country camp, near a fully-intact and different late 1800’s historic cabin. An excellent chance to see elk and deer along the way. Landscapes every changing.

Day 4: Wednesday
One of more diverse loop riding experiences in Arizona. Landscapes and views change constantly as we move from one stunning terrain to another. One of the most unusually stops  is called the “Talc Uprising” — white columns of this fine mineral explode over many acres of landscape. Terrain one might find in Utah. The most unusual geological formation.

Day 5: Thursday
Pack up camp and we journey back to the trailhead by a different route. We climb to one of the highest peaks in the Blue, passing a natural lake. Then we descend, passing through changing landscapes are we drop in elevation. From old-growth alpine terrain to desert-like environments this is the fitting end to Nature’s Hidden Treasures. We return to the trailhead around 2- 3pm and then drive 15miles back to Glenwood.
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Southwest Pack Trips
Tour Code: RTNM01
5 days / 4 nights ~$1,225.00
Dates : March to Oct

Trip Rating :
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
B 2019 11/03 - 11/07 5d / 4n 5 day trip, 5 riding days - ... 2 /15 Expired
B 2019 11/10 - 11/14 5d / 4n 5 day trip, 5 riding days - ... 2 /15 Expired
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Blue Wilderness
Gila Wilderness
Tack: Western
Horses: Quarter horses, Mustangs and Appaloosa...
Pace: Slow - 4-6 hours in the saddle per ri...

Airport: Silver City or Santa Fe
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