Medicine Lodge Horse Drive

Idaho USA: (HDID01)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/hd_medicine_lodge.aspx

Introduction
Idaho USA
If you have ever rounded up and driven horses in miles of open country, you know it's not just a ride in the park! Driving horses 20 miles a day through all kinds of terrain is a real adventure! It's possibly the most exciting thing you have ever done on horseback. It can be hot and it can be cold, it can be wet or dry or dusty, it can be fast and then slow, it can be challenging yet relaxing. It's a horse drive and anything can happen because it's the real thing!

Lynn, Lana and their family invite you to join them on selected dates and act as a wrangler as you participate in driving approximately 40 horses through miles of open country to their spring, summer or fall pastures. You will ride in an area of natural beauty with abundant wildlife including elk, bald headed eagles, coyotes and ground hogs. In the mornings you will awake to the smell of fresh coffee brewing over the fire and sizzling hot cakes on the griddle! Life just doesn’t get any better than this! During the day we round-up and drive the horses through desert canyon country and explore the fascinating countryside. At the end of the day there will not be a more welcome sight than riding over the ridge with the herd of horses, and spotting the chuck wagon and camp waiting for us.  Dinner is cooked over the open fire, a perfect end to another perfect day, with a hot and delicious meal, new friends and lots of stories and laughter about the day’s adventures! You will no doubt be ready to retire for the evening afterward to your tent or sleep under the stars if you wish, it's exhilarating!

If you're looking for a fast paced cowboy adventure filled with hard working fun, a Medicine Lodge Horse Drive is just the thing for you. Your accommodations are simple yet nice, well suited to the sort of  rustic fun vacation we offer. There is no electricity at the ranch, all rooms and cabins have propane lighting. The hot outdoor shower is a favorite for all guests. During the May trip dates we drive 80 to 100 head of horses from the winter to the summer pastures - on all other dates we drive 40 to 50 horses between the summer and fall pastures.

Accomodation


Accommodations

This is a horse drive where you will spend a combination of nights in a bunkhouse and camping.

2019
You will be spending 3 nights in a bunkhouse 'Cow Camp' and 3 nights camping.

2020
You will be spending 3 nights in a bunkhouse 'Cow Camp' and 2 nights camping.

Description


Night 1, 2, & 6: Cow Camp

The accommodations are very simple, yet quite nice at the same time. The buildings are kept very clean. There is NO electricity at the ranch - all rooms and cabins have propane lighting. The hot shower is a favorite for all guests - it is outdoors on 6'x6' redwood floors with redwood sides for privacy -  like in the Old Western movies!  At first if you think this is too rustic for you, but you may be very pleasantly surprised how much you come to love it! The bathrooms are outhouse style, but kept very clean for your use. There is a log cook cabin with a kitchen and a dining and living room for relaxing and socializing in. There is no smoking in the cabins or rooms! We have a designated area called "Marlboro Country" if you would like a cigarette! There will be no cell phone reception at the ranch or the drive!

Room options
-5 rooms in the bunkhouse (2 guests per rooms)
-2 cabins (3-4 riders per cabin)
-2 full-size beds and one in the loft each



Night 3, 4, & 5: Camping

The tents sleep 2 to 4 riders per tent. We use Spring Bar canvas tents. You will be sleeping on the ground, but we provide you with ground mat, sleeping bags, and a pillow. However, feel free to bring your own if you prefer.  There is an outhouse tent for a toilet at each camp, kept clean at all times.  If you want to bathe, you can use the nearby springs or creek.  Please bring biodegradable soap if possible!

Room Occupancy
Triple occupancy is possible in the bunkhouse and tents.
If you are traveling as a solo rider, we will pair you with a rider of the same gender. If you are completely uncomfortable sharing your accommodation please let us know before hand and we will see what we can do.



Meals
All meals are included in this trip from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day. The food is home-style and locally grown- guarantee to fill you up and leave you satisfied! Meals will be cooked on the fire and in our chuck wagon. We will eat on the trail around the campfire. If you would like a cold beer, glass of wine, rum and Coke etc after a long day of riding, please bring your own alcohol. 

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to most dietary restrictions with prior notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding Experience
You must be a strong rider!! Please do not overestimate your skills - if you have any reservations we highly recommend taking some riding lessons to brush up! There are many awesome gallops, trees and steep hills to navigate! If you are up to the challenge, it is a ride of a life time!

Pace
We cover approximately 15-20 miles per day on horseback from 5-6 hours. We ride at all paces.

Itinerary

2019 Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1 (Sunday)

You will arrive at the ranch on Sunday evening for a welcome dinner and introduction to the family, crew and other guests. You will be accommodated for the night in a cabin or bunk room.

Day 2 (Monday)
Meet your mount, riding instructions, spend the day riding through mountain terrain (making sure every rider is confident at a walk, trot, and lope.) We want you to trust your horse completely before leaving for the horse drive. Spend the night at the ranch again for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 (Tuesday)
Hearty breakfast and then pack our bedrolls in the chuck wagon, round up and saddle the horses, load them in the horse trailer and head for Deep Creek. We will round-up and drive the horses 20 plus miles through desert canyon country. We stop for our picnic lunch in the canyon among the fragrant sage brush. At the end of the day we will end up at the warm springs and truthfully there is not a more welcome sight than riding over that last ridge with a herd of horses, and spotting the chuck wagon and camp. You're going to be very tired and dirty after a long day of riding! The natural warm spring here is the perfect spot to take a nice relaxing bath (if you have biodegradable soap, all the better!). Look closely in the water... the water is so mild that there are guppy fish swimming in there with you! We will end the day with a hot delicious meal and lots of stories of the day’s adventure. You will be ready to retire for the evening to your nice tent or even sleep under the stars if you wish!

Day 4 (Wednesday)
You will awake to the smell of coffee brewing over the fire and hot cakes on the griddle! Life just doesn’t get any better than this! If you would like, after breakfast you can take “another quick dip in the spring.” We will help you break camp, catch the horses, and be on our way for our second day of moving the horse herd.  This day will have the challenge of heading through the hills that are more forested than yesterday's desert canyon route.  Don't lose the horses in those trees! Sometimes like to hide! We stop for the picnic lunch by a watering hole for the herd and get a quick rest in before heading onward again. Camp tonight is along a pretty little glacier creek - absolutely nothing like the welcoming warm springs you had yesterday, but on a hot, hot summer's day in mid July or August you will find it extremely refreshing!  Another hearty cowboy meal and overnight.

Day 5 (Thursday)
Awake to the sounds of the horses near by grazing, coffee brewing over the fire and the smell of bacon sizzling! We have traveled over 40 miles and are now in some beautiful back country. You have got to see this! We will leave the her behind and take a day off to rest them and do a little exploring on our own. Less work, and more play! There is an absolutely beautiful mountain lake just 6 miles from camp, and with abundant wildlife around we might just get a close look at a moose, elk or even a bear. Another great adventure is just around the corner, and today we will be sure to find it! Dinner will be cooked over the open fire to put an end to a perfect day of trail riding with our new friends. Night at same camp as yesterday.

Day 6 (Friday)
After a whole day off with nothing to do, those horses are ready and anxious to get going again, so after another great breakfast, we will help break camp, gather and saddle our horses, round up the herd and get them headed to their final destination - the ranch! This is another great day of riding and moving horses through some of the most beautiful countryside and a pretty picnic lunch stop. By now you definitely know what you are doing and feel confident doing it. You are a cowboy!! There are some great gallops today if you are game! You will arrive back to the ranch in late afternoon ready for that hot outdoor shower, a cold drink and a warm cookie, rewards for a job well done! After a little relaxation time, we will sort out one of the colts and work with him for a short time before dinner. This requires a little help from some of our newest cowboys (of course only if you want to). This is very interesting and you will be able to see how we introduce the saddle, and turn this young colt into a working ranch horse. We will end the day with a farewell dinner, lots of stories and a good nights rest in your cabin.

Day 7 (Saturday)
By now you have rode many miles and go back with memories for a lifetime. When you return to the fast paced life of the city you will close your eyes, smell the coffee and the fresh mountain air, see yourself riding through the beautiful mountain ranges of Medicine Lodge Idaho, and this will get you through until we see you next time! 

-------------------------------

2020 Sample Itinerary - Subject to changes

Day 1 (Monday)

We will pick you up for 3:30pm from Idaho Falls, or feel free to drive to our ranch to arrive around 4:30pm. Meet and greet other riders and be assigned to your cabin. Enjoy our welcome dinner and feel free to enjoy some ranch activities such as rope, horse shoes, hiking, or simply relaxing. (no riding)

Day 2 (Tuesday)
Meet your mount, riding instructions, spend the day riding through mountain terrain (making sure every rider is confident at a walk, trot, and lope.) We want you to trust your horse completely before leaving for the horse drive. Spend the night at the ranch again for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 (Wednesday)
You'll enjoy a hearty breakfast and pack your bags for the horse drive. Remember to pack enough clothing for 2 full days of camping! We drive the herd from Middle Creek to Warm Springs campsite. Our gear will meet us at the campsite and we unload and prepare for dinner. Camp activities include bathing in natural warm springs, enjoying the campfire, playing games/ songs, and enjoying starry skies. This will be your first night in the tents.

Day 4 (Thursday)
Wake up surrounded in the beauty of nature and start your day with a delicious breakfast! Today we leave Warm Springs and head to Weber Creek campsite. Dinner, activities, and tenting overnight at Weber Creek.

Day 5 (Friday)
After another great breakfast, we will help break camp, gather and saddle our horses, round up the herd and get them headed to their final destination - the ranch! You will arrive back to the ranch for that hot outdoor shower and a cold drink, rewards for a job well done! We will end the day with a farewell dinner, lots of stories and a good nights rest in your cabin.

Day 6 (Saturday)
By now you have rode many miles and go back with memories for a lifetime. When you return to the fast paced life of the city you will close your eyes, smell the coffee and the fresh mountain air, see yourself riding through the beautiful mountain ranges of Medicine Lodge Idaho, and this will get you through until we see you next time!  


Rates and Dates for Medicine Lodge Horse Drive

Rates include:

Accommodations (3 nights in a bunkhouse & 3 nights camping), all meals, 5 riding days

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20197 day trip, AP$1900
Gratuity:
The mandatory gratuity is not included in the cost of your trip via Hidden Trails. It is paid direct locally -- 10% of your trip cost (regular price if you have booked with a promo please).

Please note - Credit cards are not accepted for any payments (ie: transfers or gratuity). We do accept cash or travelers cheques!
% (Tip paid Locally)

Tax 1: 6 % * prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy
Gratuity: 10 % (to be paid locally)
Tax: 6 %  

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2019 Round trip transfer, per person, from Idaho Falls at 3:30 PM - drop off by 11:30 AM.
- to be paid locally
$100
2019 Late/early transfer supplement, per person, (after 3:30 PM on Day 1, before 11 AM on Day 7)
- to be paid locally
$50

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 06/23 - 06/29 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 5 /14 Expired
A 2019 06/30 - 07/06 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 5 /14 Expired
A 2019 07/07 - 07/13 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 5 /14 Expired
A 2019 07/14 - 07/20 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 5 /14 Expired
A 2019 07/28 - 08/03 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 5 /14 Expired
A 2019 08/04 - 08/10 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 5 /14 Expired
A 2019 08/11 - 08/17 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 5 /14 Expired
A 2019 08/25 - 08/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 5 /14 Sold Out
A 2019 09/01 - 09/07 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 5 /14 Sold Out
A 2019 09/08 - 09/14 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 5 /14 Sold Out
A 2019 09/15 - 09/21 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 5 /14 Sold Out

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

10% Gratuity to pay locally

Other Info
Meeting: Ranch near Dubois
Airport: Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA)
Transfer: Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA) or hotels in Idaho Falls

Climate:
                                                Dubois area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

29

34

44

56

67

77

86

85

74

59

41

30

Average Low Temperature (°F)

13

16

24

32

40

47

54

52

44

34

23

14

Average High Temperature (°C)

-2

1

6

13

19

25

30

30

24

15

5

-1

Average Low Temperature (°C)

-10

-9

-4

0

4

8

12

11

7

1

-5

-10

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

4

3

4

5

7

5

4

3

3

3

4

5

Source: NOAA


Seasons
The ranch is located near the Targhee National Forest (in the mountains) where the days are usually quite warm and the nights tend to cool off a bit. However, always come prepared because the weather can change fast in the mountains. We recommend bring warms clothes just in case.

The last 10 years average weather temperatures during each month we operate our trips at the Ranch are as follows:
May: 65°F / 18°C
June: 74°F / 23°C
July: 84°F / 29°C
August: 83°F / 28°C
September: 72°F / 22°C

What To Bring:
Below is a list of suggested items to bring with you on your World Famous Horse Drive Vacation:
- Cowboy Boots or Boots with a heel
- Cowboy Hat or Riding Helmet
- Flashlight 
- Rain Jacket & Warm Coat
- Camera/ GoPro
- Sun Screen
- Bug Spray
- Swim Suit
- Water Shoes
- Towel
- Personal Items
- Travel shampoo, conditioner, shower gel 
- Cash for souvenirs- the ranch does not accept credit cards

If you would like a cold beer, glass of wine, rum and Coke etc. after a long day of riding, please bring your own alcohol.  We do not furnish alcohol at either the ranch or during the camping portion. However, if you are welcome to bring and enjoy your own!  Please note, that on Sundays, the state if Idaho does not sell liquor.  You can however purchase beer and wine from somewhere, for example, like Walmart.