Colorado Continental Divide Pack Trip

Colorado USA: (RTCO06)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/USA_Colorado_Continental_Divide.aspx

Introduction
Colorado USA
This is the horseback adventure of a lifetime! We spend nine days following the spine of the Continental Divide through the Weminuche Wilderness of the San Juan Mountains, which have the highest average elevation in the United States. The Colorado Continental Divide Pack Trip is the newest trans-continental trail from Canada to Mexico.

We travel from Silverton to Wolf Creek Pass, arguably the most beautiful section of the entire trail. The terrain ranges from volcanic domes to jagged granitic peaks with alpine lakes lurking between. This is a true adventure where the weather and the terrain interplay, only letting us pass when the conditions are just right. On horseback, we are able to maneuver deep into the wilderness where no vehicle could imagine following! There is a sense of humbleness knowing that everything we need for survival can easily be carried on the backs of our pack horses. Cozy tents, filling hearty food, and good company is all you need!

Our horses and mules are the best mountain animals anywhere and will transport you safely on this 85 mile traveling camp expedition. This is a trip for experienced horseback riders looking for the ultimate in scenery and adventure!

Accomodation

Accommodation
This is a pack trip ride where nights are spent at different campsites.

Description
You will be staying in walled tents. Cots and pads are provided. Please bring your own sleeping bag! We have separate sleeping tents for each group of a mixed group trip.

Clean latrine tents are located near camps. When the weather is warm enough, a warm shower is available (solar shower).


Meals
All meals are included in this trip. Meals are served in our basecamp dining tent or on the trail when traveling by horseback.
Gourmet meals, snacks, soft drinks and purified water are provided (bring your own water bottle). The cook tent has a woodstove with an oven where we bake biscuits and even pies! We believe that food is as important as the wilderness experience and we know you’ll enjoy our delicious meals.

We do not provide alcohol on any of our trips. We can pack in a beverage of your choice (within reason). Since the effects of alcohol are multiplied at altitude, please use common sense. Under no circumstances will anyone be allowed to ride a horse under the influence of alcohol.


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

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Fitness Requirement
Progressive trips are very demanding. Accommodations are sparse so that we can pack up quickly and cover the miles with light weight equipment. The amount of labor required is tremendous, hence their greater cost. In return, the rewards are high with new scenery everyday, a variety of camps and the satisfaction of an outstanding adventure.

Horses
We breed, raise, and sell Quarter Horses that are ideally suited to the endeavors that are important to working and living in the mountains.  Our bloodlines are true foundation bred performance horses. Because we use these horses in our operations, we pay special attention to disposition in addition to great confirmation in our breeding program. With a herd of 100 horses, we have many to choose from for all riders!

Weight Limit
190lbs if less than 6'0
210lbs if more than 6'0

Itinerary

This is the horseback adventure of a lifetime! We spend eight days following the spine of the Continental Divide through the Weminuche Wilderness of the San Juan Mountains which have the highest average elevation in the United States. The Continental Divide Trail is the newest trans-continental trail from Canada to Mexico. We travel from Silverton to Wolf Creek Pass, arguably the most beautiful section of the entire trail. The terrain ranges from volcanic domes to jagged granitic peaks with alpine lakes lurking between. This is a true adventure where the weather and the terrain interplay, only letting us pass when the conditions are just right. Our horses are the best mountain horses anywhere and will transport you safely on this 85 mile traveling camp expedition. This is a trip for experienced hikers horseback riders looking for the ultimate in scenery and adventure.

To protect our horses, we have a weight limit on all High Mountain Rides.
200 pounds if height is less than 6′
225 pounds if height is over 6′


Rates and Dates for Colorado Continental Divide Pack Trip

Rates include:

Accommodations for 8 nights in walled tents with cots and pads, all meals, saddle bags, guides

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20199 day Pack Trip, AP$5000

Tax 1: 3 % * prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy
Tax: 3 %  

Transfer and Other Charges:



 Description
2019 Meet at the ranch for 9:00am on day 1 of the trip.
- to be paid locally

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 08/01 - 08/09 9d / 8n 9 day Pack Trip, AP 2 /8 Expired

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Sleeping bag, personal gear, fishing gear and license, rain gear, transfers

Other Info
Meeting: Ranch
Airport: Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO).
Transfer: --

Climate:
                                            Silverton area
 

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

34

37

42

48

58

69

74

71

65

55

43

34

Average Low Temperature (°F)

-4

-1

8

18

27

32

38

38

31

22

9

-2

Average High Temperature (°C)

1

3

6

9

15

21

23

22

18

13

6

1

Average Low Temperature (°C)

-20

-18

-14

-8

-3

0

4

3

-1

-6

-13

-19

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

7

7

7

7

6

5

10

11

9

7

6

7

Source: NOAA


Seasons
Durango boasts over 300 days of sunshine per year! Add that to Durango’s high altitude (6,512 feet) and notoriously unpredictable weather, and you could get a sunburn in the middle of winter or a snowstorm in June (it happens!). Durango enjoys an ideal 4 season climate.

Winter
Winters here are usually cold and sunny. Durango's snowfall averages about 71" a year.

Spring
Spring brings warmer weather and rain (annual precipitation of 19" per year).

Summer
Summer temperatures seldom reach more than the high 80s and rivers and reservoirs stay relatively full in summer, due to deep snow accumulation in the surrounding mountains. June through September typically have warm days with highs in the 70s and 80s F. June usually has sunny afternoons while July and August often have afternoon thunderstorms. The possibility of light snow always exists in the higher elevations, even in July and August. Expect cool nights with lows in the 30s to 50s F.

Fall
Fall days are usually cool and dry, and very comfortable, however weather is often unpredictable at this time of the year. Daytime temperatures in the fall can range from 20s-60s F with nights in the 0-30 degrees Fahrenheit range. Rain and snow are always possible. 

 
Special note – altitude sickness
All of our adventures take place between 9,000-14,000 ft. Drink lots of fluids as hydration is one of the best defenses to altitude sickness. Stay away from alcohol and caffeine to minimize dehydration.

What To Bring:
We recommend that all clients purchase a Colorado Search and Rescue (CORSAR) card BEFORE coming on a trip. The purpose of this card is to assist in the costs associated with a backcountry evacuation should the situation arise (hopefully not!). If you purchase a hunting or fishing license, it is included. You can purchase these in Durango wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold, or you can purchase one online with the following link:

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

Put your gear in a soft duffel. Please limit your gear to 40 lb.

Personal Gear
- Waterproof duffel bag (or line with garbage bag)
- Small first aid kit
- Flashlight & batteries (headlamp recommended)
- Matches in waterproof container or lighter
- Sleeping bag rated to thirty degrees (or colder) in a waterproof stuffsack (or garbage bag)
- Thermarest (or equivalent) sleeping pad (can also be provided)
- Riding Boots (waterproof is best)
- Waterproof boots or overboots (VERY IMPORTANT)

3-4 changes of clothing- suggestions
- Long underwear
- Jeans
- Bandanas/handkerchiefs
- Synthetic (fleece) or wool pants
- Synthetic or wool shirts
- Socks - synthetic or wool preferable
- Underwear
- Toiletries - towel, washcloth, soap, toothbrush, etc.
- Sleeping wear
- Personal medications

Optional Gear
- Binoculars
- Camera and film
- Leather hiking boots
- Compass
- Book and/or journal
- Notebook
- Insect repellent
- Fishing Rod & Tackle (If fishing, you will need a license)
- Tent  (You will be setting up/taking down your tent daily. We will gladly provide one, but if you have your own favorite, feel free to bring it)

To Be Carried When Horseback Riding
- A small day pack can be carried on your horse (saddle bags will be provided as well)
- Lipbalm
- Sunscreen
- Sunglasses
- Toilet paper in ziplock bag
- Water bottle
- Synthetic (fleece) jacket
- Rain gear (Gore-Tex) - parka and pants
- Down vest, sweater or other warm layer
- Riding Gloves
- Warm Gloves (waterproof is best)
- Knife
- Waterproof w/Wide brim Hat (VERY IMPORTANT) (For sun and rain)
- Warm hat