Southwest Pack Trips

New Mexico USA: (RTNM01)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/nm_southwest_pack.aspx

Introduction
New Mexico USA
"This National Forest is America's undiscovered treasure, offering endless trail riding in some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere." You will explore its breathtaking canyons, creeks and meadows as you navigate the 'Blue Range' or the 'Middle Fork' of the Gila wilderness!

The Gila and the Blue are places of spectacular beauty tucked away in the Southwest corner of New Mexico and into Arizona. Dependent of the season, we will explore one or the other Gila wilderness areas on unforgettable pack trips with our sure footed horses and experienced guides. Ride some of America's most pristine and unique country during the day — then relax and have some fun in our camp during the evening.

The Gila Wilderness Pack Trip
One of the richest and most stunning landscapes in America, the Gila Wilderness is one of  the world's largest and premier wilderness destinations.
The mountains and deep canyons of the Gila are rich with human history, wildlife and adventure. Ancient Indians dating back 1000 years lived along the Middle Fork, leaving behind inspiring and interesting cliff dwellings. The Apaches called the Gila home — and one of our stops is at the birthplace of Geronimo.
The Gila lays claim to the title of America's first and most expansive wilderness region, but this unique distinction does not begin to brush the surface of this powerful country, with the extraordinary diversity, tranquility and enchantment guarded at its heart. Until recently, the Gila National Forest, with its 3.3 million acres of awe-inspiring vistas, peaceful meadows, majestic rivers and deep, carved out canyons was a hidden treasure experienced by rugged trappers of the past and only the hardiest adventurers of today. Riding the Middle Fork is like losing yourself to the beauty of our planet — the inspiration you receive starts the moment we begin our journey to the moment we arrive at the trail head. This natural inspiration will renew and enrich your daily life even after you're back home.

Blue Wilderness Pack Trip
The Blue Wilderness, on the border of Arizona/New Mexico has been a decade long effort of remarkable search and discovery. This little-used and little-known part of America's wild country has been our passion of exploration, with the vast riches in natural beauty as our reward. These historic trails were used by the Spaniards in their quest for gold and silver, along with the Apaches in their travels from Arizona to New Mexico. There are strange and beautiful rock formations — columns of hoodoos, jutting rocks of brilliant white, sculptured rock formations — much like a visit to Utah...or the Moon! Grand, awe-inspiring vistas  . . . so many views in all directions. From Arizona look back and see into the mountains of New Mexico. View the beautiful canyons of the Blue River and endless scenery in the wild, untamed country of eastern Arizona. Large herds of elk, mule deer and bear roam this remarkable country without hesitation. Extreme remoteness . . . one of the greatest benefits of riding in the Blue is the fact of its little-to-no human use. A grand and awesome wilderness experience at its very best!

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We will take you into the remote and wild countryside giving you a genuine lift in life. Experience the endless vistas of untouched country, spectacular canyon riding, deep pools of water and wild life. These pack trips are suited for every type of rider - family groups, beginners and advanced adventure-seeking riders. Each pack trip has the personal touch by our professional guide with 30 years of safe guiding experience. The riding and guides provide you with loads of historical & nature information. Meals are home cooked by the profession campfire chef. All on horses that are loved and well taken care of.

Truly refresh your spirit on a pack trip in Southwest New Mexico's wilderness!

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a pack trip, so most nights are spent camping.

Description
The first night is spent at a hotel nearby (not included) or at the ranch (free) if there is availability. The next four night are spent camping at the base camp.


Night 1-4: Camping
Our luxury base camp has everything set up and is ready for you to relax after a day of riding. Camp includes tents, cots, and private toilet facilities. Toilet facilities are solid toilet over a pit. Hot solar showers at the end of each day's ride are available in the shower tent. It is best to bring your own sleeping mats and sleeping bags, but some are available to borrow at no additional charge- please request at time of booking.
Some trips will also include some progressive rides with overnights in "spike camps" that will be set up each day (not permanent camps) and therefore have less comforts.
Please bring your own solar charger should you wish to charge batteries.

Tent Occupancy
Single riders will have a single tent at no added fee.
Triple occupancy is possible in a large tent.


Meals
All meals from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 5 are included. All the creature comforts in the world — a deluxe kitchen with delicious all-you-can-eat Chuck Wagon Style Dutch oven cooking. Enjoy your choice of adult beverages. Plentiful and delicious, our meals are home cooked and will leave you asking for seconds! Wine is included with dinner, but you are also welcome to bring your own for the trip.

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

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding
These rides require guests to be in good health and in good shape. The rides take place in mountain terrain. 

Horses
Gentle, experienced and sure-footed, our riding horses are members of our family. We have horses to match every type of rider, from beginners and children to advanced adventure-seeking riders. We have Quarter horses, Mustangs and Appaloosas.

Itinerary


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.


Rates and Dates for Southwest Pack Trips

Rates include:

Tent accommodations, all meals starting with lunch on Day 1. Guides can speak: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Catalan!

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20195 day trip, 5 riding days - Gila Wilderness$1225
  • B
    20195 day trip, 5 riding days - Blue Wilderness$1225
  • C
    20195 day trip, 5 riding days- The Pecos Wilderness$1225

Tax 1: 8.69 % * prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy
Tax: 8.69 %  

Transfer and Other Charges:



 Description
2019 Gila and Blue: Transfers available from Silver City to Glenwood
2019 Pecos: Transfers available from Santa Fe to motel and to trailhead following day, return

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 09/29 - 10/03 5d / 4n 5 day trip, 5 riding days - ... 2 /15 Expired
C 2019 09/29 - 10/03 5d / 4n 5 day trip, 5 riding days- T... 2 /15 Expired
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

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Accommodations and meals on Day 0, breakfast on Day 1.
Sleeping bags and ground mat - not included - can be supplied if necessary on request - no charge.

Other Info
Meeting: Glenwood or Santa Fe
Airport: Silver City or Santa Fe
Transfer: Silver City or Santa Fe

Climate:
                                            Glenwood area
 
 

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

57

61

67

74

82

91

91

89

85

75

65

57

Average Low Temperature (°F)

25

28

32

36

43

52

60

59

52

41

30

25

Average High Temperature (°C)

14

16

19

23

28

33

33

32

29

24

18

14

Average Low Temperature (°C)

-4

-2

0

2

6

11

15

15

11

5

-1

-4

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

3

3

3

1

1

2

9

9

5

3

2

4

Source: NOAA


Seasons
Uniquely located to ensure year-round comfortable riding conditions, the Gila Wilderness has the benefit of high-elevation cooling during the summer and southerly warmth during the winter. No matter what time of year - spring, summer, fall or winter - we have the perfect trail for any time of year.

The park has a mild climate, with a rainy season usually from July through August. Temperatures during the day are warm but frost may occur during the night in canyons above 8000 ft. From July to September, thunderstorms are widespread and occur almost daily. Daytime temperatures tend to be relatively mild or warm and nighttime temperatures tend to be relatively cool or cold throughout the year. Average temperatures in the higher elevation, particularly the Mogollon Range, can be cooler, depending on the season.

Spring and Fall have moderate days and cool nights. The most beautiful times of the year in the Gila are spring and late summer. In spring, snowmelt provides enough moisture to initiate new vegetative growth. In late summer, it is warm and the vegetation is still green following the end of summer rainfall season.

Winter months often have nice afternoons with cold mornings and nights. Daytime temperatures can get cold during winter but, in direct sunlight, temperatures may rise to 70 F (21 C). However, temperatures during the night drop significantly. Snow occurs most frequently between December and February. During most winters the lower elevations tend to be free of snow most of the time and when it does snow the melt-off usually occurs within a few days. Normally there is some snow accumulation in the higher elevations and during severe winters, the snow may range up to 10 feet or more in the Mogollon Range. Melt-off usually occurs during late March and April, but snow and ice may hinder travel on upper elevation trails as late as June.

What To Bring:
Maximum Duffel Weight Including Sleeping Bag - 35 lbs. Fast access items can be stored in saddle bags. Please pack light!

- Duffel bag - multi-small, soft duffel preferred
- Sleeping bag (best to bring your own but available to borrow- please request at time of booking)
- Sleeping bag liner or blanket
- Ground pad (best to bring your own but available to borrow- please request at time of booking)
- Rain gear or slicker
- Jeans/long sleeve shirt
- Comfortable camp shoes
- Gloves
- Hat with a brim
- Flashlight
- Jacket
- Sweater
- Sunglasses
- Personal medical items
- Personal first aid kit
- Wash kit
- Chapstick, sunblock
- Camera and film
- Solar charger
- AN ADVENTUROUS SPIRIT!