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Chiricahua Apache Ride

The Ancient and Gila Region

Ancient Native Peoples were created here and have inhabited these sacred mountains, valleys and canyons throughout time. The Ndee (Chihe'ne, Chokone'ne, Bida'nku, Ndenai), known as the Chiricahua Apache People predate all other cultures present in the area. The ancient Pueblos, referred to as the Mogollon, Anasazi and Mimbres cultures of the preserved Gila Cliff Dwellings, attempted to settle this region, unsuccessfully.

Traveling through "Dzil" (mountains, the Gila region) offers opportunities to view ancient homesites, and to discuss living conditions and survival philosophies of these ancient builders; and the true inhabitants and inheritors of this country, The Apache People.
The Ndee’s fierce defense and nomadic lifestyle allowed this region to flourish and exist in harmony for countless generations in it's purest essence. In more recent history, well known Apache band leaders, war leaders, and warriors, like Cochise, Mangas Coloradas, Nana, Loco, Victorio, Naiche, Chihuahua, Geronimo, Porico and Lozen joined forces to drive all intruders from these sacred grounds.
Located in southwest New Mexico, the Gila Wilderness is America’s first and largest designated wilderness. At 3.3 million acres, the Gila National Forest offers one of the continent’s most pristine and rugged wild areas known today. Elevations range from desert and 4500 feet, to alpine at 10,000 feet. The Gila River’s immense watershed system creates valleys, mesas and canyons only imagined in dreams.
The wildlife present will give visitor a glimpse into an ecosystem desired by your soul. Soaring eagles, hawks, heron and kingfishers haunting the sky, while deer, elk, antelope, black bear, lynx, cougar, bighorn sheep, wolf, coyote and Javelina roam the shadows of the forests, meadows and canyons.
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Chiricahua Apache Ride
Tour Code: RTNM05
5 days / 4 nights ~$1,400.00
Dates: March to October

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The Ancient and Gila Region
Tack: Western
Horses: Quarter Horses and Mixed
Pace: 6-8 hours in the saddle pace varies a...

Airport: El Paso
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Riding Level Explained
A Beginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
B Novice
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.
C Intermediate
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.
E Advanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handling a spirited horse in open country.
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