Horseback riding in Velebit Nature Park, Croatia

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Cowboy Eco Retreat

Itinerary for Cowboy Eco Retreat

Sample Itinerary 2020 - subject to changes

You are welcome to start your trip any day of the week! Check in starts at 3 pm on Day 1 and checkout is by 11 am on the last day.
Below is the weekly activities schedule.

Full Day (10:00am-5:00pm)- Off-ranch adventure day
PM- Little Bears Kids Club

Full Day (10:00am-5:00pm)- Canoe Expedition, or
AM- 2-hour Trail Ride or lesson
PM- 2-hour Trail Ride

Full Day (10:00am-5:00pm)- Off-ranch Adventure Day or Full Day Ride
PM- Little Bears Kids Club

Full Day (10:00am-5:00pm)- Winnetou Trail (off-roading & hiking), or
AM- 2-hour Trail Ride
PM- 2-hour Trail Ride and Children's Ride

AM- 2-hour Trail Ride or Wagon Ride
PM- Cowboy Games

AM- 2-hour Trail Ride or Lesson
PM- 2-hour Trail Ride and Children's Ride

AM- 2-hour Trail Ride or Wagon Ride
PM- 2-hour Trail Ride , Children's Ride, or Little Bears Kids Club


Sample Itinerary 2021 - subject to changes

You are welcome to start your trip any day of the week! Check in starts at 3 pm on Day 1 and checkout is by 11 am on the last day.
Below is the weekly activities schedule.

AM- Cowboy Breakfast OR Cathedral Hike
PM- Little Bears Kids Club

AM- 2-hour Trail Ride
PM- Geocaching or Lesson

Full Day (10:00am-5:00pm) - Ghost Town Visit (Horseback / Jeep / Hike)

AM- 2-hour Trail Ride
PM- 2-hour Trail Ride and Little Bears Kids Club

Full Day (10:00am-5:00pm) - Lake Day (Jeep / Canoe)
AM- Cowboy breakfast
PM- Free

AM- 2-hour Trail Ride 
PM- Lesson and Little Bears Kids Club

AM- 2-hour Trail Ride
PM- BBQ & Dance or Wagon Ride

Off-ranch adventure day


Have you ever dreamed of Flying? Do you remember how free and excited it made you feel? Imagine being 80 meters above the ground and flying 120 km/h for 2 km with magnificent scenery of Lika below you. The total length of the cable is 1700 m which makes it the longest one peace zip line in Europe. This is a uniquely exhilarating experience!

If you long for the adrenaline rush ATV mini safari might be what you are looking for. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced driver two-hour tour through the fields and woods will give you an unforgettable experience in driving. Be prepared to be covered in mud and clouds of dust at the end of the trip.

Adrenaline Park
Adrenaline Park is a polygon that consists of several elements taken from the mountain climbing sports. The polygon is mounted on distributed cables at the height of 1-6 m above the forest floor. Families and individuals will remember Adventure Park for exploring and bridging their fears and discovering untapped sources of bravery. Families find new ways to communicate. These activities encourage an open mind and increase family connections. The highlight of this adventure is slide down 150 m long cable. Starting from the cliff and sliding through the treetops, across the field you will experience an unforgettable adrenaline rush.

Bear Watching
Among rich fauna of Velebit Mountain, bear is one that is hard to spot. These furry giants, hiding during the day, crawl out at the night to feed mostly on berries and bugs. So join us and stay alert, for in tranquility of the dark suddenly a rustle can be heard…
This activity is highly seasonal and dependent on bear migration and activity. It can only be arranged on the same day to ensure the maximum possible chance of spotting the animals.

Riding Activities

2-hour Trail Ride
The two-hour horseback riding program is the shortest riding program on the ranch with which you can start your cowboy adventure. Inhale the glorious scent of saddle leather mingled with wildflowers and sun-warmed pine. Delight in the simple luxury of experience—the power of a strong and willing horse beneath you, the freedom of the frontier—and satisfy your yearning for adventure. This scenic ride goes through the valley with spectacular views, stream crossings, gorges and meadows.

Many people tend to think that the horse is the only one being trained in this type of situation. Well, that’s not entirely true. We would love to help you understand how the horse is not the only one getting an education out of our training techniques. We can help riders overcome old experiences and instill confidence at any skill level.

Day Ride to Ghost Town
You’ll roam the range, being the one with your trusty mount and the land. This is the wrangler’s favorite! Treat yourself with an extraordinary day and experience the mountain country on a horseback. Whether you live in Croatia or are visiting, a trail ride through the beautiful foothills of Velebit Mountain, is very special activity for the whole family, group of friends, small company get-togethers or just simply for yourself. We provide a tasty lunch on the trail and interesting facts about the land, Croatia wildlife and flora. Enjoy a day full of great moments, fantastic scenery and fun on our sure-footed horses. Join us for the whole day of horseback riding and enjoy a day full of exceptional moments, fantastic photos of landscapes and guaranteed fun.

Children's Ride
Children enjoy guided pony rides at the Ranch. With our exceptionally calm horses and patient instructors, every child can go through this program while at the ranch and start developing basic riding skills. Those with experience can join advance group and work on their trotting skills or even try bareback riding.
Children's ride can be arranged at various times during your stay.

Wagon ride
Real family adventure as three generations (grandkids, parents and grandparents) can fit in one of our restored country wagons for a ride through the village. The journey will take you close to the farms that produce milk and dairy products for the ranch to experience organic farming first hand and see where our food comes from. Try your hand at driving our team of horses and earn the bragging rights!

Guided Activities

Little Bears Kids Club
As the Ranch understands the need to tailor the outdoor experience to suit our youngest guests, our Little Bears kid’s club caters to create a relaxed family vacation for both children and parents. Our kid’s club introduces children to the frontier living in an exciting and safe way. With our trained staff at the reins, parents can take a little time for themselves or adventure at a faster pace. Little Bears kid’s club is a fun, outdoor educational program for children aged 4 to 12. Children enjoy a host of adventures designed to inspire and foster an appreciation for the outdoors and provide education on Croatia’s history and tradition. From learning to care for animals at the Barn, to exploring the banks of Ranch Creek for local flora and fauna, Little Bears will reconnect with the natural world and broaden their horizons. Cowboy games, survival academy, pony painting parties, and gold panning are some of the many activities offered to keep your children entertained!
If the day is rainy, our Studio Hall becomes a platform for Arts and crafts workshop, board games, dance party or a movie theater, complete with a large collection of movies and popcorn.

Canoe Expedition (in 2021, replaced by LaKe Day)
Glide along in a canoe on Lika River canyon. Enjoy the exercise when the wind is down and the river is still. Get your heart rate up while basking in the sunshine and splashing a paddle in the cool water. Depending on a water level, up to four prehistoric dams will have to be negotiated by taking your canoe on your shoulders while crossing a pile of ancient rocks. Keep your eye out for wildlife while paddling.

Winnetou Trail (in 2021, will be replaced by the Ghost Town Visit)
Jeep is another way to discover Velebit Mountain. Trips are guided and take you to some of the deepest corners of the mountain where wild animals roam free. The trip is a combination of off-roading and hiking. Simple but tasty lunch is prepared and served by rangers at Veliki Alan mountain hut.

Cowboy games (in 2021, part of the Little Bears kids' club)
Great fun for company get-togethers or groups of friends and families with children. Variety of fun and safe games to make you laugh and smile and get a good work out. Sack runs, tug-of-war, snap-the—apple, wood chopping, wagon-in-a-river, spoon run are few of the games that we play as a part of this favorite activity for guests of all ages.

Non-Riding Activities On Ranch
Hiking, cycling, yoga, archery, geocaching, hot tubbing, swimming in pool, massages, movie theatre, library, badminton, volleyball, and evening entertainment are also all available!
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Cowboy Eco Retreat
Tour Code: IT-CROA02
7 days / 6 nights ~$1,630.00
Dates : Available all Year

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
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.
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.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Exceptional
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 Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
C 2020 01/03 - 04/30 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Winter) 1 /8 Reserve
B 2020 05/01 - 05/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Spring & Fal... 1 /8 Reserve
A 2020 06/01 - 09/20 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Summer) 1 /8 Reserve
B 2020 09/21 - 10/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Spring & Fal... 1 /8 Reserve
C 2020 11/01 - 12/20 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Winter) 1 /8 Reserve
D 2020 12/21 - 12/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Holidays) 1 /8 Reserve
Day to Day Itinerary
Rates | Dates
Tack: Western only
Horses: Quarter horses, Arabians, Lipizzaners,...
Pace: Anywhere between 2-4 hours on most day...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Zadar Airport (ZAD)
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