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Natural Hot Springs Adventure

Natural Hot Springs Adventure
Colorado USA

Crossing the backbone of the continent on seldom traveled trails through the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness, we descend into the broad San Luis Valley to camp two relaxing nights at the historic Valley View Hot Springs. The trails are steep and challenging; the camps are remote and scenic. We may see any variety of wildlife, including hawks, eagles, elk, deer, and bear. Participants must have some familiarity with horses, and be in good health and physical condition. This is mainly a journey for experienced riders, though a confident beginner with some experience can enjoy the trip just fine.

The horses are sure-footed, no- nonsense and willing. We'll assign you your own horse and teach you how to saddle, picket and care for it. Mountain riding techniques are taught as we travel. We'll share our extensive knowledge of geology, plants, wildlife, and history of the area, as well as teach you minimal impact camping skills. Tasty camp meals are served around the campfire beneath a weatherproof kitchen canopy.

At the hot springs, we'll have camp tables, chairs, a wood-fired sauna, and a heated bathhouse. There are numerous hot soaking pools in a natural setting of wildflowers, birds and wandering deer. These are not well-visited pools and have been only minimally 'improved' from their natural state. Be prepared: like most western hot springs, many soak without clothes. Bathing suits are optional, to wear or not is your choice!

Camping Ride with pack horses
Family Vacation
Suitable for riders over 210 lbs

Meeting: Colorado Springs
Airport: Colorado Springs
Transfer: Colorado Springs hotel 7:30 am on Day 2.
Riders: Min 3 riders
Max 8 riders

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    Natural Hot Springs Adventure
    Tour Code: RTCO03
    6 days / 5 nights ~$2,170.00
    Dates : July - Sept.

    Trip Rating :
    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: Standard
    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 Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
    A 2023 07/30 - 08/04 6d / 5n 6 day trip (High) 3 /8 Expired
    A 2023 08/06 - 08/11 6d / 5n 6 day trip (High) 3 /8 Expired
    A 2023 08/13 - 08/18 6d / 5n 6 day trip (High) 3 /8 Expired
    A 2023 08/20 - 08/25 6d / 5n 6 day trip (High) 3 /8 Expired
    A 2023 08/27 - 09/01 6d / 5n 6 day trip (High) 3 /8 Expired
    B 2023 09/03 - 09/08 6d / 5n 6 day trip (Low) 3 /8 Expired
    B 2023 09/10 - 09/15 6d / 5n 6 day trip (Low) 3 /8 Expired
    B 2023 09/17 - 09/22 6d / 5n 6 day trip (Low) 3 /8 Expired
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    Tack: Western
    Horses: Appaloosa and Quarter
    Pace: 5-6 hrs a day - Crosses a 13000 ft pas...
    Walk, Trot,
    Airport: Colorado Springs
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