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Surf and Turf Getaway

Surf and Turf Getaway
Colorado USA

A Fantastic Combo: Three days riding high country trails, followed by two days rafting the wild Arkansas River! Groups meet in Colorado Springs each Sunday for an overnight at a hotel. Leaving the flatlands behind on Monday, we drive high into the heart of the Rockies. The sawtooth back bone of the massive Sangre de Cristo Range dominates the western horizon as we reach our trail head. Learning to saddle and care for our mounts while pack horses are loaded, we climb anxiously into the saddle.

Snaking our way up switch back and canyon we reach a remote meadow where we pitch camp among the pines and wild flowers. From this comfortable bivouac we spend our time riding and exploring the ridges, lakes and forests of an unspoiled alpine wilderness. With the helpful assistance of knowledgeable, experienced guides, you learn to saddle, feed and care for your horse. After three adventurous days, it is reluctantly back to civilization where a hot shower, sit-down dinner, and soft bed await. The next morning, it's on to the Arkansas River for a thrilling paddle through the churning waters of Brown's Canyon, followed the next day by a memorable trip along Colorado's best stretch of white water through world renown Royal Gorge. For young or less intrepid guests we arrange a less demanding alternative. We combine horses, wilderness camping, and white water fun with two nights of comfortable lodging. A Friday evening return allows weekend exploration of historic Colorado Springs. No previous riding experience necessary. We teach the basics as we ride. Camps are placed between 9000-10,000 feet with day rides going as high as 13,000 or more feet in elevation. For the river portion, no prior experience is necessary. However, there is an age limit of 18 and over for the Royal Gorge section which we raft the second day. Kids 18-13 years will be rafting Brown's Canyon both days. There is some flexibility depending on water level. If a child under 13 years wishes to participate in this trip prior approval must be arranged. For all activities, guests should be in good health and moderately good physical condition.

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

Meeting: Colorado Springs
Airport: Colorado Springs
Transfer: Colorado Springs hotel at 7:30 am on Day 2.
Riders: Min 4 riders
Max 8 riders

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    Surf and Turf Getaway
    Tour Code: RTCO02
    6 days / 5 nights ~$2,000.00
    Dates : June - 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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    Tack: Western
    Horses: Appaloosa and Quarter
    Pace: 3-5 hrs riding a day. Moderate with tr...
    Walk, Trot,
    Airport: Colorado Springs
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