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Weminuche Wilderness Pack Trip


Itinerary for Weminuche Wilderness Pack Trip



Sample Itinerary: 5-day Pack Trip - subject to changes

Note: We can create custom pack trips pending date availability. Daily rate depends on the size of the group and is also possible for a single person at a premium.

Day 1 (Monday): Arrival
Arrive at the ranch for 9:00am. After the pack load is set we'll mount our horses and head up the mountain. Immediately you become surrounded by the dense forest of the Weminuche Wilderness. We will take our time and wind up the trail crossing some creeks along the way and even skirting fallen trees. We will stop along the way for lunch along the trail in a spot where the views will take your breath away! As we continue on this remote trail to camp, we end the day descending down a traversing trail, crossing a river and ending up at our fully provisioned camp in the wilderness. You will have a chance to unload your personal gear and then join the group for some snacks before dinner. After dinner we can relax around our own private campfire and then head off to bed under a blanket of stars.
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping


Days 2-4 (Tuesday to Thursday): Pack Trip
Wake up each morning to the smell of freshly brewed cowboy coffee and another fulfilling western breakfast. The next few days we will be no rush to get started in the morning and there will be lots of options to choose from. We may opt to take a full day ride deep into the mountains enjoying waterfalls and wild flowers along the way or opt for just a half day ride and enjoy the afternoon doing a different activity. The fishing is 'Brookie Paradise' and only a five minute walk from camp in the waterfalls of the Florida River. High mountain lakes await us in every direction, some with 15" trout lurking in them. Or you may want to try to climb Mount Sheridan right behind camp for a spectacular 360 degree view including the 14,000 ft peaks Eolus, Windom and Sunlight peak. Keep your eyes open for large birds of prey overhead or possibly elk or deer running through the woods. After you have taken all the pictures you want, and spent the day enjoying what seems to be your own private wilderness playground, we'll head back to camp. Enjoy each others company while dinner is being prepared for you and relax around camp taking in the views, smells and sounds of this pristine wilderness. Each night offers a sky full of stars and coyotes often howling in the background.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping


Day 5 (Friday): Departure
After breakfast we take one last look at the glorious San Juan Mountain range that surrounds us and pack up our gear so we can head back to civilization. As you wind your way back to where the vehicle awaits there are plenty of last minute opportunities for taking photos. We'll plan on lunch on the trail along with way before we unload and pack up the animals for the journey home. You will arrive back in Durango at the ranch around 6:00pm. Please do not plan departures home tonight unless your flight departs after 8:30 pm.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight camping


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Fishing Program (same route as pack trip)
The fishing at the headwaters of the Florida River includes alpine lakes, high mountain streams and the Weminuche Wilderness in Southwest Colorado. We have outstanding fishing right outside of camp. Be prepared because this is “brookie paradise”, with excitement around every corner. We are experts on fishing the headwaters of the Florida River drainage. This area is one of the premier fishing regions in southwest Colorado, but because of its very remote location you can enjoy the trip and forget about the crowds . We can put you right there in the fishing fury, with a guide standing beside you who knows all of the prime spots, the best ways to fish them and the best fly for that particular hole at the time that you are there.
 
We are here to help you with what you want and need. If you’re a beginning angler, we can give you a good foundation of the basics which you can carry on with you long after your trip. If you have more experience, we can help you refine techniques and learn some new tricks. If you are an advanced angler, our beta can help you maximize your fishing experience.

From our camps we can fish three different streams with three different types of fish and consequently three different fishing characters. The Florida and most of it’s tributaries are full of brook trout. These are voracious feeders and a day of fishing can result in many fish on the end of your line. West Virginia Creek is a rare, native cutthroat fishery and we are fortunate to be able to stalk these wily critters in such a beautiful wilderness setting. Virginia Creek is dominated by Rainbow Trout and has the largest stream trout in our area.

We also fish the high country lakes of the Florida Basin including the Castilleja Lakes, Lake Marie, City Reservoir, Lilly Lake and Emerald lake. High country lake trouts can be fickle, but when they are hitting, the thrill of hooking one of these fish is truly exhilarating.
All of these trips are truly full service with all of the amenities of our basecamp pack trips with the addition of a dedicated fishing guide.  The ratio of fisherman to guide is a maximum of 3 to 1.  We provide all fishing flies and fishing gear is also available for rent.
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Weminuche Wilderness Pack Trip
Tour Code: RTCO05
5 days / 4 nights ~$2,000.00
Dates : June to September

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
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.
CIntermediate
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.
EAdvanced
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
B 2020 06/08 - 06/12 5d / 4n 5 day pack trip, AP (low) 2 /8 Expired
C 2020 06/08 - 06/10 3d / 2n 3 day pack trip, AP 2 /8 Expired
C 2020 06/15 - 06/17 3d / 2n 3 day pack trip, AP 2 /8 Expired
B 2020 06/15 - 06/19 5d / 4n 5 day pack trip, AP (low) 2 /8 Expired
A 2020 06/29 - 07/03 5d / 4n 5 day pack trip, AP (high) 2 /8 Expired
A 2020 07/06 - 07/10 5d / 4n 5 day pack trip, AP (high) 2 /8 Expired
D 2020 07/06 - 07/10 5d / 4n 5 day fishing pack trip, AP 2 /8 Expired
D 2020 07/13 - 07/17 5d / 4n 5 day fishing pack trip, AP 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 07/13 - 07/17 5d / 4n 5 day pack trip, AP (high) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 07/20 - 07/24 5d / 4n 5 day pack trip, AP (high) 2 /8 Sold Out
D 2020 07/20 - 07/24 5d / 4n 5 day fishing pack trip, AP 2 /8 Sold Out
D 2020 08/10 - 08/14 5d / 4n 5 day fishing pack trip, AP 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 08/10 - 08/14 5d / 4n 5 day pack trip, AP (high) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 08/17 - 08/21 5d / 4n 5 day pack trip, AP (high) 2 /8 Reserve
D 2020 08/17 - 08/21 5d / 4n 5 day fishing pack trip, AP 2 /8 Reserve
D 2020 08/24 - 08/28 5d / 4n 5 day fishing pack trip, AP 2 /8 Reserve
A 2020 08/24 - 08/28 5d / 4n 5 day pack trip, AP (high) 2 /8 Reserve
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Horses: Quarter mix
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