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Day 0 (Saturday): Pre-trip night
(Option 1) Drive to Glenwood and check into a local B&B or hotel (not included). Dinner and breakfast is not included.
(Option 2) Drive to Glenwood and go to our ranch (complimentary if room is available). Dinner is not included.

Day 1 (Sunday): Ride to basecamp
We pack our gear into vehicles; have breakfast along the way, driving to the trailhead. Then, we saddle up, pack the mules and ride into camp. We ride along Canyon Creek and enjoy great sceneries. The camp is located in a hidden, spring-fed canyon, the birthplace of Geronimo. Our comfortable camp features wall tents, cots, and everything to make your stay comfortable and warm. Elk and deer are abundant and thriving in the Gila, offering many excellent opportunities to see elk graze right along with our horses in camp, and along our riding journey.
In the evening, we have a delicious Dutch Oven Meal.
Riding approx. 6 miles.
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping at basecamp #1

Day 2 (Monday): Middle Fork Ride
Today, we ride the magnificent Middle Fork of the Gila River. There is no better wilderness experience in the world, than a horseback ride along the Middle Fork. Many water crossings with towering and splendid canyon walls await us. Awe-inspiring at every turn, canyon walls tower over us, with splendid hoodoo columns rising up along every stretch. Continuous water flow offers a cool dip along the way.
Riding approx. 12 miles.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping at basecamp #1

Day 3 (Tuesday): Indian Cliff Dwelling Ride
We ride upstream from our base camp to an Indian Cliff Dwelling. These Dwellings are in a canyon few people visit. Make a short climb to the Dwelling site and inspect the many Dwellings left behind some 1000 years ago. After our visit, we ride back to camp.
Riding approx. 8 miles.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping at basecamp

Day 4 (Wednesday): Ride to second basecamp
It is time to move to our second camp. To get there, we climb out of the Middle Fork and enjoy stunning views down the canyon. Then, we ride into higher alpine country, crossing meadows and ponderosa forests. At times, we have a viewpoint offering a good look of the Gila.
Riding approx. 14 miles.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping at basecamp

Day 5 (Thursday): Lilley Mountain Loop Ride
We make a big loop around Lilley Mountain, stopping at springs and meadows along the way.
After a good climb, we have a panoramic view of the Gila wilderness. This ride is one of the highlights of this trip.
Riding approx. 12 miles.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping at basecamp

Day 6 (Friday): Departure
We make our way back to the trailhead by taking a different trail. We make it back to the trailhead around 3 pm and then drive 50miles back to Reserve, NM.
Riding approx. 9 miles.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

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Great Gila Loop
Tour Code: RTNM06
6 days / 5 nights
Dates : May to Oct

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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Airport: Albuquerque
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