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Southwest Pack Trips

Southwest Pack Trips
New Mexico USA

"This National Forest is America's undiscovered treasure, offering endless trail riding in some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere." You will explore its breathtaking canyons, creeks and meadows as you navigate the 'Blue Range' or the 'Middle Fork' of the Gila wilderness!

The Gila and the Blue are places of spectacular beauty tucked away in the Southwest corner of New Mexico and into Arizona. Dependent of the season, we will explore one or the other Gila wilderness areas on unforgettable pack trips with our sure footed horses and experienced guides. Ride some of America's most pristine and unique country during the day — then relax and have some fun in our camp during the evening.

The Gila Wilderness Pack Trip
One of the richest and most stunning landscapes in America, the Gila Wilderness is one of  the world's largest and premier wilderness destinations.
The mountains and deep canyons of the Gila are rich with human history, wildlife and adventure. Ancient Indians dating back 1000 years lived along the Middle Fork, leaving behind inspiring and interesting cliff dwellings. The Apaches called the Gila home — and one of our stops is at the birthplace of Geronimo.
The Gila lays claim to the title of America's first and most expansive wilderness region, but this unique distinction does not begin to brush the surface of this powerful country, with the extraordinary diversity, tranquility and enchantment guarded at its heart. Until recently, the Gila National Forest, with its 3.3 million acres of awe-inspiring vistas, peaceful meadows, majestic rivers and deep, carved out canyons was a hidden treasure experienced by rugged trappers of the past and only the hardiest adventurers of today. Riding the Middle Fork is like losing yourself to the beauty of our planet — the inspiration you receive starts the moment we begin our journey to the moment we arrive at the trail head. This natural inspiration will renew and enrich your daily life even after you're back home.

Blue Wilderness Pack Trip
The Blue Wilderness, on the border of Arizona/New Mexico has been a decade long effort of remarkable search and discovery. This little-used and little-known part of America's wild country has been our passion of exploration, with the vast riches in natural beauty as our reward. These historic trails were used by the Spaniards in their quest for gold and silver, along with the Apaches in their travels from Arizona to New Mexico. There are strange and beautiful rock formations — columns of hoodoos, jutting rocks of brilliant white, sculptured rock formations — much like a visit to Utah...or the Moon! Grand, awe-inspiring vistas  . . . so many views in all directions. From Arizona look back and see into the mountains of New Mexico. View the beautiful canyons of the Blue River and endless scenery in the wild, untamed country of eastern Arizona. Large herds of elk, mule deer and bear roam this remarkable country without hesitation. Extreme remoteness . . . one of the greatest benefits of riding in the Blue is the fact of its little-to-no human use. A grand and awesome wilderness experience at its very best!


We will take you into the remote and wild countryside giving you a genuine lift in life. Experience the endless vistas of untouched country, spectacular canyon riding, deep pools of water and wild life. These pack trips are suited for every type of rider - family groups, beginners and advanced adventure-seeking riders. Each pack trip has the personal touch by our professional guide with 30 years of safe guiding experience. The riding and guides provide you with loads of historical & nature information. Meals are home cooked by the profession campfire chef. All on horses that are loved and well taken care of.

Truly refresh your spirit on a pack trip in Southwest New Mexico's wilderness!

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

Meeting: Glenwood or Santa Fe
Airport: Albuquerque or Santa Fe
Transfer: Santa Fe
Riders: Min 2 riders
Max 15 riders

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    Southwest Pack Trips
    Tour Code: RTNM01
    5 days / 4 nights ~$1,525.00
    Dates : March to Oct

    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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    Blue Wilderness
    Gila Wilderness
    Tack: Western
    Horses: Quarter horses, Mustangs and Appaloosa...
    Pace: Slow - 4-6 hours in the saddle per ri...

    Airport: Albuquerque or Santa Fe
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