RANCH RIDING STAY IN THE WYOMINF
INDICATIVE ITINERARY *
Sunday: Arrive between 2 and 5 pm and settle into your comfortable log cabin. Join your fellow guests for cocktails on the porch at 6.30 followed by a BBQ and bonfire by the river (weather permitting).
Monday: After a hearty breakfast gather by the corral at 9.15 for an introduction to the wranglers and a short demonstration of the riding techniques used on the ranch. Mount up and ride to the ring for a brief evaluation to make sure you are well matched with your horse, tack, and fellow riders. Then it is off on your first trail ride of the week! Return in time for lunch at 12.30, have a bit of time to relax and you are back in the saddle at 2.45, exploring a different area in the vast empty spaces that surround the ranch. Return from your ride between 4.30 and 5.30, which will give you time to shower and change before cocktail hour.
Tuesday: On choice: optional video course (1 hour and a half) or a ride in the Shoshone national forest with its breathtaking landscapes, then return by another path. About 2 1/2 hours on horseback. In the afternoon, you set off along the river, then ride trails through the prairies and take in spectacular views of the snow-capped Wind River Mountains. About 1 hour and a half on horseback.
Wednesday: You head East of the Wind River and Pine Creek along forest trails to Butch Cassidy's hideout ! then return to the plains. About 2 1/2 hours on horseback. in the afternoon, ride in steep canyons offering superb views. About 2 hours on horseback.
Thursday: In the morning, optional video lessons or go on horseback exploring the Mountain Meadows region above the ranch, with its aspen groves, pastures and ancient cow camps. About 2 1/2 hours on horseback. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a spectacular ride in the open plains, habitat of game and fish. About 2 hours on horseback.
Friday: In the morning, you go for a long hike up the hill above the East Fork of the Wind River on steep mountain trails before reaching the Great Plains for beautiful gallops. You will be able to discover a site where there are fossils that are 60 million years old. About 2 1/2 hours on horseback. In the afternoon (July, August, September), you can participate in the gathering and sorting of livestock. About 2 1/2 hours on horseback.
Saturday: You go for a day horseback ride, with picnic in the Shoshone National Forest. In July, August and September, the more experienced riders can take part in the cattle drive. About 6 hours on horseback.
Sunday: Departure after breakfast and a sad farewell to new found friends.
* Although the ranch itinerary may vary depending on the season as well as your interests and riding experience, each week has a basic structure designed to build your ranch vacation into a unique and memorable experience.