Are you thirsty for adventure? Perhaps you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, go somewhere where cell-service is hard to find so your email will sit quietly for once. Instead, alerts and notifications will be replaced with the heavy breath of your horse and the squeak of a saddle beneath you. Surprisingly, a pack trip may be everything you never knew you needed. Sometimes referred to as “horse camping” a pack trip is a trip by horseback requiring one or more (some ranches offer 14-day pack trips for the strong-willed!) nights to be spent on the trail.
While pack trips do offer quite a bit of saddle time, you do not need to be an expert rider to enjoy the trip, just good physical health, an adventurous spirit, and an appreciation for the outdoors. Ranch guides and wranglers will prepare your gentle mountain horse and pack the mules with needed gear. Once you reach the pack camp, you will have the opportunity to ride some more, hike, fish (a state fishing license may be required), view wildlife, explore or relax. All necessary equipment will be provided for you and a camp cook will ensure that you have some of the best camp meals of your life!
There are few things better than spending a few nights telling stories around the campfire with s’mores, waking up to the crisp morning air with a hot cup of coffee, and spending the afternoon soaking in nature. Some of the best fishing, hiking trails, and mountain views in the West are only accessible in the undisturbed backcountry by overnight pack trips, making you one of the very few lucky ones who will be able to experience them for yourself! Ranch guides, wranglers, and cooks are all experienced, they know the country they are taking you in, and take pride in their knowledge of the areas. All you must do is forget your worries and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the pristine wilderness.
Some of the best memories are made in the backcountry. Pack trips offered through dude ranches present adventure enthusiasts with the ability to be involved in the real cowboy life and enjoy a favorite Western activity. The best part is: you can always tack a short pack trip onto your weeklong dude ranch stay! Scroll down to see some of the best dude ranches to schedule a pack trip with and contact us if you need help deciding which one to visit!