Riding Into the Wilderness: Horseback Journey in the Rocky Mountains
From your basecamp in the West Elk Wilderness Preserve, explore the Rockies through horseback riding and wildlife walks while living a “cowboy/cowgirl” lifestyle with your grandchild.
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Program No. 17417RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Saddle up with your grandchild to experience the cowboy life in the remote wilderness of the West Elk Mountains in the Gunnison National Forest, a journey to one of the most spectacular areas of the Rockies to camp with seasoned outfitters and learn about nature, wildlife and orienteering. Go on nature explorations via horseback, and learn how to care for the animals. Enjoy cowboy games, Western-style meals and star gaze on clear nights.
Activity Level
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Hiking up to one mile on uneven terrain and hills. Horseback riding 2-3 hours. Elevations of 7,700-13,500 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy an outdoor BBQ and campfire while hearing cowboy poetry and singing to cowboy songs.
  • Participate in engaging outdoor education activities.
  • Practice the ethics of “Leave No Trace” camping during your stay in the backcountry.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-14.
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Fred Stinson
Growing up underneath the rock spires of the Western Elk Range of Colorado, Fred Stinson shares his expertise on the lost art of wilderness travel in one of the country’s most secluded areas. He has been sharing his love of the rugged, untamed wilds and his experience with travelers for sometime. As an Eagle Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster at the Boy Scout Jamboree, Fred’s expertise of the land is unmatched—Scout’s honor!
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