Bear Basin Packtrips, LLC
473 County Road 271
Westcliffe, CO 81252
719-783-2519 (phone)
866-244-4691 (fax)
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Details 3day Horsetrip


An introduction to mountain camping and travel on horseback in Colorado’s remote and newest wilderness area!
For beginner to experienced riders.


This wilderness journey is for both experienced and beginning riders. The horses are sure-footed, no nonsense and willing. We’ll assign you your own horse and teach you how to saddle, picket and care for it. Mountain riding techniques are taught as we travel. Our philosophy is simple; the more you know about your horse and equipment, the more you will enjoy your vacation.

Although the distance we’ll travel is not excessive, the riding is adventurous along steep trails with spectacular scenery. We’ll share our extensive knowledge of geology, plants, wildlife, and history of the area, as well as teach you minimal impact camping skills. Those who have never ridden before particularly enjoy this trip as an excellent learning experience. Advanced riders enjoy the additional hands-on experience and scenic country of this little known area of Colorado.

Participants should be in good physical condition. Base camps are located between 9,000-10,000 feet with and day rides can take you as high as 13,000 feet or more.


Day 1: Meeting at the Colorado Springs Hotel at 7:30 a.m., we’ll drive two hours to a trailhead on the eastern slope of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. As our pack string is loaded with duffels and supplies, one of your two wrangler-guides will give you and your friends or family detailed instructions on riding, saddling and the care of your mount.

Setting out around midday, we’ll wind up through Aspen groves, Gambel