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

An introduction to mountain living and horseback riding in on a scenic 3,500 acre Western ranch!


The adventure dream team at Bear Basin Ranch has an exciting program carefully designed to fill a weekend with action packed fun, learning and western adventureat our1890s Colorado ranch.

Learn the cowboy art of driving and corralling range cattle, the excitement of cutting and penning cows with a well trained, no nonsense, working cow horse. Live the adventure and challenge of Team Penning; three riders cutting designated cows from a herd then driving them into the pen for the best time…America’s fastest growing equestrian sport! And of course, try your hand at throwing a rope.

Designed for the vacationer with limited time or those who just want to sample the experience, we have packed a short visit with all of the details arranged for a carefree weekend escape.


Day 1: Activities start on Friday evening with a cowboy dinner and campfire at 8 p.m. in a remote, meadow far from the hustle and bustle of city life. After eating and meeting your new friends in and around our grand mountaineering yurt, you will claim your own cabin tent (with comfortable cot) and then join us for beverages and tall tales around the flickering glow of the campfire. 

Day 2: Matched up to a suitable cow pony, the day’s adventure begins. We groom and saddle,while listening to details of the care, handling and riding ofthe western ranch horse. A brief explanation of the principals of herding cows…then we are off over the rocky, pine covered hills to locate the grazing herd.  Deer scatter out of our way as we clatter over a stony ridge once hunted by Ute warriors and crossed perhaps, by Coronado and his band of Spanish explorers in quest of golden cities. There…below us in the flats of Boneyard Park, reminiscent of a Remington painting, we find the cows munching contently on native bunch grass, unsuspecting that their work day has just begun. Later, the morning drive completed, ponies watered and resting, the cow herd milling apprehensively about in the corrals…. we pull our hats down tight, throw down a last cup of bitter cowboy coffee and head into the arena to learn and practice the refinements of cow cutting.Right heel behind the cinch, (girth to you easterners) rein to the left, turning quick and hard to counter an escaping steer, we drive the reluctant cows into their holding pens. Later, we form into three rider teams to try out our new skills against the clock. The day goes all too quickly!

In the evening, after you’ve showered, you and your friends can play volleyball or horse shoes, roast yourselves in the sweat lodge, or read and relax with a favorite beverage while a BBQ dinner is prepared. On this, your second night, you’ll feel more comfortable with the outdoors, sleep a little easier, and really feel the magic of the Ranch life take ahold of you. Enjoy a night around the campfire telling stories or enjoying the quiet wilderness solitude under the stars.

Day 3: Sunday begins with a scrumptious breakfast and pots of cowboy coffee. We then continue with more hands on experience as we gain confidence in our abilities and admiration for these quick, capable horses. The afternoon cattle drive out to the range unfortunately completes the adventure. Nightfall finds us back in the bright lights of the city wondering if all of this really happened or…was it really just a dream of an old John Wayne Movie?

** THIS IS A SAMPLE ITINERARY. Based upon guests’ needs and experience, we have designed custom programs to offer more intensive instruction, additional days, more difficult routes, etc. We have designed programs for many groups and organizations and would be happy to work with yours. (PLEASE SEE CUSTOM TRIPS).

* Due to factors beyond our control, we occasionally find it necessary to change the order or the route of these activities.

If you must fly out that evening, please do not schedule a flight before 8:30 p.m., to make certain you can make your flight.

Classic Cowboy weekend- $400
Includes horses, guides, meals, lodging, and instruction.

Start Dates: Every weekend, June through August, depending on availability. Other dates may be available upon request.

Phone: 719.783.2519
Fax: 866.244.4691

Items listed on the equipment list, alcoholic beverages, and tips are excluded. Tipping is at your discretion, of course. Please direct your tip to the lead guide. Standard in the industry is 10-15% of the trip cost. We now require all guests to leave their pets at home for their safety and the safety of other guests.

Time: 6-8 p.m. Friday evening.
Bear Basin Ranch. (Click here for a map)
Transportation to the Ranch: Travel to and from the Ranch in your car, or call to arrange round trip service to and from Colorado Springs.

Directions: Bear Basin Ranch is approximately 65 miles southwest of Colorado Springs.
Head south on Interstate 25 to the Tejon/Canon City Exit in Colorado Springs.
urn left from the exit over to Nevada Avenue (Hwy 115) and then right on Nevada heading south to Florence (about 35 miles).
In Florence turn left at the light (Carl’s Jr.) onto Hwy 67 again heading south to Wetmore.
At Wetmore turn right at the T-intersection onto Hwy 96 heading west.
Watch the mile markers. Our turn is at the 11 mile marker, turn right (north) onto County Rd 271.
Go one quarter mile to Bear Basin Ranch on the left. Check in to the office (first log cabin on the right).
We begin activities at the Main Ranch and will later show you the camp which is another quarter mile away.
** Map to Bear Basin Ranch.


Hotel: We recommend the Radisson Inn – Colorado Springs Airport on 1645 N. Newport Rd. in Colorado Springs.
Phone: 719.597.7000 or 800.333.3333
Mention you are with Bear Basin Ranch to receive the special discount rate!

Air: Most major airlines serve Colorado Springs daily.

Car: You can drive to the Radisson Inn – Colorado Springs Airport and, with prior notice, leave your car in the parking lot while on the trip. Arrangements can also be made to drive to Bear Basin Ranch outside of Westcliffe, CO. Let us know and we will send you details and a map, or you can meet the van in Colorado Springs and follow us to the Ranch.

Bus: Greyhound serves Colorado Springs on a daily scheduled basis.
Phone: 719.292.6111.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance when you book a trip. This can reimburse you if you need to cancel last minute due to sickness or other trip emergencies.

___ 1pr. long
___ 1pr. shorts
___ 1 heavy long sleeve (cotton is cold when wet)
___ 1 lightweight long sleeve
___ 2 T-shirts or tank tops
___ Underwear
___ Boots for riding (lightweight narrower hiking boots are more versatile)
___ Tennis shoes or something similar for around camp
___ Socks – 2 or 3 pairs of heavy cotton or wool
___ Bandana
___ Sweater (wool or synthetic)
___ Warm parka or jacket
___ Windproof outer jacket (optional)
___ Two piece rain suit (slicker with rain pants) NO PONCHOS PLEASE (essential!)
___ Gloves (for warmth) (seasonal)
___ Hat with brim (for sun, hail, and snow protection (must have some form of stampede string if worn while riding)
___ Wool hat (for warmth)
Other Items
___ Day pack or saddle bags (to carry things during the day)
___ Warm sleeping bag (good at least to 30° F.) (We can rent bags for you if told in advance.)
___ Pillowcase
___ Sunglasses (all glasses must have string/elastic strap)
___ Pocket knife
___ Flashlight
___ Canteen or plastic water bottle
___ Towel & washcloth
___ Biodegradable soap
___ Tooth brush and paste
___ Sun screen
___ Lip balm
___ Mirror
___ Comb
___ Hand lotion
___ Shaving kit
___ Personal medication
___ Insect repellent
___ Candy, gum or tobacco items
___ Camera and extra film (you may wish to include a disposable waterproof camera for rainy days)
___ Note pad, guides & field glasses
___ Liquor / Alcohol (placed in unbreakable containers)
___ Cash for incidentals, tips, etc.

The weather is unpredictable; it can snow even in August, so be prepared for anything. Use the layer system of clothing, where items can be added or taken off with changes in temperature. On May, June or September trips snow and hail are common. The most important thing to bring is your cheerful acceptance of whatever surprises the wilderness may hold in store!


Bear Basin Packtrips –
Bear Basin Ranch –
Westcliffe, Colorado