Bear Basin Packtrips, LLC
473 County Road 271
Westcliffe, CO 81252
719-783-2519 (phone)
866-244-4691 (fax)
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Details Surf and Turf Pack Trip

An introduction to mountain camping and travel by horseback and two days of premiere whitewater rafting.
For beginner to experienced riders.


A fantastic combo: three days of riding high country trails followed by two days of rafting the wild Arkansas River. This wilderness journey is for both experienced and beginning riders. The horses are sure-footed, no nonsense and willing. We assign a personal horse and teach how to saddle, picket and care for it while packhorses are loaded. 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 travel each day is not far, the riding is adventurous and along steep trails with spectacular scenery. Along the way, we’ll share with you our extensive knowledge of local geology, plants, history and the principles of minimal-impact camping. 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.

After three days of fun and fantasy on horseback, it is back to civilization where a hot shower, sit-down dinner, and soft bed await. The next morning, it’s on to the Arkansas River for a thrilling ride through the churning waters of Brown’s Canyon, followed the next day by a memorable trip along Colorado’s best stretch of whitewater through the world-renowned Royal Gorge (for young or less intrepid guests, we can arrange a less demanding alternative). A Friday evening return also gives you and your friends and family time for a weeke