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

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


Day 1: Learn to Ride like a Cowboy! You move into our comfortable walkin outfitter tents where you will find a four inch foam bed with clean sheets and a pillow. We spend the rest of the day learning to ride like a cowboy through open range and wooded highlands enjoying the scenery and wildlife as we ride. You will be matched with a horse suitable to your own riding ability. After a day in the saddle, you will learn how to put your horse and tack away until you ride again. Be sure and look at our recommended Packing List.

Day 2: Wake up to a hearty breakfast and steaming cowboy coffee. The day continues with instruction in the art of rock-climbing. Your fears resolved, you’ll discover the fun of climbing and rappelling while challenging yourself on one of our many routes. Gather in the evening around the campfire and share stories with your newly found friends.

Day 3: The adventure continues on a mountain hike. We will see glorious views of the Wet Mountain Valley, wild flowers, rock formations and possibly some wild life. We may go to high mountain lake or to the top of a peak – whatever challenge level you desire. That evening we’ll return to camp to relax around the fire, in the sauna, or play a game of volleyball or horseshoes.

Day 4: You learn to groom and saddle your horse for another day of horseback riding. As your confidence improves you’ll be able to stretch your skills. You may be trotting through one of many groves of quaking aspen trees, barrel racing, or riding to the top of scenic Grouse Mountain. Enjoy a trailside lunch and some of nature’s finest views. This is the perfect opportunity to polish and improve your riding skills. Since this is your last night in camp, you may want to try the sweat lodge.

Day 5: Today is the great whitewater experience! An early departure and a panoramic drive takes you to the Arkansas River, the most popular whitewater river in the country. Your team maneuvers a bouncing raft through swirling whitewater and plunging drops. At the trip’s end you are driven back to Colorado Springs.

** 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.

Mountain Sports Week – $1195 (kids 16 & under – $895)
Includes horses, guides, meals, lodging, and instruction.
Round trip transportation from Colorado Springs – $60
Start Dates: Mondays, May – August

Phone: 719.783.2519
Winter Phone: 719.510.1766
Fax: 866.244.4691


  • IF WE ARE PICKING YOU UP – $60 per person
    Time: 7:30 am on the first morning of the trip
    Radisson Inn, Colorado Springs Airport – 1645 N. Newport Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80916
    Please meet in the lobby with your duffel bag, and with your day pack or saddlebags packed.
    Transportation to the Ranch: Travel to and from the Ranch in our van
    Time: 9:00 am on the first morning of the trip
    Bear Basin Ranch; 473 County Road 271; Westcliffe, CO 81252
    Please meet at the ranch with your duffel bag, and with your day pack or saddlebags packed.
    Transportation to the Ranch: Drive to the Ranch in your car

Agencies: Our agent Earl Fox at Taylor Travel is a wizard at arranging the best fares and prices for everything from air fare to hotels and rental cars.
(Travel Insurance, highly recommended, can also be arranged through Earl.)
Phone: 800.530.8828, 719.636.3871
Fax: 719.636.3879

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!

Or, if you would like to stay somewhere locally in Westcliffe, we recommend the Westcliffe Inn
Phone: 719.783.9275
( or there are several other hotels and Inns if you go looking!) Westcliffe is 11 miles west on Hwy 96 from the Ranch.

Air: Most major airlines serve Colorado Springs daily.
Contact our friend Earl at Taylor Travel for the best rates on your air, rental car or alternate lodging reservations. (see AGENCIES)

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.

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.
Turn 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).

** Map to Bear Basin 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. (See AIR above).


  1. Duffle bag or soft side suitcase
  2. Day pack
  3. Water bottle
  4. Warm jacket
  5. Waterproof jacket and pants or a slicker
  6. Warm hat
  7. Hat with brim for sun protection
  8. Gloves-leather or fleece
  9. Blue jeans or similar-2 pairs
  10. Casual cotton pants-1 pair (this could be the pair you travel in)
  11. Loose fitting long pants for climbing day
  12. Shorts-2 pairs
  13. Swimsuit
  14. Warm long sleeve shirt-1
  15. Light long sleeve shirt-1
  16. Short sleeve or tee shirts-3
  17. Socks and underwear
  18. Toilet and personal items and medications
  19. Bath Towel
  20. Washcloth  
  21. Flashlight
  22. Camp shoes or thongs
  23. Riding or hiking boots
  24. Tennis shoes
  25. Camera and film
  26. Sunscreen and lip balm
  27. Sunglasses
  28. Sleeping bag (or let us know and we have them for rent-$40 for the week)

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 15-20% of the trip cost. We now require all guests to leave their pets at home for their safety and the safety of other guests. 

** In addition to the optional $60 round-trip transportation from Colorado Springs.