Bear Basin Packtrips, LLC
473 County Road 271
Westcliffe, CO 81252
719-783-2519 (phone)
866-244-4691 (fax)
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Riding & Rafting Packtrip
Rafting & Day Ride trip

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 weekend exploration of historic Colorado Springs.

5 Days – Rated Moderate – $2,250

2024 Start Dates: Every Monday June 3rd through September 9th
Other dates may be available upon request.

Weekend ‘Saddle & Paddle’ Rafting / Riding Trip

A fantastic combo: one day of riding high country trails one day of rafting the wild Arkansas River, and two nights of campfires and tall tales at our outfitters’ camp. The riding takes place on our 3,500 acre Bear Basin Ranch in the heart of the Wet Mountains, with stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Range from across the Wet Valley.

The rafting takes place on the Arkansas River through the churning waters of Brown’s Canyon. You will conquer rapids such as Zoom Flume, Raft Ripper, Widow Maker, and Seidel’s Suckhole in the remote section of the Arkansas called Brown’s Canyon. Or, sign up for a wild adventure rafting 20 miles of the best whitewater in Colorado in the Royal Gorge.

2 1/2 Days – Rated Easy – $1,050

2024 Start Dates: Every Monday, June 3rd through September 23rd
Other dates may be available upon request.