Bear Basin Packtrips, LLC
473 County Road 271
Westcliffe, CO 81252
719-783-2519 (phone)
866-244-4691 (fax)
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(Minimum 3, won’t run with 2 people unless a day ride is going on during the weekend)

Our two and three-day adventures are perfect as weekend getaways or mid-week mini-vacations. Most popular with our guests from Colorado’s urban centers and cities, our three-day pack trips are designed for beginners or those with a medium level of horseback riding or climbing experience.

 The Great Weekend Escape

(two & one-half days – $925)

wall tentThe perfect weekend getaway will take you back in time and back to nature on our 3,500 acre Bear Basin Ranch nestled in the heart of Colorado’s ancient and secretive Wet Mountains. Day-rides will take you through valleys, along streams, to mountaintops, through aspen groves and galloping over the plains.

At night, you’ll have your 1-2 person expedition tent with comfortable cots and lots of privacies. You’ll be staying at our recently improved Outfitter’s Camp hidden away some miles from the main Ranch compound. The Camp is nestled in the pines looking out on the magnificent line of peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Range. Living much as the miners did in the 1860’s when gold and silver were discovered on the Ranch, our Camp is comfortable with private wall tents for two with beds, a kitchen tent, a social tent and a dining area around the fire. Close-to-gourmet wilderness meals are produced in this simple setting for your hearty enjoyment.

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 The Cowboy Weekend

(Two & one-half days – $400)

Learn the cowboy art of herding, corralling and sorting 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.

No…anyone with a bit of basic horse experience can learn and enjoy the weekend. We recommend that participants have some riding experience and are comfortable around horses. But you do not need to be an experienced rider. However, our program allows for diversity to accommodate and challenge the advanced rider as well. Our hope is to advance your riding skills through fun activities.

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 Three-Day ‘Classic’ Pack Trip

(Three full days – $1,375)
(Minimum 3. If only 1 or 2 people, $250 surcharge is added)

Every Monday June 3rd through September 23rd

mtn panoramaRiding across the Range, we camp for two nights in lush alpine meadow lush with alpine flowers. Rides are adventuresome, climbing to lakes that sit above timberline or mountain passes offering awesome vistas of alpine Colorado.

Spring trips take place in the ancient Wet Mountains. After the snow clears, we move across the valley to the Sangres. No previous riding experience necessary; we teach the basics as we ride.

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 Weekend ‘Saddle & Paddle’ Rafting / Riding Trip

(Two & one-half days – $1,050)

(Minimum 3. Will run group of 1 or 2 people with $150 surcharge fee added)

Rafting TripA 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 Seidels 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

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 Crestones’ Climber

(Two Days – $950)
(2 or more people – $475/each)

ClimberCrestone Peak and Crestone Needle are two of Colorado’s most renowned and spectacular 14,000 peaks. Without the benefit of expert supervision and proper gear and instruction, few ever make it to the summit of these spectacular giants.

Our two day ‘Crestones’ Climber’ trip will provide you with the instruction and technical gear you need to make the climb of a lifetime. Atop one of these peaks, you’ll stand alone before an unobscured view of the vast San Louis valley to the West, the lush Wet Valley to the East, and the unbroken chain of the Sangre de Cristo as far as you can see North and South. This is not a trip to miss.

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