Colorado: Rio Grande National Forest 2021
A memorable journey in the most remote and spectacular mountains of North America; an itinerary created specifically for those who want to immerse themselves completely in nature and ride through the wildest area of Colorado, Sangre de Cristo. We will cross passes up to 12,000 feet high, sometimes making our way between boulders and fallen logs… a real adventure, far from civilization: from Sangre de Cristo to the wild Rio Grande National Forest. A real expedition, where everyone will be in charge of their own horse helped by the staff who will set up the field every evening… an authentic team effort that will make this trip unforgettable.
Shared guaranteed departure dates, minimum 1 person departing from Italy
PARTICIPANTS: MIN 4 MAX 8
Pick-up at the airport and transfer to the hotel (provided free of charge by the hotel, to be called upon arrival at the airport). Free dinner (20% discount at the hotel) and overnight stay.
Early breakfast and 7.30 am pick-up from the hotel reception and transfer to the start of our trek near Westcliffe, at the base of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, passing through the plains of Pikes Peak and up the Hardscrabble pass where you can get caught in the snow even in summer. These peaks take their name from the red color they take on when illuminated by the morning sun. We will arrive at the base in the middle of the morning and there will be an explanation on how to take care of the horse these days. 4 hours in the saddle to reach the valley where we will camp the first night. Dinner and overnight in a tented camp.
After having an healthy cowboy breakfast, all ride to South Brush through lush nature and abundant wildlife, especially marmots. An incredible day in the saddle: from the vastness of the San Luis valley to the inaccessible passes. In the afternoon we will reach the place where we will spend the night still under the stars, warmed by the fireplace and a glass of wine.
Breakfast, camp dismantling and departure along the west ridge. Depending on the weather and terrain conditions we will pass by Cotton Lake to camp at Rito Alto Creek, or we will take the lower pass to mount the camp at San Isabel Creek. With a little luck we will see moose, which unlike deer, which are more territorial, are absolutely nomadic and constantly looking for food. Where there are herbivores, there are always predators too… we may perhaps spot jaguars, pumas and brown bears. Dinner and overnight in a tented camp.
Day dedicated to relaxation or other activities such as hiking, fishing, bird watching. You will enjoy the magnificent nature up close, wonderful wild flowers, mountain lakes. Fantastic dinner under the stars and overnight in a tented camp.
Breakfast, dismantling of the camp and in the saddle to return to our base which we will reach between 4 and 6 in the afternoon. A day in the saddle crowned by breathtaking views of the mountains, on whose peaks very often hawks and eagles circle. Once back at the base, transfer to Colorado Springs airport (plan an evening flight) or to the hotel (night not included). Possibility to extend the stay at Westcliff ranch to enjoy more brisk walks.
Tariff per person, starting from:
|From 4 July 2021 to 24 September 2021||€ 2,000|
(B / L / D): B = breakfast; L = lunch; D = Dinner
|Single supplement 1 night in the hotel||
|Group of 3 departure supplement – per person||
Shared guaranteed departure dates, minimum 1 person departing from Italy:
Difficulty level: From ° to °°°°°
DURATION: 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS
DIFFICULTY: °° (EASY / INTERMEDIATE)
ACCOMMODATION: MOBILE TENT FIELD, Bivouac
HORSES: QUARTER HORSE / APPALOOSA perfectly trained and accustomed to walking the mountainous paths.
GAIT: From 5 to 7 H PER DAY IN THE SADDLE – Main pace is the gait due to the pack animals accompanying the caravan (please consider the lightest possible luggage). Everyone is responsible for taking care of the horse assigned to him, saddling and unsaddling.
TYPE : Mobile base camp with mules and pack horses
First night at the Radisson Inn – Colorado Springs Airport or similar.
4 nights in a mobile tented camp, team work is required, so everyone will assemble and disassemble their own teda (single or double). The staff will help load the pack horses.
The staff will prepare tasty meals on the fire cooked with fresh products.
Everyone can bring their own liqueurs and wine if they wish.
Note: The itinerary described above is to be considered indicative. It may be subject to variations due to weather conditions or circumstances beyond our control. During the spring, if the peaks are still very snowy, we will cross the passes at lower altitudes, the Grape Creek Canyon.
Exchange rate 1 EUR = 1.08 USD
Exchange rate variations with fluctuations greater than 3% will result in an adjustment of costs and will be communicated within 20 days of departure.
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