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Come and enjoy this once in a lifetime journey in Wyoming. Double Rafter promises you the trip of a lifetime. Out on the range, you will be given the real deal! Double Rafter doesn't schedule phony stampedes, cloudbursts, blizzards, rodeos, wagon wrecks, or brush fires, they happen all on their own! This trip begins in the green rolling foothills of East Pass Creek and covers 45 to 55 miles. During this trip, you will trail the mother cows and their calves high to their summer range.
You will sleep in wall tents or teepee tents. If you choose a double occupancy, Double Rafter will match you with another guest around the same age and gender. Accommodation the night before is at a motel in a double occupancy. Double Rafter does not include single occupancy at the motel, but in case it is requested, it can be given at a discounted price.
Depending on the spring conditions, you will generally trail the herd to the top of the Big Horn Mountains during the fourth week of June or the first week of July. On day three, Double Rafter push the herd south up the rough and rugged Little Horn Canyon. The trail from this point is too rough and narrow for wagons, pickups, or four-wheelers. All the gear follows the herd by pack mule.
This is another twist that separates you from all the other "plastic banana cattle drives". Many people find the massive canyon walls and boulder-strewn river bottom too impressive for words. It is magnificent! Depending on range conditions and grazing plans established by the USDA Forest Service, the herd may be dropped at the midpoint of the canyon or trailed higher up to the 9,000-foot level. Keep in mind that the three permits cover well over 120,000 acres so it is difficult to predict exactly where your endpoint will be.
Once in the National Forest, you will be moved by the beauty of the lush, green, flower-filled open parks which are characteristic of the Big Horn Mountains. In your Rock Cabin Park camp, you will find there is a perfect spot to sit with a cup of boiled coffee and soak in all the surrounding beauty. Off to the west is the ever-present roar of the plunging falls of Leaky Mountain. Ponder this: you are 12 miles from the nearest road, any soul in this canyon is part of your group, there are no phones or electricity, the first sign of civilization is four to six-hour horseback ride in any direction and in two days, you have to fly home to people, pollution, and the stresses back at work. It's amazing people leave.
The last morning, you either back-track 12 miles out the mouth of the canyon or ride to the Lake Creek camp on top. At either place, you will say goodbye to your horse. From there, you go to Sheridan, Wyoming or the Bear Lodge Resort for a good hot shower and your closing ceremonies. After six days in the saddle, you will have a new appreciation for the cowboys of the old west.
The last night, you generally end up at the historic Mint Bar on Main Street in downtown Sheridan. The cowboy memorabilia which adorns the walls, coupled with the rustic knotty pine booths and tables, add the frosting to your authentic western adventure. No doubt, you have experienced a dying piece of America.
You will arrive a day before. You will stay at a motel and have a delicious banquet in the evening. At 08:00, you will be picked up and transferred to cow camp. There will be many miles in the saddle. Double Rafter does think you will find this trip quite unique because you will experience things few people will ever see. With the cook’s phenomenal Dutch oven cooking, incredible horses to ride, and the camaraderie around the campfire, you will make new friends forever. You will return to civilization the last day, and the following morning at 09:00, you return to the airport.
At Double Rafter, 98% of the horses are Quarter Horses or Quarter Horse Cross. Double Rafter will determine a horse for you based on your profile. How you perform during the cattle handling seminar and the horsemanship clinic will determine if you stay on that horse or get moved to another one. They want you on a horse that fits your skill level!
This horse riding holiday will take place in Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming, USA.
Meals are prepared using cast iron skillets, Dutch ovens, or at a pit barbeque. The cook crew is truly the best. In addition to being phenomenal chefs, your chuck wagon crew is a bit on the lively side and has been known to play a prank or two.
Sheridan County Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Billings Logan International Airport (BIL). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
From Billings, Montana, Double Rafter will pick you up and return you to the airport for 235 USD per person. The ranch is about two hours south of Billings. There are flights directly into Sheridan, Wyoming from Denver, Colorado and can be found by going to Sheridan Air Connection. Double Rafter needs everyone to arrive in Sheridan, Wyoming the night before the trip starts.
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