Sample Itinerary -Subject to changes
Day 1(Sunday):You will arrive at the ranch on Sunday evening for a welcome dinner and introduction to the family, crew and other guests. You will be accommodated for the night in a cabin or bunk room.
Day 2 (Monday): Meet your mount, riding instructions, spend the day riding through mountain terrain (making sure every rider is confident at a walk, trot, and lope.) We want you to trust your horse completely before leaving for the horse drive. Spend the night at the ranch again for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 (Tuesday): Hearty breakfast and then pack our bedrolls in the chuck wagon, round up and saddle the horses, load them in the horse trailer and head for Deep Creek. We will round-up and drive the horses 20 plus miles through desert canyon country. We stop for our picnic lunch in the canyon among the fragrant sage brush. At the end of the day we will end up at the warm springs and truthfully there is not a more welcome sight than riding over that last ridge with a herd of horses, and spotting the chuck wagon and camp. You're going to be very tired and dirty after a long day of riding! The natural warm spring here is the perfect spot to take a nice relaxing bath (if you have biodegradable soap, all the better!). Look closely in the water... the water is so mild that there are guppy fish swimming in there with you! We will end the day with a hot delicious meal and lots of stories of the day’s adventure. You will be ready to retire for the evening to your nice tent or even sleep under the stars if you wish!
Day 4 (Wednesday): You will awake to the smell of coffee brewing over the fire and hot cakes on the griddle! Life just doesn’t get any better than this! If you would like, after breakfast you can take “another quick dip in the spring.” We will help you break camp, catch the horses, and be on our way for our second day of moving the horse herd. This day will have the challenge of heading through the hills that are more forested than yesterday's desert canyon route. Don't lose the horses in those trees! Sometimes like to hide! We stop for the picnic lunch by a watering hole for the herd and get a quick rest in before heading onward again. Camp tonight is along a pretty little glacier creek - absolutely nothing like the welcoming warm springs you had yesterday, but on a hot, hot summer's day in mid July or August you will find it extremely refreshing! Another hearty cowboy meal and overnight.
Day 5 (Thursday): Awake to the sounds of the horses near by grazing, coffee brewing over the fire and the smell of bacon sizzling! We have traveled over 40 miles and are now in some beautiful back country. You have got to see this! We will leave the her behind and take a day off to rest them and do a little exploring on our own. Less work, and more play! There is an absolutely beautiful mountain lake just 6 miles from camp, and with abundant wildlife around we might just get a close look at a moose, elk or even a bear. Another great adventure is just around the corner, and today we will be sure to find it! Dinner will be cooked over the open fire to put an end to a perfect day of trail riding with our new friends. Night at same camp as yesterday.
Day 6 (Friday): After a whole day off with nothing to do, those horses are ready and anxious to get going again, so after another great breakfast, we will help break camp, gather and saddle our horses, round up the herd and get them headed to their final destination - the ranch! This is another great day of riding and moving horses through some of the most beautiful countryside and a pretty picnic lunch stop. By now you definitely know what you are doing and feel confident doing it. You are a cowboy!! There are some great gallops today if you are game! You will arrive back to the ranch in late afternoon ready for that hot outdoor shower, a cold drink and a warm cookie, rewards for a job well done! After a little relaxation time, we will sort out one of the colts and work with him for a short time before dinner. This requires a little help from some of our newest cowboys (of course only if you want to). This is very interesting and you will be able to see how we introduce the saddle, and turn this young colt into a working ranch horse. We will end the day with a farewell dinner, lots of stories and a good nights rest in your cabin.
Day 7 (Saturday): By now you have rode many miles and go back with memories for a lifetime. When you return to the fast paced life of the city you will close your eyes, smell the coffee and the fresh mountain air, see yourself riding through the beautiful mountain ranges of Medicine Lodge Idaho, and this will get you through until we see you next time!
During the May trip dates we drive 80 to 100 head of horses from the winter to the summer pastures - on all other dates we drive around 40 horses.