Wyoming Horsepack Trip

Wyoming Horsepack

High Trails Adventure - Grades 9-12+

Learn horsemanship and backcountry riding skills in iconic Jackson Hole. Enjoy an overnight horsepacking adventure that most people only dream about. Explore the wonders of Yellowstone, raft exciting whitewater, make meaningful friendships and develop a lasting connection with the American West.

16 Days

$3,895

  • July 3rd - July 18th
  • July 22nd - August 6th
  • Jackson Hole, WY

Day 1-2

Arriving into beautiful Jackson Hole, it’s easy to soak up the sense of perpetual adventure that permeates the valley. Considered sacred by Native Americans, the stunning, glacially-planed valley is a literal hole buttressed by several mountain ranges including the Tetons and by Yellowstone National Park. Welcoming you to the environment long considered “the last of the Old West,” we’ll meet the rest of our group and make the short journey to our first night’s campsite in Grand Teton National Park. We’ll spend these first two days getting to know each other better as we learn the basics of outdoor cooking and camping thanks to the careful guidance of our friendly leaders. Getting better acquainted with our surroundings, we’ll have a fun introduction to day hiking with an inspiring walk in Grand Teton National Park.

Day 3

Meeting up with our expert guides, we’ll learn the fundamentals of horsemanship during a hands-on introduction to wilderness riding and horsepacking techniques. Giving back to the local guest ranch that will serve as our riding school campus for these first couple of days, we’ll volunteer our time helping out with a much needed service project on the ranch.

Day 4-11

Aside from its renowned beauty, the Absaroka Mountains (adjacent to Yellowstone National Park) are known for their abundance of local wildlife. During our first days on the trail, we’ll get comfortable with both our animals and backcountry life. We’ll master skills such as saddling, grooming and packing. We’ll learn how to choose campsites that are appropriate for both horses and people, and develop a deep understanding of herd dynamics and animal behavior. During our journey, we’ll delight in the likely and plentiful sightings of elk, bald eagles, deer, bear and bighorn sheep. Each morning, we’ll wake up to a fresh breath of crisp mountain air. We’ll take care in feeding the horses and enjoy our own hearty breakfast before breaking camp, loading our pack animals and heading down the trail. Arriving into a beautiful campsite at the end of each riding day, we’ll begin our preparations by unloading, unsaddling, watering and hobbling the horses. Next we’ll turn our attention towards our bellies as we prepare a tasty and plentiful backcountry meal. At night, we’ll discuss the day’s ride and wildlife sightings before crawling into our tents under a blanket of Rocky Mountain stars.

Day 12

Making the short journey to the south entrance of Yellowstone National Park, we will be exploring one of the most iconographic destinations in the US. This region has been home to Wilderness Adventures since 1973, giving us a wealth of insider knowledge that will enable us to enjoy a truly special experience — visiting the famous sights such as Old Faithful Geyser and Mammoth Hot Springs, as well as taking the time to learn about the geo-scientific workings of these natural wonders.

Day 13

Aside from being one of the West’s most popular destinations, Yellowstone offers some of North America’s best inland sea kayaking. Learning from the careful leadership of our expert Wilderness Adventures sea kayaking specialist, we’ll receive an empowering introduction to the fundamentals of sea kayaking before embarking together on a day paddling trip destined for the secluded shores of Yellowstone Lake. We’ll camp that night under a thick blanket of stars and share stories around a crackling campfire.

Day 14

Returning to Jackson, we will spend an exciting day on a high ropes adventure course. Working together, we will make our way through each challenging course element, all while enjoying stunning views of the Tetons across the valley. In the afternoon we will head to the Teton Raptor Center, and get up close and personal with some of these incredible birds of prey. Here we will learn about the meaningful rehabilitation and conservation work this important local organization does.

Day 15-16

We’ll begin the last full day of our journey with a thrilling rafting experience down the exciting whitewater of the Snake River Canyon. That afternoon, we’ll explore historic Western-style Jackson Hole — popping in on a few of the many saddle shops around the town center, and indulging in some tempting local ice cream. That evening, we’ll enjoy our traditional end-of-adventure banquet before crawling into bed in anticipation of our flights home the next morning.

Day 1-2

Arriving into beautiful Jackson Hole, it’s easy to soak up the sense of perpetual adventure that permeates the valley. Considered sacred by Native Americans, the stunning, glacially-planed valley is a literal hole buttressed by several mountain ranges including the Tetons and by Yellowstone National Park. Welcoming you to the environment long considered “the last of the Old West,” we’ll meet the rest of our group and make the short journey to our first night’s campsite in Grand Teton National Park. We’ll spend these first two days getting to know each other better as we learn the basics of outdoor cooking and camping thanks to the careful guidance of our friendly leaders. Getting better acquainted with our surroundings, we’ll have a fun introduction to day hiking with an inspiring walk in Grand Teton National Park.

Day 3

Meeting up with our expert guides, we’ll learn the fundamentals of horsemanship during a hands-on introduction to wilderness riding and horsepacking techniques. Giving back to the local guest ranch that will serve as our riding school campus for these first couple of days, we’ll volunteer our time helping out with a much needed service project on the ranch.

Day 4-11

Aside from its renowned beauty, the Absaroka Mountains (adjacent to Yellowstone National Park) are known for their abundance of local wildlife. During our first days on the trail, we’ll get comfortable with both our animals and backcountry life. We’ll master skills such as saddling, grooming and packing. We’ll learn how to choose campsites that are appropriate for both horses and people, and develop a deep understanding of herd dynamics and animal behavior. During our journey, we’ll delight in the likely and plentiful sightings of elk, bald eagles, deer, bear and bighorn sheep. Each morning, we’ll wake up to a fresh breath of crisp mountain air. We’ll take care in feeding the horses and enjoy our own hearty breakfast before breaking camp, loading our pack animals and heading down the trail. Arriving into a beautiful campsite at the end of each riding day, we’ll begin our preparations by unloading, unsaddling, watering and hobbling the horses. Next we’ll turn our attention towards our bellies as we prepare a tasty and plentiful backcountry meal. At night, we’ll discuss the day’s ride and wildlife sightings before crawling into our tents under a blanket of Rocky Mountain stars.

Day 12

Making the short journey to the south entrance of Yellowstone National Park, we will be exploring one of the most iconographic destinations in the US. This region has been home to Wilderness Adventures since 1973, giving us a wealth of insider knowledge that will enable us to enjoy a truly special experience — visiting the famous sights such as Old Faithful Geyser and Mammoth Hot Springs, as well as taking the time to learn about the geo-scientific workings of these natural wonders.

Day 13

Aside from being one of the West’s most popular destinations, Yellowstone offers some of North America’s best inland sea kayaking. Learning from the careful leadership of our expert Wilderness Adventures sea kayaking specialist, we’ll receive an empowering introduction to the fundamentals of sea kayaking before embarking together on a day paddling trip destined for the secluded shores of Yellowstone Lake. We’ll camp that night under a thick blanket of stars and share stories around a crackling campfire.

Day 14

Returning to Jackson, we will spend an exciting day on a high ropes adventure course. Working together, we will make our way through each challenging course element, all while enjoying stunning views of the Tetons across the valley. In the afternoon we will head to the Teton Raptor Center, and get up close and personal with some of these incredible birds of prey. Here we will learn about the meaningful rehabilitation and conservation work this important local organization does.

Day 15-16

We’ll begin the last full day of our journey with a thrilling rafting experience down the exciting whitewater of the Snake River Canyon. That afternoon, we’ll explore historic Western-style Jackson Hole — popping in on a few of the many saddle shops around the town center, and indulging in some tempting local ice cream. That evening, we’ll enjoy our traditional end-of-adventure banquet before crawling into bed in anticipation of our flights home the next morning.

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