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March 7, 2013

Staff Pack Trip

Rex, Mike, possibly a person or two from the lodge, and I will be taking a staff pack trip next week. It’s still pretty cold but we will bring a tent with a wood stove and we should stay plenty toasty. We are doing it simply for a fun, just a good thing to do once in a while as a team, although it does help us come up with new ideas for our trips with guests and gives me a good

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June 26, 2012

High Mountain Pack Trip

Last week, Carla and I led a pack trip into the high mountains with three guests, Ronnie, Ciska, and Hanna. For four days we explored the high and rugged Sangre De Cristo Mountains that tower above the ranch, camping in two different places, seeing two different high lakes, watching wildlife, hiking and a little bit of fishing. The experience of being in such an unbelievable place with good horses, a comfortable camp, and great guests was beyond words. I would

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May 24, 2012

Scouting in the Mountains

Asta, Jeff and Rex are on a scouting pack trip in the mountains for a few days in preparation for the upcoming pack trip. They need to make sure they know where they will water the horses and where the best spots to camp are!

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May 14, 2012


Next week a few of us are going to scout a new place to possibly take pack trips into. The spot includes two very secluded lakes that not many hikers make it into and the reason is that it’s very rough and is a long distance from only a couple trailheads. The fishing is unbeatable, the lakes being located above timberline containing a cutthroat trout native to Colorado. The scenery is also unrivaled, being of the most rugged anywhere. This scouting trip will help

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August 22, 2011

Rainbow Over the Dunes

Yesterday afternoon we had a big rain storm sweep across the valley that left a huge rainbow over the sand dunes.

The rainbow got more and more intense and was almost blinding to look at.

We still need more rain on the Zapata, but the Medano is looking nice and green from receiving more rain and also having more water below the ground that feeds the roots.

The majority of the staff and guests are getting back today from a pack trip to

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June 28, 2011

First Pack Trip of the Year

Last week four of our staff, including myself, took six guests on the first pack trip of the year. We left the trailhead at the Pinon Flats Campground in the Great Sand Dunes National Park and followed the Sand Ramp Trail behind the dune field into the mountains. The scenery on the trail is spectacular and extremely unique where the massive dune field meets the steep and rugged Sangre De Cristo Mountains. Just before arriving at camp there is a huge sand hill

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April 14, 2011

Camping at Sand Creek

Last weekend we packed into and camped at Sand Creek using a trail we’ve never tried before. The trail starts near the town of Crestone and goes about 20 miles or so to the visitor’s center at the Great Sand Dunes National Park. We rode a little less than halfway and camped at Sand Creek, the biggest drainage on the northern part of the Sangre De Cristo range. The first day was spent packing in and setting up camp, the second day we

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