Day 1: Arrive at the Ranch

11:00 am-12:00 pm: Check-in
12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Get fitted for saddles
1:00 pm: Lunch
2:00 pm: Orientation
After Orientation, we will begin with an evaluation of your riding skills before enjoying a short afternoon trail ride. Later you are encouraged to participate in team sorting in the arena. This helps riders become better acquainted with their horses, as well as with some of the techniques used in working cattle.
7:00 pm: Dinner

 

Day 2: Trailer to the Mountain & Roundup

8:00 am: Breakfast
9:00 am: Groom and saddle your horse
10:00 am: Load horses in the trailer and head for Boulder Mountain
Today’s roundup will cover the Mud Springs Canyon section of the allotment. You will be riding through beautiful valleys and forests as you round up strays. You will enjoy a saddle-bag lunch during the afternoon. After an exhilarating day in the saddle, we’ll trailer the horses back to the lodge where a warm fire, tasty dinner, and comfortable bed await you.

 

Day 3: Journey to the Top

8:00 am: Breakfast
9:00 am: Groom and saddle your horse
We’ll take sack lunches and trailer the horses back to Sweet Water Valley, where we’ll gather the main herd of about 300 to 400 head of cattle (heifers and calves) and drive them up to Griffin Top Mountain. Your day will be spent in the saddle while pushing the entire herd to their high-mountain summer range. The views are nothing short of breathtaking as you go from an elevation of 8,000 feet to the stunning heights of 10,500 feet and arrive in the lush meadows of the Griffin Top. When the cattle finally reach their destination and the range boss is satisfied, you’ll return to the Lodge at the Rockin’ R Ranch for a hot shower, a well-deserved satisfying dinner, and comfortable bed. But most important, you will return with memories that you will be able to share for years to come.

 

Day 4: Back to the Real World

8:00 am: Breakfast
10:00 am: Check Out

List of What to Bring on the Cattle Drive

PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary is subject to change depending upon the location of the cattle, weather, and Forest Service instruction. Expect long hours in the saddle gathering scattered cattle, driving them from canyon to canyon, and up to the summer range.