Ride The Rockies!
The perfect introductory tour for all those wanting to experience the back-country on horseback. The Elbow Loop Teaser Tour is intended for outdoor and horse loving people that want to start easy or don’t have the time to join our weeklong trips. The tour is also a great choice for groups and families of mixed experience levels.
4 day packtrips will typically cover a variety of topography in Kananaskis Country. Four days gives you lots of time to develop an affection and appreciation for both your horse and the Canadian wilderness, though almost everyone agrees that the time flies quickly and they are left with the urge to return and explore other untracked valleys and ridgelines.
This trip normally runs Tuesday through Friday. Arrival day is Tuesday, departure day is Friday. The itinerary below is an outline of what to expect, rather than a fixed agenda. We may have to alter the plan if conditions like weather, bear activity or river water levels make a trail unsafe.
Plan to arrive at the ranch at 10:30AM to check in. After an introduction to our team, we will teach you the basics about horse handling and horsemanship. You will then be hands on and get to know your four-legged partner for the next few days as well as learn to groom and tack. After lunch, we will go for a relaxing afternoon ride on the ranch. After we take care of our horses, you will be issued your kit bag (duffle bag, sleeping bag and mattress). Dinner is served in our guesthouse, where you will sleep in a comfortable bed for the night.
After breakfast, we will ready our horses, load up, and drive to the Little Elbow Trailhead. We will load up the packhorses with the gear and food needed for the next few days and ride about 4 hours up the valley of the Little Elbow River to our campsite, located beneath the towering mountains of the Opal Range.
After a hearty breakfast cooked over the campfire, we will pack up camp, load up and ride past Tombstone Lake where we will stop for a break (and swim if you are keen), and continue over Tombstone Pass (7,400 ft/2,260m) to Tombstone camp. Depending on the pace we set, it will take about 4.5 hours to get there. Keen riders can go on an evening ride without packhorses to see the Sheep Lakes (2 hours return), while others can relax in this pretty campsite.
Once again, we break camp in the morning and continue the loop down the headwaters of the Big Elbow River into the valley. After lunch, we take a short detour and explore a hidden waterfall thundering down a cliff. We will reach our final destination (where we started 3 days ago). Back at the ranch, we will have to say our good bye’s – but hopefully, we have whet your appetite for more adventures in the back-country!
Prices include: 4 days of guided riding in Kananaskis Country, price includes 1 night in guest house, 2 nights in camp, all meals)
Not included: Alcohol, 5% goods and services tax, gratuities.
|Price per person:||$ 1,499.00 (CAD), see trip dates below|
|Level of Experience:||All levels of riders that are physically fit and healthy|
|Pace and Terrain:||Easy trails without exposed sections, mostly walking, some trots and canters are possible if the experience level of the groups allows for it. Some river crossings and rocky sections|
|Accommodation:||1 night at the M&M Ranch (price includes accommodation in shared room, single rooms are available upon request for a surcharge of $40) and 2 nights in camps, we use a combination of large tarps and small pup tents|
|Group Size:||Max 6 guests|
A Horseback Riding Adventure In The Rockies!
|7 July||10 July||$1,499.00||Available|
|25 Aug||28 Aug||$1,499.00||Available|
|8 September||11 September||$1,499.00||Available|
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“Awesome, Awesome and oh , by the way , Awesome. This was the trip of a lifetime. (…) This is for you if you want genuine horseback experience and not a plastic “Dude Ranch” holiday. Spectacular!!! “
“What can I say, but Neil, Undine, Wendy and the rest of the Moose Mountain team totally met and exceeded our expectations. From the booking, payment, communication, pickup and match to our horses, they got it 100% right. The horses were all magnificent, well looked after and totally matched to the rider. The rides, scenery and organisation were second to none.”
The MM team led by Undine and Neil set the standard in outdoor horse riding due to their professionalism combined with family atmosphere. The capabilities of the horses are incredible and they are uncomplicated too. The camps were fascinating and food excellent and prepared with love.”