Who says you can’t have it all?
During this special tour, we will ride through some of the best country Southern Alberta has to offer. We will spend 3 days in the Rocky Mountains showing you some of the best riding trails in this area. The mountains are typically still snow capped at that time of the year, but Spring has arrived in the lower elevations with the bright green aspen trees coming into leaf.
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.
Then we change scenery and ride 140 kms in 5 days across the open plains of Southern Alberta, 400 km south of our home base. The route will take us from Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park near the Sweetgrass Hills on the Montana border to the Cypress Hills in Saskatchewan. Explore the magical coulees and badlands of the Milk River, and ride along routes that were once used by Indians, whiskey traders, fugitive outlaws, and the North-West Mounted Police (see trailmap).
At historic Writing-On-Stone, you’ll find a badlands landscape that has been sacred to Native Americans for thousands of years. Much of this country has not changed since the time of the buffalo. The Prairies are excellent riding country, with unlimited opportunity for experienced riders to move at a faster pace. Riding through the Prairies is an unforgettable experience.
Day 1 Guests arrive in Calgary, transfer to Bragg Creek, reception, accommodation in guesthouse at ranch
Day 2 Meet “your” horse, explore the Foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Kananaskis Country on a 5-6 hour day ride. Accommodation in guesthouse at ranch
Day 3 We are getting deeper into the mountains, crossing rivers and climbing up to view points
Day 4 Your last day in the mountains will be another spectacular ride through Kananaskis Country
Day 5 Deploy to Writing-on-Stone in Southern Alberta, afternoon ride through the Provincial Park, overnight in tents
Day 6 Ride to Ross Bridge (25 miles), overnight in tents
Day 7 Ride to Manyberries (25 miles), overnight in small hotel
Day 8 Ride to Bare Creek Reservoir (ca 15 miles), opportunity to swim with the horses
Day 9 Ride into Highway 40, return to M&M Ranch in late afternoon, accommodation in guesthouse at the ranch
Day 10 Depart for Calgary Airport approx 9:30
Dietary: We cater to all types of dietary restrictions, including vegetarian, lactose free and gluten free. Reflecting the premium prices on gluten free products, we charge $100 ($10 per day) for gluten & dairy free dietary requests.
Accommodation: During the “Mountain” part (Day 1-4), you will sleep in our guesthouse at the M&M Ranch. Once we deployed to the Southern Prairies (day 5-9), we will be camping, except for one night in the small town of Manyberries, where we stay in a small, prairie-style hotel with a real saloon. Its not a luxurious place, but a dry one with a warm shower. The last night is spent again in the guest house at the M&M Ranch.
Prices include: 8 days of guided riding, with historical and natural interpretation, all meals provided with your stay in our guesthouse, 1 night in hotel in Manyberries, 3 nights in camp (tents), transport from Calgary to Bragg Creek and to trail-head (Milk River) and return (from Elkwater, Alberta) and PHENOMENAL MEMORIES!
Not included: Alcohol with your meals and on the trail and 5% federal tax.
|Price per person:||$4,199.00 CAD per person. See trip dates below|
|Level of Experience:||Intermediate to advanced, expect to ride up to 25 miles (40km), see details)|
|Pace and Terrain:||Walk over moderate to difficult terrain, many trots and canters for several miles, river crossings, grassy slopes|
|Accommodation:||5 nights at M&M Ranch ($40/night surcharge for single room applies), 3 nights in camp ($10/night surcharge for single tent), 1 night in hotel|
|This tour can also be booked as HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER – RIDING AND CANOEING. Day 2 and days 5 to 10 are done in conjunction.|
Experience a Mountain and Prairie Adventure on Horseback!
2020 Spring Trip Dates
|23 May||1 June||$4,199.00||Cancelled|
2021 Spring Trip Dates
|29 May||7 June||$4,199.00||3 spots left|
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Spring Combo Ride Feedback
“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.”