Fall Scenery in the Rockies
Many people around here will tell you that their favourite time of year is when the aspen trees turn golden yellow and the mountains get their first dusting of snow. We call it Indian Summer, when warm and clear days with blue skies generate crisp, vibrant colours. The air smells fresh, the play of light and shadow is dramatic and foreshadows the change of season. The foothills and lower slopes of the Eastern Rocky Mountains are an ideal setting to experience this natural spectacle.
Fall is statistically the driest season of the year. Night time temperatures are often below zero, but the day time highs are typically in the high teens and can reach the mid-20s.
At the beginning of the week we will pair you with a horse partner to match your skill set to be your companion for the week. You may however enjoy trying a variety of different horses through out your stay, and that is possible.
The guesthouse at the M&M Ranch, which we lovingly call “The Barn,” is an ideal place to get together, enjoy the fall scenery of the foothills and experience western hospitality. Set on 522 acres in the foothills, our ranch is a beautiful place to enjoy the true colours of fall in the Rockies. With aspen forests that shine golden yellow leaves while snow-capped mountains stand majestically behind them, you will feel like you stepped into a photograph while you enjoy fall with us. “The Barn” equally reflects the atmosphere of the foothills with a cozy and unique space to relax in at the end of the day. Enjoy coming back to this warm space at the end of a beautiful fall ride and watch the horses play in the meadow while you enjoy a cup of coffee and relax.
The guesthouse offers room for a total of 8 guests in 5 bedrooms. Rooms can be rented separately.
Each day starts with a freshly prepared breakfast in our guest lodge which will ensure you will head on the trail fully charged. Lunch will be taken in a scenic spot along the trail and dinner is served as a family style meal in our guest lodge. We take great pride in using fresh and local ingredients and prepare all meals from scratch using proven recipes. All our meals are homemade using fresh ingredients from approved sources. As an operating ranch, we follow the traditional way of serving food – everyone (guests, owners and staff) enjoy good food around a large table. We invite you to be part of a social experience where you can meet our horse enthusiastic staff, listen to Neil explaining the historic and geological background of the area or just indulge in a conversation with other guests or staff.
Please be sure to inform us prior to your arrival about any dietary restrictions and concerns you have as we only offer one type of dish per meal unless we know about special requests in advance. We can cater to special dietary restrictions such as vegetarian meals, diary free or gluten free (surcharge of CAD 10 per day per person for gluten free meals).
We feature local wine and beer from chosen distributors if you would like a beverage to accompany your dinner. Any alcohol purchases can be added to your stay.
(Subject to change due to weather and other natural causes)
We pick you up from the Calgary International Airport (YYC) around 4:00 in the afternoon. It is about a 1 hour drive to ranch, welcome and check-in. Meet & greet and dinner at guest house.
After breakfast, you will meet “your” horse. After grooming and tacking you can get comfortable in our arena first before we head on our first ride to Whiskey Ridge
A four hour ride is planned in the foothills west of Bragg Creek, folllowed by some time to tour and shop in the hamlet of Bragg Creek before returning home for supper
North Fork is a 23 km loop southwest of the ranch offering some stunning views of the Rockies. This one takes us through the aspen forest, which should be stunning in late September.
We’ll trailer the horses a bit further into the mountains this time, and explore the upper Elbow Valley. There are more evergreens in this area where you will pass beneath 3000m mountains and splash through the icy waters of the Elbow. Our route will depend on how hard everyone wants to ride, but there are many trails to choose from.
We’ve saved a ride over Powderface Ridge for the last day as a culmination of the week. From the 2100m high summit you will enjoy sweeping views of over a hundred kilometres to the east, and almost as far to the north and south.
Prices include: 5 days of guided riding in Kananaskis Country, pick up from Calgary Sunday and return to Calgary Saturday, 6 nights in our guesthouse, all meals from Sunday night to Saturday morning.
Not included: Alcohol with your meals and on the trail and 5% federal tax.
|Price per person:||$2,575 (CAD), see trip dates below|
|Level of Experience:||Intermediate to experienced (see details)|
|Pace and Terrain:||Mostly walk on easy to rugged trails; trots and canters, some trail sections are very technical and require good balance and full control over the horse, rides range from 4 to 8 hours/day|
|Accommodation:||6 nights at the M&M Ranch (surcharge for single room applies)|
Indian Summer Horseback Riding Adventure In The Rockies!
|27 September||3 October||$2,575.00||Available|
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