Clients are responsible for travel to Craig, CO. You may fly to Denver and then drive to Craig, if time allows (a beautiful drive of about 200 miles) or you may fly to Hayden, CO and we’ll arrange to meet you there. Transportation of our clients and their gear will be provided from Craig to the trailhead, the point of departure for the pack trip. All transportation from that point is by horseback. Our horses are gentle and well trained, allowing for all levels of terrain and rider experience. You will be assigned a horse to use throughout the trip and our wranglers will provide all horse and tack care.
Summer Pack Trips
Our summer trips go into the Flattops Wilderness area near Devil’s Causeway and the China Wall (8-11,000 ft.). It offers spectacular mountain scenery, alpine meadows with abundant wildflowers, a wide variety of birds and wildlife and many lakes and streams with lots of native trout. Late summer and fall hunting trips enter into the Beaver Flattops and Pagoda Basin areas of GMU #12. This is beautiful, rugged country that contains some of the best elk and mule deer herds in the state.
Experience the beauty and splendor of northwestern Colorado. Our pack trips and trail rides will take you into remote wilderness areas. You can photograph unbelievable scenery and observe wildlife in its natural state … or just relax and enjoy the blue skies and starry nights of Colorado. These horseback adventures will provide a lifetime of memories.
We will make every effort to arrange a summer pack trip for you that will fit your desired dates.
Our summer wilderness pack or pack fishing trips and our trail rides are designed for people and/or families who really want to get away from it all and experience the beauty and tranquility of nature’s high country playgrounds. The vegetation and wild- life are unequaled, fishing is excellent, meals are superb and the entire trip is fun for all. We offer these horseback pack trips into two different areas of northwestern Colorado.
1. Flattops Wilderness Area
This is one of Colorado’s true wilderness areas. It’s located in the southern section of the Routt National Forest at elevations that range from 8,000 to over 11,000 feet. No motorized vehicles of any kind are allowed in wilderness areas. Travel is by foot or on horseback. Day temperatures range from 70 to 95 degrees, while nights are chilly, with temperatures averaging between 30 and 50 degrees. Rain showers and thunderstorms are common and occasionally, we experience hail or a snowstorm. We go prepared for it all. A leisurely two-hour horseback ride from the trailhead brings you to our base camp. It’s nestled among the pines next to a clear, mountain stream. Days consist of riding (or hiking) to Devils Causeway or China Wall, to one of the mountain lakes, or to one of the larger streams for picnicking or fishing. You can just sit around camp and kick back, pitch horseshoes or throw axes. Evenings are for relaxation – sitting around an open campfire and watching the heavens so full of stars and oh… so close. Fishing is very good – primarily Cutthroat Trout, a few Brook Trout and an occasional Golden Trout – up to 3 lbs. – flies and worms work best (some lures).
Cook/mess tent (but we often eat outdoors)
Sleeping tents with cots and foam pads.
A quality, well-rounded menu is planned and prepared for you by our camp cook.
Rain gear (needs to be of good quality and cover you well)
Colorado fishing license
2. Black Mountain or California Park Areas
These are located in the northern section of the Routt National Forest north and east of Craig, CO. The elevation is from about 8,500-10,000 ft. It is mostly pine forest in the Black Mountain area and concentrated with aspen in the California Park area. Both areas are abundant with wildlife, especially mule deer, elk, antelope, coyote and both Bald and Golden Eagles are often seen. Exploring these areas in summer, we most often use a progressive type of pack trip. This is somewhat more primitive than our preset camp, which we offer in the Flattops Wilderness area. Here, we set up camp each night along the trail.
Air mattresses (or sleep out under the stars or just under a tarp, if you so desire)
All meals and other basic items
Rain gear (needs to be of good quality and cover you well)
Trips in these areas may be scheduled for a two-day overnight or up to a 5 day-4-night adventure.
Dates for pack trips/trail rides are usually set up from mid-July through August.
Overnight – 3 meals (depart 10AM return noon next day) $350 per person
3 day – 2 nights $750 per person
4 day – 3 nights $950 per person
5 day – 4 nights $1,150 per person
Customized trips can be scheduled to fit your group’s needs. Packing List for Summer Pack Trips We do not allow alcohol consumption while on the trail or while fishing – only in camp after the day’s travel and horses have been put out to graze. Clients supply their own alcoholic beverages. Summer Activities Check List 2 Clothing changes (light/heavy) Leather gloves Coat/Jacket (light/heavy) Rain suit or slicker (long) Underwear Toothbrush & Paste Personal toilet articles Sweater/Sweatshirt Prescription Medicines Bag or Fanny pack Camera & Film Soft Duffle Bag Glasses – Prescription & Sun Sun/Wind Lotion Handkerchiefs Cotton/Wool Socks (1-2 pairs daily) Chapstick Insect Repellent Towels/Washcloth/Soap Canteen Deodorant Sleeping Bag: (warm enough for chilly nights) Two pairs of sturdy boots (1 pr. waterproof) Optional: wide brim hat, binoculars, Colorado fishing license (if you’re going fishing)
When you have selected the trip and the dates of your choice, contact us to make your reservation. Fifty percent of your fee is required as a deposit and no reservation will be held without deposit. The balance of your fee may be paid by money order, travelers check or cash. It is due prior to departing for camp. All bookings are confirmed with a written contract signed by both parties. In it, dates, specifications and prices are agreed upon. Deposits are non-refundable, but transferable. A deposit refund will be made if another client is found to replace you, but a $100 fee will be assessed for any cancellation. No refund will be made if you leave before the end of the trip or if you fail to arrive on time for pre-selected trip dates. Beaver Creek Outfitters will guarantee a full refund if it is unable to provide the scheduled trip.