This unique adventure is about as Cowboy as it gets. All week the horseback rides are “off-trail” as we search large mountain pastures to gather cattle. Each day will be different and challenging as we find and herd 100+ cows and push them to their new pasture.
You will have your own private cabin and all meals are served in the lodge. We serve the meals family style. Please remember that we run on a generator. You will have electricity from 7am-2pm and 6pm- 10pm. There is no WiFi and only limited cell service at the lodge. Throw in a bon-fire and a guitar and even John Wayne would be jealous.
For ANY Other Reservations, Please call 928-333-4984 first.
|7:30 AM||Hearty and Healthy Breakfast In The Lodge!|
|9:00 AM||This week is dedicated to gathering the cattle and rotating them to a new pasture Each day will begin around 9:00 AM. We'll be riding cross country searching for cows. No nose-to-tail trail rides. Not sure when we'll be back for lunch. There are no other scheduled activities. When the work's done, if we feel like enjoying a bon fire we'll light one. If we want to play cards, we'll break out the cards. It's an easy going, old-time country kind of week. Just like Grandpa Walt used to do it.||Check-Out By 10:00|
|2:00 PM||Check-In After 2:00 PM|
|7:00 PM||Delicious Dinner In The Lodge|
|8:15 PM||Introductions||Relax and enjoy each other's company.|
Planning Your Stay
- RIDING BOOTS OR BOOTS WITH HEELS, NO HIKING BOOTS
- HELMET IF YOU RIDE WITH ONE
- RAIN GEAR, NO PONCHOS PLEASE
- WARM COAT OR JACKET
- LIP BALM
- COWBOY HAT WITH STAMPEDE STRING, OR BASEBALL CAP
- BANDAIDS MOLESKIN, SMALL FIRST AID KIT
- BYOB AND ANY RIDING GEAR YOU WANT TO BRING (SADDLE, SADDLE BAGS ETC)
- YOUR FAVORITE SNACKS AND DRINKS TO ENJOY BETWEEN MEALS. ICE AND ICE CHEST TO KEEP DRINKS IN.
- DON'T FORGET MEDICATIONS!
- IF ANYBODY HAS ANY ALLERGIES, BE SURE TO BRING YOUR EPIPEN!
- WE SUPPLY THE WATER, TOWELS, WASHCLOTHS, ETC. ON THE TRAIL AND THE CABINS WILL BE FULLY MADE UP FOR YOUR COMFORT.
- PLEASE ARRIVE AT SPRUCEDALE ANY TIME AFTER 12. LUNCH AND THEN RIDE
Frequently Asked Questions
How many days will we camp?
We do not camp on the cattle gathering.
How well do I have to ride to qualify to go?
You need to be an intermediate rider that has ridden at least 40 hours and be physically fit and in good health.
What will the weather be like?
Fall can be a little cold. There is a chance of rain and/or snow. Layers, outerwear, and sun protection are suggested. We encourage you to check the weather prior to your arrival and plan accordingly. Our gift shop has t-shirts, hoodies and hats available for purchase.
Do I have to ride all the days?
No. You are welcome to ride all of the days or just a few. Unfortunately, there is no discount if you choose not to ride all of the days.
How long do we ride?
Typically, we ride twice a day. The length of our rides can vary depending on where we go looking for cows.
Will we trot or lope?
We may walk, trot, lope or canter while looking for cows.
Specialty Week Policies
A 50% deposit is due when making a reservation. We'll refund your deposit, minus a $100 cancelation fee, up to 90 days before your scheduled Specialty Week. After 90 days we will refund 1/2 of your deposit up to 60 days before your reservation. After 60 days it is a loss of deposit.
If you would like to move your reservation to the next year you would need to let us know 60 days before your scheduled Specialty Week and there is a $100 fee. After 60 days 1/2 of your deposit can be moved to another year. After 30 days it is a loss of deposit.