Sprucedale horses graze pastures year-round. In the summer they live at Sprucedale, and in the winter they live at the Lower Ranch--pasture near Lyman Lake. This is around 50 miles from Sprucedale, over the mountains and through the woods, to juniper-spotted hills of high desert country. For the Spring Horse Drive we gather the horses from the Lower Ranch and spend four days herding them to Sprucedale. This is a real-life, hands-on experience through some amazing country. Each day we ride you will spend a fair amount of time in the saddle, and the day we climb from Eagar to Big Lake will be at least a six hour ride. To be prepared you should have at least forty hours of riding experience. This ride is generally fast paced, and riders should be able to post.
A unique experience to the Spring Drive is the opportunity to push the horses up the Main Streets of Springerville and Eagar, Arizona, on Saturday.
Lodging will be in tents on the trail and cabins at the ranch. We will supply the horses, tack, food, tents and cabins. Only a limited number of riders will be allowed, so book early.
|7:30 AM||Breakfast at Sprucedale||Breakfast at Camp.||Breakfast at Sprucedale|
|9:30 AM||Gather Horses At Lyman||Move Horses From Lyman To Eagar||
Meet at Becker Lake. Saddle and drive horses up Main Street in Springerville and Eagar to Biglow Crossing. BBQ and Rodeo. Take down camp. Travel to Sprucedale.
|Rest.||Move Horses From Eagar To Big Lake||Move Horses From Big Lake To Sprucedale||
(by 11:00 AM)
|12:00 PM||Check-in at Sprucedale|
|1:00 PM||Lunch||Lunch at Sprucedale|
|2:30 PM||Warm Up Ride||Relax|
|5:30 PM||Hors d'oeuvres|
|7:00 PM||Dinner in the Lodge||Dinner at Camp||Dinner at Sprucedale|
|8:15 PM||Introductions. Sleep in your cozy cabin.||Relax around the fire at camp.||Relax at Sprucedale. Sleep in your cabin.|
|Spring Horse Drive Rates|
*Base Price includes everything except for tip and Sales Tax.
Upcoming: May 25 - June 1, 2022
Planning Your Stay
- WARM SLEEPING BAG
- COT OR PAD
- 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 on the horse drive?
We may camp 1-2 nights during the spring horse drive. We do not camp on the fall horse drive. This may be subject to availability or weather conditions.
What will the weather be like?
Spring can get a little warm and Fall a little cold. There is a chance of rain or a random snowstorm. 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 well do I have to ride to qualify to participate?
You need to be an intermediate rider that has ridden at least 40 hours and be physically fit and in good health.