High Plains Drifter

MOUNTAINS AND PRAIRIES SPRING EDITION

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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. 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).

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Crossing Milk River
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Enjoy fast and long canters across the open Prairies!

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.

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Police Coulee in Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park
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Refreshment for horses and riders
Itinerary 2018

26 May    Guests arrive in Calgary, transfer to Bragg Creek, reception, accommodation in guesthouse at ranch
27 May    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
28 May    We are getting deeper into the mountains, cross rivers and climb up to view points
29 May    Your last day in the mountains will be another spectacular ride through Kananaskis Country
30 May    Deploy to Writing-on-Stone in Southern Alberta, afternoon ride through the Provincial Park, overnight in tents
31 May   Ride to Ross Bridge (25 miles), overnight in tents
01 June    Ride to Manyberries (25 miles), overnight in small hotel
02 June    Ride to Bare Creek Reservoir (ca 15 miles), opportunity to swim with the horses
03 June    Ride into Highway 40, return to M&M Ranch in late afternoon, accommodation in guesthouse at the ranch
04 June    Depart for Calgary Airport approx 9:30

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Prices include: 8 days of guided riding, with historical and natural interpretation, all meals from dinner 27 May until breakfast 05 June, 5 nights 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 (you can order beer and wine for dinners during the trip)and 5% federal tax

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 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.

This tour can also be booked as HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER – RIDING AND CANOEING. Day 2 and days 5 to 10 are done in conjunction.

Price per person: $3,735 (CAD), see schedule for trip dates
Level of Experience: intermediate to advanced, expect to ride up to 25 miles (40km), see (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 the M&M Ranch (surcharge for single room applies), 3 nights in camp, 1 night in hotel
Route: see trailmap

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