A picture may be worth a thousand words, but neither a wagonload of prose nor a single brilliant photo can do justice to a weeklong pack trip in Wyoming’s Wind River Range.
Ride the better part of 100 miles on the Continental Divide Trail through the unspoiled Bridger Wilderness in Bridger-Teton National Forest with Bridger Wilderness Outfitters. The Trail wends through vast alpine meadows filled with a dazzling variety of wildflowers and up rocky switchbacks to above 10,000 feet. Above treeline, the high country features pristine mountain lakes and streams—with the occasional waterfall—and sweeping vistas. The sure-footed horses walk carefully through this rugged country, but the ride is never boring. The contrast between the giant peaks, meadows, and forests more than makes up for the lack of galloping. Hat Pass and Lester Pass offer especially memorable views. Wildlife is plentiful, as well. On our seven-day trip, we spotted elk and mule deer and even got a long look at a black bear.
Bridger Wilderness Outfitters provides everything you need, from well-trained quarter horses to expert guides and packers, who do all the heavy lifting and cook wonderful meals to boot. All you have to do is sit tall in the saddle and soak in the scenery of this high country that few people will ever see.
Bridger Wilderness Outfitters
Based at the historic DC Bar Guest Ranch outside Pinedale, Wyo., BWO offers guided pack, hunting, and fishing trips. 888-803-7316
The seven- and ten-day Ride The Winds Trips follow the same route, with the ten-day trip adding rest days.
Breakfasts and dinners are hearty. We had flank steak, green beans, pasta, and peach cobbler by the fire one night. The daily sack lunches are bulging, as well.
You’ll spend the night at the DC Bar Guest Ranch before and after your trip. On the trail, it’s camp tents.