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Pack Trips

at the Paintrock Canyon Ranch

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Paintrock Canyon Ranch, Wyoming

August 11 - 18, 2024

Join us for a seven night stay of riding, hiking and fishing the high alpine valleys of the Bighorn Mountains.

Paintrock Canyon Ranch

The Paintrock Canyon Ranch sprawls across northern Wyoming, made up of rolling meadows and streams carving through high alpine valleys. The ranch’s landscape is characterized by the Paintrock Canyon, which starts at the ranch headquarters and meanders for 8 miles, opening into the Paintrock basin at foot of Cloud Peak, the highest peak in the Bighorn range. The Canyon itself is shaped by steep limestone slopes that climb thousands of feet high above the trail. Red sandstone cliffs, whose color transforms from deep orange to burgundy red with the changing light, rise above the meadows surrounding the ranch’s headquarters. At the bottom of the canyon is Paintrock Creek, widely known to be one of the best fisheries in the region for rainbow, brown, brook and cutthroat trout. Wildlife is plenty– bobcat, elk, mule and whitetail deer, pronghorn and bears all roam freely.

The Program

Guests will spend the first evening on the ranch sharing a meal to get to know each other. On day two, guests will take a day ride from Headquarters to get familiar with their horse, exploring the diverse landscapes of the ranch before heading into the mountains the next day. Day three will begin early to start the trip up the canyon, making the way to mountain camp at the foot of Cloud Peak. Nights three through six will be spent in the Bighorn basin. The camp will be complete with the comforts of a warm shower and meals prepared by a private chef, and set amongst the wild Bighorns alongside the Paintrock Creek. Days will be spent visiting surrounding creeks to fish, hiking miles of trails, and riding out to the Ranchlands cow camp to spend the day with the ranch team. Evenings will be spent around the fire with friends under the stars. The trip will end by packing back down the Canyon to cap the week with a farewell dinner at the Paintrock Inn and one last night sharing stories and experiences from the wild.

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Accommodations

Three nights will be spent on the ranch in fully furnished, safari-style canvas tents and four nights will be spent tent camping in the backcountry at mountain camp. Both camps will be complete with the comforts of a warm shower and an open fire “kitchen” where meals will be prepared by a private chef. All tents are private and will be provided, but please refer to the packing list for a complete list of what to bring.

Food

All meals will be creatively prepared by a private chef, featuring Ranchlands beef. Meals at the ranch will be seated, but casual and friendly and accompanied by wine and beer. Meals at mountain camp will be prepared and shared over open fire. We are happy to accommodate all dietary preferences with advance notice

Sample Itinerary

8:30 a.m. Coffee and breakfast around the fire.

9:30 a.m. Collect your lunch for the day and ready your horse 

10:00 a.m. Ride out from mountain camp to visit the Paintrock cow camp and spend the day moving cattle with the team, learning about the operation and how the cows are run during summer

12:00 p.m. Break for lunch in the field

3:00 p.m. Head back to camp for the afternoon

4:00 p.m. Downtime to relax and take a nap, fish or read by the Creek

6:00 p.m. Dinner, drinks and story-telling around the fire

Rates

$4200 includes all activities, amenities and meals. Tax and gratuity not included.

Please reach out to us with any questions at: stay@ranchlands.com or 719-641-2089.

Pack Trip reservations may be requested online but we will call you to review requirements before officially confirming the reservation.

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