TRAIL & Work RIDEs
𝐑𝐒𝐕𝐏 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐦𝐛𝐜𝐡.𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐨@𝐠𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐥.𝐜𝐨𝐦 𝐫𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐝. Join now and your membership is good through 2024! We have so many great rides. Or just come see how much fun we are $5 first RMBCH ride.
Sat October 28 Dino Tracks / Spanish Settlement / Hunter Moon Fun Ride - La Junta CO
𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗰𝗮𝗺𝗽 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗼𝘄𝗻, 𝗼𝗿 you can join the 𝗴𝘂𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗲 (𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗥𝗠𝗕𝗖𝗛 𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿s) RMBCH is hosting a weekend of camping under the full moon in Otero county. October 28th is the Hunter Moon, so why not ride past an old Spanish cemetery during the creepiest holiday season?
**If the overnight temperature is forecast to be below 40°, the ride weekend will have to be canceled.
** Weekend Itinerary: Friday, 10/27: arrive to campsite/corrals to set up your camp how you like. If time, you will be able to explore the ATV roads on foot or horseback that evening. You can also plan to arrive Saturday morning before the ride, but others will be there to help you set up camp after dark Friday night if needed. Corrals are first come, first serve.
Saturday, 10/28: For RMBCH members who RSVP - they can join ride leader Hillary for a full day ride (more than 20 miles roundtrip, with trotting and cantering when/where safe to do so) to view the all that Picketwire has to offer, including Dolores Mission, the cemetery, and of course the largest dinosaur track site in North America.
Be ready to ride at 12pm, plan for up to six hours of saddle time with a late lunch (BYO) out on the trail at the halfway point. Our goal is to get to Rourke Ranch (established 1871), but we will turn around at the dino trax if our time is limited due to weather or other issues.
You also have the option to shorten the overall ride if you trailer your horse to Withers Canyon Trailhead, instead of riding the road from the Picketwire Corrals (shaves 6 miles off the total distance, but the road is very washboarded and takes a while to navigate). After we get back from the ride, if there are no fire restrictions, we can roast marshmallows and enjoy the beautiful full moon (fingers crossed there are no clouds!).
Bring a spooky snack to share with others if you would like.
Sunday, 10/29: Pack up and head home in the afternoon, stop and check out Vogel Canyon for the petroglyphs if desired (no horses allowed on these short hiking trails).
If you plan to camp with your equine partner, be sure to bring adequate water for them.
Portable corral or containment needed, there are no places to highline unless you set up between two trailers.
There are vault toilets at the corrals, but no other amenities and we can almost guarantee it will be windy there (day and night).
As of mid-September, there are no fire restrictions in the area, but please make sure to look before buying anything for a fire.
For those interested in riding to the dinosaur tracks, or further to Rourke Ranch, overall the trail is rated as “leisurely/conditioning” (2-3 peppers) except for the first half mile down into the canyon from Withers Trailhead. This section is steep, rocky, and challenging and may require you to lead an inexperienced equine down into the canyon. After that, the rest of the low elevation trail is wide, easy, with rolling hills and beautifully unique views. Be on the lookout for rattlesnakes and gopher holes. There is one place to get water for horses each way, so make sure your horse is well-hydrated going into the ride! You may want to have bug spray for you and the horses, as the flies could still be out.
Horses participating in Saturday’s guided ride must be safe at walk/trot/canter in a group to join.
Don’t have horses? NO PROBLEM! You can hike or bike this trail, or sign up for a guided auto tour through the local Forest Service (https://www.recreation.gov/ticket/facility/234166).
Sat October 14 Light Work Ride - Grape Creek, Canon City
Wed October 11, 6:30pm MST The World By Horse - Live zoom presentation
Wed Sep 27 Fun Ride - Twin Eagles, (Lost Creek Wilderness) Tarryall CO
Everyone Welcome! RSVP required by Sep 24 firstname.lastname@example.org Ride free for BCH members and $5 for first ride non-members.
September 24 Fun Trail Ride - Macey Lakes Westcliffe CO
Everyone Welcome! RSVP required to email@example.com Ride free for BCH members and $5 for first ride non-members. Meet at Horn Creek TH by 10am, ready to ride at 1030am. If bringing friends, it is highly recommended that you "carpool" as the trailhead is very small. Plan for 12 miles of out-n-back riding with steep segments, rocky areas, a couple of water crossings, and very technical obstacles in the last mile of this trail. We will have lunch at the first lake. This ride is considered advanced after passing Copperstain Cliffs, so please be certain you and your equine partner are prepared for the challenge of the entire ride.
September 23 Fun Ride - Cloverdale Basin, Westcliffe CO
Everyone Welcome! All rides free for RMBCH members and $5 for first ride non-members. Meet at Duckett TH by 830am, ready to ride at 9am.
There will be a few steep segments, with lots of very rocky areas along this rugged two-track ATV trail. Shoes or alternate hoof protection are strongly recommend based on the overall length of this ride, with most of it expected to be rocky, but not technical or challenging in terms of obstacles. There are plenty of places for watering horses along the way. The goal for this ride will be to get to Cloverdale Basin for lunch and exploration of the abandoned mines, which means up to 15 miles of riding at just a walk for this full day ride.
September 23 Light Work Ride - Macey Lakes Westcliffe CO
September 22, 23, 24 Multiple Trail Rides, Potluck, Social Gatherings & Work Rides Weekend - Westcliffe CO
Sun Sep 3, Music Pass Work Ride
Sat August 19, Dome Rock Fun Trail Ride
July 28,29,30 Brighten the Sangres
Multiple Trail Rides, Potluck, Social Gatherings & Intro to Work Rides Weekend
Sun July 16, Bruno Gulch Fun Trail Ride
- Fri June 30, Rainbow Trail Fun Ride