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Winterhawks' Colorado Summer Horseback Vacations

“I just wanted to send a thank you for the greatest vacation I have ever had.  Great horses, great meals, breath taking scenery...”

- David Bloch

Our Horseback Camps

INDIAN CLIFFS BASE CAMP
Indian Cliffs base camp consists of eight to ten wall tents. Guest tents have carpeted floors and are furnished with twin beds, wood burning stoves to take the evening chill off, firewood, and lanterns. There is a separate cook tent for dining and socializing, a guides and packers tent, office tent, tack tents, outhouse, and a modern shower tent with hot and cold water.

Mealtime is special at base camp. Breakfasts and dinners are full course, excellent quality, and are served family style. Second and third helpings are the norm, and you?ll still have room for dessert, as you?ll work up quite an appetite just being in the clean, clear high country air and riding all day.

A typical day begins with a hearty early morning breakfast, while the guides and packers feed and saddle the horses and mules. Lunch will be packed in our saddlebags, then we?ll mount up and be off for a day of riding, sightseeing, and, if you?d like, trout fishing. We?ll return to base camp each evening in time for dinner. You?re always welcome to pitch in and help with the horses and evening chores, or just relax. After all, it?s your vacation. Non-riders can also enjoy our Indian Cliffs Base Camp. It?s enjoyable just experiencing the true western setting of a high-country camp. They can hike in some of Colorado?s best mountain scenery and enjoy watching the pack strings and riders coming and going during the day.

Kids are welcome in our camps. This is a great way to share a true wilderness adventure with your family, without having to rough it on your own.

Winterhawk provides lodging, meals, a gentle mountain horse or mule to ride, guides, packers, and everything necessary to make your wilderness horseback vacation safe and enjoyable. You provide your personal gear (clothes, boots, etc.), sleeping bag and fishing equipment. Sleeping bags and fishing equipment are available for rent in guided camps.

Base camp rides can vary from one to five days, depending on your schedule, and we can accommodate most any sized group. While these are primarily horseback vacations, we are able to do some high country stream and lake trout fishing if guests so desire. We do offer fully guided fly-fishing trips and even a fly-fishing school taught by certified Orvis instructors. These are described in our fly-fishing brochure, so ask us for one if this is of interest. After reservations are made, we?ll send you a detailed suggested list of clothing and items to bring on your trip.

Indian Cliffs Base Camp, 9200' Elevation
Located at the end of the road at the edge of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, you can enjoy great outdoors in the Rocky Mountains. We ride out each morning, and return to the base camp in the evening. It is our only camp that can be reached by four-wheel drive. It's convenient and comfortable, and a hot shower can be sure to feel good at the end of a great days ride.

Map to Indian Cliffs Base Camp
Map to Indian Cliffs Base Camp


ISLAND LAKE BASIN PACK-IN CAMPS
Island Lake pack-in camp is in the heart of the spectac-ular Flat Tops Wilderness at an elevation of 11,200 feet. It?s a four-hour ride from base camp up Middle Derby Creek. Memories of a lifetime are made here. Guests are surrounded by the unspeakable beauty, peace, and tranquility of the vast wilder-ness as they experience the traditional timberline camp lifestyle.

Views from camp are spectacular and include Sheep Mountain and Derby Peak. From camp, we can take you to the perfect spot for a once-in-a-lifetime photo. You may also have the opportunity to photograph elk, bighorn sheep and bear in their natural habitat. The meadows alive with the blooms of high country wildflowers are beautiful.

Camp consists of heavy-duty wall tents with canvas floors and rain flies. There are two guest tents that accommodate up to five each and they are equipped with cots, foam pads, wood stove, firewood, wash stand with pans and mirror, and a rack for drying wet clothes when needed. There is a separate cook tent, guides and wranglers tent, latrine tent, tack tent and a solar shower tent.

Island Lake Pack-In is a comfortable, full-service guided camp with everything furnished except your personal gear and sleeping bag. With it as our hub, we ride each day, returning in the evenings. And as is the case with all our guided services, delicious home-style meals are complete and plentiful.

Bring your entire family to share in this exciting wilderness adventure in the unspoiled high country.

Island Lake Pack-In Camp, 11,000' Elevation
This one of our most remote camps, accessible by horseback and pack-string only. The scenery here can only be described as spectacular. Because of the renoteness of this camp, a minimum four-day trip is required.

All camps are furnished with a Motorola 2-way radio for safety, convenience and 24 -hour communication with our base camp. A 50% deposit is required to reserve and confirm your trip.

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