. . . God Bless Wyoming
and Keep it Wild.
Thus, because of its smaller population, it has kept its wild, unspoiled beauty, fresh air and wide open spaces far more than most parts of the country. As described in John McPhee’s wonderful book, RISING FROM THE PLAINS, Wyoming is the place where the Great Plains rise up to meet the Rockies and the Continental Divide.
Wyoming Horse Trails and Guest Ranches
Millions of tourists speed through Wyoming each year on the few
large highways headed to Yellowstone and other points of interest.
They experience little of the real life of the state which is mostly
hidden far from the busy highways and only have contact with gas
station attendants and restaurant waitresses. There are some pseudo
ranches close by the highways which cater to passing motorists who
are novice riders. They stay mostly at a walk with lines of nose to
tail riders and see only the outward trappings of ranch life; big
hats, jangling spurs, sing-along’s and barbecues. To
experience the "real" Wyoming, you must search for the innermost
private and public horse riding places.
Many serious horse people love to explore parts of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem near the Continental Divide which is the largest wild area left in the lower 48 states. There is public horse camping right in the Yellowstone greater park area. Here people visit from California, New Mexico, and further north. The best way to experience the full majesty of this country and its wild kingdom is by traveling on horseback with pack animals to set up camps in the heart of the wilderness. The spectacular passes between mountain valleys are between 11,000 and 12,000 ft. The mighty rivers of America have their beginnings here as tiny springs on the mountainside. Each valley has its own distinct character with meadows of lupine in one and craggy cliffs in another. One or two nights the camp will stay in the same spot to allow guests to ride out for the day, hike or fish. This wonderful adventure provides an opportunity to see this glorious, untamed landscape which is unchanged since the early explorers found it.