Wilderness Horsepacking - Prime

Wilderness Horsepacking - Prime


  • Spend four days at the NOLS ranch learning the basics and 10 days traveling and living in the backcountry
  • Travel between 60 and 80 miles at elevations between 6,000 and 11,000 feet
  • Explore the Wind River Mountains, a range known for its horse packing opportunities
  • No previous horse experience is required
Theres nothing quite like seeing the wilderness on horseback.

We'll take you from the NOLS-owned and -operated Three Peaks Ranch into the wilderness and immerse you in the basics of Western horsepacking skills-care and feeding, horse behavior and herd dynamics, tack, saddling, riding and other unique experiences of packing and traveling with horses.

You'll care for your saddle horse and work together with a partner to load and lead your packhorse. You'll also be in charge of your own well-being in the backcountry, learning how to choose a good campsite and cook a good meal.

Share this wilderness experience not only with your fellow students and instructors, but also with the worthy companionship of horses.


Location NOLS Rocky Mountain
Tuition $3,725 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $300
Minimum Age 23
Duration 14 Days
Type Prime - Adult Courses
Start/End Boulder, Wyoming
Fly in/out Jackson, Wyoming
College Credit
  • 2 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Skills Practicum
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“The most rewarding part of this course was getting out my element, and experiencing nature at its fullest.”

-Spencer O.