Wilderness Horsepacking

Credit: Kelsey Wicks

Wilderness Horsepacking

There's 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, and 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 wellbeing 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.



2019 Dates

June 1 – June 21, 2019

Tuition: $5,895
4 spaces remain Apply now

June 12 – July 2, 2019

Tuition: $5,895
Full, Waitlist Available Apply now

July 3 – July 23, 2019

Tuition: $5,895
1 space remains Apply now

July 13 – Aug. 2, 2019

Tuition: $5,895
Full, Waitlist Available Apply now

July 27 – Aug. 16, 2019

Tuition: $5,895
Full, Waitlist Available Apply now


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Equipment Deposit



21 days

Minimum Age

16 yrs.

Academic Credit

4 College Credits
  • 2 Skills Practicum
  • 2 Environmental Ethics

1 High School Credits

  • 0.50 Leadership
  • 0.50 Physical Education
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Course Description

Equipment List

Travel and Logistics


Boulder, Wyoming

Fly in/out

Jackson, Wyoming

Skills learned


“As we rode out of camp that morning, the rising sun at our backs, I realized at long last that we had truly become competent, confident horse-packers. The twenty-one days I spent on this course were some of the most exhausting, but most rewarding days of my life, and I will be forever grateful to your generosity in making this course possible for me. ”

-Emma P.

NOLS Scholarship Recipient