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.



2018 Dates

June 1 – June 21, 2018

Tuition: $5,750

June 17 – July 7, 2018

Tuition: $5,750
4 spaces remain Apply now

July 1 – July 21, 2018

Tuition: $5,750
1 male space remains Apply now

July 14 – Aug. 3, 2018

Tuition: $5,750
1 male space remains Apply now

July 29 – Aug. 18, 2018

Tuition: $5,750


All course information at a glance

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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