Pack Trips

Pack Trips

In 1930, Charlie Moore bought the Simpson Lake Cabins from three ingenious men who built a fishing camp next to the Simpson Lake shores. For over 60 years, CM guests could ride to Simpson and spend one or two nights during their ranch stay. When the area became part of the Fitzpatrick Wilderness, the CM could no longer use the cabins and established a fine base camp near Union Lake, where today guests still experience spectacular fishing, riding and sightseeing.

The CM Ranch offers pack trips in conjunction with, or separately from traditional week-long dude ranch vacations. Guests can go to our base camp at Union Lake, where Simpson and other glacier-fed lakes are just a short ride away, or take a progressive trip where they can camp right next to Simpson Lake, or camp next to a different lake each night. We also drop gear for hikers and backpackers who wish to see the area on foot.

The unique location of the CM treats viewers to geologic exposures in the glacial valley which result in an extraordinary display. From the ranch, the horseback ride to our Union Lake base camp takes about 5 or 6 hours, and traverses through creek bottoms, forests and meadows. Along the way, one often sees deer, elk, moose, antelope, snowshoe hares and picas (a small mountain rodent that spends its summer storing hay for the winter).

Progressive trips go even further into the interior of the Fitzpatrick Wilderness, where the stunning terrain and cold mountain lakes have seen very little human impact. For many years, guests of all ages have experienced the tremendous beauty and solitude of the Wind River Mountains on pack trips led by our experienced guide and cook, who devote themselves to showing people the very finest and detailed areas of Wyoming.

We can also pack in gear for backpackers and hikers. We require a minimum of 2 people for pack trips.

Pack Trip Rates

  • Overnight trip (taken during a regular ranch stay) $225 per person per night
  • $100 for each additional day
  • $275 per person/per night for pack trip if taken before, after, or without a ranch stay
  • Spot trips and gear drops $175.00 per each horse used

Applicable Wyoming sales tax and a suggested 15% gratuity are added to final bill.

Sunday

Welcome to the CM Ranch! Check-in between 3:00pm and 6:00pm. You will be welcomed by members of our crew and your hosts will greet you at dinnertime 6:30pm. Introductions and orientation will be made during dinner.


Monday

Breakfast served from 7:30 - 8:30am all week. Horse orientation begins at 9AM. Get acquainted with your horse on the morning and afternoon rides. Join us for the CM crew hosted Cocktail party on dining room deck at 5:30pm. Gather in Riverside for the History of the ranch by Barbara Shoemaker (you don't want to miss her storytelling).


Tuesday

Yummy breakfast and off to the barn for morning and afternoon rides at 9:00am and 2:00pm. Meet us for a square dance lessons in Roundup at 5:00pm. After dinner head into Dubois for square dancing at the Rustic Pine at 8:00 PM. Admission $5.00.


Wednesday

Early morning breakfast rides to the Wind River at 7:00 and 8:00am. Fill up on pancakes, monkey bread, bacon, and eggs from the dutch oven. Family photos will be taken at breakfast site by our photographer, Kristin Foster. Enjoy the afternoon by touring petroglyphs, getting a massage, or shopping in town. After dinner, enjoy entertainment by the Never Sweat Band at 7:30pm.


Thursday

All day rides head to Whiskey Mountain, Badlands, Jakey's Fork, and other locations. Slide show of the week following dinner in Roundup at 7:30pm. After the slide show, we will gather around the fire for s'mores (across from Roundup).


Friday

Head out for morning and afternoon rides, go for a hike, or sign up for a massage by Reenie Roe. Experience the rodeo in Dubois starting at 7:30pm. Admission $10.00. Guest participation is encouraged....no bull riding please!


Saturday

Morning rides (including kid's "Candy ride"...dig out your change). Team penning/cow soccer for adults and children in arena (times to be announced). Evening cookout at Torrey Creek looking over the Badlands. Cocktails (BYOB) 6:00pm and dinner 6:30 PM. Transportation provided by our 1950's fire truck and covered wagon.


Sunday

Last amazing breakfast before checkout by 10:30 AM. Don't forget to reserve your cabin for next year!


Along with private cabins the ranch boasts several amenities to make our guests' stay as comfortable as possible.

  • 20’ x 40’ outdoor heated pool
  • Hot tub
  • Large recreation room with ping-pong tables
  • Basketball hoop
  • Volleyball court
  • Large common area suitable for soccer, softball, frisbee and other lawn games
  • Library
  • Two sitting rooms with fireplaces
  • Wireless internet in main office with two small private rooms available
  • Hat and boot room with most sizes of boots available
  • Playroom for younger children

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800 455 0721
307 455 2331

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