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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.

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 require a minimum of 2 nights and at least 2 people for pack trips.

2024 Pack Trip Rates:

  • $275 per person per night if taken during a regular ranch stay
  • $300 per person per night if taken before, after, or without a ranch stay

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

Sunday - Check in between 4PM and 6PM.

Welcome to the CM Ranch! Check-in between 4:00pm 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. All dinners are BYOB.

Monday - Morning and afternoon rides. Cocktail party at 5:30PM.

Breakfast served from 7:30 - 8:30am all week. Horse safety 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.

Tuesday - Morning and afternoon rides. Square dance lessons at 5:30PM. Dubois town square dance at 8PM.

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 5:30pm. After dinner head into Dubois for square dancing at the Rustic Pine at 8:00 PM.

Wednesday - Early morning breakfast ride. Live entertainment at 7:30PM.

Early morning breakfast rides 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. Enjoy the afternoon by touring petroglyphs, getting a massage, or shopping in town. After dinner, enjoy live entertainment at 7:30pm.

Thursday - All day ride. Camp fire and s'mores after dinner.

All day rides head to Whiskey Mountain, Badlands, Bear Basin, 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 - Morning and afternoon rides. Dubois town rodeo at 7:30PM.

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. Guest participation is bull riding please!

Saturday- Morning ride or team penning. Afternoon ride or kid's rodeo. Cookout at 5:30PM.

Morning rides or Team penning for adults and children's rodeo in arena at 2pm. Evening cookout looking over the Badlands. Cocktails (BYOB) 5:30pm and dinner 6:30pm. Transportation provided by the CM fire department and wagon.

Sunday - Check out by 10:00AM.

Last amazing breakfast before checkout by 10:00AM. 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


Give Us a Call

800 455 0721
307 455 2331

Everything at the CM has a personal touch.
Booking your stay with us is no different.