Trail ride through the old Wild West America
United States

Silver Spur Horse Drive

If you are looking for a fast paced cowboy adventure then this Horse Drive is the ranching holiday for you. Ride across miles of open country, over hills and across the vast prairies of Idaho, driving between 30 to 50 horses between pastures. You stay in tents along the way: with no electricity at camp, the accommodation is very simple but comfortable. Roll up your sleeves, take a step back in time and discover the wrangler way of life! This riding holiday is best suited to competent riders with a love for the outdoors, a good sense of adventure, and a reasonable level of fitness!
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Horse Drive
8 days/ 4 days riding
From £1,580

From the horse’s mouth

  • Silver Spur Horse Drive
    Ailie, aged 53, Jersey
    I booked this trip as it was top of my bucket list, something that I have wanted to since I was about 12. Equus Journeys was extremely helpful with all my arrangements, both by email and telephone, to travel to Silver Spur Ranch and my extended trip around Yellowstone. I had a holiday of a lifetime and the Ranch more...
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Itinerary

Highlights

- Round up and drive horses in miles of open country across all kinds of terrain
- Ride in an area with abundant wildlife including elk, bald headed eagles, coyotes and ground hogs
- It's a real horse drive, you are a wrangler for the duration
- Awake to the smell of fresh coffee brewing over the fire and sizzling hot cakes on the griddle
- A fast paced cowboy adventure filled with hard working fun
- There are many awesome gallops but also steep hills to navigate
  • Day 1 1 : EUROPE - IDAHO FALLS

    Flying into Idaho Falls from the Europe, you will take the free airport shuttle to your inn in the town itself. You will have a chance to relax and sleep off any jetlag you may have before you head to the ranch the following day.

    Please note that this night is not included, although very recommended: we will be happy to provide a detailed quotation on request.
  • Day 2 2 : IDAHO FALLS - SILVER SPUR RANCH

    CAMPEMENT IDAHO
    This morning will be at your leisure to explore Idaho Falls. You will be picked up from your hotel in Idaho Falls at c.15:30 and transfered the 75 miles to the ranch (the journey will take 1 hr 15 and is payable locally - please see "dates and prices"). Arrive at the ranch Sunday evening around 16:30 for a welcome dinner. You will be introduced to the Tomlinsons, the Silver Spur Ranch family, the crew and the other guests. This evening you will stay in a cabin or bunk room at the ranch. The family owns about 1,000 cattle and they are spread across some 48000 hectares aswell as breeding a number of horses every year.
  • Day 3 3 : WARM CREEK - 5-6 hours riding

    LODGE IDAHO
    Meet your mount, riding instructions, spend the day riding through mountainous terrain (making sure every rider is confident at a walk, trot, and lope). They want you to trust your horse completely before leaving the horse drive. Spend the night at the ranch.
  • Day 4 4 : HORSE DRIVE - 6-7 hours riding

    CAMPEMENT IDAHO
    This morning pack your bedrolls (and clothing for the next two days) in the chuck wagon, round up and saddle the horses and then load them in the horse trailer and head for Middle Creek. You will round-up and drive horses through desert canyon country ending the day at Warm Springs. Riding over the ridge with your herd of horses you will spot the chuck wagon and camp ahead. The natural warm springs here are the perfect spot to take a nice relaxing bath. Enjoy a hot delicious meal, before retiring for the evening to a nice tent or sleep under the stars.
  • Day 5 5 : HORSE DRIVE - 6-7 hours riding

    CAMPEMENT IDAHO
    Today you will awake to the smell of coffee brewing over the fire and hot cakes on the griddle. Help break down the camp before catching the horses and getting on your way.

    Your cowboy will take you on a beautiful ride to the mountainside, through pine forests, canyons, meadows. Keeping the herd of horses together is sometimes a challenge! You will corral the horses and set up camp at Weber Creek campsite.
  • Day 6 6 : HORSE DRIVE - 6-7 hours riding

    LODGE IDAHO
    After breakfast, breakdown the camp, gather and saddle the horses. Round up the horses and get them heading in the right direction through some of the most beautiful country you can imagine. Arrive back to the ranch in the late afternoon there will be a little relaxation time and a hot shower. Depending on the time Lynn will sort out one of the colts and work with him for a short time, explaining the techniques used. A farewell dinner with lots of stories and songs before a good nights rest in your cabin.

    At the Silver Spur they will do all they can to make your vacation one to remember, so if there is something that you want to do, that you think they may have missed, be sure to let them know and if its possible they will do it.
  • Day 7 7 : WARM CREEK - IDAHO FALLS

    After breakfast, transfer to Idaho Falls (1hr 15 drive - arrival c. 11h00) back to the airport for your return flight or extend your stay at the ranch. If you need to book an earlier flight, private transfers can be arranged - please contact us before making any arrangements.

    We recommend you take advantage of being in the United States to explore further; Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming or Montana to ride... We can help you extend your holiday whether it is car reservations, motels or outdoor activities.
  • Day 8 8 : UK

    Flight will arrive in the Europe.

Dates & prices

Price details

- International flights are not included.

- The first night in Idaho Falls is not included in the price

- The group is composed of a minimum of 4 riders and a maximum of 14 riders

- The Idaho Falls - Warm Creek transfer (return) is $100 per person payable locally (approx. £77)
For transfers outside of the set pickups - between 15:30 and 16:00 arrival Sunday and 12:30 departure - there will be an additional $75 for the transfer
There are existing buses which run from Salt Lake City to Idaho Falls - tickets cost around $50

- Gratuities come to around $190/£145 and are not included. They will be invoiced before you go.

- An electronic travel authorisation (ESTA) is required to enter the USA. It is your responsibility to organise this. Please visit https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/ and contact us if you need help.

- Extension : If you wish to explore Yellowstone National Park it is possible to rent a car in Idaho Falls. The National Park is around 200km from Idaho Falls
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

Price includes

Support Team

Your horse guide is owner of the ranch itself

Logistics

1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider
1 cook
1 vehicle and driver

Accommodation

Camp : 2-man tents equipped with camp bed
At the ranch : wooden bungalows for 2-3 people

Meals

Full board from dinner on day 2 to breakfast on your final day (day 7)

Additional equipment

First aid kit

Price doesn't include

Meals

Beverages and personal extras
Free meals in Idaho Falls

Transports

International flights bookable on request
Return transfers Idaho Falls-Warm creek.
Visa fees (ESTA) of $14 which must be arranged in advance

Extra

Tips to local team. Tipping is customary in the United States and a tip of around $190 will be asked of you at the end of your stay

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurances are not included. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend to take out an insurance policy as soon as your travel is booked in case of cancellation.

Optional

Accommodation

Hotel accommodation on your first night in Idaho Falls

Extra

Extension to Yellowstone National Park
  • May - June 2020

    Departure Return Price without flights Price including flights Status
    17/05/2020 24/05/2020 £1,580 Full
    24/05/2020 31/05/2020 £1,580 Full
    31/05/2020 07/06/2020 £1,580 Full
    07/06/2020 14/06/2020 £1,580 Full
    21/06/2020 28/06/2020 £1,580 Full
    28/06/2020 05/07/2020 £1,580 Full
  • July - August 2020

    Departure Return Price without flights Price including flights Status
    05/07/2020 12/07/2020 £1,580 Full
    12/07/2020 19/07/2020 £1,580 Full
    26/07/2020 02/08/2020 £1,580 Full
    02/08/2020 09/08/2020 £1,580 Full
    09/08/2020 16/08/2020 £1,580 Full
    23/08/2020 30/08/2020 £1,580 Full
    30/08/2020 06/09/2020 £1,580 Full
  • September - October 2020

    Departure Return Price without flights Price including flights Status
    06/09/2020 13/09/2020 £1,580 Full
    13/09/2020 20/09/2020 £1,580 Full
  • May - June 2021

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Equestrian info

Horses

A selection of good strong working horses, Mustangs, Quarter horses and Appaloosas. All are safe, quiet, energetic and very experienced. All are ridden in western saddles. If you are not experienced in western riding you will be shown how.

Minimum riding ability

Minimum riding ability

You must be a strong and experienced rider as there will be fast riding and steep hills to navigate. Adults only (minimum 18 years).

Pace

There will be many long trots as this is the natural pace of the wild horses. There will also be occasions to gallop throughout the day.

Tacking ability and participation

Your participation in the care of the horses (feeding, grooming, tacking and untacking) and meal planning is welcomed. The team will take care of the chores (washing up, putting up tents, etc).

Trip conditions and Requested experience

You will need to be riding fit and used to long hours in the saddle. You will ride for up to 35 km per day, between 6 and 7 hours in the saddle, sometimes more. The mountain terrain is rough (especially on day 6). It is essential to approach this trip with an open mind and be prepared for the outdoor life (you have to accept that it will be basic accommodation and a very communal lifestyle).



Equestrian equipment

You will be riding in a western saddle and using western riding techniques.

Your bedding at the ranch, tents, sleeping pads, sleeping bags and pillows will be provided.

We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.

Travel info

Comfort

You are joining a family of cowboys who live their lives in harmony with nature.

Before the drive you stay in cabins with running water, where beds are made up for you. There is a solar-powered hot water shower and a washbasin (both within an outdoor wooden block).

During the horse drive the accommodation is in comfortable tents with foam mattresses or you can sleep under the stars. Sleeping bags are provided. Foam mattresses are provided, but you may want to pack your inflatable mattress for comfort sake. There is a toilet tent at each camp. You can bathe in the hot springs and rivers along the route. An authentic chuck wagon will accompany you along the route.

If you come by yourself we will most-likely pair you with somebody of your same gender to share your accommodations. Each cabin and tent (while on the trail) will have individual twin beds) If you are completely uncomfortable sharing your accommodation please let us know before hand and we will see what we can do.

No WiFi and limited phone coverage.

Meals

Expect hearty breakfasts with savoury and sweet choices.

During the trail, lunches will be picnics and in the evening you will have a hot meal of meat, potatoes, vegetables and salad.

Drinking water and soft drinks are provided. Alcohol is not provided.

Climate

There is a continental climate in the mountains, you will be between 2000m and 3300m so it may be hot but the temperature cools down at night. There is little chance of rain but you must always be prepared for this eventuality.
In May, June and September temperatures range from 4 ° C at night to 26 ° C in the day. It can get hot but the temperature cools in the evenings or when it is cloudy. There is a slight chance of snow early in October.
In July and August temperatures range between 12 and 30 ° C with lots of sunshine during the day but cooler at night because of the altitude.

Guide and local team

The Tomlinson family will give you a warm welcome and help you to discover Idaho.

Tips

Tipping is expected in all restaurants (except on some snack meals and in self-service restaurants). It is customary to leave 10-12% of the bill as a tip. Some places you visit automatically add in a tip. It is also correct to tip taxi drivers and extra couple of dollars. The cowboy team will expect a tip of around US$190.

Packing list

Head
- Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you wear a riding helmet and that you take your own to ensure a correct fit. There are many lightweight options available nowadays
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana
- Warm hat for cold nights when camping

Upper body
- Thermals (long or short sleeved)
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and are an extra layer
- T-shirts
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- Warm fleece or jumper (and a spare in case one gets wet)
- Warm and waterproof jacket - it can rain at any time of year and the evenings can be particularly cold
- Swimming costume - for swimming/bathing in rivers/hot springs (+ extra swimming towel)

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Thermals
- Casual trousers for the evenings, such as jeans or tracksuit bottoms
- Waterproof over trousers

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps as an extra layer against inclement weather. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged
- Waterproof shoes/boots can be useful for abundant dew in the mornings or when it rains
- Trainers or equivalent light shoes for moving around the camp in the evenings
- Several pairs of warm, thick socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, cold or rain whilst riding. Waterproof gloves can be particularly useful

Nightwear
- Pyjamas or tracksuits or thermals for sleeping in

Our Recommendations
- Hard sided suitcase are not permitted on this ride as your luggage is carried by packhorses. It should be soft sided with a capacity of 80-100 litres. We recommend taking a backpack or similar.
- Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. We recommend a small bumbag or a coat with pockets so that you can carry small items with you during the day (passport, camera, sunscreen, lipbalm etc)
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
- Tall riders may benefit from taking a pair of long stirrup leathers with them (the local stirrups are adjustable but are sometimes limited in length)
- Sleeping bags are provided. Even if foam mattresses are provided, you may pack your inflatable mattress for comfort sake.

Other useful items
- Towels - camping ones will both dry and pack more easily
- Small backpack for accessing items required during the day (carried by support crew)
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around camp at night - bring spare batteries/solar powered battery charger and bulbs
- Water bottle (2 litres or 2 x 1 litre)
- Swiss army knife
- Field glasses
- Wet Wipes or equivalent (for when washing facilities aren't available)
- Toilet paper and a lighter to burn it with
- Small plastic bags for rubbish
- Ear plugs (for light sleepers)

In your hold luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag. We recommend biodegradable washing products where possible.
- Swiss army knife (or equivalent)

In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes is highly recommended - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

Medical kit
- Any medication you regularly take
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent, preferably containing deet
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Re-hydration sachets
- Water purification tablets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel

Miscellaneous
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- You may wish to take some photographs or postcards of your home with you to show your hosts.
- If you prefer travelling in a "light way" please choose a biodegradable soap or washing powder/liquid.
-Please take your used batteries, aerosols etc back home and dispose of them appropriately. Try to leave excess packaging material at home before travelling.

Visa & Health

Formalities

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the valid visa requirements for entry. We will endeavour to keep this section up to date, but please visit https://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors for further information.

You’ll need prior authorisation to enter the United States using a British passport, either through a visa, a Permanent Resident Card, or the Visa Waiver Programme. To enter the United States of America, a passport valid for the duration of stay is required by Australian, British, Canadian and other EU nationals.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - VISA WAIVER PROGRAMME
Most passport holders can get an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) through the Visa Waiver Programme, which allows travel to the US for up to 90 days. Visit the official US website to apply for your ESTA: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/
All travellers entering the USA under the Visa Waiver Program require individual machine-readable passports. Children included on a parent's passport also require their own machine-readable passport. Travellers not in possession of machine-readable passports require a valid USA entry visa.

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) aren’t valid for entry into the United States or transit through the United States under the Visa Waiver Programme; if you’re planning to enter or transit through the US using an ETD you must apply for a visa from the nearest US embassy or consulate before you travel, or hold a valid lawful permanent resident card (often referred to as a ‘green card’), which you must have with you on arrival; you can leave the US using an ETD that has been issued in the United States

Visitors to the USA travelling under the Visa Waiver Program must obtain authorisation from the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), a fully automated, electronic system for screening passengers before they begin travel to the USA, if arriving by air or sea. It is recommended that applications are made at least 72 hours prior to travel but you may apply at any time prior to travel. Airlines must now deny check-in to passengers without a valid ESTA. There is a US$14 fee. An ESTA is valid for two years, so if you've applied for one previously, ensure it's still valid.

When applying for ESTA-authorisation and entering the passport number, the number 0 must not be replaced by letter O as this can lead to problems upon entering the USA. The granting of an ESTA does not guarantee entry to the USA. Canadian citizens do not require an ESTA, but permanent residents of Canada who are eligible for the Visa Waiver Program must obtain one.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - VISAS
If you don’t qualify for entry under the VWP, and don’t have a US Permanent Resident Card, you should apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate before travelling.

Holders of UK passports with the endorsement British Subject, British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Protected Person, British Overseas Citizen or British National (Overseas) Citizen do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program and need to obtain a visa.

PLEASE NOTE

Travelers in the following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):

- Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen on or after March 1, 2011 (with limited exceptions for travel for diplomatic or military purposes in the service of a VWP country).
- Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR TRAVELERS TRANSITING THROUGH CANADA
If you are travelling to the USA visa Canada, please remember you also need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), mandatory for anyone transiting through Canada. Completing ESTA formalities do not replace your eTA.

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta.html

Addresses of consulates

  • Paris | Ambassade des Etats-Unis
    2, avenue Gabriel
    75008 paris
    Tél. : 01.43.12.22.22
    Fax :
  • Ambassade de France aux Etats-Unis
    4101 Reservoir Road, N.W.
    20007 Washington D.C.
    Tél. : +1 (202) 944 60 00
    Fax :
    info@ambafrance-us.org
  • US Embassy
    24 Grosvenor Square
    W1A 2LQ London
    Tél. : 020 7499-9000
    Fax :

Health

There are no vaccinations required for entering the United States. If you are entering from a yellow fever endemic area (or you have been to one within 7 days of entering the country), you may be required to show proof of immunization. Recommended vaccinations include Tetanus(Lockjaw), Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B. Rabies vaccinations are sometimes recommended for wilderness travel and/or wildlife volunteer projects. Lyme disease is endemic in the northeastern, Mid-Atlantic and upper Midwest areas and transmitted via blacklegged ticks.

Travel insurance that provides medical coverage is a requirement for visitors to the US. Only emergency cases are treated without prior payment and treatment may be refused without evidence of insurance or a deposit. All receipts for services rendered must be kept in order to make a claim. Medical care in the United States tends to be quite expensive, especially for emergency treatment provided in hospital settings, paid for out of pocket.

Insurance

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

Voltage

120 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs have two flat pins with or without a third round grounding pin

Budget and money

The US Dollar, is the national currency of the United States. One dollar consists of 100 cents. Frequently used coins are the penny (1¢), nickel (5¢), dime (10¢) and quarter (25¢). 50¢ and $1 coins also exist, but are rarely used. Frequently used banknotes are the $1, $5, $10 and $20 notes. $2, $50 and $100 notes can also be found, but are rarely used.
Most major credit cards are accepted throughout the USA, including American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Visitors are advised to carry at least one major credit card, as it is common to request pre-payment or a credit card imprint for hotel rooms and car hire, even when final payment is not by credit card. Be sure to check with your card issuer for current surcharge rates imposed for use of the card outside your home country. You should also inform your issuer that you are travelling for a specified period so your card is not flagged or temporarily suspended.

Bank-issued debit cards are accepted at many businesses in the US; however, using them to pay for many travel-related expenses, such as car hire and hotel rooms, often incurs a surcharge, deposit, or a hold on your account.

Telephone and jetlag

The dialling code for the USA is +1

The country stradles a number of different time zones. Eastern Daylight time (eg. New York) is GMT -4. Mountain Daylight time (eg. Montana) is GMT -6. Pacific Daylight time (eg. California) is GMT -7.

Did you know?

Did you know?

The wranglers

A riding holiday in the US in the company of wranglers is a truly special experience. The wranglers are the cowboys in charge of the loose horses, they follow up the rear of these large convoys of up to 3,000 heads! This requires 10 to 15 cowboys staying in the saddle for up to 12 hours a day and regularly changing their horses, with a herd of 50 to 70 horses needed.

The "wranglers" also provide protection against thieves, so no cattle drive is possible without the horse and the cowboy! On your horse drive or cattle drive, you will be accompanied by wranglers and have the chance to learn from them. Make sure to observe them at work and do not be afraid to ask them questions. 


Customer reviews

Customer reviews

All of our reviews are real, honest opinions from riders who have recently travelled with us. Upon their return, our riders will receive an email inviting them to share their experiences from their trip. Good or bad, each review will be published on our website, provided that they respect our editorial guidelines.
  • Ailie, aged 53, Jersey
    11/08/2018
    I booked this trip as it was top of my bucket list, something that I have wanted to since I was about 12. Equus Journeys was extremely helpful with all my arrangements, both by email and telephone, to travel to Silver Spur Ranch and my extended trip around Yellowstone. I had a holiday of a lifetime and the Ranch more than fulfilled my expectations. The family were very warm and welcoming. I would certainly use Equus again and would definitely like to go back to the Ranch.