At White River, you’ll spend nights
on cots in wall tents, while the strong
mountain horses are turned out to
graze. Mills will arrange alternative
treks for those who’ve already visited
White River on a pack trip.
When to go: Summertime is by
far the friendliest season to ride
into Montana’s backcountry. Mills
Wilderness Adventures runs its
horse pack trips from early July
until early September.
in the Pyrenees /
Slicing a jagged border between
Spain and France, the Pyrenees
Mountains have long been home
to mobile farmers and shepherds.
For centuries, families have moved
seasonally between their low-coun-
For many, a canter across sweeping fields or a ride deep into the mountains epito- mizes freedom. If you’re a horse- loving traveler seeking the chance to form lasting bonds, dig deep into culture, and reach way beyond the beaten track in any locale, these destinations offer up some of the best riding experiences for seasoned equestrians.
/ Montana’s Great Big Backcountry /
The Rocky Mountain West is cowboy country: home to big skies and humbling
peaks. For nature-loving riders, Montana may be the pinnacle place to get away
from it all.
A family run outfitter, Mills Wilderness Adventures, guides pack trips over the
Continental Divide and into the heart of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Most rides
start with a 24-mile, eight-hour trek into the main camp at White River. There,
guests get to choose between exploring the area on horseback or opting to hike,
fly fish, or lounge with a favorite book.
Days on the trail include traversing sharp and plentiful switchbacks, crossing
sloping meadows, and peering into the craggy depths of jagged granite peaks. This
is the real wilderness, so watch for game, wolves, eagles, grizzly bears, mountain
goats, and other wildlife.
The Pyrenees of
Spain and France