Location: Dobois, Wyoming, Rockies, USA
Experiencing the wilds of Wyoming on horseback is truly a
one of a kind opportunity. I started my adventure from the
small town of Dubois, Wyoming. Dubois is a quaint western
town nestled in between beautiful mountains, and the spectacular
Red Desert. Emerald Creek Outfitters took me along on a fantastic
horseback trip into the Absaroka Mountains. Absaroka is the
Crow word for sparrow hawk, the name they called themselves.
The Absaroka Mountains are formed from the lava flows
of the Yellowstone crater, and are magnificent. This region
of Wyoming is home to the Washakie Wilderness Area,
which is Wyoming's largest Wilderness Area. This wilderness
is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and host to hundreds
of different species including elk, big horn sheep, both grizzly
and black bears, wolves, and coyotes.
This part of the United States has been preserved exactly
as it was from the beginning of modern man. Horses help you
explore this country the same way it has been
traveled since the tribes of this region mastered the art
of riding. After my five day horseback adventure I do actually
believe that riding is an art. It never ceased to amaze me
how athletic the animals we rode were. All of the horses had
their own distinct personalities as well as looks.
Wilderness Areas offer you a solitude that cannot be found
anywhere else. From the time we left the corral to the time
we returned I saw nobody outside of our small group. The guide
and cook were very knowledgeable, and taught me many things
about the land they love. My entire trip, from the excellent
meals to brilliant night skies, was unforgettable. I would
highly recommend one of these trips to all adventurous travelers.
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