SADDLE UP TOURS
Dates Available March 15 to May 15
Fall Season August 15 - November 30
COST: $70 Per Person
(48 Hours Notice Required)
Saddle Up Elk Tours invites riders of all experience levels to join them in enjoying elk viewing in Kentucky. Saddle Up Tours offers guided trail rides through elk country where you will not only get to view magnificant elk but all the other wildlife that this area has in abundance.
We provide all the horses and equipment you will need for your adventure. You don't need riding experience, all horses are gentle and experienced. Rides last approximately 2-1/2 hours with morning and evening rides available to work with your schedule.
As an extra bonus, during the months of late August through October, join Saddle Up Tours in hearing the elk bugle during mating season - Rain or Shine. For more information visit us on FACEBOOK.
Weight limit is 250 lbs, age limit is 10, no riding double, minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 5. Alcohol is NOT permitted on the trails or before riding!
PLEASE NOTE: The mailing address above IS NOT the location of the tour /trailhead meeting/site location.
2013 Weekend Adventures: June 14-16, August 16-18, September 13-15,
& October 25-27. RATES: $250 per person - $295 per person
Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance.
Enjoy a relaxing outdoor weekend exploring the beautiful Appalachian Mountains in Southeast Kentucky on horseback. In the heart of elk country we will ride through wooded areas, streams and on reclaimed coal mined areas that are perfect habitat for elk, deer, turkey, quail, and numerous song birds and other wildlife.
Learn about elk and other wildlife in the area from guides with 40 years of combined experience - along with flora and fauna identification and animal tracks.
Learn about basic horsemanship including grooming and saddling your own horse. The Rocky Mountain horses we provide you are known for their gentle disposition and easy gait. We also have Tennessee Walking horses which are known for their unique four-beat "running-walk", stamina, and easy temperment, making them popular trail horses.
Learn campfire cooking techniques - open fire, charcoal, Dutch oven cooking, etc. Contact us to work out details of meals/suggestions. Bring your own food and prepare your own meals at campsite or eat out at any of the nearest restuarants. (Click here for information on Hazard -20/28 miles.)
GENERAL INFORMATION FOR WEEKEND ADVENTURE PACKAGES:
FRIDAY Arrive anytime after 4 PM to your camp (already set up for you), then enjoy a meal prepared over the fire, or try your hand at campfire cooking, (depending on what package you choose) then sit back and relax around a cozy campfire. Sleep under the stars in a tent complete with air mattress or cots.
SATURDAY After breakfast, you will learn basic horsemanship, groom, and saddle and ride the provided horses for the times selected by what package you purchase (see below for details). Enjoy dinner at camp or take a trip to town and visit a local restaurant. After dinner try your hand at horseshoes or other camp games, relax around a cozy campfire, listen to tall tales and gaze at the stars before turning in.
SUNDAY After breakfast, groom, saddle and ride before returning to camp to relax a bit before packing up to head home by 3 PM.
COWBOY PACKAGE - $295 per person Lodging - a wall tent (12 x 17) with cots or queen air mattress
Camping gear - table, chairs, lantern, cooler, ice, firewood, cooking gear
Meals: 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners with dessert
Ride Schedule: Saturday 6 hours; Sunday 4 hours
WRANGLER PACKAGE - $275 per person
Lodging - a Coleman 10 x 9 tent with queen air mattress or cots
Camping gear: table, chairs, lantern, cooler, ice, firewood, cooking gear
Meals: 2 breakfasts and evening snacks
Ride Schedule: Saturday 5 hours; Sunday 3 hours
RANCH HAND PACKAGE - $250 per person Lodging/Camping - bring your own gear (we will provide basic cooking gear & assist if needed), ice and firewood will be provided
Ride schedule: Saturday 4 hours; Sunday 2 hours
For all Weekend Adventures: bring your own bedding, towels, and personal items. Restrooms and shower house at campground. For meals not provided there are local restaurants that we can recommend or bring your own food and we can help you prepare it on an open fire. For days that have lunch on the trail, contact us and we can recommend items that travel well in saddle bags. Bring all your own drinks (soda, water, juice, etc).. Alcohol is not permitted on the trails or before riding. Alcohol is permitted in camp, BYOB for around camp in the evening. Weight limit is 250 lbs, age limit is 10, no riding double, minimum of 2 people and maximum of 4. All rides start from and return to camp located on the Mine Made Adventure Park in Knott County Kentucky.
BREAKFAST Egg casserole with bacon or sausage
Pancakes, meat (bacon or sausage)
Oatmeal and toast
(Your choice of one side - biscuit or toast with jelly, hash browns, yogurt or fruit - banana, orange or fruit cocktail)
Pulled pork BBQ with bun
BBQ chicken leg quarters
(Your choice of two sides - baked beans, coleslaw, baked potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, french fries, corn on the cob, salad, green beans)
Apple Cinnamon Delight
WHAT WE PROVIDE
Horses and all riding equipment queen air mattress and/or cots
camp table and chairs
Coleman 2 burner gas grill
small slow cooker
Cooking grate for open fires
Assorted camp games
GENERAL LIST OF SUPPLIES CLIENTS NEED TO BRING
Sleeping bags or bed linens
Clothing and personal items
Extra Shoes (closed toe for riding)
Don't forget to get your nature lover a gift certificate from Saddle Up Elk Tours for a one of a kind adventure! Call or email today.
Cost: $70 per person. Deposits require a 50% deposit by check or money order. There are no refunds on deposits. If you cancel within 72 hours, your deposit can be applied to another trip within one year from cancellation date. All riders are required to sign a release. Minors under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign release form.
Please Note: There are no riders allowed under the age of 10 or anyone over 250 lbs. Alcohol is not allowed.
Directions to Trailhead: From Hazard, Kentucky take Hwy 80 east towards Hindman, Kentucky approximately 10 miles. Turn right onto Beech Fork Road (directly across from Hwy 3209) and go approximately 500 feet to gate.
For Reservations or have questions? Call (606) 642-3656.
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