SADDLE UP ELK TOURS, INC
Dates Available March 15 to May 15
Fall Season August 15 - November 30
(48 Hours Notice Required)
NOW OFFERING WEEKEND ADVENTURES, see below for more information.
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.
PLEASE NOTE: The mailing address above IS NOT the location of the tour /trailhead meeting/site location.
You bring the food - We bring everything else!
DATES: MARCH, APRIL, MAY, AUGUST, & SEPTEMBER
(Call at least two weeks ahead to schedule)
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.)
FRIDAY Arrive anytime after 4 PM to your camp (already set up for you), then the client can prepare a hearty meal with the food they brought over an open fire and then sit back and relax around a cozy campfire. We will provide you with your choice of popcorn, s'mores, or peach cobbler to top off the meal. Sleep under the stars in a tent complete with air mattress or cots.
SATURDAY After breakfast, you will groom, saddle and ride the provided horses for up to 6 hours (times and pace are set by you). Options include 2-3 hours in the morning and then 2-3 hours later or an all day ride. Saturday evening is on your own. Eat at the camp or take a trip into town. Snacks will be provided for you to enjoy around the campfire.
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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