Yellowstone Horse Mini Highlights
NEW for 2024! Horse lovers unite in Yellowstone Country this summer at Alpengirl!
DatesAug 04 - Aug 11, 2024
Ages12-14 (rising 7th-9th)
Tuition$2645 (airfare not incl.)
- Travel Montana and Wyoming
- 3-day wilderness horse trip
- Whitewater rafting Gallatin River
- Scenic river floating
- Swimming in alpine lakes
- Soaking in thermal hot springs
I really can't say enough positive things about the Alpengirl experience from a parent's perspective! My daughter started with Alpengirl at age 12, flying across the country to get to Montana. She experienced the beautiful outdoors for two solid weeks, gaining an appreciation for...
A Summer Horse Mini Camp in Montana and Wyoming for Teens
This mini trip is perfect for horse-loving campers who have a huge sense of adventure and want to experience the beauty of the Rocky Mountain West’s rugged wilderness.
Taking place on the borders of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming, this trip features a spectacular 3-day backcountry horse packing trip. Campers will get to ride in the mountains neighboring Yellowstone Park, and be introduced to the skills necessary to take care of pack animals in the rugged wilderness, all in a fun, non-competitive atmosphere. Girls will also get the chance to go whitewater rafting, scenic river floating, and hot spring soaking – what more could you ask for?
Alpengirl’s mini trips were created to meet high demand for a shorter overnight adventure camp experience to fit into an already full summer schedule for girls that are stoked to fit in more outdoor camping time with friends this summer!
Day 1: Welcome to Alpengirl!
Arriving at Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport, your Alpenguides will greet you and introduce you to the rest of your camp group. Name games and icebreakers abound before we all hop into the van and drive to our first campsite. Once we learn how to set up our tents, we’ll continue to get to know each other, then enjoy the first of many delicious and fresh camp meals – perhaps build your own burritos with veggies, rice and all the fixin's served with organic blue corn chips and salsa!
Day 2: Float on!
Waking up well rested, you’ll be amazed at how massive the blue sky seems as you step out of your tent. Bring your sleeping pad out to the yoga circle and allow your Alpenyogi to guide you through relaxing stretches as your body wakes up. A delicious breakfast awaits as we get changed and learn a little more about our upcoming days ahead and of all the nuts and bolts of spending time outdoors.
This afternoon, Alpenguides will get everyone situated in their inflatable rafts and kayaks, and go over paddling techniques and all things safety. We’ll spend the afternoon having fun swimming, splashing and laughing as we enjoy a scenic day's float down the Madison River with new friends!
Days 3-5: Saddle up, cowgirls!
Today we’ll pack up camp and make our way to the Centennial Valley and meet our experienced horse guides. Our horse outfitters will welcome us to this remote and pristine wilderness area where we’ll learn the ins and outs of horse packing. Girls will be assigned their horses, learn how to saddle and bridle them, and how to pack and securely load all of our gear onto a pack mule for our multi-day expedition into the mountains.
Over the next 3 days, girls will learn basic western trail horsemanship skills at a beginner level. We will have the chance to ride through wildflower fields, across crystal clear, spring-fed creeks, and over rugged and steep mountain passes. Along with our daily rides, we may also have a chance to take the horses out for a sunset stroll, try out riding bareback, and even learn to use a cowboy lariat rope for lassoing! We can stay fresh and clean on the expedition by having an Alpenolympic Bucket Hair Washing competition.
Our backcountry camps are always in amazing locations with incredible views. One night, we’ll use the beautiful backdrop of the mountains to stage our very own Alpenolympic Talent Show, and we’ll join our hosts around the campfire for dinner, learning about the early history and people of the area, and singing camp songs together. Laughing with one another while watching the sun set behind the Centennial Mountains as we watch our horses wander and graze in the grassy meadows is sure to be a memory Alpengirls will never forget!
Day 6: Let’s go rafting!
We’ll trade in our saddles for paddles today, when we will enjoy our much anticipated, rip-roarin’ rafting adventure on the Gallatin River! We’ll have an afternoon of incredible whitewater rafting through Class II-IV rapids, with plenty of opportunities for splashing, swimming, and laughing. Fans of the movie “A River Runs Through It” will notice that the scenery looks familiar, as the Gallatin is where much of the movie was filmed.
We’ll end our day relaxing in our campsite’s mineral hot springs to rest our tired bodies, and enjoy another evening of delicious food (s’mores please!) and one another’s company at camp.
Day 7: Bozeman exploration
After a well-deserved lie-in and leisurely breakfast, we'll head to downtown Bozeman to explore, shop, and maybe even stop in to a local ice cream stand! Tonight, we’ll have our traditional End of Session Awards ceremony, pizza party, and exchange contact information with the friends that we’ve made.
Day 8: It’s time to go home!
Exchanging hugs with your friends, you’ll depart from Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport, knowing that you’ve had a ton of fun and accomplished great things as an Alpengirl and will be a part of our fantastic community for life. See you next summer!
SPECIAL NOTE: This trip is suitable for a range of girls with limited to considerable previous horse riding experience. Girls with limited horse experience: A minimal amount of horseback trail riding experience is required to attend this session. Girls should not be afraid of horses and should have at least one full day of western trail horseback riding experience before coming to camp to evaluate personal comfort level and confidence. Girls with considerable horse experience: Call before registering to inquire about the 3-day pack trip and horse-related activities to be sure it's suited to abilities, desires and interests. Girls should be aware that this is a multi-adventure itinerary that offers many other non-horse related activities.
During the 3-day horse pack trip: On the first day of the horse packing section, girls will be introduced to their horses, which are specifically chosen to suit their comfort level, size and riding ability. Campers may advance in their riding skills once skills are adequately demonstrated and if terrain allows for it. Girls that can walk a horse properly can go to a trot, then to a canter, etc. However, a great majority of our time riding is in the mountains and on rugged and uneven terrain that is not conducive to cantering. We will be riding in densely forested and sometimes steep and rugged mountain terrain. We may have to walk or ride over or around downed trees, through remaining patches of snow fields, or across running creeks to get where we are going.
PLEASE NOTE: Alpengirl reserves the right to cancel or alter any aspect of a program, before or during the session, including program itinerary, activities, or location for reasons including but not limited to weather, environment, logistics, or health hazards. If itinerary changes occur, we will substitute comparable alternatives, if possible. If there are significant itinerary changes, parents will be notified by email.
Trip Campsites & Amenities
Five nights are spent in tents in public “front country” campgrounds where we have pre-assigned campsites with neighbors and campground hosts nearby, running potable water, and private outhouses or flushing toilets.
Two nights are spent in tents in wilderness “backcountry” areas where we will purify our water before drinking and learn to practice basic Leave No Trace camping skills such as how to select a campsite, how to go to the bathroom, and how to keep clean outdoors.
Why Choose This Trip
NEW for 2024! Campers who love horses but also want to go rafting, swimming, river floating and explore Big Sky Country will love this camp. There are adventures around every bend with the added bonus of caring for your very own horse in a wilderness setting! From rivers, to lakes, to mountains, this mini version of our horse trips meets the high demand for busy campers to squeeze in an incredible experience in a variety of outdoor settings in which they can fall in love with the natural world! Limited to 12 campers in the group.