Wednesday, 5 September 2012

NW: Owyhee Canyonlands Pioneer I, II, III, IV, V - 10th Anniversary

We're gearing up for the 2012 Owyhee Canyonlands ride!

September 25-29 near Oreana, Idaho.

Info and online pre-registration can be found at

(please pre-register if you hope to come, it helps us plan!)

Ride veterinarians are Robert Washington DVM (head vet), Mike Foss DVM and David Hayes DVM.

We'll have 5 days of riding, 5 days of historic trails and ranches and wild Owyhee country to ride in.
September 25 - 29 (Tuesday - Saturday)

Day 1 - Spivey Ranch. *50 miles only. we've been invited to ride through the Spivey Ranch - an isolated, off-the-grid, 300+ acre ranch along a section of Castle Creek just above the canyons. The ranch will supply hot dogs and refreshments during your one hour hold, and give us access to the trail following the Castle Creek drainage to Crazy Woman Mine.

Day 2 - Hart Creek. 25 and 50 miles. One loop will go south to the Hart Creek canyon - rocky but beautiful. One loop will go north into the Birds of Prey Conservation area - good footing, cow trails, jeep roads and sand washes.

Day 3 - Joyce Ranch. 25 and 50 miles. Ride north along single track and jeep roads, some sand wash. Cross Hwy 78 for a one hour hold then drop down and ride through the historic Joyce Ranch (founded in 1860) and into Sinker Creek Canyon. Follow single track and jeep roads back to camp.

Day 4 - Wildhorse Butte. 25 and 50 miles. Ride north into the Birds of Prey Conservation area. Excellent footing, single track, jeep roads and sand washes. Ride to the Snake River and around Wildhorse Butte. One hour hold at Rye Patch.

Day 5 - Sinker Canyon. 30 and 50 miles. A spectacular trail following Sinker Creek as it winds north, through steep canyon walls and cottonwood trees. After a one hour hold 30 milers return to camp, 50 milers ride up to the juniper foothills of upper Bates Creek, then return to camp above Picket Creek Canyon.

Saturday night we'll have a party and have overall awards. Plus special awards and recognition for the riders and horses that have been riding the Owyhee Canyonlands trails for many years and thousands of miles!!

Food will be provided by Wynne Teeter (healthy home-cooked family meals), her mom Diane, and Melissa Hendricks (a cook from the Olive Garden). Joel Teeter is making a special batch of home-brew beer from the hops we grew in the garden. It's gonna be great!

Breakfasts (including New Orleans style beignets) will be available a la carte, or complete continental breakfasts. And ESPRESSO! $6.

Lunches available - sandwiches on home-made bread, burgers and fries if you must. **We can pack a lunch for you to have at the vet checks if you want. $7.
Ride management will provide hotdog lunches Tuesday and Saturday.

Dinners - check out the menu on the ride page! Dinners free for riders the day you ride, $9 for purchase. Free for staff and volunteers.

This might be our last Canyonlands (we're still working on holding it late in October next year, pending) - but come on out and enjoy our last September Canyonlands party!


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