Benton Hot Springs Cattle Drive 2012
March 29 - April 1, 2012
$595 (+ 3% BLM fee)
Since the 1980's we have conducted cattle drives in the Benton area with the Harris Ranch. We offer trips where we actually help the rancher move their stock...it is the real thing! In the past we have worked with Lone Tree Ranch, and the Spainhowers of Anchor Ranch, as well. A highlight of the trip is learning cattle driving and how to work range cattle.
This trip, we will help ranchers Tom Peek and Ken Zimmerman gather and move their cattle. Tom Peek shares a lifetime of experience and his knowledge of the land, cowboys and history of training horses.
If you desire, you may bring your own horse. This is an ideal trip for the experienced or novice rider. For beginners, we'll put you on a gentle horse and explain how to work cattle. Seasoned riders and previous guests will be given more demanding tasks and we have the opportunity for lots of saddle time.
In camp, we practice roping while enjoying the hot springs at Benton. We will have one central camp with plenty of good food, campfire stories and music.
Itinerary: Thursday March 29, 2012 - Check in time after 3 p.m. at the Old House at Benton Hot Springs. If you would like to book a room at the Inn, we can help you with reservations. Otherwise, you will be camping in tents in the "campground" hot-tub area.
Friday March 30, 2012 - Breakfast at dawn, then mount your horse to ride down to Montgomery Creek gathering cattle. We will be back at Benton Hot Springs for the night.
Saturday March 31, 2012 - Finish gathering the Marble Creek Allotment. After dinner, we'll celebrate with old Mono style party.
Sunday April 1, 2012 - The cattle need to be moved toward the Fish Slough. We'll finish in the afternoon, and be back at Benton for departure by around 3 p.M.
Please note that the itinerary is subject to change do to grazing conditions.
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Rock Creek Pack Station provides all of its trips as a permitee of the Inyo National Forest.
All Trail Rides and Packing Schools are subject to an 8% regulatory reservation fee, plus 2% USFS fee.
Last Updated: May 13, 2013