|Pecos Wilderness. Photo courtesy of of www.outspire.com|
“A trip into the Pecos Wilderness can really take you away from it all,” says Sarah Naegele, a backcountry specialist with the Santa Fe National Forest. “We’ve got spectacular mountain lakes, awesome panoramic views and the opportunity for some real solitude.”
And there’s plenty of friendly folks willing and able to help visitors enjoy everything the Pecos Wilderness has to offer.
|A good looking horse. Photo by Karl Moffatt courtesy of www.licensedtofish.com|
A trip into the backcountry on horseback is just the ticket for those seeking an authentic western experience.
Riding high aboard a sure-footed horse is a comfortable way to enjoy the scenery while getting into the wilderness.
And Circle S Stables has been taking guests on rides into the forest and meadows of the Pecos Wilderness for over 25 years now, says Lou Storey who runs the business along with her son, Kraig.
Circle S Stables provides many services including half and full day horseback trail rides, pack-in service for campers and fully outfitted hunting, fishing and camping trips.
Anglers can enjoy good fishing in spectacular meadow settings on both the Mora or Pecos rivers and Circle S Stables can get them there with plenty of time to spend on the water, Storey says.
|Hard working pack horses & mules. Photo by Mary Caperton Morton of|
Storey said she’d be happy to take a couple of anglers and their supplies in on horseback, drop them off and then pick them up later for only $500 a head.
“That’d make for an affordable and fun vacation,” she says.
Visitors interested in horse trips and camping in other areas of the wilderness need only speak with Storey to discuss the options available.
“We’re here to make sure folks really enjoy our great outdoors and have fond, lasting memories of their visit,” Storey says.
|The Pecos River. Photo courtesy of Karen Denison of www.outspire.com|
See Circle S Stables website at www.circlesridingstable.com for more details or call them at (505) 757-8440.
Some folks might just want to wander on foot through the Pecos Wilderness for the day but they need a guide to help point out the way.
That’s why the folks at Outspire are in business, to help wanderers enjoy the many wonderful hikes available in northern New Mexico, says owner Karen Denison.
|Karen Denison. Photo courtesy of www.outspire.com|
“Being on foot you just tend to see more,” Denison says. “Like all the wildlfowers.”
Hikers need only enthusiasm and physical ability to enjoy much what the backcountry offers including its sweeping views and refreshing environment, Denison says.
Outspire caters to its guest by providing bottled water and snacks and can make arrangement to provide box lunches too.
Outspire can provide day packs, ponchos and trekking poles too. Guides are first-aid certified also.
“All they really need is to bring a camera and let’s get out there,” she says.
Denison says all of her hikes are custom based on the customer’s desires and abilities.
Many are seeking solitude, wildlife and scenic viewing which are abundant in the Pecos Wilderness, she says.
|A hiker enjoys the view found in the Pecos back country. Photo courtesy of of www.outspire.com|
“And it’s possible to spend a whole day on your lonesome,” she says.
A full-day outing for a couple costs a little over $300 while the pleasant memories remain free for a lifetime.
See Outspire’s website at www.outspire.com for more information or call Denison at (505) 660-0394.
Sometimes a day on the trail and a night in the woods accompanied by a caring companion with an understanding ear is just what the doctor ordered, says Larry Glover of The Wild Resiliency Institute.
|Larry Glover poses for a group photo from a recent wilderness retreat. Photo courtesy of the Wild Resiliency Institute @ http://wildresiliency.com.|
“My trips are geared around personal reflection and creating space and time for that self-renewal,” the former forest firefighter, river raft runner and outward bound instructor says.
It’s hiking and camping with a spiritual bent, a good time to question everything and hash it out with an experienced life coach.
You can’t beat the scenery either, Glover notes.
|Photo by Karl Moffatt.Courtesy of www.outdoorsnewmexico.com|
Glover also offers a popular, annual, “Soul Renewal Wilderness Retreat” and more info including customer testimonials about it can be found on his website at www.wildresiliency.com. Glover can be reached by telephone at 505-466-1813.
Contact the Pecos or Las Vegas Ranger Districts at 505- 757-6121 and 505 425-3534 respectively for more info before going.
See the “Leave No Trace” website at lnt.org for the seven principles for reducing impact while enjoying the outdoors.
Originally published in the Las Vegas Optic 2014 summer guide which can be seen in its entirety at http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/2014-summer-destinations. Reprinted with permission.