What to Pack

The weather in the mountains during the summer can vary.  Temperatures typically fluctuate from highs in the upper 80s during the day to the low 50s at night, so you need to be prepared for a variety of conditions from hot to cool.


* Be sure to label clothing with first and last names as all laundry is done together

  • jeans for riding and animal chores
  • leggings
  • shorts
  • t shirts
  • long sleeve shirts
  • 2 sweat shirts
  • light jacket or vest/rain jacket
  • lots of socks (always getting wet or lost)
  • underwear
  • hats (even in a relatively cool summer, we still get almost 18 hours/day of sunlight so we definitely endorse hat-wearing as much as possible)
  • sunglasses
  • closed-toed shoes/ tennis shoes/ hiking shoes that can get dirty
  • sandals that can be worn in water or water shoes for floating on the river (not flip-flops!  We swim in a rocky-bottom river with quick moving water and they will get swept away.  Old, lightweight shoes are fine too )
  • Riding boots (not completely necessary – we have some to borrow in a variety of sizes but yours will probably fit better if you have them)
  • Rubber rain boots for chore time/walking through wet morning grass (we have some to borrow but if you have them, yours are probably more comfortable)


  • sleeping bag
  • extra blanket if sleeping bag is light
  • pillow and extra pillow case


  • sunscreen!!
  • Chapstick
  • Toiletries
  • 2 Towels
  • Flashlight and/or headlamp
  • inexpensive camera


  • Mix cds with your favorite music to play in the car and in common areas ????
  • Rash guard/old shirt/cover up for additional sun protection on the river
  • Riding helmet (we have them, but your own is probably the best fit if you have one)
  • Any other riding accessories you like to use at home (half chaps, gloves)
  • English Saddle (if you happen to have one and want to try it out on our Western-trained horses)
  • Friendship bracelet string

What NOT to Bring

  • Personal electronics (if a cell phone is needed for transportation on the way to camp, we can hold it during the session so it doesn’t get lost and will let it out for specified picture-taking periods)
  • Food (attracts bugs and animals)
  • Expensive or nice clothes (ranch life is hard on them)