Wes Manager & Head Packer
All rides are guided and by reservation only
A 50% deposit will be taken upon reservation.
Deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE unless you call and cancel more than 24 hours in advance.
Arrive at least 30 minutes early to sign the liability waiver and allow our wranglers time to find the right horse for you and give instructions.
Our rides must be out the gate on time. If you are not at least 15 minutes early, you will NOT be permited to go on the ride. Your deoposit will NOT be refunded. You may be able to rescedule if other openings are available, but we will not guarantee a reschedule.
Children must be at least 6 yrs. old to ride, children under 8 must be led by a wrangler. Please let us know if your child is 8 or under when you make the reservations so we can have the appropriate number of wranglers.
Please comply with our 250lb rider weight limit.
Walk-in riders are welcome only if we have available wranglers, horses and a ride is already going out. Walk-ins are not guaranteed a ride.
Note: On all rides small groups will be combined. All 1/2 day rides require a minimum group size of 4 (we can combine 2 or more groups to meet this minimum)
We love our mules; they are what make our business work. We do our best to take care of them so they can help us take care of you. Because they are so important to us, we have weight limits and a few rules:
Each mule can carry a maximum of 120lbs
No single item over 60 lbs.*
We have carried items over 60 lbs. but it is a case-by-case basis and requires special pricing and you will need to Contact Us
You need to notify us in advance of any items that rattle, are very fragile, or may leak (e.g. coolers) so that we can have the right mule for the job.
What you may need:
For Drop Camps, typically you need 1 mule/person in your group.
For Gear Drops, typically 1 mule can carry two 60 lb. packs.
Hunters, typically need 2 mules/person see Hunting as your trips have special pricing.
The Eagle Cap Wilderness lies in the heart of the Wallowa Mountains in northeastern Oregon on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. This country was first occupied by the ancestors of the Nez Perce Indian Tribe in 1400 A.D. and later the Cayuse, the Shoshone and Bannocks. The Eagle Cap Wilderness itself was used as hunting grounds for bighorn sheep and deer and to gather huckleberries and was the summer home to the Joseph Band of the Nez Perce tribe. 1860 marked the year the first settlers moved into the Wallowa Valley.
In 1930, the Eagle Cap was established as a primitive area. It was designated as wilderness in 1940. The Wilderness Act of 1964 placed the area in the National Wilderness Preservation System. It now totals 359, 991 acres.
The Eagle Cap Wilderness is characterized by high alpine lakes and meadows, bare granite peaks and ridges, and U-shaped glaciated valleys. One is constantly reminded that nature operates on her own terms with her own rhythms that may not match our structural lives. Each season comes and goes bringing with it new challenges and adventures.
We truly hope you will find these experiences here and carry with you a memory that will last a life time. These memories can only be left to future generations when we all take part in an effort to respect and care for wilderness. Doing your part is vital to the future of Eagle Cap.
Welcome to the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area managed by the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
Hugging the borders of northeastern Oregon and western Idaho, this national showcase holds 652,488 acres of beauty and adventure, where you can let your senses run as wild as the landscape. The deepest river gorge in North America Scenic vistas that rival any on the continent. World-class whitewater boating. Spectacular mountain peaks. Vast reaches of remote wilderness for hiking or horseback riding. Diverse and abundant wildlife. Artifacts from prehistoric tribes and rustic remains of early miners and settlers...Hells Canyon National Recreation Area truly offers something for everyone, and much to remember. We know you will enjoy Hells Canyon National Recreation Area as a very special place whether you choose to explore by Horse or Hiking. Let us help you Pack you into Hells Canyon.
Welcome to the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area managed by the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
Federal Regulations (36 CFR 261.18) for National Forest Wilderness
The following are prohibited in a National Forest Wilderness:
(a) Possessing or using a motor vehicle, motorboat or motorized equipment except as authorized by Federal Law or regulation.(b) Possessing or using a hang glider or bicycle.(c) Landing of aircraft, or dropping or picking up of any material, supplies, or person by means of aircraft, including a helicopter.
Note: Other regulations that also apply to wilderness areas can be found in the 36 CFR sections 261. This also includes drones & unmanned aircraft.
Forest Orders for All Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Wilderness areas.
The following are prohibited in all Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Wilderness:
Motorized /Mechanized: Possessing or using a wagon, cart or other wheeled vehicle is prohibited (Forest Order 242). Mechanized forms of transportation are incompatible with primitive wilderness characteristics and the legal definition of wilderness. Wheelchairs are exempt from this regulation.
Pack and Saddle Stock: Hitching or tethering of horses or other saddle or pack animal to trees at campsites except for the purposes of loading, unloading, saddling, and unsaddling is prohibited (Forest Order 400-01 and 357-02). Stock tied to trees damage the tree trunks, eat bark and dig out the protective soil around the roots.
Camping – Stay Limits: Camping in excess of 14 days within any 30 day period is prohibited (Forest Order 2010-0616-WW-12).
Feed, Straw, Grain and Mulch: Possessing, storing or transporting hay or crop products that are not state certified weed free, to include any hay, hay cubes, straw, grain or other crop or mulch product is prohibited. Note: This is a regional order for Oregon and Washington for all Forest Service land both in and out of wilderness, and State law for Idaho. Supplemental feed can be a source of weed seeds that are not a natural part of the wilderness ecosystem.
Commercial Activities: All commercial activities except outfitter-guides operating under permit are prohibited. Commercial gain through wilderness is incompatible with the legal and ethical definition of wilderness.
Structures: Permanent structures are prohibited except for those of historical value. Wilderness is to remain wild where no sign of humans exists except that which is historical.
Cutting of Trees: Cutting or damaging any tree is prohibited. Both live and dead trees are a part of the natural ecosystem. Use dead and down wood for campfires.
Note: Other Forest Orders also apply to wilderness areas that can be found in the current Forest Order list.
Forest Orders for Hells Canyon Wilderness
The following are prohibited in Hells Canyon Wilderness:
Group Size: Entering or being in the wilderness area, or on the trails with more than 8 people and 16 head per party is prohibited (Forest Order 098-10). Large groups multiply impacts to the wilderness and disrupt the solitude of others.
Forest Orders for Eagle Cap Wilderness
The following are prohibited in Eagle Cap Wilderness (Forest Order 357-02)
Permits: Entering or being in the Eagle Cap Wilderness without a permit is prohibited. Permits are being used to collect visitor use information only. Permits are self-issued at trailheads. There is no fee.
Group Size: Entering or being in the Eagle Cap Wilderness with a party of more than 12 persons and/or 18 head of stock is prohibited. Large groups multiply impacts to the wilderness and disrupt the solitude of others.
Camping and Group Size: Camping in the Lakes Basin Management Area with a party of more than 6 people and/or 9 head of stock is prohibited. Large groups are especially disruptive in a fragile heavily used environment.
Camping: Camping within 100 feet of lakes and 100 feet of posted wetlands is prohibited. Stream and lakeshore vegetation are fragile areas easily impacted by humans. Camping near lakes also restricts access to water for wildlife and reduces wilderness solitude for others.
Building, maintaining, or attending, using a camp fire within 100 feet of lakes and 100 feet of posted wetlands are prohibited, unless the site is designated as a campsite.
Building, maintaining, or attending, using a camp fire within 1/4 mile (1320 feet) of the following lakes is prohibited: Bear Lake (Bear Creek Area), Blue Lake, Chimney Lake, Dollar Lake, Eagle Lake, Frazier Lake, Little Frazier Lake, Glacier, Hobo Lake, Ice Lake, Jewett Lake, Laverty Lake, Maxwell Lake, Mirror Lake, Moccasin Lake, Prospect Lake, Steamboat Lake, Sunshine Lake, Swamp Lake, Tombstone Lake, Traverse Lake, and Upper Lake.
Campfires consume wood, kill vegetation, sterilizes soil, and scars the land. Decaying wood improves soil for future plant growth and provides insect and bird habitat.
Personal Property: Storing, leaving or abandoning of personal property, equipment, or supplies for more than 72 hours is prohibited. Helps protect animals from harmful contents in personal property items, and helps protect the wilderness experience of others (by reducing cached gear and garbage.
Pack and Saddle Stock:
Grazing of horse(s) or other saddle or pack animal(s) within 200 feet of any lake is prohibited. These areas are sensitive to the effects of repeated grazing. Bacteria in the water source and damage to fragile vegetation can upset the natural balance of the lake.
Hitching or tethering of horse(s) or other saddle or pack animal(s) within 200 feet of all lakes and within 100 feet of all streams and posted wetlands is prohibited.
Restoration Sites: Entering any posted restoration site as closed is prohibited. These sensitive and damaged areas have been replanted to restore natural condition.
Wilderness Minimum Impact Practices
Protect your Wilderness by following these minimum impact practices.