We always had Arabians when I was growing up and we took them to Colorado elk hunting every year. We could split an entire bull between my mare and my stepdads gelding and they carried it just fine, of course we would lead them when they were loaded. I put a hell of a lot of miles on horseback in Colorado and there's just really nothing that compares to it. Something about being out west in the mountains miles and miles away from any kind of civilization, just feels like we should still live that way every day. I'm glad you guys got a chance to go, wish y'all would have filled a tag but either way it sounds like a successful trip!We are really considering the horses. We have arabs now...my draft cross is retired. And while the arabs can't pack as much meat...they can carry us out...and enough back to make it worthwhile. We plan to expose them to elk scent on the buffalo, and pack some deer on them to see how they handle it. They are smart, solid trail horses already. We do also have a mule that belongs to my father in law that supposedly packed before he got him. We will investigate that. We would also then want my father in law to go so that someone can watch the horses in camp on the times we don't use them. I'm not comfortable leaving them alone all day. And he has said he'd love to go with us and do that.
We were in the Flat tops Wilderness area a couple of hours west of Kremmling.Which direction did you hunt from Kremmling? I was there in July and done a white water raft trip on the Colorado River just south of town. On the way to the river I saw the biggest herd of elk I've ever seen. Had to be 150-200 hd.
ArkGirl you need to just drive over Rabbit Ears Pass and go to Steamboat, they have several great old western stores that you husband would like. It sounds like y’all had a good time. We took our horses one time and camped at a Trail Head over by Sleepy Cat which is kinda close, didn’t have any trouble but we stayed close to the facilities and so did other folks. There were several groups with horses and everyone looked out for the others. I’ve killed one in camp so your FIL has a chance.