Wilderness Excursions

Horse Pack Travel Trips

Explore the Bob Marshall Wilderness

A Montana horse packtrip in the Bob Marshall Wilderness is one of the most unique experiences in the West.  The A Lazy H travel trips are customized to explore based on your individual interests and capabilities.  Given the size of this area (larger than the state of Rhode Island!) our trips cover highly varied in duration, miles covered, and focused interest.

A Lazy H travel trips generally have a different focus than the fishing trips.  On travel trips you tend to visit multiple campsites, go further trail distances on travel days, and may have fewer lay over days.  The campsites will always be near water, but not always fishing quality water - they may be quite small. 

Travel trips tend to visit more rugged and inaccessible areas, and often visit campsite areas that we can only stay for a night to limit impact on the area.  There is a great variety in the country we can cover on a travel trip, from the wide grassy valleys of the Sun and Flathead Rivers to the ragged cliffs of the Chinese Wall on the Continental Divide.   Whichever trip you choose will no doubt give you an experience that brings alive the senses and that comes from the separation from our always-connected society.  

Horseback riding under Chinese Wall

We have several carefully crafted trips emphasizing different wilderness activities on your horse camping adventure, and on each trip you will find consistency.

  • Gentle horses move you from each campsite and are always ready for a "horse cookie" and confidently carrying you everywhere
  • The finest mule train to pack your gear
  • Surprisingly diverse western cooking supplied by camp cooks working from a fully stocked camp kitchen
  • Comfortable sleeping quarters in private guest tents, with only one couple per tent
  • Guides and horse packing teams deeply familiar with the wilderness and all the things that needed to achieve a high quality trip


Horse Trail Riding Mountain campsite

I just want to let all of you at A Lazy H Outfitters know what a wonderful trip we had this past August.  We truly enjoyed every bit of it. The trip was everything Joe promised and more.  We feel so fortunate to have ventured into the Bob Marshall these past two summers.  

Kathyrn H – NJ


Distances and Routes

The distances we travel vary by trip, depending on the duration as well as the primary interests of the trip.  For example, if you want to travel more and visit more campsites, and fishing is not a primary interest, then we recommend 7 or 8 day travel trips which often start at one trailhead and come out another.  Trips like this would cover 60-80 miles total, and visit 3 to 4 campsites.  These are great packtrips to experience larger parts of the Bob Marshall.

We often get requests for more limited travel and stay in 1 or 2 campsites and focus on day rides to nearby areas of interest.  These is a perfect match for our 5 day trips to our summer base camp.

None of out trips mutually exclude the different activities, they just tend to follow routes and visit campsites that lead towards different kinds of activities.

Horseback trail riding Rocky Mountain Bull elk

Horseback Travel

Horses are the "pickup trucks" of the wilderness - it's how we get around back there.  We spend a lot of time with our stock ensuring we have the best mountain horses for this task.  The speed is mostly trail riding and gives you a relaxing way to get from one great camping site to the next. These trips are carefully crafted to emphasize different interests and activities.  The horse trail riding varies in duration and vigor depending on the trip. The trips going to the Chinese Wall and to the Flathead River typically go longer distances and are preferred by those who desire more horseback riding. Shorter trips to the Gates Park camp allow the fishermen to experience fly fishing while others can take day rides to interesting and scenic sites near camp. 

Riding Horses Bob Marshall Wilderness Horse Packing String


Scenery and Adventure

There are many hidden treasures awaiting your discovery on a wilderness pack trip. It may be a historical find or a scenic vista of solitude for you alone. It may be a rigorous ride and hike to a remote fire lookout, or a ride offering spectacular views of the vast mountain valleys. Riding along the base of the Chinese Wall ranks at the top of any day, and several of the trips get you close to the Chinese Wall for a day or longer.   

Horse Riding Chinese Wall Mule Pack String

Downloads and Additional Information

Summer Horse Packing Trip Bulletin

Summer Horse Packing Trip Rates

Summer Trip Schedule

Recommended Camping Trip Gear

Recommended Fishing Gear





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