Historic Trails West - Day Tours

Historic Trails West - Day Tours

Historic Trails West - Day Tours
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Casper, Wyoming
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Grace
United States260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
My husband and I were in Casper on business, and we wanted to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible while there.

After reading the positive reviews here, I was easily convinced this is an adventure we had to take. We booked a two hour ride, and met with our guides Morris and Greyson.

If you’ve always wanted to go horseback riding in an area rich with history you MUST book this tour! Morris has committed a lifetime of exploring this area and taking others riding and camping the Oregon Trail. If you don’t ride, they also have wagon trail rides.

Greyson is following in his steps, and I was amazed at her ability to not only lead the tour, but her level of knowledge relating to the trail as well as the horses and mules.

To appreciate this opportunity fully, it’s important to realize that the Oregon, Mormon Pioneer and California Trails all cross Wyoming, and during this tour, you, just as we, will ride and stand where they all crossed. I’ve added a photo of Morris as he was describing and pointing this out to us as mentioned above.

The significance of this National Historic Trail is something I encourage all to read about before doing this trail ride to appreciate it fully once you are out there, but no worries if you don’t, because Morris has a passion for sharing a piece of history with all who thirst for more knowledge with questions about this trail and is happy to oblige all guests during the tour.

Little did I realize booking this tour would be the highlight of our trip to Wyoming! The views on this ride were spectacular, and pictures alone do not do it justice! Much respect and many thanks to Morris and Greyson for a ride to remember. I highly recommend you book it and get yourself out here!
Written April 6, 2021
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Leslie M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Thank you Morris and Donna for an outstanding overnight trek. Especially right now with so many of us at home, the chance to take your family out into nature, learn about the Westward Movement, experience the Oregon Trail and enjoy a fabulous time riding, eating, and stargazing is so important.

Both my children had never ridden a horse and when I made the reservation I let Donna know that. They ensured my children's first ride was great. Both rode on mules, which are gentle and a great way to start novice riders. We took turns riding in the Calistoga Wagon, which only convinced me I would have made a horrible pioneer.

With the overnight trek, Morris and Donna serve up a Dutch Oven steak dinner and breakfast was also very hearty.

The trek takes you along the Platt River where the teepee is set up for the night. I do recommend you plan for camping, bring a jacket with a hood, simple toiletries, a good flashlight, and a camera. Packing light is key!!
Written July 6, 2020
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Shelly T
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Shelly T
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We were impressed from the start, boarded a authentic coved wagon by the steps in the rear, seated down both sides with openings to see the beauty. Our wagon master Morris and his team gave interesting details of the trails and its past. We arrived at the campsite for a delicious dinner! Great wagon trail menu. Amazing tour and adventure ! Well worth the detour
Written June 7, 2021
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cindy
Kissimmee, Florida157 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Posting again here because another review site allowed the company to pull my post

We booked the dutch oven tour and were met at the museum (free and worthy of a visit). We have a very large, heavy motorcoach pulling a Jeep and asked specifically about the turning radius - we were told not to worry about it, it would be fine (it wasn't). We were all given standard release forms to sign, understandably. While reading what she was signing, the lady taking us to the sight tried to rush one guest, telling her she did not need to read it, just sign - um NO!! After following her to the site, we had to stop and disconnect our tow vehicle because of the road/turning radius we'd asked about. As stated by other guests the road in was not great. There was a rest area / parking lot we could have parked in had we been made aware. As everyone got situated in the wagon or on their horses (you have the option to ride a horse or in the wagon) it started to pour. Rain was expected (okay the host can not control the weather) but this was a deluge!! We could hardly hear the female host telling us the history. The water caused the trail to wash and the horses and we were put at risk. We were all asked to get out of the wagon because it was in danger of tipping over and the horse was stuck in the mud. We were all concerned for the horse and the female host was amazing to right the horse and wagon. We had to skip the rest of the trail and got the the camp via paved road. The meal was good and they all did their best to continue the history and warm us up with coffee and hot chocolate. We were brought by truck back to our motorhomes. Again I understand the host can not control the weather but with the condition of the trail due to the deluge of rain they should have postponed our trip. I was very disappointed with this excursion for the amount of money we paid - $130/pp plus taxes.
Written July 29, 2021
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Tnrambler2
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Our guide & owner, Morris, was so knowledgable about this period in history he was like a living museum. The life he has led following his passion is remarkable. Our wagon trek gave us a slight glimpse into what it must have been like for the pioneers following the Oregon Trail. Thank you Donna ,Beth & Gracie for an excellent Dutch Oven dinner.
We would highly recommend this adventure anyone of any age.
Written May 30, 2021
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jet1011
Atlanta, GA602 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
We had such high expectations for this experience but sadly it didn't live up to it. On Sep 10 we booked this experience to ride horses. We were the only ones there so the wagons didn't go out. I gave it a 3 because the experience has potential to be very good with the right person guiding.

We never met Morris (the owner) and they had a 20 years old young man taking us on the trail. He was very nice but had no idea how to lead a group. The first thing was that he didn't explain to my wife how to get up on the horse even after she asked. I had to help her. Then he kept on giving excuses that he had only been on the job for a week and we didn't get hardly any explanations or stories about the Oregon Trail. I knew more about it than he did. That's really a huge negative because you go on the trail to experience what I was like for the pioneers over 100 years ago. We got nothing except "this was the trail" and that only when I asked. He stayed on his cellphone quite a bit.

The second substandard part was the Dutch Oven Dinner. The potatoes and the berries cobbler were really good. The steak was a small, cheap steak. They had family there and that took away from the experience. There was no explanation on how the pioneers prepared their food, how they ate, what the utensils and pots that they used were like. By the way, the horses were very good.

Morris' sister told some interesting stories about a reenactment of the trail but overall it was a very disappointing experience. But we felt like they didn't really cared much.

Written September 18, 2021
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Carol B
Monterey, CA67 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
They have you meet at the historic center but you have to follow them 7 miles to a different site which is part of the 2 hr ride. 1/4 mile of the drive is on unsaved road with a center area that rubs the undercarriage of your car if you are not in a truck. We rode wagon down and we’re transported up by truck. I think we were actually in the covered wagon for 1 hr then they added a service charge of over $18 for 2 without stating that. . I would not recommend the trip for that much $168 for 2
Written July 18, 2021
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Brian
Glendora, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
My wife and I signed up for this tour and we loved every minute of it. We rode the covered wagon while learning a lot about the historical significance of this trail from our guide, Morris, who is the owner. As we reached the end, we had a great Dutch oven dinner consisting of steak, veggies, potatoes and finally warm peach cobbler. Both he and his wife are very warm, friendly people that are happy to make your event a memorable one. This is a great event for families with kids and recommended!
Written September 28, 2020
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Lindsay
Lebanon Junction, KY39 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
First of all, let’s not overlook the fact that this is a genuine trail ride along a genuine piece of the Oregon Trail. That’s all I was there for and in that, the experience was priceless and I am extremely grateful to the people involved who make it possible.
However there are some things that need to be better. First, when we arrived at the ranch there was no formal welcome to any of the 10 of us who showed up. No instructions or introductions. No one was asked if they were an experienced rider or not. Just get on and go. I do have experience, but for anyone who doesn’t this is dangerous to both horse and rider. Second, one of the wagon team horse’s hooves were not cared for at all, which concerns me. And the little paint horse had a large gash by her left flank that needed tending and was obviously bothering her.
Last, what has put a complete distaste in my mouth and has ruined this experience for me, is the total lack of communication at the end of the ride. We got back and they said everyone go eat. That’s all. We were confused because we didn’t realize they were feeding us afterward. But we had paid $125 EACH and thought, well I guess dinner is part of it. Neither one of us were hungry but felt rude to not eat when someone obviously went to great lengths to prepare food.
Just a word of advice - don’t eat!!
I got charged an extra $125 the next morning (total of $384) because the two of us did eat dinner. Maybe stupid on my part for not specifically asking but it’s also very irritating that nothing was asked or communicated in any way. There’s no way I’d have signed up and paid $63 a person for a tiny pork chop, a scoop of green beans, a single tiny yellow potato, a biscuit and a spoonful of cobbler. What should have happened when the trail ride ended was a formal thanks to everyone for riding and IF you paid for dinner please head to the tent. That’s all it takes. One sentence of communication.
Written July 26, 2023
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Rick H
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This was an interesting experience. Not sure what I expected, but this was an education on what a wagon train experience may have been along the Organ Trail.

Staff was historically knowledgeable.
The equipment was as authentic as possible.
The driver gave a good historical narrative.

It is a rough and tumble ride with no creature comforts save a pad on the seat.

Great lunch.

We would have been happy with the half day tour rather than the full day tour. The second half of the tour was more of the same except a different route. The staff didn't know the road had washed out and out team balked at going up a very badly rutted hill and we had to turn back. Our afternoon ride was short, and we didn't mind after the morning jostling and bouncing around.

The afternoon trip was basically waisted time and money mostly because of their poor planning. They should have known the road conditions before taking greenhorns out. We were safe, but not by much. We had to climb out of the wagon and wait for the driver to make a shaky turnaround then remount for a short ride back to the staging area.

Still, it was fun and educational.
Written July 25, 2023
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