Double Rafter Cattle Drives


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The cattle drives offered by Double Rafter are the real deal. There is no ranch accommodation, this is camping out in the Big Horn Mountains west of Sheridan and moving a large herd of cattle.

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The cattle drives offered by Double Rafter are the real deal. There is no ranch accommodation, this is camping out in the Big Horn Mountains west of Sheridan and moving a herd of cattle. There are few facilities other than the basics, but you will be well fed, well watered and be provided with a genuine 1880s style cattle drive. Generally, you will be in the saddle a minimum of 6 hours a day.

Each drive begins with a Horsemanship Clinic and a cattle handling seminar, this way the rancher can tell if he has selected the correct mount for you.

Showers are provided in June and July but summer drives entail you washing in a creek.

At the end of the drive, you are returned to a hotel in Sheridan for a last nights meal and a few libations with the crew.

We have first-hand knowledge from our many ranch visits, so please contact us with any questions or for a ranch holiday to suit you.

Double Rafter are a one-of-a-kind cattle drive. They don't have guest cabins or other ranch luxuries. They move their camp with the herd, sleep in tents, cook over the hot coals and they certainly do not ride nose to tail.

For two nights, everything you take has to go on your pack string because the mountain country is only accessible by foot or on horseback. You may  be tired and dirty but these drives will happen - whatever the weather.

While your horse and food is all provided, come the evening, you will need to take a really good sleeping bag and ground sheet. A rain coat or slicker is a good idea plus a wide brimmed hat or peaked cap. And that's just the basics, a full list will be provided.

There are six cattle drives or gathers, the herd numbers some 650 cow and calf pairs. The crew usually number about 10 or 12 and they take 15 to 20 guests.

While they say they will take all levels of rider, however given the time in the saddle each day, you would be well advised to be an intermediate or advanced rider. The initial horsemanship clinic will make sure you are happy with your horse.

The terrain will come in all shapes and sizes, a good seat is required for uphill and downhill riding at all speeds. The better you can ride, the more you will enjoy it as its a real challenge.

Double Rafter offer 6 trips which vary between five and six days. You need to be in Sheridan the night before as some departures are early, a last night's Sheridan hotel is included in the cost.

Due to the time limitations set by these cattle drives, there may be little time remaining for any further activities.

Be sure to take a camera as this will ensure you come back with plenty of memories.

2019 dates  and rates will follow the pattern of arriving Sheridan the day before the drive begins and overnight.  The next day the drive starts, the last night is back in a hotel. You depart the following morning. Arrival & departure dates are :

29 June to 6 July, 14 to 19 July, 3 to 9 August, 17 to 23 August, 14 to 21 September, 28 September to 5 October

Sadly by Christmas 2018, all drives were sold out


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All prices are per person unless otherwise specified. Please contact us to confirm the rates - 01798 865946.

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We can tailor-make your holiday with flights, car hire, motorhome and city hotels creating an ATOL financial protection package.

Sold out for 2019. Please ask for 2020 details as early as possible if you want to paricipate

Prices include the cattle drive with full board but your tent may well be shared, Ground transportation to and from Sheridan, saddle, tack, horse lease and guide service.  Also a Guardian of the Range Fee, tax and a last night's hotel in Sheridan. Drive details are in the "Other Activities" section. $100 gratuity is paid locally. The first night's hotel in not included, we will book this for you.

June and July drives  -  £2518pp

August drives  -  £2492pp

September drive -  £2565pp

September clean up  -  £2357pp

Single Tee-Pee - $300.  25% deposit per person

Please let us know your preferred departure dates and number of people travelling and we will send a quotation to you or Tel : 01798 865946

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