5 Day Old Mexico Trip
Meet at 9:00 am at Lajitas Stables for gear check in. After a brief
orientation, we will load up for the short drive to the river where we
will cross the Rio Grande by rowboat. It is but a short hop from
the boat to the Mexican shore, but a giant step culturally as we mount
our horses and ride into their way of life. Throughout the trip,
we will encounter vaqueros, goat herders and candallia gatherers as they
go about their business by burro or horseback. Today’s route takes
us up Los Mongos creek past deep tinajas and candallia wax camps.
Later in the afternoon, we will stop and view a group of very well preserved
pictographs and metates at an archaic Indian site. Tonight’s camp
will be at a small rock house on Milagro Creek. After dark falls,
take time to look at the stars over Big Bend.
After a hearty breakfast, we will ride the ancient La Mora trail into San
Carlos. Lunch finds us relaxing against the dry stacked rock walls
of the La Mora Ranch. Here the roots of the giant Cottonwood trees
form a damn for the water that is the lifeblood of this hard desert country.
Centuries of hoof beats have etched a rut across solid rock on the trail
we ride toward San Carlos. As evening approaches, we ride down the
cobblestone streets of this 300 year old community. Spaniards,
Comanche, revolutionaries, and the occasional desperado (outlaw Déjà
vu anyone) have all passed here. After a long day in the saddle,
Gloria’s Bed and Breakfast is a welcoming oasis of modern comforts.
Beautifully appointed rooms, sparkling white baths, terraced gardens, and
a veranda overlooking San Carlos Creek – this is definitely not roughing
Our pace today is more leisurely. In the morning we will take a short
hike up into San Carlos Canyon. Warm water springs line the walls
of this magnificent canyon creating a greenhouse effect that produces lush
vegetation year round. Hanging fern grottos, deep limestone pools,
and soaring ocher colored rock walls combine to make this a magical place.
The afternoon can be given to relaxation on Gloria’s wonderful patio or
riding to another series of waterfalls in yet another canyon. Later,
we rejoin Gloria for more of her fabulous cooking. The cuisine is
authentic Northern Mexico dishes made from homegrown ingredients.
Saddle up today for a very special journey back through history as we ride
to the ruins of La Mina Grande - “The Great mine”. Our route takes
us up through the magnificent San Carlos canyon. Turning, we follow
a narrow trail as it winds its way up a twisting side canyon – not a ride
for the faint of heart! Just when you are sure your guide must have
made a wrong turn, you top the ridge and…..La Mina Grande. This community
was once home to 4,000 people, now only the shells of the houses, churches,
and theaters remain. Situated in a narrow canyon, the ruins climb
the walls above you on either side; this is our “Frontera” version of Mesa
Verde! Relaxing over another scrumptious saddle bag lunch,
we can ponder the ephemeral nature of mans grand schemes. Of the
dreams, only dust and wind remain. Afternoon finds us retracing our
steps back toward the beckoning comfort of La Glorias gracious casa.
Our schedule this morning is flexible. For those who need that last
“riding” fix, we can arrange a short, faster paced excursion down San Carlos
Creek. OR you can design your own morning around gardens, hammocks,
and wading in warm water pools. Our noon meal is taken at a small
local restaurant on the main square well known for its local delicacies.
We can tour the church, enjoy the town square, or buy a few souvenirs.
Our shuttle leaves around 2:00 for the drive back to Lajitas via Ojinaga
and the official Port of Entry in Presidio. Arrival in Lajitas around
The nature of this trip requires participants to do some aggressive riding
over rough terrain. Prior horseback experience is suggested, however
physically fit beginners and children 10 years and older are welcomed.
If you have any doubt, give us a call and we will discuss the appropriateness
of this trip for you prior to signing up. We ride from 10 to 20 miles
a day (2 to 7 hours in the saddle) depending on the day’s route.
Your gear is transported by vehicle and meets us each night at our destination.
This extraordinary trip visits an area of Mexico seldom seen by tourists.
Consequently, a certain amount of flexibility and sensitivity for a foreign
culture goes a long way toward making this an enjoyable experience (When
in Rome…..) We have been in operation in Mexico for 12 years with
cooperation and permission of the local population. In addition to
a Lajitas Stables wrangler, each trip is staffed with a Mexican citizen
from the area whose insights and interpretations provide a unique window
into another way of life.
Qualified guides, horses, tack, camping equipment, vehicle support, tents,
all meals, Bed and Breakfast accommodations, and any necessary transportation
while in Mexico.
bag and pad, rain gear, personal clothing (adequate and appropriate for
the time of the year), two pairs of shoes (riding and hiking), sunscreen,
wide brimmed hat with tie on, flashlight, and valid driver's license or
passport. Suggested is a small amount of cash and an inexpensive
camera. Sleep kits (sleeping bag and pad) can be rented from us at a
cost of $30.00 per night with advance notice, although availability is
Your guides are trained professionals who are bi-lingual, CPR and emergency
first aid certified, and have years of local experience. They are
there to share their knowledge of the plants, geology, and history of the
area while keeping you safe and comfortable. Well...as comfortable
as you can be after all day in the saddle!
Cost: 5 Day Ride
* See note below on Special
Milagro Trail ride pricing
Note: no tax is charged
on these Mexico rides!
4 person minimum
Special pricing for
A deposit in the amount of 50% of your total is required to hold your reservation.
Smaller groups or individuals are encouraged to book onto one of the published
dates. We can customize other dates during our October thru April
season for a group of 4 or more. Maximum group size is 10.
In the event you must cancel your trip within 30 days of the departure
date, your refund is non-refundable. However, you may apply it toward
some other trip in the future.
Special dates for the Milagro Trail ride are:
31 - Day of the Dead
30 - New Year's Eve
Milagro Trail Rides ~ $1,150.00
October 31th you can take this trip and experience
"Day of the Dead" celebration in San Carlos,
once in a lifetime kind of experience.
us for more details!
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Forms and Documents
following forms and documents are provided
your convenience in advance of riding with us.
forms documents are in PDF format.