August 3rd & 4th, 2018

Event Schedule         Registration         Ride Details         Base Camp         Directions

Come join us to CAMP, LAUGH, RIDE and make memories on the historic Colorado Trail! Truly fun rides for all. We’ll have plenty of natural water, dinners after the rides, lots of fantastic prizes …. and most of all gorgeous views and wonderfully marked trails to explore!!

Heads up-- Register Early!!! The campsite is limited to 40 rigs daily. As a back-up for non-required vehicles, we also have overflow parking at the Little Scraggy Trailhead.

Trail Experience:    Prepare for a fun stunningly gorgeous mountain experience. All distances start at base camp in the Buffalo Creek Recreation Area near Pine Grove, Colorado with sections of the ride on the historic Colorado Trail. We will have distances of 30 & 50 miles both Friday and Saturday, and an additional introductory ride on Saturday only.

There is very little that is “flat ‘n fast”, but gradual trail changes provide plenty of scenic places along the route to catch a breathtaking view or soak up the sounds of the river while getting get a refreshing drink of water!

Beautifully clear mountain water is fed by spring run-off so sometimes these are dry depending on weather, but there are incredible year-round natural creeks. Along the trail, water is also available in tanks hauled in by volunteers (THANK you Volunteers!!).

Yummy tummy stops for our partners too-- there is excellent forage and great grass in many places along the trail.

Vet Checks: All vet checks are at Base Camp, for all rides!

More Day to Day Chatter:  To keep up with ride development, please join and follow our Facebook page or reach out to Chalice, Phil or Mike anytime! We are so excited to share smiles with you!

Event Schedule


Wednesday - August 1st

2:00 PM Base camp opens. Helpful volunteers will guide to your campsite location.

Thursday - August 2nd

11:00 AM Office Opens
12:00 Vetting in begins and will continue until sunset
6:00 PM Ride meeting, our trail masters walk through tips and tricks for the trail Day 1, includes extra maps if you need them

Friday - August 3rd

5:30 AM 50 Mile controlled start
6:00 AM Vetting begins for 30 milers
7:00 AM 30 mile controlled start
12:00 Noon Vetting open for Saturday
5:30 PM YUMMY dinner serving begins, bring your best side dish! Camp cook awards might be in your future :)!
6:00 PM Awards for 30 & 50 Mile events along with good camp laugh awards, followed by ride meeting with our trail masters walking through tips and tricks for the trail Day 2, includes extra maps if you need them.

Saturday - August 4th

5:30 AM 50 Mile controlled start
6:00 AM Vetting begins for 30 milers
7:00 AM 30 Mile controlled start
9:00 AM Introductory ride meeting, Q & A session. Riders may start afterwards between 9:30-10:30am
5:30 PM YUMMY dinner serving begins, bring your best side dish! Camp cook awards might be in your future :)!
6:00 PM Awards for Introduction, 30 & 50 Mile events along with good camp laugh awards.

Sunday - August 5th

All hands on deck for camp clean up. Please leave it the way you found it or better!
3:00 PM Base Camp closes.

More Ride Details


Yummy Tummy Meals!

Friday Night  - Main dish combined with a pot luck!

Main dish provided will be a Taco Bar.  Please bring a side dish and join the meal.  There will be a Best Dish competition so bring those family favorites too!

Saturday Night - Main dish combined with a pot luck!

Hamburgers (both meat and veggie) & Hotdogs.  Please bring a side dish and join the meal. There will be a Best Dish competition so bring those family favorites too!

For riders and volunteers each day meals are included, all others at $7 per person daily. All are welcome-- Please let us know early so we can plan for headcount accordingly!


Availability & Restrictions

Port-a-Potty - Several will be available throughout camp.

Dogs - Dogs are allowed, but on leash only please.

Weed Free Hay - Being a National Forest, there are restrictions on weed free hay.  Please bring weed free hay. Bag any excess hay when you leave and scatter manure.

Water - Non-potable water will be available for our horse partners- again THANK you volunteers! Please, be sure to bring enough for your use.

Colorado Health Paperwork: Current health certificates and coggins for any out of state horses required.

Awards- Fun fun fun!!! -- expect lots of laugh and smile awards, completion, top ten and 2 day 50 milers.

Address for Health Certificates - 19384 CR 126, Pine, CO., 8047

Vet check


"How lucky are we to have such fabulous talent join us!"                                                                                                                    Thank you to all Veterinarian support- we are very grateful!

Control Judge: Dr. Alice Baker Meuten

Vet: Dr. Jackie Christakos & Interns

Vet: Dr. Shannon Harland


Dr. Alice Baker Meuten

Fort Collins, CO

Backgrounder: Dr. Baker grew up in the mountains of North Carolina on a small farm and then studied biology and sustainable agriculture at Warren Wilson College near Asheville, NC.  She then completed her veterinary degree at North Carolina State University.  As a veterinarian, she very quickly began to realize that she did not have all of the answers with the training she had received.  Being a health and fitness enthusiast herself and being the type to want to help her patients reach their highest possible level of health and performance, Dr. Alice began pursuing complementary and alternative medicine techniques to discover new ways to further enrich the lives of her patients and the joy of their human companions.

Dr. Alice is certified in Animal Chiropractic through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association and did her studies through Parker University in Dallas, Texas.  She is also a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and studied the Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine techniques and Animal Acupuncture through Dr. Shen Xie and the faculty of the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine in Florida.

When Dr. Alice is not working hard to improve the lives of her patients and the happiness of their humans, you will find her riding her endurance horses, herding sheep with her dogs, rock climbing with her husband, running, and practicing yoga.


Dr. Jackie Christakos

Littleton, CO

Backgrounder:  Dr. Christakos grew up in southern Illinois where she took riding lessons as a young girl. She became involved in eventing in high school, competing to preliminary level with her off-the track thoroughbred and helping manage a performance horse boarding facility before relocating to Colorado in 2004 to begin her undergraduate education. Dr. Christakos received her Bachelor of Science degree and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 2008 and 2012 respectively. She then completed her internship at Littleton Equine Medical Center in 2012-2013, rotating through surgery, emergency and field services.

Dr. Christakos has remained with LEqMC since completion of her internship in June of 2013. She became certified in Equine Veterinary Medical Acupuncture in the spring of 2014. Dr. Christakos’ areas of focus at LEqMC are lameness, emergency medicine, acupuncture and general practice.

When she is not working, Dr. Christakos enjoys riding her thoroughbred gelding, hiking 14ers, snowboarding, and hanging out with her husband, Ty and their dog Hank.


  • Bachelor of Science, Colorado State University, 2008
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, 2012
  • Internship, Littleton Equine Medical Center, 2012-2013


Dr. Shannon Harland

Dr. Harland graduated from University of California at Davis with her Bachelors of Science and then her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She then completed an internship at the prestigious Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center. Following her internship, Dr. Harland worked for 3 years in a multi-doctor equine ambulatory practice in San Diego, California. Dr. Harland then spent 3 years working as a fellow at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Sydney, Australia, where she specialized in equine internal medicine and critical care, as well as supervising veterinary students. Dr. Harland especially enjoys internal medicine cases and performing ultrasound exams. She completed a rigorous course in Animal Chiropractic through the Options for Animals school in Kansas and is certified in Animal Chiropractic through the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Dr. Harland enjoys performing chiropractic adjustments on dogs and horses primarily. In her free time, she can be found exploring the outdoors, conquering 14ers, and competing in adventure races.

Nearest Emergency Clinic:  Littleton Equine Medical Center - (303) 794-6359

Base Camp & Trail Map


Permit allows us to have 40 Rigs in the private national forest campground we will using as basecamp & a generous 100 Riders permitted on the trail per day.

Dogs are welcome (on leash only please).

Located off of CR 126 in Buffalo Creek Recreation Area. Wooded and open areas.

WEED FREE HAY/ALFALFA IS REQUIRED. Please bring your own. We will supply weed free hay at the vet checks.

Bring your own people water. Horse water provided. We must truck all of it in, so use it wisely.

No campfires. No smoking except inside your vehicle.

Clean your site well. Scatter manure. Rake, bag, and carry out all loose hay.

Base Camp GPS: 39°21'23.9"N & 105°15'02.1"W

Trail Map
From the North, East, and West: at the junction of I-70 and C-470 From Colorado Springs

• Exit south onto C-470 to US 285

• Exit right (southwest) on US 285 to Pine Junction (traffic signal and a turn lane).

• Turn left onto County Road 126, go through Pine Grove, and pass North Fork Fire Protection District building on your left. It is about 10 miles.

• Drive past the fire station, begin to slow down, and look for a Trail Crossing Sign, flagging, and base camp signs. Turn right on the dirt road entrance into base camp. IT IS LESS THAN A MILE!

From Colorado Springs

• I-25 Exit West on US - 24 to Woodland Park (20 miles +/-)

• Turn Right, North West, on CO-67 (23 miles +/-)

• 67 becomes CR 126 at Deckers. Bear Left, West, at the intersection.

• Camp is approximately 10 miles. Watch for flags about 1 mile after Forest Road 550.

• Turn Left, West, into Camp



30 Mile Ride
50 Mile Ride
Introductory Ride $60
Active 2018 AERC Member Per Rider (Ride Insurance) Included
Non-AERC Member Per Rider (Ride Insurance) $15
Additional Meals
     (Meals for Registered Riders & Volunteers are Included Per Day)
$7 / person

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So excited to see you there...

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