For years, East Pines Ranch has offered a very flexible schedule in
order to accommodate the needs of our guests. Our rates are reasonably
priced according to the season and length of your visit. For instance,
guests of the weeklong fall cattle drive stay at a trail campsite and
pay only $1700 per person. For all other seasons, weekly rates are only
$1500 per person, or you may choose a three-nights stay for only $750
SPRING  *   Spring Cattle Drive
----- February 1 thru April 15 -----
We start off each
year in the Slick Rock winter camp. Enjoy riding in great desert terrain
including red rock canyons, rims, and the historic Dolores River Canyon.
Our main objective at this time of year is to move cattle to new pastures
and monitor range conditions. You can expect to put in long days in
the saddle, as the vast area to be monitored ranges from 3 to 15 miles
per day. Spring is an exciting time of year to visit the ranch. Guests
can observe nature in its finest form as new life appears in the animal
and plant world. Keeping a close watch on expectant cattle is very important
as newborn calves are born everyday.
----- April 16 thru June10 -----
East Pines Ranch
is full of life in the spring months. Guests can anticipate long, rewarding
days spent gathering cattle from the pinions, juniper benches, and mesas.
Protective mother cows will attempt to hide their young, making round-up
a challenge for ranch hands, but no trick for the trusty cow dogs. Sorting
and branding calves is a major operation this time of year, ideal for
trying your hand at new opportunities. You can expect to learn exciting
new activities such as roping, throwing, and holding an untamed bundle
of pure beef while ear tagging, branding, and banding. Other options
include a spring cattle drive which brings the herd to the summer pastures
of the East Pines or Glade areas.
Gathering and Trailing
----- June 11 thru September 30 -----
Summertime on the
East Pines is a relaxing pine and aspen haven for man and beast. Enjoy
Mother Nature's display of wildlife flora and fauna while riding the
trails. In this pine and aspen country, mother cows and their calves
are brought from the lower regions of the juniper and pinion mesas to
graze the grasses of the higher meadows. Daily tasks include monitoring
watering holes, and placing salt blocks. In order to maintain good land
management, pasture rotation occurs frequently, requiring cattle relocation
throughout the summer. Our range includes the rugged Dolores River Canyon
area as well as the glades of the majestic San Juan Mountains. Guests
can expect to see magnificent views as they ride the trails gathering
stray cattle to be brought back to the herd. Your stay at East Pines
will not be all work. Throughout the week, we find time for a trail
ride or picnic among the scenic landscape of the Dolores River. Above
it all, you will experience the simple pleasures of the cowboy life
as you follow the roaming cattle.
----- October 1 thru November 30 -----
Along with the
intense harvest time, fall brings the annual round-up of the mother
cows and their young. This process takes several weeks riding the pastures
to gather cattle to corrals. At the end, another ride is scheduled in
order to check for stray cattle and make sure all young calves have
joined up with their mothers. The true test of horsemanship comes to
light as renegades try to escape the watchful eye of horse and rider.
Even the most experienced cowhands fall short against the skill of a
good cow dog on these round-ups. After the round-up is completed, sorting
market calves begins. They must be weaned and vaccinated in order to
prepare for market. As mother cows are preparing for their next birth,
we issue pregnancy tests in order to estimate how many new calves to
expect. While the snow flies and the cattle are fattening, we look forward
to the promises of spring and a crop of new calves. We welcome our friends
and neighbors to join us for any ranch activities to experience the
life of a cowboy.
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