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On the Trail

by Candy Moulton
Encampment, Wyo.

I’ve been informed that there are still openings on the 2008 Ride the Outlaw Trail ” which takes you into Hole-in-the-Wall Country where Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid and their cohorts often hid out from the law.

This year marks the 17th annual trail ride through northern Wyoming outlaw country. The ride takes place Aug. 2-9. It begins in Thermopolis, Wyo., and will head into Hole-in-the Wall and outlaw country of the southern Big Horn mountains ” elevations of 4,200 to 9,000 feet ” along mountain trails, across streams, and past unique rock formations and scenic canyons.

On each of the seven days of the ride, a distance of 12 to 23 miles will be covered, meaning you’ll be in the saddle anywhere from six to nine hours a day, so this is for people who really enjoy time in the back country with their horse. There will be five different campsites. Each evening will feature campfire entertainment including storytelling, history, and music. Anyone interested in participating as a musician, poet, or storytelling voice is encouraged to plan accordingly. One night there will even be a dance. All food is catered and the camp has a “Hole-in-the-Wall” saloon so you won’t go thirsty on the trail.

The fees include horse accommodations at the fairgrounds in Thermopolis before and after the ride, transportation to the trailhead, plus meals, water, hay and grain, and entertainment.

The Outlaw Trail is a nonprofit organization and all proceeds from the ride go to charitable causes in Thermopolis and surrounding communities including a scholarship program. Committee members are all volunteers from Thermopolis and the surrounding communities.

I’ve been informed that there are still openings on the 2008 Ride the Outlaw Trail ” which takes you into Hole-in-the-Wall Country where Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid and their cohorts often hid out from the law.

This year marks the 17th annual trail ride through northern Wyoming outlaw country. The ride takes place Aug. 2-9. It begins in Thermopolis, Wyo., and will head into Hole-in-the Wall and outlaw country of the southern Big Horn mountains ” elevations of 4,200 to 9,000 feet ” along mountain trails, across streams, and past unique rock formations and scenic canyons.

On each of the seven days of the ride, a distance of 12 to 23 miles will be covered, meaning you’ll be in the saddle anywhere from six to nine hours a day, so this is for people who really enjoy time in the back country with their horse. There will be five different campsites. Each evening will feature campfire entertainment including storytelling, history, and music. Anyone interested in participating as a musician, poet, or storytelling voice is encouraged to plan accordingly. One night there will even be a dance. All food is catered and the camp has a “Hole-in-the-Wall” saloon so you won’t go thirsty on the trail.

The fees include horse accommodations at the fairgrounds in Thermopolis before and after the ride, transportation to the trailhead, plus meals, water, hay and grain, and entertainment.

The Outlaw Trail is a nonprofit organization and all proceeds from the ride go to charitable causes in Thermopolis and surrounding communities including a scholarship program. Committee members are all volunteers from Thermopolis and the surrounding communities.


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