Chief Joseph Trail Ride

This year’s ride from Spencer, Idaho to West Yellowstone should be winding down this evening. We had approximately 125 riders – plenty of veterans but a good bunch of first-timers as well. Everyone seemed to enjoy the scenery, the friendships, the food and whatever entertainment could be had. This segment of the CJTR is considered to follow most closely the original trail of the Nez Perce in 1877. There is a fascinating story about the confrontation/battle at Camas Meadows, during which the Nez Perce made off with a big string of animals, mostly pack mules. General Howard and his troops were delayed for a few days as he was forced to ride to Virginia City, Montana, to resupply and buy more mules. Stay tuned for more news about award winners and tales of adventure from the Chief Joseph Trail Ride.

Categories: Trail/Distance


  1. Penny Whitehead Said,

    August 8, 2011 @ 6:02 am

    Hey Steve and all here, just got home late last night. Great ride, great bunch of workers, riders and support crews. Also it was nice to see on director there and sad this segment of our breed and horses in general, you know, the backyard owners/riders doesn’t get the write-ups and attention and support of the controlling part of the horse world.
    All there fund the trip on their own dimes, are dedicated to the breed and horse welfare and uses in general.
    Kudos to all who participated or supported, I had a great time, inspite of the storms, near hits of lightening, wet horses, gear and accomodations, food was great, the scenery wonderful and the horse, all kinds, retired or still show animals, trail horses supreme, backyard horses and even remember on year a recently retired race App who made the difficult ride in “06”, some rough territory that one was.
    Again, Kudos Steve, thanks for all the work all did and you also with the Poop Scoop detail cleaning up when camp was moved!

  2. Kerry Ferguson Said,

    September 19, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

    Howdy, All!

    I’m gearing up to attend next year’s CJTR! Sounds like this year was lots of fun.

    Question: I’m wondering where the 2012 ride will begin and end.

    Thanks! ‘Appy Trails. :0)

  3. Kerry Ferguson Said,

    September 19, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

    Ugh! Sorry! I swear I typed 2013!!! Where will it begin/end in 2013?

  4. Steve Said,

    September 25, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    Start will be near Cooke City, Montana. End should be somewhere else in Montana — which means I forgot and will have to check.

  5. jodi g Said,

    January 6, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

    I wondering if anyone from Minnesota is going on the CJR in 2013 that might want to share the expenses of trailering out there.

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