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orse and Mule Packing School

Horse and Mule Packing School


‘There is nothing prettier than a nice string of mules packed to perfection, going down a wilderness trail”’  

 - T. Bowers


Have you ever wanted to learn the art of packing horses and mules for the backcountry?  Does the thought of riding down the trail leading a string of mules headed for hunting camp put a smile on your face? Or would you simply like to have the skills to able to access remote country and have a steak and a beer instead of freeze dried food and Kool-Aid? 

This is not just a class it’s an adventure in some of the most remote and beautiful country there is.  The last part of the class will be spent packing and going on a trip in the wilderness. This class is a lot of fun.

At Storm Creek Outfitters we teach these skills through hands on learning.

Storm Creek Outfitters operates on over 800 sq. miles in the largest wilderness in the lower 48.

Packing mules is what we do.

We provide everything except your personal gear and your spirit of adventure.  We serve great food, provide excellent lodging in our base camp have experienced mountain horses and mules and the best guides in the business who love to teach.  After completing our six day course you should have the following skills and knowledge:

  • Wilderness laws, values and ethics

  • Safety around stock

  • How to choose and use pack stock, tack and equipment

  • Hitches and knots

  • Horse and mule basics

    • Anatomy / confirmation

    • Grooming

    • First Aid

    • Emergency shoeing

  • Planning and making pack loads

  • Planning a pack trip

  • Camping with stock

  • Recognizing problems on the trail before they happen

  • Dealing with trail hazards and obstacles

  • Health, safety and welfare of you and your stock

  • Basic wilderness skills and survival

  • How to deal with emergencies

  • Dutch oven cooking


Class is during the day, in the evenings you’ll have free time to enjoy awsome fly fishing for wild western cutthroat trout, ride, hike or just enjoying nature by the campfire. 

Whether you own your own stock, or are just beginning your backcounrty adventures, everyone is welcome and is sure to learn a lot.  Classes are limited to 10 students.  Group discounts are available for groups of 4 or more.


About Storm Creek

We are a family run outfit that specializes in outstanding personalized service.  We consider our guides and teachers the best in the business and most of them have worked for us for years.  We take pride having the finest camps, stock, crew and food in the backcountry.

Accommodations and location:

Students will stay in our deluxe Kit Carson Basecamp and we do a pack trip on the trail.  We are located approximately half way between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, about 1½ hours south of Missoula, MT.  

2018 School Pricing and Dates

School Dates Price

A 25% nonrefundable deposit is required to reserve your spot.  Class size is limited and spots fill up quickly.


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