What is the Mount Royal Trail Ride?
The Mount Royal Trail Ride is a 3 to 5 day event depending on how many days you come for. The first 2 days are shorter rides and trails are marked in case you would like to go it alone. Friday & Saturday rides wind through historically important and beautiful countryside in northwest Arkansas. The rides are led by Royal Wade Kimes. The ride has seen a 90% return of riders each year, which is a testament to not only the ride but the whole experience. It is awesome!
The Mount Royal Trail Ride makes unforgettable memories and a joyful experience of a ride that is not so difficult that you can’t enjoy the scenery.
While a fun time for those on horseback, the ride also benefits the “Backpacks for Kids” program, which provides meals for over 2,700 children in eleven counties in Western Arkansas and nine counties in Eastern Oklahoma.
The Ride Itself:
Royal Wade Kimes had a vision of opening the old 1800’s wagon road that connected with routes north, south, east and west. Some of these trails were ridden by outlaws such as Belle Starr, Cole Younger, and Cherokee Bill and Fort Smith Marshals such as Joe Peavey, Marshal Huckleberry, and Zeke Proctor. Riders can see evidence of those who rode before – wagon thimbles, grooves in rocks, and the corners of old homesteads through the mountainous woods and valleys.
After Friday evenings ride, Royal Wade Kimes and Larry Crowley (one of RWK’s band members and award- winning guitarist), put on a magical campfire show, laying down songs that call back memories of a time gone by. This trail ride is truly a ride that leaves the world outside and far behind.
The view from the mountain camp spans out across the Arkansas and Oklahoma border for some eighty to one hundred miles. The border area is part of the Boston Mountains, known to be called ‘A Boston’ by Western America, which means rough and difficult. It’s not so tough on horseback, but wagons must have had a chore!
The Mount Royal Trail Ride folks like to eat! So continental breakfast and cowboy coffee starts the early morning, and we ride out at 9 a.m. Snacks are available at the first rest stop, lunch is served when arriving back at camp, and of course supper later that evening.
The finale to the ride is a full blown concert by award-winning recording artist Royal Wade Kimes and the Packin’ Iron Posse Band. Special guest surprises are scheduled from time to time, and there is an opening band to kick things off. It is a glorious party! Trail Riders are given VIP seating while concert attendees are seated the next row back.
So schedule your one-of-a-kind horse-friendly vacation! Bring your horse and share in the fun!
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September 27 - 30, 2017
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