Here at Del Sol we’ve made it our mission to bring our clients the safest, and most well trained stock in the business. All of our gear is custom made by local artisans to fit our clients and horses as well as possible. All of our stock are well bred mountain horses and mules. We select only the best animals that excel in the terrain we operate in. Our horses have smooth gaits, are in good physical condition, and every animal is trained by the Del Sol crew personally. If your looking for an amazing horseback adventure into the Oregon backcountry, this is the trip for you. Give us a call to set up a trip.
Del Sol is happy to offer their 8th year of professional service as Del Sol, and Barry’s 30th year packing into the Minam & Snake River. If your looking for a horseback outfit in Northeast Oregon, Del Sol is proud to offer the best service in the area. Barry Cox’s knowledge as a professional horse trainer has shaped the business into what it is today. We believe in high quality gear & service to ensure customer satisfaction. Del Sol wants to specially thank our returning clients for their business.
Horseback Adventures in NE Oregon
Adventuring into the Wilderness horseback is a memory to last a lifetime. The Wallowa Mountains in Northeast Oregon, have lots to offer. They’re characterized by their high granite peaks, alpine lakes and meadows, and glacial shaped valleys. The Eagle Caps and Hells Canyon offer some of the best wildlife viewing in the state with a diversity of plants animals. With a lifetime of training horses, and pursuing his passion of riding the wilderness horseback, Barry has over 30 animals in the working pack-string.
The Eagle Cap and Hells Canyon Wilderness offer some of the best wildlife viewing in the state. The country in this part of the state ranges from high granite peaks around 10,000 ft down to the Snake River at around 1000 ft in just a handful of miles.
NE Oregon offers some of the best hunting in Oregon. We outfit in the Minam and Snake River units during the spring and fall seasons.
The Eagle Cap Wilderness
The Eagle Cap Wilderness is located in the Wallowa Mountains of Northeastern Oregon. The Wilderness was established in 1940 and has remained the largest Wilderness area in Oregon with a total of 361,446 acres. The Eagle Cap Wilderness has lots to offer for summer pack trips in July through September. There are over 47 trailheads with a network of over 530 miles of trails leading to over 30 peaks above 8000ft and over 60 alpine lakes. Sacajawea Peak is the sixth tallest peak in Oregon with a summit of 9,838ft and Legore Lake is the highest lake above sea level in Oregon with an elevation of 8,950ft. The Eagle Caps are home to and abundance of plants and wildlife. White-tailed deer, Mule deer, Mountain Goats, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, and Rocky Mountain Elk reside here as well as, Black Bear , Bobcat, Cougar, Pika, Pine Martens, Badgers, Squirrels, Marmots, a recently a few Wolverines. You’ll see Falcons, Bald Eagles, Hawks, Clarks Nut-hatchers and many other birds. To top it off the fishing in the high mountain lakes is usually outstanding. With only a few months to grow the Brook Trout are eager to eat whatever they can get their mouth on. The Eagle Caps range from low elevation grasslands to high alpine meadows with an abundance of Engelmann Spruce, Larch, Mountain Hemlock, Sub-Alpine Fir, and Whitebark Pine. Hundreds of different lichens and other plant vegetation that grow in the Eagle Caps make it the pristine Wilderness that it is. Indian paintbrush, sego lilies, elephanthead, larkspur, shooting star, and bluebells some of the many flowers that scatter the alpine meadows. Many edible berries also grow in the area like Currents, Huckleberries, Thimbleberries, Gooseberries, and many others. The Wild and Scenic Lostine, Eagle Creek, Minam, and Imanha rivers originate in the Eagle Caps.
Hells Canyon Wilderness
The Hells Canyon began 300 million years ago with an series of volcanos that emerged from the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Over millions of years, the volcanoes subsided and limestone formed up on the underwater platforms. The basins between them were filled with sedimentary rock. Between 130 and 17 million years ago, the ocean plate carrying the volcanoes collided with and formed part of the North American Continent. A period of volcanic activity followed, and much of the area was covered with floods of basalt lava, which smoothed the topograph into a high platou. The Snake River began carving Hells Canyon out of the plateau about 6 million years ago. Major canyons started carving what we see today around 15,000 years ago.