Health Certificates: Use this address – County Road 363, La Veta, CO 81055
Pick up a rider packet upon arrival, 1 per rider. This packet will contain everything you need to register as well as your maps and ride meeting informational flyer.
Registration: To enter a ride, submit one ride card per rider DAILY in the red submission box at the registration barn. You are not entered in a ride unless you have submitted a (legible) ride card. Submit your card the night before the ride that you would like to enter. You may text a picture of your ride card to 719-989-8409 for a “zero contact” experience, or after hours. If you pre-registered and gave us your membership numbers, then all we need are horse and rider names (not numbers) on those ride cards, along with the rest of your details; like which distance you want to enter.
Ride meetings have been replaced with informational flyers. There are Q&A/comment cards in your packet for any questions you may have, submit them as you would submit a ride card (either in the red box or via text, and your questions will be answered expeditiously by one of the SoCo team members.) Please read your flyer before asking questions.
Start times: All 50s – 7am, all LDs – 7:30am, 75 and 100 milers start together at 5am. All riders must check in 15 min before your start time with the timekeeper.
Vet Checks: Some vet checks will be OUT, most will be IN camp. Dates of OUT checks are June 27th and July 3rd.
Food: The Sun Bear Cafe food truck will be on site! We will also have some cold snack/lunch items (sandwich fixings, chips, candy, drinks) available to riders during the OUT vet checks.
As always, we’ll have our traditional WHOLE HOG HOOTENANNY! This will be on Wednesday the 30th of June. A whole-pig roast right in camp with live music played by Floyd Bauler. Come check out the “spectacle” while enjoying a beverage and great music among friends, surrounded by panoramic mountain views.. Along with the delicious, fall-off-the-bone pork, we’ll have plenty of sides and salad to accompany and complete this delicious feast, so pig out, and enjoy your day off the next day!
Primitive camping- horse water will be provided at the tanks in camp. There will be porta-potties and a trash dumpster available to you. To insure all riders will fit in camp, please park your rigs North/South in rows starting on the North side of camp up against the scrub-oak. Please spread your manure and fill in any holes your horse digs. Dogs are allowed in camp. Any aggressive dogs should be left at home or kept on a very short leash. NO LONG leashes on dogs, it’s too dangerous for the horses. Any dogs that bark incessantly, instigate fights, or get in to our food buffet, will be given a large bowl of spicy chili and a king-size snickers, and then locked in your LQ for a splatterfest.
We have several corrals at camp that may be reserved, send Tenney a message to reserve them or get on the list. To see the list, click here.
For EMERGENCY info click here.
The Weather / Temps
Colorado is known for packing 4 seasons in to a day so be prepared for anything. BUT, generally speaking, the weather is great and fairly predictable June, July and August, which is why we limit the SoCo ride season to those months. A breeze and mid-afternoon sprinkles are common June/July. Here are some charts to help you with your prep.
This is a true representation of the Southern Colorado Rockies and I don’t intend to butter that up for you. If you are worried about it being too challenging or technical, then ride the LD, I will make sure the LD is geared back so that inexperienced riders and horses can enjoy a less challenging but equally beautiful ride. The awesome geology around here makes for diverse terrain, with lots of climbs and descents as well as a few flat easy miles to cruise on. There will be some brief technical stretches to keep you entertained, so dismount when prompted if you are nervous. As for the endurance riders (50+ miles,) yes, this will be a challenging ride interspersed with technical stretches that will slow you down, so be smart with your pacing, make up time on the easy stuff and take your time in the tough stuff. I have designed the loops to mix it up, nice easy fast stretches interspersed with slow challenging climbs, descents, and fun technical stuff to keep you awake and give you something to write home about. The scenery is truly unbeatable, the ride camp setting is gorgeous, and as I said, the trails are diverse, with footing varying from flat, canterable-sandy-loam, to steep, walk-it-rocky. The land we are riding across is cattle country – there will be gates. I’m doing my best to minimize the number of gates, and improve the functionality of the ones we must keep closed. There is ample water on the trail, mostly cow tanks but also natural streams and ponds. Altitude: Camp is at >8000′ and the ride will range from 7000′ to a little over 9000′. Please remember that we are a young ride management team, we just got through our 2nd season, we want you guys to be safe and have a BLAST, we are still building trails. Please feel free to give us constructive comments, advice, and recommendations, we’re doing our best for you!
Vet Checks: OUT vet check (Albright Barn) on June 28th and July 3rd, all other checks are IN. One Vet Check for LDs, two VCs for 50s. A crew trailer will take your crew bag to the out vet checks. All days/distances end in camp, no rig-moving.
La Veta has fuel stations, a grocery store with an ice cream shop, a well-stocked Big-R, an Inn, several B&Bs, a propane supplier, and a mechanic… not to mention an awesome coffee shop, several great restaurants, a salon, multiple art studios, a library, a gym, yoga, massage etc… The town is quaint but has just about everything you could need.
Please be respectful of the private land owners who have gracefully allowed this ride to take place. 100% (one hundred, as in ALL) of this ride is on PRIVATE LAND; the base camp and all of the trails are on private land and are only open to SoCo Endurance Entrants during SoCo Endurance Events. The many landowning families who live off of this land, and who have granted SoCo permission to host these events, are being more than generous – anyone who does anything to upset them may be pulled without refund, fined for any damages incurred, and denied entry in future events. The success and continuation of this ride requires that we be respectful of their land, livestock, and rules. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone, for absolutely any reason.
THANK YOU!!! Your meal is on the house, just report for duty at the pre-ride meeting (6pm the day before the race) so that we can designate a certain task to you, alternatively just show up during the ride (7am-7pm) and fall in line where help is obviously needed…usually need more people taking pulses (ask for a HRM or stethascope or bring your own if you have one,) or scribing for a vet, or helping fill water tanks, or making sure riders are hydrated by handing off water bottles, or just holding a horse while he snacks so the rider can sneak away for a second etc. Always tons to do! Thanks so much for your help!