2017 Laurel Mountain Results now posted 


Our next ride:


Eastern Mojave Scenic XP

February 9 thru 12, 2017


2017 AERC Ride Season 50/50/50/50 & 25/25/30/30 LD

Distances subject to last minute adjustments for weather.

Directions:  This is the easiest of all XP rides to find. Travelers from all directions should take Interstate 15 to Cima Road which is 27 miles east of Baker, California and 30 miles south of Primm, Nevada. Turn off the interstate and go south on Cima road about 50 yards past the gas station and convenience store.  Turn right on the dirt road just before the Mojave Preserve sign then right again into the camp area. Once the rigs start to arrive you can see the camp for miles away on the freeway in both directions. 


Basic Ride Info: 

The eastern portion of the Mojave National Preserve contains a great variation in animal and plant life that exists in this harsh but beautiful high desert. While travelers on the Interstate fly through this “barren desert” and miss what it has to offer, you will have the opportunity to see more varied forms of plant life than what you have probably experienced on other rides, as you and your horse pass through at a more leisurely rate. At the base of the Mescals, you will see abandoned mine sites that the miners hoped would lead to one of the tributaries of the River of Gold. The Cactus Patch is a virtual garden of the many cactii typical of this area. The trail around Cima Dome leads through unusual rock formations and a spectacular Joshua forest that has provided cover for some of the better grazing land in this part of the country. Views from the backside of Cima Dome reveal the New York Mountains, named for their skyscraper like silhouette, and the Mid Hills, through which, the Union Pacific RR and the famed Mojave Road passes. 


Destination information for health certificates: Health certificates are required for horses coming into California from other states. They are not required for horses coming from within the state. The requirements for health papers vary depending on conditions both in California and other states. Your local veterinarian will be able to counsel you on current requirements. The destination address is Interstate 15 and Cima Road, Mountain Pass, CA 92366

Meals: Contact annie@xprides.com if you would like to eat with our family and volunteers. The meals are prepared by volunteers in a camp environment and you will eat at your own risk.  There is always a charge for the evening meals to cover the cost of food but the lunches are always free.

Ride Rules: AERC rules apply. The management, unlike the AERC Board of Directors, is able to differentiate between an endurance ride and an endurance race. If you are into endurance riding you will probably enjoy this ride. If you are a real competitor and are looking for a race you are likely to find the lack of structure here to be an abomination. This is an old time endurance ride like we used to have when you could print all the AERC rules on a single page. Back in the good old days we used to ride more and read less. Those were better times.

You can pay at the ride after determining how many days you end up riding. 

Phone 907 209 8881 or e-mail duck@xprides.com

Ride Photos by Lynne Glazer http://www.photo.lynnesite.com/




Entry Fees: 

Entry fees are a composite of ride entry fees along with other charges that must be passed on to the riders. These hidden charges include fees to the various government entities such as the BLM, USFS and NPS as well as camping fees to state, country and private entities. They also include drug testing taxes levied upon the riders from the State of California and/or the AERC. In addition there are AERC rider fees which vary depending upon membership status. 

XP Rides for 2017 Ride Season

Coso Junction ~ December 3 & 4

Death Valley Encounter ~ December 28-31

Laurel Mountain ~ January 28 & 29

Eastern Mojave ~ February 9-12

Bar H ~ Conflict with AERC convention

Cuyama Oaks ~ March 24-26

Lost Padres ~ April 8 & 9 DO NOT SEND RELEASES TO THE RANCH.

Mt Carmel ~ April 26-30

Strawberry Fields ~ June 16-18

Grand Canyon ~ August 30-September 3

Virgin Outlaw ~ September 27-October 1

Sesenta Años ~ November 10-12

You can learn more about each of our rides by going to XP Rides and Dates on the menu bar and scrolling down to the one you are interested in. 





EasyCare, Inc. is proud to provide year-end awards to XP riders. EasyCare, Inc. has a full line of hoof boots and natural hoof care products that protect the hoof, allow horses to cover rough terrain, act as a spare tire in case of a lost shoe, and aid in the treatment of laminitis and other hoof problems. EasyCare’s hoof boot brands include the Easyboot, Boa Horse Boot, Old Mac’s and EasySoaker.  While the main focus at EasyCare is horse boot design, we proudly make other top quality products for trail riders and recreational horse owners such as Stowaway Saddle Packs, EZ Ride Stirrups, Comfort Pads, hoof boot accessories and natural hoof care products.





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Over the years our family has made a lot of great friends along the trail. We always look forward to the new ride year to renew those friendships and to make new ones. We hope you will be able to join us on the endurance trails this year. Come ride with us, you will be glad you did.