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Participate in the Annual Weiser River Trail Wagon Train and Ride

Friends of the Weiser River Trail (FWRT), a private nonprofit organization, are on track to host their annual Weiser River Trail Wagon Train Event over Memorial Day weekend this year.  The 19th annual wagon train and ride will take place Friday, May 28th through Monday, May 31st, 2021.

On their website, weiserrivertrail.org, interested folks can find a printable application that explains the four-day adventure along the Weiser River Trail.  The wagon train travels through two counties, from Weiser to Council.  Horse-drawn wagons, riders on horseback, cyclists and walkers will enjoy the scenic terrain that includes lush farmland and beautiful Idaho mountains around Council.  Travel takes place at your own speed with as many rest stops as you need to take each day.  Manager Pam Haynes added a reminder that individuals are not permitted to pay to ride a wagon.

A hot breakfast is provided at 7am, with hot coffee for the early birds at 6am, and a 6pm dinner is available each day.  Camping along the way is welcomed while the crew shuttle your gear and hay from site to site.  Participants must provide their own lunch and pack their own drinking water.  Water for horses is available along the trail. 

This year, the Weiser River Wagon Train and Ride will be honoring one of the original founders of the event, Terry Bonner, who passed away in late 2019.  Participants will proudly dedicate the 2021 wagon train journey to Terry.

Some of the item’s participants are expected to bring are:  camping equipment, first aid kids, camp chairs, drinking water, camera, bug spray, flashlights, small ice chests, lunch items, halter, lead rope, and water resistant horse blankets.  The online application explains frequently asked questions and other important information about the event.  No dogs are allowed on the journey.  Specific guidelines and protocols are expected to be followed in order to uphold the safety of all participants and equines.  Out riders and day riders are also welcomed, as well as walkers, hikers, and bicyclists.  FWRT welcomes participants who cannot commit to the four-day adventure.  Please call and specify which days you would like to participate, and they will work with you on that.

COVID-19 safety protocols will be strictly followed.  Idaho is in stage 3 which will allow for this outdoor event while maintaining safety measures. 

If you have any questions, contact Pam Haynes (manager) at weiserrivertrail@gmail.com or call/text 208-861-8614.  Also find them on Facebook or the website:  weiserrivertrail.org.  Applications can be found on the website.

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