Wagon Train & Out Riders

 

Wagons will head south from Furnace Creek

November 8th at 10 am

 

Wagon’s Ho! ~ Friday November 8th at 10 am

The annual wagon train will be making a change to their route this year in 2024.  Instead of ending their trip at Furnace Creek, they will be starting their 100 mile journey.  For the first time, the wagon train will be taking the same route as the pioneers from North to South.

The wagons will NOT be traveling in front of Furnace Creek Ranch.  Instead, they plan to leave out of Sunset/Texas Springs Campground entrance and head up Hwy 190 to Badwater Road.  They will NOT be stopping at the Inn but preceding directly onto Badwater Road to Desolation Canyon.

Come join the festivities as we send them off on their journey!

*The livestock will a bit more fresh and fiesty since they are just starting out, please keep your distance from all wagons.

We have added more drives to our schedule in recent years. We do a spring and fall weekend drive. 

The current President is Jeanette Hayhurst.

If any further information is needed please feel free to contact

Sue Martzloff, Trail Boss sue.a.mart14@gmail.com or visit our Corral 14 website.

 

E.T.I. Corral 14 Western Wagons

Our Death Valley Wagon Train commemorates the first wagon train that passed through Death Valley in 1849 on their way to the gold fields. There is much history to be learned in reading of the troubles these hardy pioneers endured.

Corral 14 was founded in 1967 by a group of older folks that wanted to stay active with horses. They decided that since they were getting a little past the age they should be riding horses they would turn to wagons and Shetland ponies. They built scaled down wagons and set their sights on doing a wagon drive through Death Valley. The original group was five women, five men and two children. Vern Gentert was the Wagonmaster. They hitched up their ponies and headed for theDeath Valley 49er Encampment that is held every November. They were such a hit with the crowd upon arriving, after 60 miles of untried wagon trails, that the 49er’s made them promise to do it again. It has happened every year since.

The Shetlands and small wagons are not as common on the drive today as many teamsters have replaced them with full size wagons with mule or draft teams. There is still no size limit with our wagon trains and they have everything from mini-mules, donkeys and draft breeds. The style of wagons also vary from traditional wooden wheels to rubber tires. Chuck wagons, camp wagons and buckboards can be seen on one of our wagon trains, in addition to every style of wagon imaginable.

The drive length varies from year to year. Some years we gather at Wade monument and have 11 days on the trail. Other years we gather at Ashford junction and experience rugged outdoor living for 8 days.

We schedule a layover day at Tule Springs to give man and livestock a rest. It’s filled with fun starting out with a waffle contest in the morning and Olympic style games like “how many spiders in the bottle”. Evening hours are filled with fixing your favorite dish, Dutch oven is very popular. These culinary delights are then shared with the entire camp and the adventurous 49ers that drive out to join us around the campfire for music after dinner.

The Corral membership is scattered all over the western U.S. and members comes together to meet up with old friends and make new ones around the campfire.