Green open pastures, the wind in your hair, and a loveable animal companion—there is just something about horseback riding that relaxes the mind and soothes the soul. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or haven’t picked up the reins since Girl Scout camp, these top 8 places to go horseback riding in Colorado may just inspire you enough to head out and get in the saddle.
1. Academy Riding Stables at Garden of the Gods (Colorado Springs)
As if this breathtaking National Landmark wasn’t enough, the Academy Riding Stables adds another element of adventure by taking you on a journey on horseback through the famed red rock formations. Any experience level can stop by during the summer months for a one or two-hour trail ride.
2. Sombrero Ranches (Meeker)
Experience the beauty of the Colorado Rockies on a trail ride through Sombrero Ranch in northwest Colorado. There are plenty of year-round trails available. Make sure to take advantage of the cowboy breakfast after the morning ride!
3. Rapp Corral (Durango)
For a unique country experience in winter, head over to Rapp Corral and book a trip on one of their horse-pulled winter sleigh rides. Horseback riding trails are open 7 days a week, May-October, weather permitting.
4. Rimrock Adventures (Fruita)
Explore the federally protected Little Bookcliffs Wild Horse Preserve with your very own wrangler. Make sure to book a sunset tour; the views are unparalleled during this time of day.
5. Lost Valley Ranch (Sedalia)
For a true dude ranch experience, head over to Lost Valley Ranch. Rides are offered in the mornings and evenings, accompanied by an experienced wrangler that guides you through Pike National Forest.
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6. Rusty Spurr (Kremmling)
Try your hand at cattle driving at the Rusty Spurr. Groups are encouraged to ride next to each other, not nose to tail, for a more holistic riding experience – everyone can hear the guide!
7. 4UR Ranch (Creede)
Horseback riding at the ranch doesn’t mean you have to rough it. 4UR Ranch offers a horseback riding and dude ranch experience. Guests of the ranch have access to the stables and guides; it’s all-inclusive.
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8. Zapata Ranch (Mosca)
Ride among the bison during a morning horseback ride through Zapata Ranch, and venture into the Great Sand Dunes National Park, a neighbor of the ranch.
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