Dark Timber Trail Horseback Riding

Vail Stables

Gorgeous landscapes and killer views await you on this trail ride. Prepare to twist and wind through Aspen trees and Lodgepole Pines while basking in moments of Vail sunshine.

A Lush Horseback Ride Through Vail’s Aspen Trees

Minimum of 2 People to Depart

The Dark Timber trail includes both the Rocky Point trail and the Bear Hollow trail. The giant cow parsnip crowds the trails and towers over the heads of the horses, with its large green leaves and delicate, white flowers. Vibrant indigo monkshood grows in a very special damp area of this trail, and only this trail. Wildflowers of all colors take turns crowding the sunny areas of the trails. This is a scenic trail ride like no other!
You must be fit to ride and 7 yrs or older. The trail climbs 1000ft in elevation and then comes back down the whole 1000 feet, which is where people find themselves fatigued and struggling. If you are not fit, select the Rocky Point 1 hour trail ride and you will still experience a beautiful, scenic ride.
The views from the lookout points are perfect for the landscape photographer in the bunch. A short section of beetle-kill mixed with new growth offers a cool respite from the summer sun. Come join us for a relaxing ride through nature. The trails are 70% shaded.
  • What to wear: long pants, sturdy shoes
  • Helmets are provided, and we have many loaner cowboy hats.
  • Take an Advil before you arrive.
  • We suggest bringing a camera, sunglasses, selfie stick, water, sunscreen, and a book.
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Dark Timber Trail Group Rides
  • All-Age Rides $150 per Person

    Minimum of 6 Riders, Ages 5 & Up

  • No Kids Rides $240 per Person

    Minimum of 6 Riders, Ages 18 & Up

  • Private Rides $300 per Person

    Minimum of 6 Riders

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