Adult-Only Horseback Rides

Horseback Riding (Ages 15yrs+)

2018 Dates

First day of Horseback Rides – May 27

Last Day of Horseback Rides – August 24th

Maximum of 12 horses available (usually in 2 groups of 6)

Open M-F   plus an additional 3 holiday weekends (Memorial and the weekends before and after the 4th of July).

1.5 hour ride @ 8:30, 10:00, 1:00 and 3:00.  (Some early Spring dates start later so it can warm up)

Our trails are on mountainous terrain just above the town of Vail.  The trails are beginner friendly and the wildlife is plentiful.

The trail is only 12″ wide so the horses walk single-file unless walking on the jeep trail.  All rides are walking and trotting rides.  No cantering (galloping, loping, running) as the horses must climb 1000ft in elevation the first 30 minutes and would get skinny.  Cliffs and steep trails are not a problem and beginners are encouraged to ride.

The ride includes a good change in elevation, dense forests of quaking Aspen trees, increasing exposure to the beauty of the area, the smell of leather, the sound of birds and the colors of the wildflowers.

Riders are immersed in the magical garden of an Aspen glade with stunning white trunks, and a leafy green canopy that changes color throughout the day, as the sun moves. Giant Cow Parsnip towers over the heads of the horses. Deer stare at the passersby with unblinking eyes, hiding their fawns in the thick, green underbrush that appears to cover everything. You will see wide-open, scenic views of the Gore Range, Vail ski slopes, and Beaver Creek ski slopes under bluebird skies.

 

We are genuinely sorry that we must have a strict cancellation policy.  We realize that this policy may come as a real disappointment.  We hope that you will understand that the policy reflects an extraordinary range of determining factors.  It is painful that we must upset any of our superb guests.

Please do not book a ride on your travel day. Travel dilemmas are not an exception to the cancellation policy.

A full 48 hours and 5 minutes notice required to cancel, change, alter, subtract people, change your mind, get sick, stub your toe, eat too much, develop bad gas, find something better to do, have a brooding teenager, double-book yourself, have your plane delayed, or ANY, ANY, ANY other reason to avoid a cancellation fee equaling the entire ride price.  Calling with an exceptional story, will not an exception make.

You are guaranteeing your arrival, and usage of the horse blocked out of the schedule, with your credit card.  Calling to bluster and spout will not change this strict policy.

And, you wouldn’t want to miss out on the greatest adventure offered in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

If you must pay the full cancellation fee, it is our hope that your overall vacation delight will soon erase any disappointment regarding our cancellation policy, and that you will go on to create a beautiful vacation slideshow.

 

A spectacular mountain ride for all levels of riders, beginner to advanced.  Walking with optional trotting where possible.

All riders must be 15 yrs of age and up.

All riders must weigh less than 225lbs.  (People 6′ and up can weigh up to 245lbs)

48 HOUR and 5 MINUTE CANCELLATION POLICY

Lesson 1:  Mounting a Horse

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Lesson 2:  Steering Your Horse

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Lesson 3: Dismounting a Horse

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