Private Horseback Rides: The Mountain is Yours

5 yrs +   |    1-2 Hours   |   $160-210pp   |   Mountainous Terrain   |   Gentle Horses   |   Guided   |   225lb Weight Limit*   |   Small Groups   |   2-Person Minimum   |   Trotting Allowed   |   48 Hour Cancellation Policy   |   20% auto-gratuity added to groups of 6 or more.

 

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Overview

Are you looking for a memorable experience for the family? Or maybe it’s just the two of you looking for a romantic date on horseback. This ride is perfect for the more experienced rider or if you desire an exclusive experience with a private guide.  Either way, we can help. We offer private rides for a more personalized, intimate horseback riding experience. Though it costs a little bit more than a group ride, this quality time in the isolated beauty of the White River National Forest with breathtaking view of Vail is well worth while.

Our guides are educated in natural horsemanship skills and will share their knowledge of Vail’s history, flora, and fauna. All riding levels are welcome. Two person minimum. Come join us for a Private ride!

  • Chevron down Rocky Point Ride - 1 Hour
    • Family Rides include kids 5yrs+
    • Upgrade to an Adult Only Ride (18 Yrs+)  for an additional $30pp (18yrs+).
    • Upgrade to a Private Ride for an additional $85pp (5 yrs+).
    • Cash Price (deduct $10pp). Must call direct to receive this offer.
    • There is an abundance of sunshine, and a scarcity of cliffs and Mountain Lions on this multi-dimensional ride.
    • Anyone and everyone, 5 yrs and older can do this ride. We have many alternate routes to mitigate any fears or to accommodate riders with special needs
    • Enjoy the unobstructed views during the first 30 minutes as the horses climb 600ft. in elevation up to Rocky Point.
    • As the trail switchbacks through the high mountain meadow, grind some fragrant sage between your fingers and apply liberally. It’s so refreshing! It also works well if you’ve forgot to apply your deodorant that morning.
    • Once at Rocky Point, riders are privy to a spectacular 360 degree-ish view of the Vail Valley, Gore Range, Beaver Creek, Bald Mountain and the Vail Ski Slopes. Holiday card photos happen here.
    • From there, the trail follows the edge of a shady, ancient Aspen glade where the trail splits. A right turn leads to the Bear Hollow and Dark Timber rides for full immersion in “Forest Bathing”.
    • For this ride, we continue heading straight ahead and begin the slow descent back the corral. Grassy meadows, and brushy areas conceal deer and their fawns. Watch them until they blink. We promise, they are not decoys!
    • If all riders were able to keep your horse’s head in the ‘alert’ position and the hooves in a general forward direction, the guide will take the longer route, to where a rustic, old cabin sits. It was once the site of many cowboy dinners.
    • What to wear: long pants, sturdy shoes, helmets are provided and we have many loaner cowboy hats
    • We suggest bringing a camera, sunglasses, selfie-stick, water, sunscreen and your singing voice.
  • Chevron down Bear Hollow Ride - 1.5 Hour
    • Family Rides include saddles for kids (5yrs+)
    • Upgrade to an Adult Only Ride for an additional $35pp (18yrs+)
    • Upgrade to a Private Ride for an additional $95pp (5yrs+)
    • Cash Price (deduct $10pp). Must call direct to receive this offer.
    • Giant Cow Parsnip towers over the heads of the horses.
    • Riders are immersed in the magical garden of an Aspen glade with intensely white trunks, and a leafy green canopy that changes color with the moving sun. Enjoy your “Forest Bathing” time which reduces heart rate, blood pressure, stress hormones and depression while boosting energy.
    • Deer stare at the passersby with unblinking eyes, hiding their fawns in the thick, green underbrush.
    • Scenic views of the Gore Range, Vail ski slopes and Beaver Creek ski slopes.
    • What to wear: long pants, sturdy shoes, helmets are provided and we have many loaner cowboy hats
    • Make sure your pants aren’t too tight!
    • We suggest bringing a camera, sunglasses, selfie-stick, water, sunscreen and a big, — eating grin!
  • Chevron down Dark Timber Ride - 2 Hour
    • Family Rides include kids (5yrs+)
    • Upgrade to an Adult Only Ride for an additional $40pp (18yrs+)
    • Upgrade to a Private Ride for an additional $105pp. (5 yrs+)
    • Cash Price (deduct $10pp). Must call direct to receive this offer.
    • Scenic, Mountainous Terrain, Guided, Trotting Allowed, 18yrs+.
    • The giant Cow Parsnip crowds the trails and towers over the heads of the horses, with its large green leaves and delicate, white flower.
    • Vibrant purple/blue 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.
    • 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. 
    • However, you will not see the same area twice.
    • Regular contact with nature really does improve our well-being.
    • What to wear: long pants, sturdy shoes, helmets are provided, we have many loaner cowboy hats and take an Advil before you arrive
    • We suggest bringing a camera, sunglasses, selfie-stick, water, sunscreen and a pack of gum.
  • Chevron down Cancellation Policy
  • 48 HOUR and 5 MINUTE CANCELLATION POLICY

    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. 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.

    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, pretty much 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 even if you “just called 30 minutes ago”. It’s highly probable someone wanted the saddles and were turned away.

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

  • Chevron down *Weight Limit
  • 225lb Weight Limit

    For riders 6’0″ and taller, the weight limit is 250

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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Vail Stables is uncompromisingly Colorado, specializing in beautiful mountain horseback rides near the town of Vail.  We have been the leading provider of tours on horseback for over 17 years and offer adventurers an all-access pass into the backcountry of the White River National Forest.  Our gentle horses, friendly, experienced guides, and awe-inspiring trails await your arrival. The spirit of the Old West rides on the breezes flowing through the quaking Aspens and echoes in the squeaking leather saddles.  Our passion is to create transformational experiences through horseback riding.