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There’s nothing like hay-breath to start your day!  Enjoy beautiful views, exhilarating mountain climbs, lush meadows and mountain flowers, wildlife, riversong, summer sun and horseback fun.  You don’t have to be advanced or even experienced to ride in the Rockies.  The local liveries have excellent guides to help you mount, enjoy a scenic or athletic ride, dismount, and thank your horse with kindness, carrots or sliced apples. (You bring those! Think of it as a tip for your mount.)


For the adventurous spirit or the nostalgic meander, enjoy miles of scenic mountain trails in Rocky Mountain National Park. National Park Gateway Stables located at the Fall River Visitor Center features back country meanders in Hidden Meadow and Little Horseshoe Park as well longer rides to Lawn Lake or Deer Mountain. Learn more or book your ride at   Enjoy a true mountain riding experience to elevation in Roosevelt National Forest at Cowpoke Corner with friendly, knowledgeable guides to assist there is a ride to accommodate all ages and abilities. SK Horses features beautiful, cared for and well-kept horses; a clean barn, leisurely paced, safe, scenic rides; quality equipment, rain gear and saddlebags, and excellent service all around.


YMCA of the Rockies Livery,  provides guests with memorable and safe riding experiences on the historic YMCA property and within RMNP.  Authorized by the National Park Service, Department of the interior to serve the public in RMNP, all rides are guided. Guests can choose to ride for an hour or for the day. Pony Rides and Hay Rides are also available.  Reservations are highly recommended.


Elkhorn Stables at the historic Elkhorn Lodge!price-list/cwa4 offers trail riding as well as private and semi-private riding lessons and boarding for your horse/s while you are here.  You’ll enjoy a small group (8-10) relaxed ride with your own personal wrangler who will share with you the history of Elkhorn Lodge, Old Man Mountain and Estes Park while you enjoy breathtaking views of the Continental Divide and the Estes Valley.  Please call 970-231-8467 to schedule your ride or book your horse’s stay!


Aspen Lodge offers a completely different view. Located at the base of Longs Peak, they offer riding tours from Roosevelt National Forest to Rocky Mountain National Park.  With rides to suit every age and skill level guests can also choose to round out a true mountain cowboy experience with a wagon ride, sunrise breakfast and/or cowboy supper! Please book by phone with Beaver Mountain Livery at 970-577-3448.


Whether you go out for an hour or for a day, remember the basics for horsey fun and safety. Hydration and sun protection are primary (Water, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, wind-breaker, etc.) Wear closed toe, preferably hard sole shoes or boots with smooth bottoms, long pants, sun screen and appropriate clothing so you are prepared and comfortable if there are sudden weather changes while you are out on your ride!  And most important – remember to thank your hard working horse with kisses, carrots or apple slices.  After all, it’ the little things like hay-breath that turn special moments into special occasions.

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