One of the best ways to experience the beauty of the Colorado mountain landscape is from the back of a horse. You can choose to ride the open range, winding mountain trails, or even take part in a cattle drive. Whichever riding style you prefer, you can find it within 15 minutes to a little over an hours drive away.
There are rides and trails available for people of all age, experience, and bravery levels. The horses are well cared for and easy to ride. The guides make safety a priority and put a high emphasis on education. There is a visible trust and security between the guides and their horses. The guides will also personalize your horse to your skill and experience level. Whether you are an experienced rider, or trying it for the very first time, there is a fun option for you.
If you choose to ride here in Breckenridge, the trails are nose-to-tail, up and down riding near the ski hill. You will find small stream crossings, and jaw-dropping views from scenic vantage points.
If you want to ride the open range, a scenic 40 minute drive over Hoosiers Pass will bring you to Platte Ranch. Here you can ride side by side with your guide through beautiful pastures, woods, and streams. You may be lucky enough to see antelope or elk on the plains, or even a moose in the wooded areas near the streams. For the more confident rider, the rolling hills and open area make it possible to trot and feel the wind in your hair. The guides make you feel involved and part of the family. Some of our guests have described the experience as making them“feel like a real cowgirl(or boy) on a western ranch”. Some rides also include a ranch style lunch, always a crowd favorite.
If you prefer a more diverse experience, a beautiful hours drive brings you to Rusty Spur Ranch. Here a selection of different experiences are available. You can experience riding through woods, up to a mountaintop vista and down onto the desert plain. Spectacular views abound as 6 different mountain ranges surround your ride. This ride allows you to spread out, choose your own path, and is not nose-to-tail. You may encounter a diversity of wildlife along the way. The guides even allow you to explore little side trails as well.
If you want to be cowboy for the day, experience a real-life cattle drive. Help round up over 70 cattle and herd them to fresh grazing grounds with the help of their cowhands and dogs. This ride is through open range and over aspen and pine covered hills. Your guide will put you to work at your skill level and the experience is very rewarding. A home-cooked meal is waiting upon your return from this ride. This is an experience our guests always rave about and highly recommend.
Tip: Take long pants, sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat.