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Horseback Riding

For people who love horses, this is a hard activity to stay away from. Many horseback rides are available all year long at a variety of different and very beautiful locations.

Horseback Riding

For people who love horses, this is a hard activity to stay away from. Many horseback rides are available all year long at a variety of different and very beautiful locations.

Astraddle A Saddle

Pagosa Springs has been home to this horseback riding location for over 40 years.  One hour and two hour rides are available and in the winter horse drawn sleigh rides pull you through the snowy landscape.

Activities: Horseback Riding,
NEAR Durango

From $60.00

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Colorado Trails Ranch

Enjoy riding through the countryside of Durango alongside and through rivers, streams and mountain meadows.  One hour, Two hour and Four hour rides.

Activities: Horseback Riding,
NEAR Durango

From $180.00

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Diamond Hitch Stables

Located in Pagosa Springs this horseback riding experience is still being constructed and will be available to the public in a short time.

Activities: Horseback Riding,
NEAR Durango

From $0.00

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Fantasy Ranch Horseback Adventures

Fantasy Ranch has the horseback ride for you regardless of the season.  Two different but close locations are utilized to accommodate Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter riding.  1.5 hour and 2.5 hour rides 

Activities: Horseback Riding,
NEAR Durango

From $175.00

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Lobo Outfitters Horseback Trail Rides

Ride through the beautiful San Juan Mountains on very reasonably priced trail rides in Pagosa Springs. Two hour, half day and full day rides. June through August. 

Activities: Horseback Riding,
NEAR Durango

From $200.00

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Rapp Corral

Durango is the home to a series of varied horseback experiences including sleigh rides in the winter time.  One hour all the way to Five hour rides.  

Activities: Horseback Riding,
NEAR Durango

From $300.00

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ACTIVITIES AND TOURS

Horseback Riding Activities along the San Juan Skyway

The 'Skyway' is among the most beautiful places in the world for horseback riding

Fantasy Ranch Horseback Adventures

Fantasy Ranch operates horseback rides out of Crested Butte which is about a 2 hour and 15 minute drive from the 'Skyway' location of Ridgway. Horseback riding in the beautiful country surrounding the Crested Butte area is available during all seasons.

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Over the Hill Outfitters

Just a 15 minute drive from Durango and located at the Palmer Quarter Horse Ranch, Over the Hill Outfitters offers one, two and three hour horseback rides.

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San Juan Skyway Outfitters

This 2 hour trail ride located between Durango and Silverton offers some of the most spectacular views to be found along the 'Skyway'.

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Durango Dog Tours

This unique winter time activity located about an hour outside of Durango offers thrilling dog sled rides through the countryside with a maximum of two riders in addition to the driver/guide.

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Buck's Livery

Trail rides in Durango of one hour, two hour and four hour duration are available in the summer season and horse drawn sleigh rides are offered during the winter.

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Colorado Trails Ranch

Enjoy riding through the countryside of Durango alongside and through rivers, streams and mountain meadows. One hour, Two hour and Four hour rides.

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Telluride Wranglers

Private horseback rides in the summer and sleigh rides in the winter.

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Mountain Paws

This activity is in Pagosa Springs which is about an hour drive from its closest point on the 'Skyway' which is Durango. Drive your own dog team while on a dog sledding or 'mushing' tour into the beautiful scenic backcountry. A similar experience can be had in the summer months with the use of 'dog carts'.

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Astraddle A Saddle

This activity is in Pagosa Springs which is about an hour drive from its closest point on the 'Skyway' which is Durango. One and two hour trail rides are offered for riders 6 years and older and in the winter horse-drawn sleigh rides are offered.

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Elk Heart Outfitters

This activity is in Pagosa Springs which is about an hour drive from its closest point on the 'Skyway' which is Durango. Every level of riding experience can be accommodated on these beautiful one, two or half-day rides in Pagosa.

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Lobo Outfitters

This activity is in Pagosa Springs which is about an hour drive from its closest point on the 'Skyway' which is Durango. 2 hour, half-day and full-day horseback rides are available through the beautiful backcountry of Pagosa Springs.

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Horseback Riding Trails of the San Juan Skyway

In case anyone had doubts, Telluride and its environs are very horse friendly. And horse friendly trails around the town frequently are the best way to explore its beautiful outlying areas. Locals do it on their horses, and with their dogs, so make sure that your horse is dog-friendly. A 5-mile round-trip on Bear Creek Trail starts near the downtown. Like so many horseback riding trails in the San Juans, the 14-mile loop (Sneffels Highline) is fairly steep for both horses and hikers, but beautiful wildflower meadows and aspen groves along the way more than compensate for the effort.

A series of trails near Lizard Head Pass open great views of the San Juans. Another 9 miles (one-way) leads to Cross Mountain. A pretty waterfall and scenic views of rugged cliffs lining Bear Creek canyon are some of your rewards for riding the 2.3 miles up Bear Creek trail from Telluride. This popular trail, which horseback riders share with bikers and hikers, connects with the Wasatch Trail that heads further up the canyon and provides options for longer loop rides to Telluride’s ski area and Bridal Veil basin.

As for the Lizard Head Trail, located in the Lizard Head Wilderness Area of the Uncompahgre and San Juan National Forests near Telluride, horseback riders needn’t traverse the entire 12 miles of the scenic loop. The Lizard Head trail traverses Black Face Mountain’s panoramic ridge to the base of Lizard Head peak. Riders should follow the scenic route in the San Miguel Range far enough to see Mount Wilson (14,245-ft.), Gladstone Mountain (13,913-ft.) and Wilson Peak (14,017-ft.) that form a dramatic backdrop for Lizard Head’s spire soaring 400-ft. above its rocky pedestal.

Like so many of the trails in the San Juans, both hikers and horseback riders can discover the gorgeous lakes set amidst scenic alpine meadows and views of surrounding peaks. The good news for both riders and hikers is that the Highland Mary Lakes Trail through the Weminuche Wilderness provides comparatively easy access to the lake’s basin through a landscape of forest, meadows and picturesque waterfalls. When after a few miles riders finally reach the high lakes plateau, they are greeted with breathtaking views of glistening lakes and the Grenadier Range. The out-and-back loop continues to open great views of summits ringing Spencer Basin and the Cunningham Creek valley.

Although the Highland Mary Lake trail starts with a sign that includes a large map of the Weminuche Wilderness, riders as always are advised to do their own pre-ride research in order to, for example, pick spots to take breaks with beautiful views or to identify options for exploration at turnaround points. For example, whereas Verde Lakes are a turnaround point for the Highland Mary Lakes Trail, there are a number of smaller lakes in the vicinity that could be worth visiting depending on how riders feel after a long day in the saddle, the weather and other factors.

Located just outside of Ridgway, the Ridgway Trail System has evolved into a wonderful resource for both hikers and horse riders. The trail system is directly adjacent to the Ridgway State Park and encompasses over 20 miles of great singletrack riding and hiking trails with excellent views of the Ridgway Reservoir and San Juan Mountains. Amazing views of the Mount Sneffels Range, the Cimarron Mountains, Ridgway Reservoir, Uncompahgre River, and Log Hill Mesa enhance the trail experience for riders and others. Heading south from Ridgway, hikers and horseback riders have the Wetterhorn Basin Trail that ascends the beautiful West Fork Cimarron River valley. The trail wanders through scenic meadows beneath several peaks to the head of the valley where it climbs through gorgeous Wetterhorn Basin with its views of Wetterhorn Peak (14,015-ft.).

The Cimarron River area between Gunnison and Montrose in the San Juan Mountains is comprised of three tributaries: East Fork, Middle Fork, and West Fork. These three forks run in a northerly direction to join the Gunnison River upstream of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. All three forks of the Cimarron are stunningly beautiful Rocky Mountain rivers worthy of exploration by adventurous equestrians. Horses and riders need to be prepared to head up to altitudes above 12,500-ft.

At Cimarron Forks, East Fork and Middle Fork combine before flowing into Silver Jack Reservoir where they are joined by West Fork to make the Cimarron River flowing to the Gunnison River. The Wetterhorn Basin Trail ascends to near West Fork Pass (12,257-ft.) which is a perfect spot for a break and perhaps a turnaround. As many riders have discovered, Middle Fork Basin is one of the most beautiful places in the San Juans to visit on horseback, turnaround and bring the memories back home with a spectacular ride down the East Fork Trail.

Horseback riding adventures in the San Juans are all the better when riders can begin their journey from Durango on a steam train bound for Silverton that stops at Elk Park in the heart of the Weminuche Wilderness for riders to disembark. This is the start of one of southwest Colorado’s most unique riding experiences through a magnificent section of the Colorado Trail. With over 20 mountain peaks in view, riders head on the Hermosa Creek Trail for the top of a pass overlooking the Animas River.

People who fish, hike and ride horses have discovered these treasures in one of the most spectacular areas of the Western United States -- the Weminuche Wilderness of the San Juan Mountains. Heavily glaciated, its enormous valleys with grand waterfalls house countless meandering streams surrounded by beautiful meadows. True wilderness, riders moving through the glaciated canyons can almost feel the presence of wild animals. When not riding to one of the many high mountain ridges for incredible views, riding frequently be taking advantage of great fishing. Many riders (perhaps too many) head for the Chicago Basin where, from the rim, spectacular views of the Basin also reveal the surrounding fourteen-thousand-foot mountains. Riders looking for an even more truly wilderness setting head for the cliff-lined valley through which West Virginia Creek winds. Besides breathtaking views of the Needle Mountains, these high mountain lakes and Virginia Creek also offer fabulous fishing for Rainbow Trout.

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