Colorado’s history is filled with stories of cowboys and cowgirls riding their horses through the majestic Rocky Mountains, looking for a place to call home. Horses were typically used for work purposes—tilling fields or even being used to get from point A to point B. Today, horseback riding is a much more leisurely activity. What better way to spend a summer or fall day in Colorado than doing so on horseback exploring the surrounding area? But before we give you our list of horseback riding hot spots, let’s talk about what to wear and bring on your horseback adventures!
What Should I Wear And Pack for Horseback Riding?
Please make sure you are well-prepared for your experience! This includes wearing long pants (jeans recommended) and bringing a jacket. Sneakers are acceptable, however cowboy boots with a heel are even better. Sandals and heavy boots like hiking boots are absolute no-go’s. Pack plenty of sunscreen to protect against that strong Colorado sun and don’t forget the bug spray. And don’t forget your camera!
Rusty Spurr Ranch
Located a short (and beautiful) 45-minute drive from Breckenridge is Rusty Spurr Ranch. Kremmling, Colorado is known for embodying the spirit of the American West and is the perfect setting for a horseback riding experience. Having been home to the Ute Indians, this small town was settled by silver miners and is now primarily populated by working ranches. A little history, some gorgeous views, and fun on horseback sounds like a great day!
About Rusty Spurr Ranch
Back in 2001, a few cowboys and cowgirls came together to form the Rusty Spurr Ranch. Motivated by their desire to deliver a higher quality, but still affordable, day time horse activity, they put their plan into action. They hold on tight to the classic Western ideals of horse and rider interaction. But their real goal is to give you the personal touch and a horseback riding experience you won’t forget!
Rusty Spurr Ranch Horseback Rides and Rates
Rusty Spurr offers a wide variety of horseback excursions. You can stick with the classic trail ride, or get a little ranchy with a cattle drive! Here’s everything you need to know:
Trail Rides- 1 hour
- $50/person, ages 7 and older
- Check-in 2:30 PM
- Departs 3:00 PM
Trail Rides- 2 hour
- $75/person, ages 7 and older
- Morning and afternoon ride times offered
Trail Rides- 3 hour
- $115/person, ages 7 and older
- Check-in 9:00 AM
- Departs 9:30 AM
Saddle & Paddle
- $134.78/child ages 7 to 12 (price includes all fees)
- $172.06/adult ages 13+ (price includes all fees)
- All day adventure includes morning 2 hour trail ride, lunch, and afternoon raft trip on the Upper Colorado River
- $155/person, ages 12+
- Offered between June 1 and September 30
- Check-in at 8:30 AM, departs at 9:00 AM
- Lunch included
They also offer private 2 and 3 hour rides as well as group activities and team building cattle drives. Visit their website for more information.
Make a Reservation for Rusty Spurr Ranch
Rusty Spurr does require all riders make reservations ahead of time to ensure availability. Reservations can be made online by clicking here or by calling toll free at 866.724.9715 or 970.724.1123. You can also email reservations@RustySpurr.com. Riders must meet for their horseback experience 30 minutes before departure time.
How to Drive from Breckenridge to Rusty Spurr Ranch
Head out Highway 9 towards Frisco and jump onto I-70 Eastbound. Exit at Silverthorne (exit 205), and take a left onto Highway 9 North. Continue for about 33 miles and look for the entrance to Rusty Spurr on the right side of the road. Follow that road (County Road 387) back for 4.5 miles and you will arrive at the office.
Photo Credit: Rusty Spurr Ranch
At Breckenridge Stables, their goal is to have you explore the Ten-Mile Mountain Range as it was explored over a hundred years ago—on horseback. Located in the heart of Breckenridge and operating since 1976, Breck Stables prides themselves on their safe, family-friendly trail rides. With over 100 horses, they are able to appropriately match horse and rider based on the rider’s age and ability. Any and all age children are welcome making this the perfect family activity!
*Check out our winter activities page for more information on the Breckenridge Stables sleigh rides.*
Rides and Rates for Breckenridge Stables
At Breckenridge Stables, they specialize in hour and a half trail rides. Rates are $75/person and $35 for small children 3 years old and younger or smaller than 35 lbs. If you would like to have a private trail ride, that is an option as well. The cost is an extra $150 to make it completely private.
How to Make Reservations for Breckenridge Stables
Reservations are required and can be made by calling 970.453.4438 or 970.389.1777. Cash and credit cards are accepted and keep in mind that wranglers do work for tips. There is a 24 hour cancellation policy.
Drive to Breckenridge Stables
Breckenridge Stables is conveniently located near the Beaver Run chairlift on Peak 9. It is accessible by walking from most properties. Or you can use the Breckenridge Free Ride bus and get off at Beaver Run. If you drive, you will park in the Beaver Run parking lot. The address is 620 Village Road. See the map below.
For an insider’s look at Breckenridge Stables, you can read our blog post! Click here to read.
Gore Range Outfitters – Colorado Horseback Riding and Hunting Trips
Gore Range Outfitters has been providing a true western horseback riding experience for small groups in the Breckenridge area. With no more than 11 riders per group, you will get the ultimate tour of the area. Ride through valleys of wildflowers, Aspen and evergreen trees, and beautiful mountain streams. For those interested in hunting, Gore Range does do hunting trips and they offer packing services for those heading up into the high country. Read on for rates and other important information.
More About Gore Range Outfitters
GRO is Summit County’s premier full-service outfitter offering guided horseback rides, pack trips, and hunting trips. Their high-end accommodations and personalized attention make for an unforgettable trip! They have public and private access to some of the best wilderness areas in the Rocky Mountains including The Eagles Nest and Ptarmigan Wilderness Areas.
Trips are all-inclusive with regards to all meals, transportation, and required gear. Walk-ins are welcome, however reservations are highly recommended. Read on for more information.
Gore Range Outfitters Prices and Services
1.5 Hour Horseback Tour
- $85/person (price includes the US Forest Service use fee and taxes)
- Ages 8 and up
- Limited to 10 riders per trip
Half-Day Horseback Tour with Picnic
- $125/person (price includes US Forest Service use fee and taxes)
- 3 hours ride time depending on the size and ability of the group
- 3.25 hours total time with lunch and instruction
- Ages 9 and up with previous riding experience
- Rain jackets, helmets, and picnic lunch provided.
As an added bonus, GRO does provide transportation for riders. Meet at the Red Buffalo Coffee shop in Silverthorne and catch a ride to and from the ranch! Meeting times vary depending on what ride you go for. Visit their website for more information.
Making Reservations for Gore Range Outfitters
Reservations can be made through their easy-to-navigate website. You can also call toll free at 866.898.4898 or 970.547.8144. While not required, we highly recommend making reservations to ensure that your group can ride on a given day.
There is a 48 hour cancellation policy, so keep that in mind and plan ahead!
The map below shows the meeting place for transportation: The Red Buffalo Coffee