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    05-07-2010, 11:50 PM
  #1
Foal
Going to Colorado

Hi, new to the forum. I am heading out to Colorado in a couple of months and would like some suggestions on good places for a trail ride. Scenic mountains would be the preferred type of terrain. Since I'm going out I'll need to link up with a stable, etc.

Thanks for any help.
     
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    05-08-2010, 09:31 AM
  #2
Yearling
What part of Colorado? It's a big state.
     
    05-08-2010, 11:28 AM
  #3
Banned
I've heard Cody is really nice but I've never actually been there.
     
    05-08-2010, 04:10 PM
  #4
Yearling
Well...it appears not many people from CO are on here...
I honestly don't know of many good places to trail ride here, except for local areas. Garden of the Gods(google it-you can't miss those big red rocks!), in Colorado Springs, has certain trails, and rather long ones through scenic areas(it's quite rocky and mountainous and wild if you take these trails) that you can trailer to, and then take trail rides from. Or you can sign up for trail rides @ Academy Stables(right next to Garden of the Gods- but you'd start the trail ride from there), if you don't have your own horse. And places up north, Near Estes Park, or Rocky Mountain National Park(also all mountainous) will have trail rides too- Estes Park is right outside Rocky Mountain National Park, and although I've never done trail rides up there, I've only driven up and hiked a lot, I would bet there would be at least one trail ride place up in that neck of the woods. Woodland Park/Divide, would probably have trail riding areas too, as it's in Pike National Forest. And south-west, near Canon City, Montrose, Trinidad, etc, that area has a few national Parks there as well- around here, with national parks comes other tourist traps, aka- trail rides, etc. So that area more than likely has something like that too. Check out Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, and Great Sand Dunes National Park- it's a very mountainous area, right along the Continental Divide and the Rocky Mountains. And then look for local attractions around there- should find trail riding places as well.

About Garden of the Gods/most trail riding places around here- If you are an experienced horse person, or know more than the average bear about riding- do your research before settling on a place to go trail riding from. Most places around here, assume that if you aren't from CO/TX, you don't know how to ride a horse, just a heads up.

Hope that helps. I've lived in CO for 13 years and been all over.
     
    05-08-2010, 05:30 PM
  #5
Foal
Sorry- I should have posted the area- actually I'm going to range about somewhat between Rocky Mountain National Park to Aspen to Colorado Springs- by way of Salida and Canon City. I didn't express what I was trying to convey- in some areas the mountains may be higher but either far off or rounded on top. There may be another area where the mountains aren't as high but the terrain is such that you are in a really scenic area. The Garden of the gods looks pretty interesting but I was sort of thinking of being a little higher in the mountains.
Everyone wants something different, someone may be happy riding through a nice stretch of woods and ending up at a lake, etc- I was thinking more of a mountainous type trail ride.
And,yes- I'd have to hook up with a local outfit/stable for the horse.
Thanks again for any help.
     
    05-08-2010, 06:47 PM
  #6
Yearling
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Originally Posted by davm    
Sorry- I should have posted the area- actually I'm going to range about somewhat between Rocky Mountain National Park to Aspen to Colorado Springs- by way of Salida and Canon City. I didn't express what I was trying to convey- in some areas the mountains may be higher but either far off or rounded on top. There may be another area where the mountains aren't as high but the terrain is such that you are in a really scenic area. The Garden of the gods looks pretty interesting but I was sort of thinking of being a little higher in the mountains.
Everyone wants something different, someone may be happy riding through a nice stretch of woods and ending up at a lake, etc- I was thinking more of a mountainous type trail ride.
And,yes- I'd have to hook up with a local outfit/stable for the horse.
Thanks again for any help.
I looked into places in the areas you specified, try looking at these places:
Mount Princeton Riding Stables - Scenic Horseback Rides in Salida and Buena Vista Colorado
http://www.estesnet.com/(has all the attractions around Estes listed)
Horse Riding Locations in Colorado USA, Colorado Horse Riding
Mount Princeton Riding Stables - Scenic Horseback Rides in Salida and Buena Vista Colorado
     
    05-08-2010, 07:52 PM
  #7
Weanling
I'm on the western slope of CO, about 5 hrs from Rocky Mountain Natl Park, so Im not really sure of anyone/place for you to go. I know of a lot of nice places my way! :)
     
    05-09-2010, 01:52 AM
  #8
Foal
Thanks- those links help a lot.
     

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