Summer is the perfect time to get out into the fresh and a be surrounded by nature. We know the best way to have the time of your life. It’s hard to find a place that offers great horseback riding vacations, so we’re here to make that search easier. Our guest ranch sits on 450 scenic acres 12 miles northeast of Durango. Colorado Trails dude ranch guests will never get bored with the scenery. There are a variety of different terrains you can ride through—each one offering varying views of nature.
A horseback riding vacation isn’t just for the accomplished horseman. At our Colorado guest ranch, horseback riding and adventure is available for all skill levels. There are 85 different horses in our dude ranch pastures, and each rider is matched to the the ideal horse. We will pair both horse and rider based on size, skill, and even personality. We want to ensure that the horse is perfect for you, that’s the best part about horseback riding – your horse becomes your partner. So we want to make sure you will get along famously with each other from the moment you begin this adventure together.
You see, it isn’t just you having an adventure while on horseback riding vacations, the horse is also enjoying discovering a new friend. They love riding out, it is what they were put on Earth to do… run, trot, canter and walk according to the terrain beneath their agile feet. Our professional dude ranch wranglers will divide guests by desire and ability. We assign one wrangler for every 6 riding guests to ensure that each person is getting the attention they need, and we can provide more customized lessons for each person.
We go everywhere in the saddle at this guest ranch! From Colorado mountainside creeks to wide open meadows to riding through the twists and turns of Ponderosa Pines—each ride will be exhilarating and memorable.
We have many different riding options at our guest ranch. What better way to start the day off than riding through the open meadows with the sun shining brightly? Our morning and afternoon rides are very popular with our guests, lasting 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours. Our half-day rides, lasting 3 to 4 hours, include a delicious chuck wagon lunch.
For those who want to get the most out of their horseback riding vacations, we offer all day lunch rides which last 6 to 8 hours. Each guest packs their lunch and eats on the trail. If you are a thrill seeker, we offer cattle drives for a small fee. To spend some time with the family, we have family breakfast rides. This is a great opportunity to bond as a family and appreciate the beauty of nature at the same time. For some family fun, we have Corral Capers, where you can join in on arena games on horseback.
If you have limited experience with horseback riding or have never ridden at all, it’s okay! Around 80% of our Durango dude ranch guests have ridden a horse less than 3 times. Our professional staff will teach you the basics and have you riding with confidence. Our progressive instruction program will start your week learning the basics of horseback riding and how to get comfortable with your horse. Most of our guests are tickled to discover that their mount is as curious about them as they are about getting to know the horse. Horses are sociable animals so be prepared to really enjoy hanging out with your new vacation partner.
If you’re an experienced rider looking for an excellent horseback riding vacation, our Durango guest ranch will not disappoint you. Colorado Trails has some fine quality stock on hand and a many miles of trails guaranteed to give you a challenge and adventure not possible at home. Don’t go another summer without visiting our guest ranch. If you’ve been searching for a perfect place for horseback riding vacations, you’re hunt is over. Sign up for your week at our Colorado dude ranch, we’ll be ready for you when drive in on Sunday.