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Horseback Riding in Estes Park

Horseback Riding in Estes Park

Riding horses goes hand in hand with the West. Western-style horseback riding evolved from the warfare and cattle-working traditions brought to the Americas by the Spanish Conquistadors. Both the riding style and the equipment have changed to meet the working needs of cowboys in the American West.

Riding a horse in the mountains is a bucket-list item for many. You’ll find options for first-timers and experienced riders alike. Grab your Western gear and go for a ride.

Riding Attire

Your feet need to be protected, so no flip flops. Wear sturdy shoes. If you have cowboy or cowgirl boots, even better! 

Wear long pants, as you don’t want bare skin against the saddle. Bring a jacket. The wranglers will tie it to your saddle. 

To protect your neck and face, wear a brimmed hat – or better yet, a cowboy hat! Bring a water bottle full of water. Always wear sunscreen.

Riding 101

Horses are very friendly and intelligent animals. They are conscious of you, your feelings, and your physical ability. If you are nervous, they can tell. Say hello to your horse and become their friend and you will both enjoy your ride.

Wranglers teach a basic horsemanship and safety course, determine your ability level, and match you with the appropriate horse. 

Don’t be loud around the horses. They are social animals, so give your horse a reassuring pat occasionally.

Traveling With Your Horse

For those traveling with horses, campsites with horse corrals are available at the Kruger Equestrian Campground in Hermit Park Open Space located about 2.5 miles southeast of Estes Park just off US Hwy 36. 

Plan ahead by calling to reserve your spot as this is a very popular campground. Horses are allowed on all the trails except Kruger Rock. 800-397-7795,

There are many miles of trails open to commercial and private horse use in Rocky Mountain National Park. Rocky also offers some backcountry campsites for you and your horse.

No special permit is needed for your horse, but you will need an entrance pass and a timed-entry reservation. See for details.

Saddle Up!

Jackson Stables, on the grounds of the Estes Park Center/YMCA of the Rockies, offers one-hour to all-day rides, and pony rides for children five years and younger. 

Private and open horse-drawn hayrides are available throughout the summer. Group rates for 18+ riders are available. Each hayride lasts approximately 1.5 hours and includes a campfire and marshmallow roast. 

Reservations required. Summer phone 970-586-3341 ext. 1140/1149, winter phone (Nov.-March) 970-586-6748,

National Park Gateway Stables is a second-generation family-owned stable, in business for more than 48 years. They offer incredibly scenic rides with spectacular views of the Mummy Range from two hours to full-day trips. 

All rides go into Rocky Mountain National Park (no timed entry required to ride).

They offer a variety of rides for all skill levels. If you are new to riding, they have horses that are calm and gentle.

For experienced riders, 7- to 9- hour rides are offered either to the top of Deer Mountain or to high elevation lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Trips depart hourly, and dinner rides are also available. The stables are located on US Hwy 34 just past the Fall River Visitor Center and just before the north entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. 970-586-5269,    


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