The Best Colorado Riding Trails

The Best Riding Trails in Colorado

Stay at home orders are beginning to lift and the parks are opening back up. Also, riding trails have started to reopen their gates. There are many Colorado riding trails all over the state and can be found on our Colorado Horse Parks and Trails page. The following is a list of some of the most popular places to ride in Colorado. Remember, if you are looking to buy or sell horse property in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property for assistance. We have horse-person realtors who have been in the business for decades.

The Most Popular Places to Ride in Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park

There’s so much to see at Rocky Mountain National Park that you can’t see it all in one day. Accessed through the city of Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park can be viewed a number of ways. You can hike, cycle, and even drive through the area. Also, this park provides wonderful Colorado riding trails for horseback riding. Go for a scenic ride along rushing rivers and high mountain lakes. Horseback riding through this park will bring you face to face with wildlife and nature.

Roosevelt National Forrest

Another gem that is accessed through Estes Park, this park is also popular with riders. Roosevelt National Forrest brims with sprawling valleys, thick forests and glistening alpine lakes. Start your horseback journey in the city and continue into the Forrest. Roosevelt National Forest is also teeming with wildlife like deer, elk and coyotes. All of this and more can be experience on horseback.

Maroon Bells Park

The two peaks that make up Maroon Bells are the most photographed peaks in Colorado. This beautiful vista is located on the border of Gunnison and Pitkin Counties in western Colorado. Maroon Bells Park also includes a reflective, glass-like lake just below the aspens and conifers framing the often snow-spotted rocky peaks. All of this and more can be experience on horseback.

Colorado Horse Racing

Colorado Horse Racing

Horse racing has a long and distinguished history and has been practiced in civilizations across the world since ancient times. Archaeological records indicate that horse racing occurred in Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Babylon, Syria, and Egypt. This sport has been around for a long time and though many tracks have closed since their heyday the industry is stronger than ever. In fact, the sport is worth around $100 billion dollars. Also, the horse racing industry employs around 1.5 million people. There are approximately 10 million horses in the US that contribute to the racing industry. Despite this, betting on horses is legal in 22 states. Another fun fact is that 60% of horse betting is now done on mobile phones. If you are looking to buy a horse property in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property today and speak to one of our horse-person realtors.

Arapahoe Park

Colorado was once home to many horse racing facilities, like Centennial Park and Memorial Park. Today the Arapahoe Park racing track is the premiere Colorado horse racing track. Arapahoe Park is a horse-racing track in Arapahoe County, Colorado on the outskirts of Aurora, owned and operated by Twin River Worldwide Holdings. Located at 26000 East Quincy Avenue, Arapahoe Park hosts Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, Paint Horse and Arabian horse racing. Check out our posts on popular horse breeds for more information about these types of horses.

The racing season generally begins in mid-May and continues through the late spring into the summer, wrapping up in mid-August. The track is home to the Mile High Futurity and the Mile High Derby, both quarter horse stakes races with final purses of over $100,000. For Thoroughbreds, the meet’s marque race is the Gold Rush Futurity, a 2 year old stakes race going six furlongs for $100,000 in purse monies. Arapahoe Park also hosts four graded stakes races, all for Arabian horses. For more information, check out the Arapahoe Park website.

Think You Want to Buy a Horse?

Photo by Sarah Olive on Unsplash. How to buy a horse.

Should you go to a breeder or is a rescue a better place to buy a horse? With so many paths for first time horse buyers and long-term horse owners, it can be hard to decide. Should you spend a ton of money on trained horse, or do you get a horse that you’ll have train? You can Google until your hands hurt, or you can learn everything you need to know from a professional. Colorado Horse Rescue‘s Head Trainer and Clinician Sarah Hofkamp is one such professional.

She will be going over how to buy a horse and horse ownership at the CHR’s March 15th clinic. Thickets for the clinic is only $65 per person and will begin at 10 AM. This clinic educates horse-buyers on the intricacies of selecting the right horse and how to keep it happy and healthy. Also, CHR is a great opportunity to get involved in your local equine community.

About Colorado Horse Rescue

If any one facet of the Colorado horse community were building a better future for horses, it would be CHR. There slogan is, “We see it. We believe in it. And we are here to make it happen.” Colorado Horse Rescue is an impact organization that has been operating in Colorado since 1986.

The organization works to create a reality where safe solutions exist for every horse. Unfortunately, due to poor education and limited options, not all horses have a safe home and that’s why CHR actively seeks out and takes in all types of at-risk horses. They enable owners who have fallen on tough times to re-home their beloved horses without judgement. They do their best to make sure that no horses are sent to slaughter or unsafe conditions via auction or sale. Looking for a new home for you and your horses? Call the Colorado Horse Property team today for the best horse-person realtors in the state.

Zapata Ranch

Zapata Ranch

Zapata Ranch

Choosing a guest or dude ranch for your next vacation is a great way to reconnect with nature. Horses are proven to reduce stress levels and can add adventure to your life. Colorado is one of the best states for guest ranches and has some of the most splendid views in the country. Additionally, Mosca Colorado is a great place in Colorado for guest ranches, including Zapata Ranch.

Zapata Ranch borders the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. This is the newest National Park in the United States. Also, the high desert grasslands, alpine forests, wetlands, sand dunes, creeks, and lush meadows offer one of the most scenic and ecologically diverse landscapes in the United States. In addition to their livestock operation, the ranch features working ranch vacations, educational programs centered around their bison herd, and active, ambitious conservation programs aimed at preserving the surrounding land. Take it straight from the horse’s mouth. “We believe in enjoying what we do, and we believe it shows. We feel privileged to be living on the land and living from the land, and we try to share that enthusiasm with each visitor to our ranch.”

Guest Ranches in Mosca Colorado

Are you interested in one of the many guest ranches that Colorado has to offer? You can check out Zapata Ranch and many like it on our Dude and Guest Ranches page. Enjoy living with horses? Looking for you own horse property to call home? Search our site from thousands of properties in Colorado. You can even sign up for alerts and get notified whenever a new property becomes available in your area. If you need help, contact one of our premiere horse-person realtors today!

Wind River Ranch

Wind River Ranch

Wind River Ranch

Choosing a guest or dude ranch for your next vacation is a great way to reconnect with nature. Horses are proven to reduce stress levels and can add adventure to your life. Colorado is one of the best states for guest ranches and has some of the most splendid views in the country. Additionally, Estes Park Colorado is a great place in Colorado for guest ranches, including Wind River Ranch. Nestled in the majestic mountains of Colorado, Wind River Ranch offers a peaceful and beautiful setting for you and your family to enjoy a restful getaway from the norm.

Wind River Ranch runs all kinds of activities. On-ranch activities are included in your rate and a wide variety of off-ranch adventures. These include excursions for folks of all ages and desires. Also, they provide endless fun, games and activities for all your our kids—from babies to teens. Wind River Ranch offers excellent supervision and guidance from their well-trained and loving counselors. Also, for those who are seeking rest and spiritual recreation, Wind River Ranch offers a beautiful setting with quiet spaces of solitude to relax, revel in nature, or just kick back and read a book. Therefore, there is truly something for everyone at this guest ranch!

Guest Ranches in Estes Park Colorado

Are you interested in one of the many guest ranches that Colorado has to offer? You can check out Wind River Ranch and many like it on our Dude and Guest Ranches page. Enjoy living with horses? Looking for you own horse property to call home? Search our site from thousands of properties in Colorado. You can even sign up for alerts and get notified whenever a new property becomes available in your area. If you need help, contact one of our premiere horse-person realtors today!

Vista Verde Guest Ranch

Vista Verde Guest Ranch

Vista Verde Guest Ranch

Choosing a guest or dude ranch for your next vacation is a great way to reconnect with nature. Horses are proven to reduce stress levels and can add adventure to your life. Colorado is one of the best states for guest ranches and has some of the most splendid views in the country. Additionally, Steamboat Springs Colorado is a great place in Colorado for guest ranches, including Vista Verde Guest Ranch.

Vista Verde Guest Ranch has professionally trained chefs that are adept at every offering from checkered tablecloth cookouts to white tablecloth fine dining. Also, from cowboy coffee to crème brulee to what pleases the kids and what satisfies adults. Their dining experience strikes the balance between “ranchy and fancy.” Vista Verde Guest Ranch mixes it up so some meals are casual and serves a family style while others are more formal, multi-course dining events. What is the same at each meal is the high level of attention to quality, freshness and creativity. So if you have a yearning for some great dining during your vacation, Vista Verde has you covered!

Guest Ranches in Steamboat Springs Colorado

Are you interested in one of the many guest ranches that Colorado has to offer? You can check out Vista Verde Guest Ranch and many like it on our Dude and Guest Ranches page. Enjoy living with horses? Looking for you own horse property to call home? Search our site from thousands of properties in Colorado. You can even sign up for alerts and get notified whenever a new property becomes available in your area. If you need help, contact one of our premiere horse-person realtors today!

Tumbling River Ranch

Tumbling River Ranch

Tumbling River Ranch

Choosing a guest or dude ranch for your next vacation is a great way to reconnect with nature. Horses are proven to reduce stress levels and can add adventure to your life. Colorado is one of the best states for guest ranches and has some of the most splendid views in the country. Additionally, Grant Colorado is a great place in Colorado for guest ranches, including Tumbling River Ranch.

Tumbling River Ranch offers outstanding facilities, with a selection of cabins with fireplaces and private baths, and two historic lodges with spacious rooms and suites. While many of their guest cabins date back to the ranch’s beginnings in the 1940’s, you can be assured that each accommodation is spacious, comfortable and full of personal touches. Tumbling River Ranch is constantly updating and remodeling so that while you are staying in a mountain rustic cabin, you will feel all the comforts of home. One of the best features on each cabin and lodges is their outdoor spaces. Each space has their “living room” on the front porch. It is a great way to enjoy their cool evening air and beautiful mountain views.

Guest Ranches in Grant Colorado

Are you interested in one of the many guest ranches that Colorado has to offer? You can check out Tumbling River Ranch and many like it on our Dude and Guest Ranches page. Enjoy living with horses? Looking for you own horse property to call home? Search our site from thousands of properties in Colorado. You can even sign up for alerts and get notified whenever a new property becomes available in your area. If you need help, contact one of our premiere horse-person realtors today!

Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch

Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch

Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch

Choosing a guest or dude ranch for your next vacation is a great way to reconnect with nature. Horses are proven to reduce stress levels and can add adventure to your life. Colorado is one of the best states for guest ranches and has some of the most splendid views in the country. Additionally, Loveland Colorado is a great place in Colorado for guest ranches, including Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch. Sylvan Dale Ranch has a rich history. In the early 1900’s, Mr. and Mrs. Frend Neville owned a small cattle ranch at the mouth of the Big Thompson River.

Sylvan Dale has 3,200 acres of wildlife habitat, interspersed with Roosevelt National Forest. Also, the Ranch has been involved in restoration of bighorn sheep, wild turkeys, and other native species to the area in cooperation with the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. From their start at Sylvan Dale, these animals have expanded both north and south along the mountain front. Those bighorn sheep that you see in the Narrows of the Big Thompson Canyon likely were born at Sylvan Dale.

Guest Ranches in Loveland Colorado

Are you interested in one of the many guest ranches that Colorado has to offer? You can check out Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch and many like it on our Dude and Guest Ranches page. Enjoy living with horses? Looking for you own horse property to call home? Search our site from thousands of properties in Colorado. You can even sign up for alerts and get notified whenever a new property becomes available in your area. If you need help, contact one of our premiere horse-person realtors today!

Sundance Trail Guest Ranch

Sundance Trail Guest Ranch

Guest Ranches in Red Feather Lakes Colorado

Many people still spend their vacations at home. Why not go on an adventure this year during your vacation? Doctors proved that getting in touch with nature can reduce stress and has other health benefits. A great vacation that you can go on this year that will get you back in touch with nature is a Guest Ranch. You can ride horses or spend some time quietly fishing in the river. Colorado is one of the best places to find quality guest ranches. One of the most premiere guest ranches in Colorado is called the Sundance Trail Guest Ranch in Red Feather Lakes.

Sundance Trail Guest Ranch

Sundance Trail is the smallest guest ranch in the Colorado Dude Ranch Association. Their smaller size allows them to be relaxed, flexible, and to truly connect with all the guests who visit them. Also, they are open year-round. During the summer, most of their guests stay for an entire week. They experience an entire range of activities and connecting as a family. When it comes to fall, winter & spring, guests usually stay for a few days or a weekend. During these trips, guests experience nature. Also, they play in the Sundance Trail Guest Ranch open spaces, take in the views, unplug, ride horses, and relax.

Are you interested in one of the many guest ranches that Colorado has to offer? You can check out Sundance Trail Guest Ranch and many like it on our Dude and Guest Ranches page. Enjoy living with horses? Looking for you own horse property to call home? Search our site from thousands of properties in Colorado. You can even sign up for alerts and get notified whenever a new property becomes available in your area. If you need help, contact one of our premiere horse-person realtors today!

Rawah Guest Ranch

Rawah Guest Ranch

Guest Ranches in Jelm Colorado

Many people still spend their vacations at home. Why not go on an adventure this year during your vacation? Doctors proved that getting in touch with nature can reduce stress and has other health benefits. A great vacation that you can go on this year that will get you back in touch with nature is a Guest Ranch. You can ride horses or spend some time quietly fishing in the river. Colorado is one of the best places to find quality guest ranches. One of the most premiere guest ranches in Colorado is called the Rawah Guest Ranch in Jelm.

Rawah Guest Ranch

Northern Colorado’s historic Rawah Guest Ranch is an authentic western dude ranch located in one of the most scenic and unspoiled valleys in North America. Experience thrilling Colorado fly fishing casting for trout on our private stretch of the Big Laramie River. Also, bring out your inner cowboy on a back-country horseback ride along alpine ridges or through groves of aspen; relax on a spectacular hike along our 15+ trails through the surrounding Rawah Wilderness Area; or, simply kick back in a rocking chair on the front porch or curl up by a crackling fire in the rustic Rawah Lodge.

Are you interested in one of the many guest ranches that Colorado has to offer? You can check out Rawah Guest Ranch and many like it on our Dude and Guest Ranches page. Enjoy living with horses? Looking for you own horse property to call home? Search our site from thousands of properties in Colorado. You can even sign up for alerts and get notified whenever a new property becomes available in your area. If you need help, contact one of our premiere horse-person realtors today!