There are many places to choose for riding in Estes Park. Some are on private property and others ride the trails of Rocky Mountain National Park. One thing for sure, you can’t go wrong with a trail ride anywhere in this beautiful area. The kids will be talking about it for years to come.
Exploring the Estes Park area’s scenic trails by horseback is an experience you won’t forget, and it’s been a favorite thing to do since early visitors started coming to the valley and going out on trail rides in the late 1800’s!
Horseback riding outfitters throughout the valley offer numerous guided rides-from 1-hour to 8-hour to overnight. Some offer breakfast or steak dinner rides. Others offer pack trips that take fishermen to remote lakes and streams. One ride even takes you back in time to an old homestead! All ages and levels of experience are welcome, even young children. Outfitters know their stock and pair them appropriately.
Sturdy mountain horses follow established trails across private lands, into the mountains and through the Roosevelt National Forest. Some even cross into Rocky Mountain National Park.
In these wild areas, keep your eyes open for native wildlife, especially deer, elk and coyote, and interesting land formations. Witnessing it from the back of a horse offers a unique experience you won’t want to miss.
For additional information on horseback riding in Rocky Mountain National Park, please visit the RMNP Summer & Fall Adventures Page.