Horseback Riding In Steamboat Springs: Where To Go

Published on 06/10/2019 by Brad Luth

Experience the lifestyle of a cowboy from the Old West and the spectacular beauty of the Colorado landscape on horseback riding Steamboat Springs trips. Ride through meadows filled with wildflowers, and explore the forests and streams that the early settlers and cowboys saw when they arrived in Colorado in the 19th-century. One of the best things about horseback riding trips is that there are so many options. Checking out the tours available at area ranches ahead of time will help you make the best choice for your Steamboat Springs trip.

Saddleback Ranch

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36975 Co Rd 179, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 | (970) 879-3711

Website: https://saddlebackranch.net/

The horseback rides at Saddleback Ranch offer a flexible range of options for riders of all experience levels. One of the most popular choices is the 2-hour ride, which includes a guided educational piece about the native Colorado cattle and local wildlife. You’ll have great photo opportunities at Saddleback Ranch during your excursion, so be sure to bring your camera!

 

Another tour that is very popular is the 30-minute horseback or horse-drawn wagon ride, during which you’ll see a lot of stunning scenery. Upon your arrival, your welcome will include cold drinks and the chance to view the gorgeous scenery. After enjoying dinner at the ranch’s lodge, you’ll learn how to do calf roping. The ride back will be timed for the spectacular Colorado sunset, so you’ll also be able to take this in. The 30-minute excursion is a fun and memorable experience for families and couples seeking a truly unique ranch experience!

 

More adventurous riders may want to try one of the ranch’s cattle drive rides. This ride takes place in the context of a real cattle drive, so you’ll have a great concept of the life of a real cowboy. These trips are leisurely, so you can enjoy a most relaxed pace and get up close and personal with the ranch animals.

Sombrero Ranches

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835 Howelsen Pkwy, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 | (970) 879-2306

Website: https://www.sombrero.com/

 

Sombrero Ranches offers a variety of trail rides for new and experienced riders, which are the perfect way for groups and couples alike to experience the splendor of the Rocky Mountains. Observe wildlife in their natural habitat with a quick trail ride, which is great for families with children. Or, book a breakfast or dinner excursion, which includes a horseback riding tour and a scrumptious cowboy-style meal cooked over an open fire.

 

The ‘Horse Drive Adventure’ is the opportunity to take part in Sombrero Ranches annual spring event that’s been a tradition for more than 40 years. Cowboys drive their herd, which is one of the largest in the country, more than 60 miles over the range to the western part of Colorado. Participants get an orientation and riding instruction when they arrive at the ranch, along with some time to explore before heading out on the Horse Drive. Many of the riders who’ve participated in past years come back each spring so early registration is recommended.

 

See Steamboat Springs and its incredible scenery in a different light by planning a one or two-hour trail ride or be adventurous and experience the Colorado wilderness on a day-long excursion. Spend time at one of the local ranches and experience the life of a cowboy. For a unique horseback riding experience, reserve a vacation rental during the winter and take a guided tour of the Aspen forest on a snowy trail. Choose the option that appeals to you and see the sights of Steamboat Springs on horseback.

Del’s Triangle 3 Ranch

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55675 Co Rd 62, Clark, CO 80428 | (970) 879-3495

Website: https://steamboathorses.com/

 

The rides that Del’s Ranch offers range from an hour in length to a full day, so you’ll have plenty of choices when taking advantage of horseback riding Steamboat Springs. The remote location is well worth the drive—you’ll experience a totally unexplored and untouched portion of the Colorado landscape. The guides are experienced riders and trainers, and most of the horses were born and trained on the ranch, meaning you’re guaranteed a safe and comfortable ride.

 

Del’s Triangle 3 Ranch offers one and two-hour trail rides during the summer. Explore Routt National Forest and ride through the habitats of elk and deer in Northwest Colorado. Full-day trail rides are also available to explore the Colorado landscape and have a homemade lunch on the trail. If you’re in Steamboat Springs in the winter, take a day and book a two-hour winter trail ride through the beautiful Aspen forest. You’ll learn about life on the ranch and its history and may view some of the winter wildlife.

 

For a thrilling, wilderness experience, plan a pack adventure for up to five days into the Colorado valleys, mountains, and lakes along the Continental Divide. The ranch supplies the horses, guides, meals, tents, and a cook from the ranch. Guests must pack their sleeping bags and personal items to be loaded onto the pack horses.

CR Summit

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33255 Creek Summit Lane, Oak Creek, CO 80467 | (970) 879-6201

Website: https://www.crsummit.com/

 

CR Summit is only 20 minutes from Downtown Steamboat Springs, with a festive, winter venue only 10 minutes away. The rides here are customizable and accommodate a maximum of six people for a more intimate experience. Steamboat Mountain and Hahn’s Peak are two of the primary attractions to see on these thrilling trips. One of the best highlights is the unique scenic views you’ll have from the hidden mountain trails.

 

The CR Summit Riding Club accommodates visiting and local riders and offers rides and private or custom lessons. Options for riding experiences include the pen, arena, or venturing out to the valleys, meadows, or mountain trails. During the winter and spring, supervised riding and lessons are available at the winter venue. CR Summit is a great option for horseback riders seeking an intimate and educational experience.

 

 

Lucky 8 Ranch

Lucky 8 Ranch
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23850 Tobiano Trail, Oak Creek, CO 80467 | (970) 846-5592

Website: https://www.lucky8ranchco.com/

 

Situated just 30 minutes outside of Steamboat Springs, Lucky 8 Ranch is a family-owned and operated bison ranch that sits on over 3,000 acres of wide-open mountain land. The scenic property features rolling hills, hay meadows, panoramic views of the mountain landscape, and several species of free-roaming bison.

 

Lucky 8 offers several fun ways to experience the ranch, though the horseback riding tours are by far the most popular. Excursions vary in length from 30-minutes to 2 hours and take riders through the Trout Creek Valley floor with views of Hahn’s Peak, Flatt Tops Wilderness, Sleeping Giant, and so much more.

 

The horseback riding trips at Lucky 8 include a light snack, free water, and a complimentary shuttle to and from the ranch. This purveyor is a great option for families, as there’s plenty to see and do on the ranch for children.

 

Are you ready to hit the trails? If horseback riding sounds right up your alley, be sure to check out our full guide on ‘things to do in Steamboat Springs’ — you’re sure to find a fun, new activity to add to your travel bucket list!