Horseback Riding In Steamboat Springs: Where To Go

Published on 12/15/2017 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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The rides at Saddleback Ranch offers a flexible range of options for riders. One of the most popular choices is a 2-hour ride that includes learning about the cattle and local wildlife. You’ll have great photo opportunities, so you’ll want to make sure you bring your camera.

Another ride that is very popular is a 30 minute horseback or horse-drawn wagon ride, during which you’ll see a lot of stunning scenery. On 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.

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


CR Summit

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CR Summit is only 20 minutes from Downtown Steamboat Springs, with a festive, winter venue 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 trips. One of the best highlights is the unique scenic views you’ll have from the mountain trails.

The 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.


Del’s Triangle 3 Ranch

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The rides that this ranch offers range from an hour to a full day, so you have plenty of choices when taking advantage of horseback riding Steamboat Springs. The remote location is far from everyday activity. The guides are experienced riders and trainers, and most of the horses were born and trained on the ranch.

Del’s Triangle 3 Ranch offer one and two-hour summer trail rides. Explore Routt National Forest, ride through the habitats of elk and deer in Northwest Colorado. Full-day trail rides are available to explore the Colorado landscape and have 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 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.


Sombrero Ranches

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Sombrero Ranches offers a variety of trail rides for new and experienced riders, and are the perfect way to experience the splendor of the Rocky Mountains. Observe wildlife in their natural habitat and enjoy breakfast or dinner cooked over a campfire. A trail ride is a fun choice for a family outing. The destination for the two-hour breakfast and dinner rides is Estes Park.

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 participants must register early.


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.