Steamboat Springs culture is built around it’s long time history as a ranching community. At one point, not too long ago, it truly was the Wild West. Pioneer cowboys settled in the Yampa Valley during the late 1800’s. back then, the only way people traveled was on horseback.
From intimate rides with your significant other, to group rides with the family, or even dinner rides with friends, there are numerous horseback riding excursions you can take throughout the valley. So put on your Wrangler Jeans, Justin’s boots, and that Stetson hat ride out to explore Steamboat the way it was intended, from the back of a horse.
Large Group Ride Recommendations
Del’s Triangle 3 Ranch
For 6 generations, the Heid family has been riding horses through the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness area. They offer variety of services to visitors, from trail rides to hunting pack trips. These folks know the area well and will take you for a ride through the aspen groves, beautiful wildflower meadows, and more.
During the summer months, you can choose from a 1 hour, 2 hour, half day, or full day summer trail ride. The 1 and 2 hour are ideal for families with young kiddos who want to explore for a bit but not the whole day. Take in the views and keep your eyes peeled for various wildlife.
If you are looking for something a little more extensive, then check out the half day ride. Explore North Routt county, enjoy the breathtaking views of Hahn’s Peak, Elk Mountain, and more. Your guide will share their knowledge and stories of the area to give you a real taste of life in Clark, Colorado.
The full day ride is for folks who want to see everything that the are has to offer. Views, wildlife, and a fun summer day with Del’s trained guides and wranglers. It’s truly an adventure you don’t want to miss!
Pricing And Reservations With Del’s Triangle 3
Pricing varies depending on the ride.
- One hour: $55/rider
- Two hour: $85/rider
- Half day: $175/rider
- Full day: $350/rider
Reservations are highly recommended to ensure you have a horse to ride. They can be made easily online at www.steamboathorses.com. If you would like more information or prefer to speak to someone about what to expect on the ride, feel free to call 970.879.3495.
Saddleback Ranch has been family owned and operated since 1993. The Iacovetto Family has done a great job with this fully operational cattle ranch and 8,000 acre outdoor playground. They offer a wide variety of sports and activities ranging from ATV rides to cattle drives.
The 2-Hour Photo Opportunity Trail Ride is ideal for folks who want a taste of that authentic western heritage that is so prevalent in the valley. Enjoy the views, snap some photos, and learn about the cattle operations at Saddleback Ranch. If you are lucky, you might even get a glimpse at some of the local wildlife!
The Horseback Dinner Rides are a truly unique experience. Take a 30-minute horseback ride or horse-drawn wagon ride to the Double Dollar Lodge. There, you will be served refreshing cold drinks and some delicious food. After dinner, partake in the calf roping lessons offered before jumping back on the wagon or on your noble steed back to the check-in point.
If these sound a little tame for you and you are looking to get real Western, then sign up for the cattle drives. Spend the morning on horseback moving cattle, checking them for sickness, and ensuring everything on the ranch is doing well. You will be fully immersed in the day to day tasks and learn more about the cows, the horses, and a truly unique way of life.
Pricing And Reservations With Saddleback Ranch
The pricing for these horseback experiences is as follows:
- 2-Hour Photo Opportunity Trail Ride: $70/horse (riders must be 6 years & older)
- Horseback Dinner Ride: $95/horse (riders must be 6 years & older)
- Cattle Drive: $130/horse (riders must be 10 years & older)
Small Group Ride Recommendations
If you are looking for a more lesson-oriented ride, then CR Summit is the spot for you. Each of their trail rides starts off with a 10 minute lesson in their riding arena before hitting the trails. Enjoy views of Hahn’s Peak, Steamboat Mountain, and the Flattops Wilderness. Cap off the ride with a photo in their beautiful meadow to remember a day of fun playing with horses!