Winter Horseback Riding

Steamboat values it’s western heritage that stems from the pioneer cowboys who settled the Yampa Valley in the late 1800’s. It’s no surprise that cowboys and cowgirls around town use their ranches to provide guests with activities like horseback riding, sleigh rides, and other winter time outdoor excursions.

Winter horseback rides are an experience like no other—slow falling gently down as you and your four-legged partner in crime blaze the trails. Expansive views of Hahn’s Peak, Steamboat Mountain, and the Zirkel Wilderness make for a gorgeous backdrop. So, hit the trails with one of these trusted family ranches!

Del’s Triangle 3 Ranch

For 6 generations, the Heid family has been riding horses through the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness area. They offer a variety of services to Del’s Triangle 3 visitors, from trail rides to hunting pack trips. These folks know the area well and will take you for a wild ride through the champagne powder. So take a break from skiing and head on out to beautiful Clark, Colorado for a real western adventure!

Del’s Triangle offers a two hour winter ride through the snow. Jump in the saddle and let your surefooted horse guide you through the snow-covered aspens. If you are lucky, you might even see some wildlife! Elk, deer, and moose are plentiful up in the Clark backcountry, so keep your eyes peeled. Listen to the history and stories of the ranch through the generations. These rides are $80 per rider and Del’s offers free shuttle pick up and drop off!

What should you wear? It’s recommended that you bundle up in your ski gear and snow boots. That way you stay warm and cozy! Kiddos who are coming to ride must be 6 years and older as they will ride their own horse. No doubling up allowed for horse and rider safety!

Reservations With Del’s Triangle 3

Visit to book your winter trail ride! Their website is the only place to book directly with them and see live availability. Reservations are highly recommended to ensure that your group gets to ride. If you would like more information or to speak to someone about what to expect on the ride, feel free to call 970.879.3495.

Saddleback Ranch

Saddleback Ranch is a mecca for outdoor activities year round. Their 8,000 acre ranch is located only 30 minutes from Downtown Steamboat and offers a variety of snow sports. They’ve got snowmobiling, sleigh rides, snow tubing, and winter horseback rides. The Iacovetto family has owned and operated this beautiful property since 1993. They want to give you a winter ride you will never forget. It’s sure to be fun for the whole family!

Their 1.5 to 2 hour horseback ride will take you through the snowy trees of Saddleback Ranch—weather permitting, of course. Enjoy the sights of the Flattops Wilderness, Sleeping Giant, and Mount Werner. Couple that with the wildlife you will no doubt see and stories of the ancestors who homesteaded the ranch almost 100 years ago, and you’ve got yourself one incredible afternoon.

Post-ride, warm up in the lodge with a cup of hot chocolate and a freshly baked cookie. Rides are available Monday through Saturday, and Sunday rides are only available during peak season. Saddleback has horses for all riding abilities and they have a minimum age of 8 years old. Please keep in mind tandem horseback rides are not available! Rides are $85 per rider and they do offer complimentary shuttle service. Pick up times are at 10am (during peak season only) and 1pm daily.

Reservations And Cancellations With Saddleback Ranch

To book your ride, you can use their online booking site by clicking here. Or, feel free to give them a call at 970.879.5311. Reservations are recommended to ensure that they can accommodate you.

Saddleback enforces a 48 hour cancellation policy. Please call them as soon as possible to adjust or cancel your reservation.