One of the best experiences at the Colorado Trails Ranch is the intimacy and connection with nature. For an entire week, you will have the opportunity to not only discover your inner cowboy, but also rub up with some of the gentle giants on the ranch. Our dude ranch has many different animals, the main attractions being our horses. If you have never ridden a horse before in your life, let me start by saying you are missing out on an incredible experience. The best feeling in the world is the breeze blowing through your hair, as you gallop through one of many trails.

As our guest, enjoying horseback riding vacations, you will discover everything there is to know about horses, as you get up close and personal with them. You will learn the basics such as how to check a properly fit saddle, and the general concept of riding. Our seasoned horse loving staff at the dude ranch makes sure you and your horse are a fantastic fit for one another, so there is nothing but smooth sailing – from the very beginning of your week on the ranch. Once you and your horse have become acquainted, we start simple. By the end of the week, you and your horse will be great friends. It’s a fascinating thing, the relationship between a rider and a well-matched horse.


Horseback Riding Past the Basics

Once you have mastered the basics, you will work up to the jog. The jog is a little faster than standard walking and can be a great accomplishment for those just learning how to ride during their horseback riding vacations. For our guests who are looking forward to accomplishing more from their stay at the dude ranch, we offer a wide variety of courses such as loping and cantering, and private lessons. You will be in charge of what you want to learn with your horse during your stay at our Colorado dude ranch.

We also offer many extended activities during your guest ranch resort stay, including various ride options for the more experienced rider. These rides vary in length and can be a great idea for those staying at the guest ranch, Colorado Trails. Spend the morning or afternoon riding for a few hours, enjoy a half day ride, spend the entire day on the trails enjoying a packed lunch, or get up early to ride out in time to see the sunset on our San Juan Mountains dude ranch.

For those people wanting to experience the cowboy life on their vacation, we offer lessons on area work at the dude ranch. Try out some competition style riding on the poles, barrels or even keyhole and learn the true western lifestyle. Our guest ranch staff would be happy to give you pointers, instructions, and if you ask them nice enough perhaps a demonstration. Everyone’s horseback riding vacations are important to all here at Colorado Trail, we want your experience to be rich and highly rewarding.


What if I have no experience riding a horse?

No worries! If you have little to no experience horseback riding, we are more than happy to guide you through the basics to get you up on the saddle and truly connecting with these majestic beasts. We can pair you up with one of our experienced wranglers to choose the right horse and trail for your personality and style. Be prepared to be amazed at how quickly you will progress on horseback with our patient and experienced staff.


Best Time for a Horseback Riding Vacation: Horseman’s Week

Each September, a very special event is held at the Colorado Trails Ranch, the Horseman’s Week. This week is set aside for personalized riding instruction for all skill levels. Regardless of if you are an experienced rider looking to progress your advanced skills or if you are a complete beginner, this is the best time to visit the ranch. If that wasn’t enough, you can take advantage of a 20% discount from our normal rates during this week.

Once you have grown tired of your horseback riding vacation’s activities – at Colorado Trails Ranch resort, you are welcome take a break. Visit our private soda fountain for an old-fashioned milkshake or hit the hot tub for a relaxing evening.  The options are endless when you are staying at our Durango, Colorado dude ranch, which is exactly what your vacation should be. Great action, time to kick back and enjoy the gorgeous scenery and a whole lot of fun.

In fact, there are many activities that complement the horseback riding during your stay at our dude ranch.


When you’re not Horseback Riding…

Colorado Gourmet Meals

When you get back from a long day on horseback, you might be ready for a hearty meal. You’re in luck! When you are a guest at Colorado Trails, you get to indulge in some of the finest Western cuisine with our private chef. You can only expect gourmet, healthy, and high-quality meals with food that will please even the pickiest of eaters.


Luxury Modern Cabins

When the sun is setting and you’re ready to kick off your cowboy boots, relax at our modern cabins that will feel like the perfect home away from home. Each cabin included with our horse vacation packages has a private bathroom, daily housekeeping, and an inviting porch with spectacular views.


Dancing & Entertainment

Perhaps you are still packed full of energy after a thrilling day of horseback riding. If that’s the case, you can join our staff with an evening filled with dancing and entertainment. Get ready for a night filled with laughter for the whole family as you learn the ropes of square and line dancing.


Is a Horseback Riding Vacation Right for You?

If you like the idea of a grand escape from everyday life to the wilderness of the West, then exploring nature by horseback at Colorado Trails might be the perfect fit for you. So, are you ready for your next Western adventure with a noble steed? Give us a call at (970) 247-5055 to learn more about our horse-riding activities.