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wrangler ride

an hour in the saddle

The Wrangler Ride is perfect for novice and youth riders alike. The trail is fairly flat and open, taking you through some of Ouray’s historic mining country. Along the way you will view the valley floor with the towering Corbett Peak and White House Peak as a backdrop. 

  • About 1 hour

  • Ages 5+ (must ride their own horse)

  • $80/rider

  • Mountain peak backdrop

  • Available May-August

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Ranger Ride

just right

Just like the Wrangler Ride, the Ranger Ride passes through Ouray’s historic mining country. Views of the valley floor and mountain peaks above won’t disappoint.  The Ranger Ride will cross a stream, then loop passed a stunning waterfall. 

  • About 1.5 hours

  • Trail has a steep spot, them moves along a cliff edge (only lasts a few seconds)

  • COMPLETELY worth it!

  • Not for those afraid of heights

  • $120/rider

  • Available May-August

Buckaroo Ride

most popular

This is a versatile ride that has many trails available for any level of experience, making it our most popular ride.

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With a variety of trails to choose from, you will see big mountain views, cross streams, and navigate trails that are only open to foot or horseback travel. You might even see a waterfall. The Buckaroo Ride is sure to please any rider.

  • About 2 hours

  • Ages 7+

  • $160/rider

  • Available May-August

ranch hand ride

Cowboy up!

With trails accessed only by foot or horseback in the Uncompahgre Wilderness, this is the ultimate Colorado horseback riding experience.

Trails gain elevation until you reach the top, surrounding you with mountain peaks. To the east, Mt. Sneffels and to the west, Chimney Peak and Court House Mountain, the setting of John Wayne’s True Grit.

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Stop for a quick break to stretch your legs and check tack. Descend to the creek bottom where the horses get a well-deserved drink of water. Four hours in the saddle can be quite intimidating and will surely leave you a bit sore, but the experience is well worth it.

  • About 4 hours

  • Lunch Included

  • Adventurous first timers okay!

  • Ages 11+

  • $325/rider

  • Available May-August

make it epic

We know that  horseback riding will be the highlight of your vacation. Here are some things to think about before you come. 

we recommend

  • Pants of any kind

  • Closed-toed shoes

  • Sunscreen

  • Hat

  • Jacket

  • Water bottle

more info

  • Spotty cell service

  • Tip your guide

  • Max weight 230 lbs.

  • Early is on time. On time is late.