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Salida Colorado Trail Rides and Horseback Riding

Horseback riding has gone from necessity to recreation. In the days of the Old West, horses provided valuable transportation. Today, horseback riding is often listed as one of the "fun" things to do in outdoor destinations such as Colorado's mountain town of Salida. It is a wonderful way to explore the back country of Colorado and get a look at the high country beauty that would otherwise be missed. Chaffee County outfitters provide a number of opportunities for horseback riding--whether you just want to rent a horse, participate in a guided tour, go on a pack saddle hunting or fishing trip, or take an overnight trip. And, if you want to bring your own horse, there are accommodations to do that too! For those who opt to pair up with something-other-than-a-horse, why not try llama trekking? Yes, Salida has that as well…

Guides and Outfitters

AOK Korral at the Buena Vista KOA Kampground
One-, two-hour rides; half-day, all-day rides; sunset rides. Trails wind around the BLM wilderness adjacent to the KOA campground. Stunning views of the Collegiate Peaks (fourteeners).
27700 CR 303
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Phone: (719) 395-8318
Toll Free: (800) 562-2672

Arkansas Valley Trail Rides (at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Stables)  
Scenic rides along Chalk Creek and overlooking the Chalk Cliffs. One-hour trips to day trips, trail rides to pack trips.
14582 CR 162 
Nathrop, CO 81236
Phone: (866) 877-3630

C & M Outfitters
Half- and full-day trips, overnight and multiday pack trips; Evening hayrides in Percheron drawn wagon available.
33145 CR 9 Fairplay, CO
Phone: (719) 836-3388

Cottonwood Stables
One- and two-hour, half-day and full-day rides in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Beginner, Experienced and “Steak Rides” (early evening ride).
19632 Hwy 50
Cotopaxi, CO 81221
Phone: (719) 942-4125 

Deer Valley Ranch
Enjoy mountain scenery at a Colorado dude ranch located near Mt. Antero and Mt. Princeton.
16825 CR 162
Nathrop, CO 81236
Phone: (719) 395-2353
Toll Free: (877) 897-1297

Elk Mountain Ranch
Sunday-to-Sunday Ranch Week, rates include meals, lodging, activities. A one-week adventure with all-inclusive prices.
PO Box 910
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Phone: (719) 539-4430
Toll Free: (800) 432-8812

Granite Mountain Outfitters
Summer and Fall western outdoor and ranch fun, rides along the base of the Sangro de Cristo Mountains. One- and two-hour rides, half-and full-day horseback excursions.
4500 Hwy 285
Villa Grove, CO 81155
Phone: (719) 530-0480 or (719) 221-3479 (cell)

Harvard City Riding Stables
One-hour, two-hour, half-day and full-day rides in the Cottonwood Creek and Mt. Princeton areas.
20360 CR 306
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Phone: (719) 966-9395

High Country Trail Rides
Rides ranging from one hour to a full day and pack trips in the Monarch Pass area and along the Continental Divide. Rides are available until October. Customized horseback rides, take from 1-6 hours. Stay at the Shadow Mountain Guest Ranch, 7 miles from Granby.
PO Box 1849
Granby, CO 80446
Phone: (970) 531-0480 or (970) 887-8991 

Parelli Horse Play
Horse training, programs, clinics, lessons. 
27368 CR 500 
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Phone: (970) 883-2640

Antero Mountain Ranch Trail Rides
CR 274  
Nathrop, CO 81211
Phone: (719) 395-6340

Llama Trekking

Antero Llama  
Pack llamas and gear for rent.
9485 CR 120 
Salida, CO 81201
Phone: (719) 539-6888

Spruce Ridge Llamas
Day and overnight guided llama pack trips.
4141 CR 210
Salida, CO 81201
Toll Free: (888) 686-8735


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