Relive the Old West with a Colorado horseback riding adventure. From scenic trail rides to thrilling cattle drives, AVA offers a variety of options for varying skill and excitement levels. Want to pack even more into your day? Combine a horseback ride with rafting on the Colorado River for the memory of lifetime.
COLORADO HORSEBACK RIDES
AVA offers horseback riding at three convenient locations in central Colorado. Our most diverse offerings are just north of Summit County and close to our Upper Colorado River rafting trips. We offer several trail rides in the Arkansas River Valley which can easily be combined with an Arkansas River whitewater trip or zipline tour. We also offer a ride conveniently located in Breckenridge.
HORSEBACK RIDING AND WHITEWATER RAFTING IN COLORADO
There are no two activities that say “Colorado” like whitewater rafting and horseback riding. Enjoy the thrill of splashing down the river, then explore alpine meadows and forests on horseback to see everything the state has to offer. The “paddle” half of our Saddle & Paddle packages takes place on the scenic Upper Colorado River with rapids appropriate for all ages and ability levels. The “saddle” portion takes place just a short drive south making both activities doable in a single day.
HORSEBACK ADVENTURE NEAR SUMMIT COUNTY
Just 45 minutes off Interstate 70, Rusty Spurr Ranch offers trail rides that go beyond traditional nose-to-tail format for a classic Western experience and more personalized attention. Keep your eyes peeled for the abundant local wildlife – even this close to the heart of Summit County, you’ll feel like you’re in the wilderness.
In addition to trail rides, we also offer authentic cattle drives from this location for riders seeking an even greater sense of accomplishment and teamwork.
HORSEBACK RIDING IN THE ARKANSAS RIVER VALLEY
Experience the renowned Arkansas Valley, a stunning river valley in central Colorado bordered by the highest peaks in the state. Ride along the Colorado Trail and through the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area with vistas of snow-capped mountains, serene meadows and towering ponderosa pines. These trips are just down the road from our Buena Vista Outpost, where we offer whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River and mountaintop zipline tours on our 44-acre private course.
BRECKENRIDGE HORSEBACK RIDING
Climb high above the renowned historic town of Breckenridge, Colorado. You’ll explore the rivers and forests of Peaks 9 and 10 of the Ten Mile Range and catch stunning vistas of the surrounding peaks and valleys in addition to one-of-a-kind views down on the town. Visitors who have experienced Breckenridge in the winter will be amazed at the transformation of the ski trails once the snow has melted.
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