Folks from all over the world travel to Colorado in order to experience the raw beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Many choose to explore the area on horseback where one can experience high country vistas, vibrant mountain streams and local wildlife including moose, deer, elk and coyote. Vacations Inc recommends Sombrero Ranches, Inc. – Northern Colorado’s largest horse outfitters, with horses for all of your needs.
Today, the Sombrero, Inc. operation, offers visitors the opportunity to experience riding – as early settlers did – in the natural beauty of the Colorado Rockies. You won’t find any souvenir shops or commercialism at the Sombrero Stables locations. Sombrero has been very careful to preserve the land in order to share the dramatic beauty with their guests. An artist’s brush couldn’t have painted a more spectacular landscape. Come ride the Rockies with Sombrero and Hi-Country, Inc. and see for yourself.
Sombrero has 2 great locations in Grand County.
Sombrero’s Grand Lake Stables are located on the western edge of Grand Lake Village, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. On offer is a variety of riding options from two hour rides to all day rides. Terrain varies on all rides: flower-laden meadows, mountain streams, dramatic high trails high into the skies.
Choose from 2-hour rides, half and full-day rides, breakfast rides and steak-fry rides, or their 10-hour historic Continental Divide ride which gives you the opportunity to see some of the Rocky Mountain’s most beautiful country, and view its raw, unchanged splendor just as it was when the first settlers came to Grand Lake. Call (970)627-3514.
For full details on Sombrero Stables, visit their website.
Snow Mountain Ranch
Snow Mountain Ranch is located between Winter Park and Granby Colorado. Ride on the 5,200-acre ranch surrounded by snow-capped mountains. They are open year round and have lots of choices for fun activities in all seasons. Let their wranglers guide you across trails that take you by beaver ponds, mountain streams and through lush forests of pine trees and mountain flowers.
1-hour, 2-hour, and 4-hour rides are available, as well as breakfast rides, featuring cowboy coffee, hot cakes, sausage and eggs, and steak dinner rides. Fancy a wagon ride, or watermelon wagon ride for a group outing? They’re available too, again with breakfast or steak dinner options. Call (970)887-1999.
Fossil Ridge Outfitters
Located in downtown Winter Park next to the Beaver Village Lodge. There are 160 private acres of wetland property and home to moose, elk, mule deer, mountain lion, black bear and many more! Experience horseback riding, horse drawn wagon rides or the popular weekend dinner rides. Call (970)722-0100
What to Wear
While long pants and boots are the normal attire, shorts and tennis shoes will work on the one hour ride. A light jacket or sweat shirt is a good idea to bring along in the afternoon. You can tie extra clothing onto the saddle.