Summit County by Horseback: A Great Riding Adventure
Posted by: admin April 7th, 2016
During the late 1700’s, the settlers of Colonial America started to move west. And when you picture the migration of these early pioneers, you most likely envision covered wagons pulled by horses, escorted by riders on horses to guard the convoy against danger. That was the way it was. These sure-footed and strong horses could easily handle the job of bringing settlers to the early American west because of their ability to easily navigate the rough terrain. Just imagine the awe-struck expressions of these colonists when they caught the first glimpse of the Rocky Mountains from the back of a horse! While this was over 200 hundred years ago, there is still nothing like taking in the grandeur and breathtaking beauty of the Rocky Mountains on horseback. So why not plan your next equestrian voyage during your trip to our Frisco bed and breakfast?
Spring is here, summer is on the horizon, and this might just be the perfect time to see the Colorado high country by horseback! The temperatures are heating up, the sun shines for at least part of every day, and things are springing to life everywhere you look. From the back of a horse, you can easily ascend the rolling hills, view hidden landscapes, and explore miles of uncharted country while experiencing that magnificent feeling that you’re part of something much bigger than yourself. So, if this sounds like something you might like to do while staying at the Frisco Lodge, here are some local outfitters to check out for the time of your life!
About nine miles south of our Frisco bed & breakfast lies the Breckenridge Stables, offering 1.5-hour trail rides between Peaks 9 and 10 on the Ten Mile Range above Breckenridge. Beginning May 27th, all ages can take advantage of one of these beautiful rides every 30 minutes between 8:30am and 4pm (except Noon) seven days a week. For $65 per adult and $30 for children, those 0-3 years old can ride double in the saddle with an adult, those ages 4 and up can ride solo with a rope attached to the horse and staff member, and those 6 years and older can ride their very own horse or pony.
Starting May 27th, from Wednesday through Saturday, you can also enjoy the Breckenridge Stables Dinner Rides. These 1.5-hour rides leave the barn at 4pm and take you to an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet with live music to entertain you during the meal.
The Keystone Stables offers a variety of options to choose from, including Scenic Trail Rides, Scenic Wagon Rides, Wagon Ride Dinners, and Pony Rides – all conveniently taken place just minutes from the Frisco Lodge in the White River National Forest.
For the Scenic Trail Rides, those eight years and older will join an experienced wrangler on a guided horseback ride through the White River National Forest. Learn the history of the area on both the 1-hour and 2-hour rides. For $47, the 1-hour rides leave Soda Ridge Stables at 8:30am, 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm, and 3pm while the 2-hour rides leave at 9am and 1pm for $75.
The Scenic Wagon Ride is a 60-minute scenic horse-drawn wagon ride that takes you through Soda Creek Valley to Keystone’s original homestead. Your wranglers will offer up an historical account of Keystone’s original settlement and its succession into a ski resort. Adult rides (13+) are $22, children are $16 and those 3 and under are free. Rides occur every day except Sundays and Wednesdays.
The Wagon Ride Dinner is a 30-minute ride in a hay free wagon that takes you through a remote valley to an historic ranch homestead. Again, the wranglers will explain the history of the area before enjoying a buffet-style dinner accompanied by live music, horseshoes, cattle roping and a fire pit. This unique Keystone experience is available every day except Sundays and Wednesdays and costs $69 for adults (13+), $32 for children 6-12 years of age, $16 for children 3-5 years of age, and free for infants (2 and under) with an adult.
For kids ages 3-7, at 10am and 3pm daily, they can enjoy a pony ride as their parents lead them around the corral. The price is $11 for a 15-minute ride.
Copper Mountain Stables
Also conveniently located just minutes from our Frisco hotel is the Copper Mountain Stables, offering a multitude of trail ride options. These offerings include a 1-hour ride ($50 per person), 1.5-hour ride ($60), 2-hour ride ($70), ½ day without lunch ($110), ½ day with lunch ($125), and all day ride with lunch ($180). Children must be 6 years or older to ride solo, while 5 and younger may be led by a guide. All trail rides lead you through a forest of pines and meadows with spectacular views, stream crossings, and wildflower viewing. You can expect to see a variety of wildlife as well.
Gore Range Outfitters
Enjoy a true western experience on horseback just like the early settlers did hundreds of years before. Just a few miles from our Frisco hotel, Gore Range Outfitters in Silverthorne offers a multitude of options to experience the valleys of wildflowers, streams, and forests of Aspens and Evergreens of the Rocky Mountains. Beginning May 22nd, you can choose from a couple of options; the 1.5-hour Rides or the Half Day Picnic Ride.
For $89 per person, the 1.5-hour rides depart Silverthorne at 9am, 12:30pm and 3:30pm, heads to Daley Ranch, and includes a 30-minute instruction session before your trip. You must be 8 years or older and have previous riding experience for these rides, and they are private or semi-private up to eight riders per trip.
For $109 per person, the Half Day Picnic Rides are limited to those ages 12 and up with previous riding experience. Your ride will be 4 hours of total time (including lunch & instruction) with at least three hours of riding time depending on the size and ability of the group.
While this is a partial list of outfitters and excursions to take via horseback, we hope this gives you an idea of what you can find and what you might expect on your next horseback excursion in the Colorado high country. Our concierge will have information on additional outfitters to choose from and will have your room ready for a good night’s rest after your horseback adventure