We live in the beautiful Vail valley, but don’t always think to take advantage of some of the best activities here. I grew up horse crazy, taking riding lessons twice a week but have not been on a horse in five to ten years. So when the idea and opportunity to horseback ride Beaver Creek presented itself I couldn’t image a better way to spend the afternoon with my daughter.
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The accessibility to Beaver Creek Stables is super convenient. We drove up past the bus drop off and parked in a dirt lot right next to the stable. You check in and they have horses ready and saddled up for you. I am sure all of the wranglers are fantastic, but our wrangler, Kevin, made the girls so comfortable and was fun and funny. The horses are clearly well cared for. A couple were even a little pudgy coming off of their winter rest down valley.
We took the one hour ride which takes you through Aspen groves and provides beautiful views of the slopes and village below. At times we felt as though we were in the middle of nowhere but then would come around a bend to be able to see Beaver Creek Village below. It was perfect for our group of myself and two nine-year-old girls, but I’d love to go back and take the Beaver Creek Lake horseback ride.
Free Pony Rides at Beaver Creek Stables
I am also planning to take my four-year-old son up for a pony ride. Riders do have to be seven-years-old for the trail rides but little cowboys and cowgirls six and under can come up for a free pony ride between 10 am – 2 pm.
What to Know Before Riding Beaver Creek Stables
Make reservations and then arrive a few minutes early.
- If you have your own bike helmet accessible, bring it. Riders ages 7 to 17 are required to wear helmets on the trails.
- Wear sunscreen and bring water.
- Bring your camera. There will be many wonderful photo opps!