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You’ll never run out of things to do in Breckenridge, Colorado. With skiing in the winter and lots of summer activities, this is a great vacation destination any time of year. One of the most fun ways to see the area is by horseback riding in Breckenridge.

Nestled at the base of the Tenmile Range of the Rocky Mountains, Breckenridge sits at 9600 feet above sea level. The weather tends to be low in humidity, mild during summer days, settling in the ’60s or ’70s,. But often dipping into the ’30s or even upper ‘20s overnight. Making it the perfect weather for horseback riding.

Header photo courtesy Breckenridge Tourism Office/Vail Resorts.

The Colorado Rockies provide ample area to explore. What better way to see incredible sights than the way early settlers did? On horseback! Quite a few options are available to experience Breckenridge horseback riding on trails, experiencing cattle drives, or other unique horseback riding tours.

Insider Tip: There are lots of unique Colorado horseback riding adventures to be found throughout the state.

All of these horseback riding outfitters are also fairly accessible from Frisco, Silverthorne, Copper Mountain, and even Winter Park.

Photo courtesy Breckenridge Tourism Office/ Brian Sole.

Breckenridge Stables

Located between Peaks 9 and 10 on the Tenmile Range above Breckenridge, Breckenridge Stables provides horseback rides for all sizes, abilities, ages, and even for guests with disabilities. They offer hour and a half long trail rides. Or check out their special Horses and Hors D’oeuvres, which includes the hour and a half trail ride followed by hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment back at the ranch.

Their trail rides will take you over river crossings to see beaver ponds plus incredible, panoramic views of the continental divide. If you want to see the scenery that surrounds Breckenridge, this is a great opportunity!

Gore Range Outfitters

Offering horseback riding options, Gore Range Outfitters will take you on a one hour tour (for ages 8 and up). There’s also a half-day tour with a picnic which includes two and a half hours in the saddle plus food and some instruction time (for ages 10 and up). Or take a private one and a half hour tour (for ages 7 and up).

Horseback rides will take you through wildflower-covered valleys, through streams, and into forests of evergreens and Aspens. You can choose to ride into the wilderness or stay on the ranch.

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Photo courtesy Breckenridge Tourism Office/ Vail Resorts.

American Safari Ranch

Located 29 miles outside of Breckenridge, American Safari Ranch provides real horseback riding. Not just “nose-to-tail trail rides.” You can learn how to be a cowboy or cowgirl for a day. Or take a one-and-a-half or two-hour ride (for ages 8 and up).

Come to American Safari Ranch for just a few hours. Or plan to stay for the western hospitality and immerse yourself in the ranch life.

Rusty Spurr Ranch

Located about an hour north of Breckenridge, the Rusty Spurr Ranch has plenty of space for off-trail riding. With no public trails or high-traffic tourist areas, guests ride off the beaten path and explore the beautiful area.

The Rusty Spurr Ranch offers one, two, or three-hour scenic or mountain top rides (ages 8 and up). As well as authentic Colorado cattle drives which can be booked as a team-building activity (ages 12 and up). There’s also the Saddle and Paddle, an all-day riding and rafting adventure which includes a two-hour morning trail ride, lunch, and an afternoon float on the Upper Colorado River.

Breckenridge offers so much on its own year-round. Exploring the wilderness on horseback is an experience well worth your time. Whether you opt for a trail ride or a cattle drive, you will enjoy the incredible scenery in and around the beautiful Rocky Mountains. 

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Liana Moore

Liana Moore is a third-culture kid with a hangover from those days that is a severe case of wanderlust. She is more comfortable driving the cliffs of Amalfi, Italy or the dirt roads of Costa Rica or attempting to decipher the street signs of Osaka, Japan than navigating the theme parks of Disney World. But she loves it all. She doesn't believe a vacation is complete without an adventure. Her husband and kids know well that "adventure" often is code for mishap or challenge and it usually results in a good story. They seek outdoor experiences whether in the mountains, on a beach or in the jungle of a tropical country. Her favorite vacation is... all the ones she hasn't yet taken, as well as those she plans on taking again. And, that list is so, so long. But she continues to extensively explore her home state of Colorado, spends lots of time wandering Texas, California, New Mexico, Costa Rica, Mexico, Norway and has even explored Kazakhstan.

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