The Page Family on a Colorado horseback riding vacation in Estes Park
Estes Park CO guest post by Sarah Page
Our horseback riding vacation in Estes Park was one of the most memorable parts of our family’s summer vacation in Colorado. It was one of the activities we were most looking forward to, and we were not disappointed.
About Estes Park
Estes Park, CO is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). Situated between RMNP and the Roosevelt National Forest, Estes Park is the ideal location for an alpine vacation. In addition to a horseback riding vacation, there are literally hundreds of things for families to see and do in the summertime – especially in the outdoors. Other exciting activities include hiking, rock climbing, cycling, and rafting on the Colorado or Poudre rivers.
About Cowpoke Corner Corral
There are many stables to choose from in Estes Park, and you probably can’t go wrong. We chose Cowpoke Corner Corral based on a recommendation from my cousin. Cowpoke Corner Corral is one of two stables owned by SK Horses, LTD. The trail rides from this location take riders through the Roosevelt National Forest. The second location is National Park Gateway Stable, which takes riders through RMNP.
Cowpoke Corner Corral offers trail rides lasting anywhere from one to four hours for your horseback riding vacation. Even though the trails are sometimes fairly steep, most all of the rides are very family-friendly. They did a great job matching our level of experience with the horse that was the best fit for each of us. Our kids’ horses were smaller and gentler than the horses they chose for my husband and me.
The Horseback Riding Vacation
We chose the two hour ride, which costs $50 per person. After we had mounted our horses, I was pleasantly surprised when our group consisted of only our family of four and the guide. Most of the other trail rides we had experienced, took fairly large groups of people on the trail. This made our experience even more special to me, because we were able to spend some quality time together as a family doing something we all enjoyed.
So off we went on our horseback riding vacation! Our family of four, and our horses (Ace, Cadillac, Silverado, and Velvet) set off with our guide up into the mountains. This was going to be no ordinary trail ride.