Horseback Riding Near Boulder
While horseback riding isn't readily available to visitors within the city of Boulder, nearby stables outside the city offer riding experiences to enjoy the foothills and valleys Boulder calls home. Estes Park is about an hour from Boulder and has several outfitters that offer horseback riding.
Frequently Asked Questions About Horseback Riding in Boulder
What should I bring with me for horseback riding?
Long pants and closed-toe shoes (boots preferred) are recommended for horseback riding. You'll also likely want to bring an extra couple of layers or a jacket for that spontaneously changing Boulder-area weather. Just like any outdoor physical activity, bring a bottle of water and sunscreen. You may also want to bring snacks if you're doing a longer ride. Typically the barn or stable will provide you with the option to rent a helmet, but you may want to double-check before booking.
How much does horseback riding cost?
Prices for horseback riding vary depending on what type of riding you will be doing (ie: trail riding, children's pony rides, group/one-on-one lessons, etc.) and which facility you choose. Generally, for an adult, horseback rides start around $50 per hour and can go upwards of $90. Children's pony rides typically cost around $30. Discounts are usually available if you book a package deal.
Do I need to be an experienced rider?
You do not need to be an experienced rider to enjoy most rides with barns and stables in the Boulder area, but many facilities offer longer or more technical rides for those with riding experience. Check with the barn to see which rides are appropriate for beginners and children before booking.
Are their horseback riding options for kids?
Yes! Nearly every barn and stable in the Boulder area offers pony rides for children, typically 5 and older. Many also offer mellow activities for your even-younger ones, like horse-drawn hayrides.
How long are the horseback rides?
Horseback rides typically start at one hour for adults and can go up to a full day (8-9 hours). Children's pony rides usually last 20-30 minutes.