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Steamboat Magazine

Adventures in the Wild West

06/09/2023 07:00AM ● By Ski Town Media

(Horseback riders weave through autumn aspen trees. Photo courtesy of Ron Dahloquist.)

From the Steamboat Springs Visitors' Guide Summer 2023. 

To return to Steamboat’s Western roots and explore the valley the way settlers first did, take a horseback ride through the sprawling Yampa Valley terrain. 

Book your ride at Saddleback Ranch, which offers one- and two-hour rides for ages 6 and up. While the  rides are mostly at a walking pace, it’s not necessarily nose to tail – the 8,300 acre ranch offers ample space to spread out and enjoy the authentic Western scenery. Keep an eye out for wildlife like elk, deer and birds that are prevalent in the area.

If you want to bring a carrot or apple for your four-legged friend to munch on, feel free. Sunscreen is also a must, and a small water bottle is highly recommended.  The ranch can provide a saddlebag to hold items during the ride. Long pants, closed-toe shoes and a brimmed hat are also necessities. Children under 12 must wear a helmet.

Guided horseback rides are part of the service industry, so while tipping is not required, it sure is appreciated. 

Whether you want to return to the town’s Western roots or see the Yampa Valley’s beautiful scenery from a different perspective (atop a horse), trail rides salute Steamboat’s history and nature, and are the perfect way to see more of the mountains. 

To see a full list of all the horseback riding outfitters in the Yampa Valley, visit page VG52 of the Steamboat Springs Visitors' Guide Summer 2023, or check us out online at: