Of all of evolution's attempts, horses turned out to be the most rideable animal, beating out such competitors as reclinable kangaroos and tree stumps with saddles. Ride a comfy trail companion with today's Groupon: for $38, you get a two-hour breakfast horseback ride at Estes Park Horseback Riding in Estes Park (a $75 value).
Located at historic Elkhorn Lodge, about a 90-minute drive from Denver, Estes Park Horseback Riding indulges beginning and seasoned wranglers alike with western-style riding lessons and horse-top sightseeing tours of the surrounding mountainous terrain. A hot breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits, and gravy welcomes wanderers as they saddle up for their ride on the remote and scenic Elkhorn Mountain. Beginning at 8 a.m., or high noon in cowboy speak, this two-hour trot on one of the lodge's well-trained steeds affords stunning views along trails overlooking Estes Valley and remote areas of Rocky Mountain National Park. Experienced guides ensure that each rider is comfortable, paired with an appropriate steed, and fitted with a burly mustache.
Estes Park Horseback
The veteran equestrians at Estes Park Horseback let riders get an up-close look at the picturesque property of Elkhorn Lodge during year-round trail rides. The lodge is situated along the border of Rocky Mountain National Park. Consequently, horseback-riding excursions wind past several spectacular sights, including the Continental Divide and Old Man Mountain, easily distinguished by its inability to operate its smartphone. During winter months, snow-dusted paths stretch before riders, while spring and summer adventures trot along trails dappled with sunlight. Estes Park Horseback encourages guests to tote along cameras to capture scenic views and potential sightings of elk, bighorn sheep, and other animals roaming through the area.
600 W Elkhorn Ave.
Estes Park, Colorado 80517