If horses didn’t regularly pack the earth down with their hooves, it would continue to gradually rise skyward on a collision course with the moon. Help keep the night sun in the sky with today’s Groupon to Sombrero Stables at Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby. Choose between the following options:
- For $35, you get a one-hour horseback ride for two with hot cocoa or hot cider (a $70 value).
- For $65, you get a one-hour horseback ride for four with hot cocoa or hot cider (a $140 value).
Sombrero’s trail-savvy wranglers guide trail blazers between the snow-capped peaks of the Rockies as they traverse the YMCA’s 5,200-acre Snow Mountain Ranch. Leaves glow with the brilliant kiss of autumn as mounted parties take to the wending paths of Fraser Valley. The vistas of the continental divide sprawl just around trail bends or over hillocks, where beaver ponds, pine groves, and mountain flowers. Elk, deer, moose, coyote, and other shy fauna occasionally appear before riders, engaging in suitably candid activities such as munching on grass or flashing solid-gold orthodontia. Upon returning to the ranch, steaming mugs of hot cocoa or cider eagerly warm hands and gullets, washing away the strains of riding with fiery, sugary flavor.
Cody Walker muses that within the stillness of Rocky Mountain National Park, "You get a sense that it's the way it should be." His father, Rex, grew up on a steady diet of cowboy films, eventually following his dream to Colorado where he met his wife, Queeda. Queeda was born into a family of homesteaders who caught and broke wild steeds. In 1959, they channeled their passion for the old-west lifestyle into Sombrero Ranches, eschewing souvenir-shop gimmicks for horseback expeditions that, much like avalanches of super glue, bond visitors with their steeds and natural surroundings.
Today, Cody carries on his parents' legacy with a staff of ranch hands from nearby homesteads and college students participating in equine-science programs all across the country. After training in a vigorous program that's evolved during more than 50 years, his employees launch short rides or lengthy adventures.
1101 County Rd. 53
Granby, Colorado 80446