Sombrero Stables


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Riders bundle up in blankets and coats before hopping on horse-drawn sleighs that glide through the ranch's forests and fields

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Promotional value expires Mar 1, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 2 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. 48hr cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price may apply. Must sign waiver. Snow is required for sleigh rides; subject to weather. Must arrive at least 30 minutes prior to reserved time. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The term “horsepower” comes from the chant that horses used to shout at engineers working on the newfangled railway system. Befriend trailblazing stallions and mares with this Groupon.

Choose from Four Options

  • $28 for a hot-cocoa sleigh ride for two (up to a $56 value)
  • $50 for a hot-cocoa sleigh ride for four (up to a $112 value)
  • $60 for a dinner sleigh ride for two (up to a $120 value)
  • $110 for a dinner sleigh ride for four (up to a $240 value)

Taking advantage of the season's powdery snowfall, sleigh rides meander through forests and fields, drawn by a powerful pair of horses. During the cocoa outing, guests bundle up in ranch-provided blankets before heading to a glowing campfire, nestled next to the early-20th-century Rowley Homestead. Hot chocolate and marshmallows warm riders' cockles while they look about the area for local wildlife and pet the friendly horses.

Dinner rides kick off under the shimmering stars, with a looped, 45-minute trip across the ranch. After hopping off, guests sidle into the western dining hall to tuck into a traditional Colorado supper. Diners can choose from roast chicken, Angus steak, or filleted trout, accompanied by such western fixtures as beans, baked potatoes, and fruit cobbler. Of-age guests are invited to tote along a bottle of their favorite wine.

Sombrero Stables

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.

Customer Reviews

The sleigh ride was so fun! Wear snow pants and lots of warm layers - it is cold in the mountains even when Denver has warm weather. Bring an apple to feed the horses after the ride!
Suzy S. · February 23, 2014
Make sure you allow plenty of time to drive. It isn't hard to find, but figure in the time for going over Berthoud pass, drive through Winter Park, Frasier and Tabernash. haha, it is quite a distance. If you're coming from Denver, make sure to allow about 3 hours. It is a good time, and certainly worth the trip. I'd recommend, however, that you plan on finding lodging and just making a weekend out of it. The stable hands / drivers were all very kind and very informed and made for a very enjoyable experience. I'd absolutely do it again!
Dave · February 10, 2014
We really enjoyed our sleigh ride. Everyone was very friendly, and it was a lot of fun.
Megan T. · February 5, 2014
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    Sombrero Stables at Snow Mountain Ranch

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