Before man learned to ride horses, Western films ended with cowboys jogging into the sunset. Saddle up with this Groupon.
Choose from Four Options
- $35 for a one-hour guided trail ride for two (a $70 value)
- $45 for a two-hour guided trail ride for two (a $100 value)
- $70 for a one-hour guided trail ride for four (a $140 value)
- $90 for a two-hour guided trail ride for four (a $200 value)
During trail rides, an experienced guide leads up to 10 guests through the sloping, picturesque wilderness of Estes Park. Two-hour trips journey up to 900 feet higher in altitude than the one-hour trips, with additional scenic views of Big Thompson Canyon, Eagle Valley, and the Roosevelt National Forest. Rides will be scheduled by reservation per winter hours.
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. Cody distinguishes the Continental Divide ride as one of the most awe-inspiring; it begins at Bear Lake at 6 a.m., wending across the Continental Divide and to Grand Lake during a nine-hour stretch.