Arriving on horseback makes for a memorable wedding entrance, especially if the horse is also performing the ceremony. Steal the show with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 toward any guided trail ride from Vail Stables. This deal is valid through 9/30/2011.
The experienced wranglers of Vail Stables escort patrons on scenic riding trails through scenic mountainous terrain. After mounting their own Colorado horses, compatible in ability and favorite mythical centaurs, 6–12 saddled sojourners embark on majestic routes such as the Rocky Point Ride, a 50–70 minute jaunt that loops between bubbling creeks as it ascends a gentle slope up to Rocky Point, the destination vista perched at 8,900 ($60). The Bear Hollow Ride ushers equestrian troupes through a green aspen glade teeming with tall cow parsnip and a multicolor canopy ($75), and the two-hour Dark Timber Ride climbs to 9,400 feet, where the beetle-killed lodgepole pine beckons observers to its dim woodland harbor ($90). For a more challenging outing, customers can trade places with their horses or travel Elk Springs Ride, a three-hour trip with crests along high open meadows that regales riders with water from a natural mountain spring at 10,000 feet ($144).