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Horseback Riding
Come enjoy the majestic scenery of Vallecito Lake and the surrounding San Juan National Forest in the most western way possible...on horseback!  Our trail starts by winding through open Ponderosa Pine forest with views of Vallecito Lake and the rugged San Juan peaks. The trail then descends down to the lake shore for great photo opportunities! 

In close proximity to Durango (only 45 minutes) this is the perfect day trip into the mountains for anyone staying in the area.

Rides run all summer long, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

One Hour Rides
10 am, 1 pm, and 4 pm Daily
Climb trails along the wooded mountainside and enjoy spectacular views of Vallecito Lake.
$70 per rider
Two Hour Rides
10 am, 1 pm, and 4 pm Daily
Climb trails along the wooded mountainside and enjoy spectacular views of Vallecito Lake.
$120 per rider
For same day or next day bookings, please call (970) 884-2482.
*All riders must be at least 7 years old.
*We are not able to accommodate riders who are more than 220 pounds.

All minors 12 years and under must have a parent or guardian accompanying them on the ride. Teens aged 13-17 may ride without accompaniment, but will need parental signature on the waiver.

All horse rides and times are subject to change or cancellation due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Can we ride doubles? My child is too small to ride on their own.
No. With the inherent risks of horse rides on hilly terrain it is not safe to ride double. We are happy to sit your small child on a horse for a 10 minute walk around the stable yard either directly before or after scheduled rides.

What should I wear?

Comfortable pants with a bit of give, closed-toed shoes preferably with ankle coverage and a bit of a heel like a cowboy or hiking boot. Tennis shoes work as well! We require that all riders wear secure closed toe shoes with a back. No sandals, flip flops, crocs, Vibram five fingers, or high heels.

What if it rains?
We ride in the rain! Up here at 8000' elevation we get 3-4 seasons in one day very often. If weather is too inclement (thunder or hail storms) we will contact you to cancel or reschedule if we can.

I'm over your weight limit, but I've ridden horses before. Why can't I ride?
Due to our contracts with the companies we lease our horses with as well as our insurance we must strictly enforce the 220lb weight limit. Our rides travel on hilly, rocky terrain, and the horses need to be able to get their footing without struggle.

Can I ride if I am pregnant or have back injuries, I'll sign a waiver!
Sorry, no. There are inherent risks to riding, the way the horse needs to walk is often jarring, and you must have free movement of your core as well as be able to dismount on your own in an emergency.
For a refund, cancellations must be made at least 8 hours in advance.
If you are to arrive and for some reason do not go on the ride, you will not receive a refund.

How old do riders have to be?
For trail rides the youngest riders must be at least 7 years old and capable of sitting on their own for over an hour.
Younger riders wanting a horse experience can be led around the stable yard for 10 minutes at no charge either right before or after standard rides.

Do you have mounting blocks to get into the saddle?
At the stables we do have mounting blocks and the ability to assist you up into the saddle. However, all riders must be able to dismount on their own in an emergency as well as climb back into the saddle without a mounting block if necessary.

Do I get to pick the horse I ride?
Our wranglers will match you with a horse. They all have their own personalities, some are more suited to specific types of riders than others.

Are reservations required?
Yes, at this time reservations are required.
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*All rides require a signed liability waiver, a 15 minute safety briefing, and allow another 15 minutes for everyone to be saddled. Rides begin approximately 30 minutes after your scheduled arrival time, and then run for the stated length, so expect to add 30 minutes to your scheduled time.
The Elk Point Lodge is an equal opportunity service provider and employer and operates under special use permit #0596-0082 from the USDA Forest Service,
San Juan National Forest.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.