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Plan Your Ride

This place is an ideal destination for people looking for a relaxing vacation that is far from the hustle and bustle of the city. You and your loved ones will surely enjoy the breathtaking and awe-inspiring scenery that you will witness here. Read on the following paragraphs below to know more about this famous Colorado travel destination.


Rocky Mountain National Park--known as "the Roof of the World" --covers 415 square miles, stretching from Estes Park across the Continental Divide to Grand Lake. Highest mountain in the park is Longs Peak which rises to 14,259 feet. With over 260 miles of trails throughout the park, exploring the area by horse is ideal.

You can see more of the park by horseback and you'll be viewing the scenic wonders in the same way that the first settlers did long ago. Trails throughout the mountains offer tremendous views of majestic mountains, dense forests, open meadows, mountain streams and lakes.

Since 1915 when first established as Rocky Mountain National Park, millions of visitors have come to marvel at the natural beauty. Fewer have discovered the magic hidden in the high country trails that you will experience on horseback. You can truly feel the spirit of the Rocky Mountains on a ride from Glacier Creek Stables.

As you ride throughout the park, note the difference in vegetation as the elevation changes. Ponderosa pine and juniper grow at lower levels on slopes facing the sun; Douglas fir dot the cooler northern slopes.

Blue spruce are found along streams and rivers with groves of aspen scattered here and there. Colorful wildflowers decorate the meadows. In higher elevations are forests of Englemann spruce and subalpine fir. Look for the glorious blue Colorado columbine wildflowers.

At higher altitudes, twisted and grotesque trees are on display, eerily clinging to the ground for life. And above the tree line is the alpine tundra. Come explore the park from Glacier Creek Stables and learn more about the earth we live on.

Choose from 2, 3, 5, 8 or even a 10-hour ride in the park. For a beautiful introduction to the Park, the shady two hour crosses two streams as it loops around the Glacier basin; for best wildlife viewing choose the early morning or late afternoon. To enjoy spectacular views, the three hour passes lakes and streams, climbs the moraine to give you panoramic views of the valley, Estes cone and Long's Peak; elk, deer, moose, bobcat and coyotes have been seen on this ride. Longer trips provide more in-depth views of the area and take you higher into the mountains. The 10-hour ride will take you up and over the Continental Divide via the Flat Top Mountain Trail to Grand Lake. Any ride you choose will leave you with memories you'll have forever.

We recommend that you book online soon. Everyone with a confirmed scheduled ride at Glacier Creek Stables will be allowed access up bear lake road all summer.

Daily Scheduled Rides at Glacier Creek Stables
For reservations, you can call the stables May 20 to Sept. 15
Duration Destination Departs Cost Per Person
2 Hour From Glacier Creek Stables to Glacier Basin, Emerald Mountain or Beaver Ponds 8 am, 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm $ 50.00
3 Hour From Glacier Creek Stables to Wind River; age 6 & up 8:30 am, 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm $ 65.00
5 Hour From Glacier Creek Stables to Bierstadt Lake and Mill Creek Basin; age 9 and up 8 am $ 90.00
8 Hour From Glacier Creek Stable to Storm Pass or Odessa Lake; age 10 & up. 8 am $ 150.00
10 Hour Our special Glacier Creek Stable ride across the Continental Divide via Flat Top Mountain Trail to Grand Lake (ask about date availability). See more info. 6 am $250.00

A National Park Concession:

In 1959 National Park Service officials recognized the need for a stable concession in the Park. To secure the highest type operation available, prospective concessionaires were interviewed on a national level, chosen carefully and remain under the supervision of the National Park officials.

For assistance in locating our stables, ask directions at the entrances to the Rocky Mountain National Park.

For Information and Reservations:
Call Glacier Creek Stables directly at 970-586-3244 (phone only good May to Sept)
Please note that when booking a reservation for Glacier or Moraine Park, you will be redirected thru Hi Country Stables checkout, which is our sister company. All transactions will be secured the very same way as Sombrero Ranches checkout. If you need further assistance, you can contact Hi Country Stables Corp. 1895 Big Thompson Ave. Estes Park, CO 80517.

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