Snow Mountain Ranch (585)


Snow Mountain Ranch – YMCA of the ROCKIES
Open year-round • Only location with Daily Wagon / Sleigh / Carriage Rides



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Snow frosts the mountains and the sparkling magic of winter fills the air!

Trail Rides – Winter Schedule 

Sleigh Rides – Only a short drive from Winter Park and Granby!

Delicious Dinner and Hot Cocoa Sleigh Rides


Experience Something Special this Season

Uniquely situated on the 5,200-acre YMCA mountain property, our Snow Mountain Ranch location is open to the public for horseback riding year-round. The YMCA is located in the beautiful Fraser Valley between Winter Park and Granby, Colorado – just a 90 minute drive from Denver. Here you’ll find over 60 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and HORSEBACK RIDING! From the littlest Buckaroo in your family to the oldest Cowboy, we have something for everyone. Kids who aren’t ready for a full length trail ride are able to take a lead-around pony ride on one of our horses. Or visit the Snow Mountain Farm where sheep and goats bleet and baa for your attention. Go into their pen and give a goat a hug! Where DO your wool hiking socks come from, anyway? Interested in information about on-property lodging and other activities? Or just want an on-site day pass for tons of activities? Visit the Snow Mountain Ranch, YMCA of the Rockies website . The YMCA offers hiking, show shoeing, a rock climbing wall, an indoor swimming pool, archery, a craft shop, skiing, mini golf, tubing, dog sledding, and more, depending on the season! Scroll down for more information on our…

Trail Rides

Enjoy Beautiful Views of the Continental Divide as you ride through varying landscapes: meadows covered with wildflowers in the summer, thick spruce forests, paths beside beaver ponds, and alongside mountain streams. Winter rides are a real-life version of that snow globe on your mantle. Let our wranglers point out the local wildlife: elk, deer, moose, black bear, and coyote roam the property freely and make frequent appearances. We offer meal rides too, please view  the schedule for details.

Wagons (Summer)

If Trail Riding isn’t your cup of tea, join us for a wagon or carriage ride. This is a great option for groups with members who don’t want to or are unable to ride horseback. Take the wagon to join up with one of our meal rides, or plan your own event! How about a private sunset wagon ride to a roaring campfire with hot cocoa?

Sleighs (Winter)

Whether you join a group ride or schedule a private experience, dashing through the snow in a two-horse or one-horse open sleigh is truly a unique event. Choose from hot cocoa sleigh rides with a campfire stop for cocoa and marshmallows, or dinner sleigh rides complete with a home cooked Colorado meal served in our indoor, heated, western-style dining hall.

Weddings, Groups, & Special Events

Weddings Looking to complete your dream wedding with a horse-drawn carriage or sleigh? Arrive (or depart!) from your ceremony in style, in any season. We’re here to help your dreams come true. Available on Snow Mountain Ranch property and in Grand County. Take your bachelor / bachelorette party on a unique adventure, or let us help you host a chuckwagon rehearsal dinner! Weddings Groups Does your family reunion need an event every generation will enjoy? Is your business retreat looking for a member event that fits in the budget? We are specially equipped to take care of the needs of large groups where guests have varying abilities and riding interests. Our team is flexible in helping you plan unique events, with prices to match your budget. Call or email us for group rates (generally start at groups of 20+). We are excited to hear your ideas, or we can use our expertise to help you decide how to best cater to your group! Special prices also available for non-profits. Special Events Anniversaries, Birthdays, Proposals, you name it. Whether you’re looking for time as a couple, hosting a party for your 6 year old, or celebrating Grandma & Grandpa’s 50th Anniversary, we can provide you with a personal and special experience. Pony rides, private sleighs, carriage rides, picnics in the summer, or a special dinner event are just some of the things we can offer. Looking for local vendors for cakes or flowers? We can help there too. Call us with your ideas, or let us help you craft your experience!

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Book Lodging at Snow Mountain Ranch, YMCA of the Rockies. In addition to equine activities, enjoy archery, swimming, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, a craft shop, hiking, biking, a climbing wall, and more!

Staying in the Granby / Winter Park area, and the YMCA of the Rockies is booked? We recommend the Winter Park Lodging Company.

Contact Us:

Open Year Round!

Phone: (970)-887-1999(970)-887-1999

Email: [email protected]

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This was a great experience at a nice western ranch. The staff was great and very accommodating even when they didn’t have notifications of our reservation over the internet. The breakfast was tasty and they had plenty for everyone. The horses they picked for us were great. It was a nice trail ride through pine and aspen forests, with dear and other wildlife around scenic vista mountains.

Aaron Johnson

There were 5 of us; myself, my husband, adult son and 5 year old twin granddaughters who had never ridden a trail before. The kids were just behind Trevor and he positioned himself in a way to keep an eye on them and they did great. The horses were extremely gentle and the route we took was beautiful; it was a wonderful experience for all of us

Susan Clark

My daughter rode Oakley. She thought he was pretty, but a bit lazy. She was a bit stressed when she lost her place in line, ended up with adults at the back. Stephanie guided her back to the front with the kids.

Jennifer Bailey McGinn

Felt like the ride was pretty technical for non horse people. Felt guide made the riders anxious and may not have had great judgement.

It was a beautiful trail with varied terrain.

It has been a wonderful experience that I'm planning to repeat again, maybe by bringing some of my family members too! One of the best moments of my holiday in Colorado! Great ranch, great people, great ride! Thank you!

We had a great time. Our 3 yo old loved all the horses! Breakfast was also great.

Very pleasant, friendly trek with lots to see and learn about. Dusty and Trevor were great.

Thanks, we had a great time!

Been here before and as always everything was the best!