Glacier Creek Stable, located inside Rocky Mountain National Park, offers horseback trail rides for people looking to enjoy a relaxing vacation far from the hustle and bustle of the city. You and your loved ones will surely enjoy the breathtaking and awe-inspiring scenery you’ll see on a ride in Rocky Mountain National Park. Read on in the following paragraphs below to learn more about this famous Colorado travel destination and the horseback rides we offer.
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. The tallest mountain in the park is Longs Peak, which rises to 14,259 feet and is visible on several of our rides. “Rocky,” as the park is known, offers over 260 miles of trails, and horseback riding is a great way to explore many of those miles.
If you choose to ride the trails on horseback, you’ll experience the scenic wonders of the park in the same way that the first settlers did long ago. The trails we ride offer tremendous views of majestic mountains, dense forests, open meadows, meandering streams, and picturesque lakes. Keep an eye out for wildlife, including elk, deer, moose, bobcat and coyote.
Since 1915, when Rocky Mountain National Park was first established, millions of visitors have come to marvel at the natural beauty of the area. Far fewer of these visitors have discovered the magic hidden in the high country trails when experienced on horseback. You can truly feel the spirit of the Rocky Mountains on a ride from Glacier Creek Stable.
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. Higher elevations are the home of Englemann spruce, subalpine fir, and the glorious blue Colorado columbine wildflowers.At even higher altitudes, twisted and weatherworn trees–called krummholz–are on display, resolutely clinging to the ground for dear life. And above these tough plants, marking tree line, is the free and expansive alpine tundra. Come explore the park with horses and guides from Glacier Creek Stable for a unique and memorable outing in Rocky.
Choose from 2, 3, 5, 8 or even 10-hour rides in Rocky Mountain National Park. For a beautiful introduction to Rocky, the leisurely two hour ride crosses two streams as it loops around the Glacier Basin area; for best wildlife viewing choose the early morning or late afternoon. Offering even more spectacular views, the three hour traces the rim of Sprague lake, rides alongside the lush Wind River, climbs to views of the entire valley–including Estes cone and Long’s Peak–and crosses burbling creeks twice. Our rides longer than this provide more in-depth views of the area and take you higher into the mountains (i.e. more expansive views). The special 10-hour ride will take you up and over the Continental Divide via the Flattop Mountain Trail to Grand Lake. No matter which ride you choose, though, you’ll leave with memories to keep forever.
We recommend that you book online as early as possible–summer rides book up fast, especially the Continental Divide Ride.
Daily Scheduled Rides at Glacier Creek Stable
For reservations, you can call the stables May 20 to Sept. 7
|Duration||Destination||Departs||Cost Per Person|
|2 Hour||From Glacier Creek Stable through the Glacier Basin valley.||8 am, 9 am, 10 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm||$60.00|
|3 Hour||From Glacier Creek Stable to Wind River and Emerald Mountain; ages 6 and 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||$80.00|
|5 Hour||From Glacier Creek Stable up the Bierstadt Moraine to Beirstadt Lake, Bear Lake, and Glacier Creek; ages 7 and up.||8 am||$120.00|
|8 Hour||From Glacier Creek Stable to Odessa Lake or Flat Top Mountain via Bierstadt Lake and Bear Lake; ages 10 and up.||8 am||$200.00|
|10 Hour||Our special Glacier Creek Stable ride across the Continental Divide via the Flat Top Mountain Trail to Grand Lake (ask about date availability). See more info.||6 am||$325.00|
A National Park Concession:
In 1959, National Park Service officials recognized the need for a stable concession in the park. To secure the highest quality operation available, prospective concessionaires were interviewed on a national level, chosen carefully, and remain under the supervision of the National Park officials. Hi Country Stables is the only horseback riding concessionaire with stables in the park.
For assistance in locating our stables, ask for directions at the entrances to the Rocky Mountain National Park.
For information and reservations, we can be reached as follows:
Call the Glacier Creek Stable directly (June to Labor Day only) at: (970) 586-3244
E-mail us at: [email protected]
In the offseason please contact:
Sombrero Stables Estes Park
1895 Big Thompson Ave • Estes Park, CO 80517
HI COUNTRY STABLES
Please note that our Glacier Creek and Moraine Park locations are part of Hi Country Stables, Sombrero’s sister company. All online transactions are secured and processed in the very same way as Sombrero Stables transactions. If you need further assistance, please contact the stables directly in the summer or the Sombrero business office at other times.
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I have ridden at Sombrero stables for over 30 years,never had a dangerous or really difficult horse at any of the locations.Most times the horses are hard to beat for temperament and response,folks as wranglers or stable hands are courteous and pleasant.Hard to beat.
Just from my experience I think when the reservations are made that it needs to be made plain that the ride is actually in the park and that's where you go rather than to Sombrero Stables. I'm not sure if it was a misunderstanding on my part or if it was Miss conveyed to me but either way clarification would be a plus for the stress level of the rider to get there on time so the ride can leave probably at 6. The staff was awesome and giving me directions to get there was a little confusion about there being more than one riding stable with in the park so I ended up going to Marino Stables first and then on to Glacier Stables but once I arrived there everyone was awesome to get me ready, sign the waiver get everything in the saddle bags and on the horse and on the go. On that note my apologies for not being there at 6 but I was at Sombrero Stables at 5 minutes after 5 so it was never my intent to be late. A big thanks to the staff for looking for my North Face jacket that I lost unfortunately it was not recovered but I do appreciate their efforts as well as them returning my gloves that were left. Staff at Glacier Stables was above and beyond accommodating helpful and kind and very much appreciated by this Rider.
This ride was the highpoint of my two week vacation
I just wanted to say thank you again and it was awesome! Mountains were beautiful, We seen so much wildlife and Chloe was knowledgeable on all, was awesome and would love to do this again!
This was an incredible experience. Amber was a great guide, Dave was as friendly and genuine as could possibly be. The stable did a great job with responding to an unexpected shoe loss and getting another horse out to me so I could continue the ride. But truly hats off to Popeye!! He was a superstar!!
Overall a very good experience. Our ride was just 2 of us and Kaylin and Kaylin did a great job of checking in and turning around/speaking loudly enough so I could hear her. We were impressed with the boarding and dismounting platforms.
We loved our ride. The scenery was magnificent. Amber was a great guide! Thank you for sharing the experience.
As beginners, the 3 hour ride was long, but totally worth it. The scenery was amazing.
Our 14 year old son had never ridden before. Everyone was reassuring and helpful. We had a great ride! Can't wait to try your other locations!