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Horseback Rides

Horseback Rides

Experience everything Routt National Forest has to offer on horseback, travel through lush aspen groves, wildflower studded hillsides and majestic pines.

Saddleback Ranch


Saddleback Ranch Horseback Ride and Cattle Drive. Enjoy views of the Flattops, Sleeping Giant and Mt Werner. Let us show you where our ancestors homesteaded the ranch more than 100 years ago. We have horses for all riding abilities.

The first cattle were brought to Routt County in 1871 to utilize summer pastures. The Iacovetto family has passed our agriculture heritage through five generations. Spend the day with us as we move cattle, check for sickness, bring in strays and make sure that everything on the ranch is doing well. Our cattle drive rides are unique in that they are not "nose to tail" trail rides; nothing here is "staged" and day to day tasks do vary. Cattle drives are a time where you can get back to life's essentials. The horse riding pace on cattle drives is usually slow, making the cattle drive a wonderful experience, allowing for time to gain respect for the animals and learn a little about yourself in the process, making a four legged friend or two.

Driving Directions

Take HWY 40 West out of Steamboat 10 miles. At mile marker 122 take a left onto County Road 178, which will turn into County Road 179. Follow County Road 179, 3 miles across the rail road tracks, over the river and pass a housing development, the ranch is on the left side of the road.

If transportation is needed, pick-up times will be approximately 30 minutes prior to ride time.


Guests must call the Saddleback Ranch upon arrival in Steamboat to confirm ride time, riding abilities and menu choices. Please call at least 24 hours in advance.

The Cattle Drive and Two Hours Rides are offered Tuesday to Saturday; Dinner Rides are offered Tuesdays and Fridays.

Dinner Menu

Enjoy a 30 minute horseback or wagon ride to our Double Dollar Lodge. After dinner take a chance and let us teach you how to calf rope, then pick up your heels for a little dancing or tap your toes to the beat. End the day with a breathtaking mountain sunset.

For the dinner ride, the Dinner Menu choices are NY Steak, Garlic Salmon, Teriyaki Chicken or Grilled Pork Tenderloin. Children's menu contains Hot Dog or Hamburger (for guests 5 and under).

Entrees served w/ Cowboy baked beans, baked potato, salad, homemade bread and homemade dessert. Iced tea and lemonade to drink. You may bring your own alcoholic beverage.

Ride Type Length Age Rate*
Ride Only 2 Hour (9:00am or 1:30pm) Per Person (6+) $60
Dinner Ride 5:30pm Per Person (6+) $80
Cattle Drive 3 - 3.5 Hours (8am) Per Person (6+) $100

* These are the 2012 summer rates.

Del's Triangle 3 Ranch


Del's Triangle 3 Ranch offers horseback riding on deer and elk trails in a wilderness type setting on a 1000 acre ranch. Once you leave the corrals you will not see a sign of civilization until your return. Del's offers 1 and 2 hour rides, half and full day rides and overnight pack trips. You must be able to mount the horse on your own. Please wear long pants and solid shoes. Guests may want to bring a jacket. All guests must sign a waiver.


Del's Triangle 3 Ranch is located west of Clark, Colorado, about 19 miles from Steamboat Springs. Guests must provide their own transportation to Del's Triangle 3 Ranch.

Driving Directions

Take US 40 west out of Steamboat Springs, turn right by the 7-11 store, on Routt County Road 129. Go 16 miles to Clark, at the Clark Store turn left/west on Routt Country Road 62, go 2.25 miles, there is a big 2 story log house on the right, park by the house, the corrals are across the road.


Morning, afternoon and overnight rides are available Monday-Saturday. Guests are requested to arrive 15 minutes early to complete paperwork. Please reconfirm your ride time with Del's Triangle 3 Ranch at least 24 hours in advance. Rides will start 5/1/12.

Ride Type Length Age Rate*
Lunch Ride Full Day
Leave at 9am
Per Person (6+) $250
Lunch Ride Half Day
Leave at 9am
Per Person (6+) $125
Overnight Pack Trip Overnight
Leave at 4pm
Per Person (6+) $350
1 Hour Ride Times: 10am or 2pm Per Person (6+) $50
2 Hour Ride Times: 10am or 2pm Per Person (6+) $80

(Prices are per person)

* These are the 2012 summer rates.

Elk River Guest Ranch


Elk River Guest Ranch is surrounded on three sides by National Forest. All of our horseback trails allow you to experience the splendor and variety of terrain found in the Rocky Mountains. You'll travel into the forest through lush aspen groves, wildflower studded hillsides and majestic pines where you can delight in fabulous views overlooking the Elk River, the Continental Divide and Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area. This is an excellent way to spend a few hours or days for individuals, couples, families and large groups. Rides can be scheduled Tuesday - Sunday, April 20th through September 30th, 2012.

Wear long pants and solid shoes. You may want to bring a jacket. Bring a camera.

Driving Directions

From Steamboat proceed west on Hwy 40. Turn right (north) on Routt County Rd 129 and go approx 18 miles. Pass through Clark, turn right (east) on Routt County Rd 64 (Seed House Road). Located on the left-hand side approx 3 miles. Meet at the Main Office at the Elk River Guest Ranch.


Call Elk River Guest Ranch at least 48 hours in advance to confirm ride time. Meet 10 minutes prior to scheduled ride time at the Main Office to sign a waiver. 1 Hour rides begin at 10:30 or 2:20pm. 2 Hour rides begin at 10:00am or 2:00pm.


Ride Type Length Age Rates*
Ride Only 1 Hour Per Person (8+) $45
Ride Only 2 Hour Per Person (8+) $65

* These are the 2012 summer rates. Rates do not include gratuity.

Steamboat Lake Outfitters


Steamboat Lake Outfitters offers horseback rides into Steamboat Lake State Park, Routt National Forest and Mount Zirkel Wilderness. No double riding; children must ride their own horse. Minimum 6 years of age.

Wear long pants and closed-toed shoes; bring rain gear if desired. Riding helmets are available for adults and children at no charge and are ASTM and SEI approved.

Sack lunches are furnished at no extra charge on half day and full day Lunch Rides. Sack lunches include ham, turkey or roast beef sandwich, chips, cookie, fruit cup and juice drink.

Driving Directions

Take Hwy. 40 west through Steamboat, turn right at stop light by 7-11 store. Go north on RCR 129 (Elk River Road). Go 24 miles, Steamboat Lake Outfitters is on the right side of the road, near Hahn's Peak Village.

Please plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to ride time. All customers staying in Steamboat need to leave at the following times in order to check in for the scheduled guides:

For 9:00am ride time depart at 7:45am. For 11:30am ride time depart at 10:15am. For 2:00pm ride time depart at 12:45pm. For 4:30pm ride time depart at 3:15pm.


Please call Steamboat Lake Outfitters at least 24 hours in advance to confirm your reservation, and discuss details. Price does not include gratuity.

1 Hour Ride Only Times: 9am, 11:30am, 2pm, 4:30pm

2 Hour Ride Only Times: 9am, 11:30am, 2pm, 4:30pm

Ride Type Length Age Rate*
Lunch Ride Half Day (9am or 2pm) Per Person (6+) $110
Ride Only 1 Hour (9am, 11:30am, 2pm, 4:30pm) Per Person (6+) $40
Ride Only 2 Hour (9am, 11:30am, 2pm, 4:30pm) Per Person (6+) $60

* These are the 2012 summer rates.

Please call our reservations department at 888-686-8075 for additional details, rates, and to make reservations.

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