Pagoda Peak Trail Horseback Riding

The 23rd most popular equestrian trail in Colorado.

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Southwest of Steamboat Springs and Yampa, the Pagoda Peak route runs from the peak to the lake through mountain meadows and dense forest.

To reach the trailhead from Hayden, head south past the fairgrounds on 53 RD. Follow 53 until it ends at a T intersection with 29 RD and turn left on to 29. Follow 29 RD east approximately 2.5 miles to 55RD and turn right onto 55. This road becomes 19 RD when you cross into Rio Blanco County. It then merges with and becomes 8 RD. Continue on 8 RD to Ripple Creek Pass. The trailhead for Trail #1804 and Trail #1803 is approximately half a mile past the summit of Ripple Creek Pass. Try horseback riding Trail #1804.

Overall, Pagoda Peak Trail is the 23rd most popular horse trail of all 66 horseback rides in Colorado. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Pagoda Peak Trail including Big Ridge Trail, Chinese Wall Trail, Hinman Horse Trail, Marvine Creek Trail, Morrison Divide / Muddy Slide Trail and West Fish Creek TrailUte Trail / Heart Lake.


Local Contact(s):  Routt National Forest (303) 879-1722; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO; Colorado Horse Council (303) 292-4981.

Recommended Book:  "Trail Riding In Rocky Mountains" from Jean Llewellyn

Recommended Map:  "Trails Illustrated - Steamboat Springs / Rabbit Ears" from National Geographic

Best Season:  Jun. - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Elkhead Ranch, Hayden (970) 276-3920

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  40.1057, -107.2962

Date Published:  1/6/2016

Date Updated:  4/5/2018

ID:  13000


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