Oh Be Joyful Horseback Riding

The 28th most popular equestrian trail in Colorado.

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North of Crested Butte, the ride up Oh Be Joyful creek to Blue Lake is a 6 mile one-way route. This is a popular route with both hikers and horseback riders.

The trailhead is at the Oh Be Joyful Campground on Slate River Road. Start by riding west up Oh Be Joyful towards Blue Lake. You will see a lot of other hikers on the way to the lake. Fantasy Ranch has guided horseback rides up this route.

About 0.25 miles before Blue Lake, there will be an small, unsigned trail meandering off one of the switchbacks heading east towards Star Pass (the low saddle in the ridge to the west). Its quite steep and loose, and not recommended for horses.

Overall, Oh Be Joyful is the 28th most popular horse trail of all 66 horseback rides in Colorado. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Oh Be Joyful including Horse Ranch Park, East / West Maroon Trail Loop, Rustler Gulch Trail and Teocalli Ridge Trail.

Oh-Be-Joyful Valley in Gunnison NF (CO/US)

Oh-Be-Joyful Valley in Gunnison NF (CO/US)

Oh-Be-Joyful Valley in Gunnison NF (CO/US)

Oh-Be-Joyful Valley in Gunnison NF (CO/US)

Oh Be Joyful Horseback Riding Map



Local Contact(s):  Gunnison National Forest (970) 641-0471; Fantasy Ranch Outfitters (970) 349-5425; Crested Butte Visitors (800) 545-4505; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO.

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

Best Season:  Jul. - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Crested Butte Hostel (888) 389-0588; Pioneer Cabins (970) 349-5517; Oh-Be-Joyful Campground

Luxury Loding:  Scarp Ridge Lodge, Crested Butte (866) 479-4677; Elk Mountain Lodge, Crested Butte (970) 349-7533

Breakfast Restaurant:  Izzys Cafe; First Ascent Coffee Roasters

Reference Source:  click here https://www.fs.usda.gov/gmug

GPS:  38.91293, -107.03312

Date Published:  1/4/2016

Date Updated:  3/31/2018

ID:  15690

Oh Be Joyful Horseback Riding Map


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