Featured HORSE TRAILS
East of Durango and north of Bayfield, the Pine River Trail is a very scenic ride into the Weiuminichi Wilderness along the Los Pinos River. The horse trail has many side trails for a varied experience. There is a nice horsemans lodge located about 10 miles north of Bayfield on the right.
The Abyss Trail is a magnificent route into the Mount Evans Wilderness Area winding up valleys and across streams on the way up to a steep ridge leading to Abyss Lake. Abyss Lake Trail is also known as #602. It is a 8.8 mile one-way horseback ride. The elevation starts at 9,620 feet and goes to a high point, at the lake, of 12,620 feet.
East of Durango and northeast of Pagosa Springs in the Weminuche Wilderness Area, the Rainbow Trail leads to scenic hot springs pool. There are two man-made, sandy-bottom pools in the rock beside the river perfect for soaking in. While this strenuous 4 mile ride in through scenic wilderness, it is very popular and can be quite crowded on the weekends.
Northeast of Greeley, the Pawnee Buttes area has over 60 miles of trails open to horseback riding. Riding your horse across the open prairie has become an increasingly popular activity. Many people come to the Grassland to ride; however, there are no commercial stables for horse rental. Though most riding is done cross-country, there is a single developed trail located at the Pawnee Buttes.
Northeast of Grand Junction, the Battlement Trail is a 14 mile route open to horseback riding. While this is a well-known horse trail, it has become very popular with ATV riders so make sure to use care when riding.
South of Telluride, the Wasatch Horse Trail is a scenic 17 mile loop combines dirt roads past the Bridal Veil Falls, the Wasatch Trail and a descent by the Bear Creek Canyon waterfalls. But don't underestimate this loop -- it could be the most difficult horse trail in the US and has 4,550 feet of climbing.
North of Crested Butte and Gothic, the Rustler Gulch Trail is a breathtaking route heading gently up narrow, hidden valley within the Maroon Bells Wilderness. From the signed trailhead, the Rustler Gulch Trail #599 heads east up the valley through alternating pine forest and wildflower meadows with several stream crossings for roughly 3.5 miles. The route becomes more and more scenic as you ride up valley. The trail slowly degrades around five miles in as the valley ends and ascends up into a scree field.