Palisade Ranch family vacations

Palisade Ranch

Discover the land that ranching families of the 1800’s worked to support the region’s mining communities.

Experiences designed for the curious at heart. Daily guided scenic trail rides, cowboy lessons, cattle drive or customized options for more the avid rider.

For safety reasons guests enjoying any of the full riding programs at Palisade Ranch must be 8 years of age or older.

Colorado dude ranch at Gateway Canyons

Horseback Riding

Spanning more than 500 acres with a generous network of well-marked Colorado horseback riding trails that climb over 1,500 feet in elevation, the facility provides spectacular access to the area’s riches. Our experienced guides will take you on an exploration of the base of the Uncompahgre Plateau, the surrounding picturesque desert and red rock canyons. Both beginners and advanced riders are sure to enjoy the ride.

Riding lessons are available for both beginners and those with horseback riding experience. For a truly unique lesson in horsemanship, The Stables’ instructors can teach you how to handle, harness, and hook up two draft horses and then drive the wagon. Our Stables team can also provide equine-centered personal or professional development programs. If you are looking for a special celebration for your kids, we host birthday parties that include donkey rides and trail riding.

The Stables are open to all Gateway Canyons guests who want to discover our Colorado horseback riding trails.
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NEW Cowboy Lessons

Come join us for a cowboy lesson. Receive horseback riding instruction and after a little practice put those skills to the test. We will cowboy up and learn basic stockman-ship in the arena with our small group of longhorn cross cattle. If your skills are up to par we may even find time for a friendly team penning competition.

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Horseback riding in Colorado

Equine Experience

Scenic Trail Ride:
Explore the beautiful terrain of Gateway Canyon by horseback and choose between the Rocky Ridge Trail, the Dry Wash Cutoff Trail and the Jack Rabbit Flats. Each trail will glide you through the beautiful granite cliffs, and climb 1500 feet and cross over 500 breathtaking acres. All level of riders welcome.

Half Day Ride:
Take your time and explore the nature of Gateway on this 3 hour horseback excursion through our scenic trails, the Rocky Ridge, the Dry Wash, and the Jack Rabbit Flats. This adventure will climb to the top of the South Lobe Creek and the Cougar Loop. Our experienced and entertaining wranglers will share fascinating facts about the area's riches and cultural history. Intermediate riding levels are recommended and a picnic lunch can be provided for an additional fee.

Ride Your Way
For those experienced riders with an agenda of their own. We are happy to a customize your ride based on your preferences and abilities. Pricing depends on length of ride, and each request will be granted pending a riding evaluation from one of our Wranglers. Contacts the stables for more information.

Old Fashioned Cattle Drive:
Every Saturday morning join us to take part in a real Old West experience as you help our cowboys and cowgirls gather the cattle off several hundred acres of our gorgeous scenic landscape and drive them back to their corrals. Includes a skilled demonstration of cattle skills and how to properly herd cattle. This is a 1/2 day experience and has a 4 person minimum. Advance reservations required.

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Dude Ranch experience

Colorado dude ranch adventures await at Palisade Ranch.

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