Colorado dude ranch horseback riding adventures


Awaken your inner cowpoke by visiting our Colorado ranch

At our Palisade Ranch we’ll help you realize your cowboy and cowgirl ambitions by providing an authentic hands-on experience. Learn what it takes to earn the respect of an old school rancher by practicing the traditional skills used by range riders since the West was opened up. Sign up for the participation-based activities at our ranch in Colorado and acquire firsthand knowledge in the ways of the Wild West.

Horseback riding tours at a Colorado dude ranch

Horseback Riding

Riding lessons are available for both beginners and those with horseback riding experience. For a truly unique lesson in horsemanship, The Ranch instructors can teach you how to handle, harness, and hook up two draft horses and then drive the wagon. Our Ranch 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 trail riding.

Horseback riding in Colorado

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.

Palisade Ranch is open to all Gateway Canyons guests who want to discover our Colorado horseback riding trails.

Colorado dude ranch at Gateway Canyons

Roping lessons

Master the fine art of cattle roping with our expert instructors. Practice your technique on our steel steer.

Landmark Palisade at Gateway Canyons

Cowboy cookout

Starry skies, warm nights and the glow of the campfire. Groups can enjoy our culinary take on the classic cook-out or converse with our ranch team and enjoy some sing-a-longs beside a fire. Our on-site group and catering specialists can assist in organizing resort activities for your group.

Authentic western dude ranch in Colorado

Cattle drives

Our experienced Palisades Ranch staff can arrange authentic western ranch activities for groups from 2-10 people.

Gateway, Colorado and the landmark Palisade plateau

Resort Amenities

There is also a full service spa available, as well as a whole host of resort amenities. 

  • UTV tours
  • Helicopter tours
  • Shooting Range
  • Hiking
  • Spa treatments
  • Full service gym
  • Auto museum
  • Pools
  • Curiosity Tours

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