Palisade Ranch

Discover the land that ranching families of the 1800’s called home.

Experiences designed for the curious at heart. Daily guided scenic trail rides, cowboy lessons, cattle drives and customized options for the more avid rider. For safety reasons guests enjoying any of the full riding programs at Palisade Ranch must be 8 years of age or older. At the Ranch, we’ll help you realize your cowboy or 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 discovered.

Discover the land that ranching families of the 1800’s called home.

Experiences designed for the curious at heart. Daily guided scenic trail rides, cowboy lessons, cattle drives and customized options for the more avid rider. For safety reasons guests enjoying any of the full riding programs at Palisade Ranch must be 8 years of age or older.

At the Ranch, we’ll help you realize your cowboy or 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 discovered.

Family Riding Horses

Palisade Ranch

The Ranch, which is located just a short distance from the resort, is spread over 500+ acres with a generous network of well-marked riding trails that climb to over 1,500 feet in elevation. 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 welcome to enjoy the ride. 

Woman Riding Horse

Horseback Riding

Riding lessons are available for beginners and those with experience. For a truly unique lesson in horsemanship, the Ranch instructors will teach you how to handle, harness, and hook up two draft horses and then drive a 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.

Small Rodeo

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.

horse stable near Gateway Canyons Resort

Roping Lessons

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

Family photo by fire at Gateway Canyons Resort

Cowboy Cookout

Starry skies, warm nights and the glow of the campfire. Enjoy our culinary take on the classic cook-out. Converse with our ranch team and enjoy some sing-a-longs beside the fire.

Horse at Gateway Canyons Resort

Cattle Drives

Offered twice weekly, this thrilling and important ranch activity is a must do for those seeking the true western experience.

horse stable near Gateway Canyons Resort
Stables Interior Lobby
Lodge with welcome lights in Gatewa, CO