A friend of mine is going to fly to Denver and then drive out to Breckenridge the first weekend in May. She'd like to go riding while she's out there (not a horsey person in general, however). Does anyone have any recommendations for reputable trail ride businesses that would be open in that general area?
I'd be interested to hear if she finds a place open that time of year. In my experience, most summer mountain stuff doesn't get started until mid-late May or early June... especially around 10,000 feet in elevation.
Heck, I am hoping to ski until at least mid April. (I know, I know, the snow sucks this year)
Here is the website for Breckenridge Stables - don't know anything about them but can ask my sister who lives there - says they open Mid May so depending on how long your friend will be there she might be in luck.
I have no idea how far she wants to travel, but we rode with Sombrero Ranch at the Estes Park location in December 2 years ago. They have 2 locations that are open year round, Estes Park being one of them.
However, as a heads up, at the top of the mountain during our ride - it was quite ICY, cold, windy & slippery, and the guide said it stayed that way until early summer. My horse had shoes on & kept losing her footing - at those heights & steep-ness, it was a bit disconcerting.
Not too far from Breckenridge, is Keystone Resort. Don't know if they will be open that early but they have (had 20 years ago anyway) a good riding program.
You could go with a group or go out one on one with one of their guides....that
was a lot more fun and my horse was a big black guy named Diablo but through
the creek and over the bridge he went! They also have a winter sleigh ride program including a trip to a remote ranch house and a meal to die for. Don't know how later in the season in lasts!
My sister says she took DD on a ride through the Breckenridge Stables - DD said it was ok but if she hadn't already been an experienced rider she would have been overmounted. The picture of her riding through the mountains sans helmet and in sneakers didn't do much for me either!
Try Keystone - they are lower and might offer rides earlier in the season.