|Our “small ride sizes” ensure that our guests receive the personal attention they deserve for a truly interactive trail ride or horseback riding experience. Reservations are required so we may conduct our business professionally, so we have the appropriate number of horses and guides on duty: Information on first names, heights, weights, and ages of children 17 and under, cell phone number, and where you are staying.
Our recreational horseback rides are nose-to-tail due to the nature of the terrain. We love and respect our horses and always consider the safety of our clients, while responsibly riding from 8,500ft to 10,500ft in the Colorado Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Thank you for contacting Granite Mountain Outfitters. We look forward to giving you a ride of a lifetime, with experienced guides, responsive horses, and fabulous country! “We believe in quality, not quantity.”
1 Hr: The 1-hour($75.00) trail ride or horseback ride is the horse’s dream ride, a lighthearted ride that is very scenic, viewing Simmon’s and Hunt’s peak of the Sangre de Cristo’s, the Rio Grande National Forest, and historic Mt. Ouray riding along Dorsey Creek. Ride-times:8:30 am, 10:00 am,12:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm reservations required
1.5hr: Our most popular trail ride or horseback ride is the 1.5hr($85.00) with fantastic views of historic Mt. Ouray, Chipeta, Palon, the Sangre de Cristo’s, Simmons peak, and Hunt’s peak, and viewing the Rio Grande National Forest. It’s for those who want the perfect ride, not too short and not too long the perfect amount of time to sit on horseback in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, and for those of you who are not conditioned for the steeper terrain on the 2.5hr ride. Reservations required Ride-times:8:30 am 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, and 4:30 pm.
2.5hr: The 2.5 hours ($100.00 pp) trail ride or horseback ride, which starts at 8,500 feet and climbs to 10,000 feet in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, with a panoramic view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Great Sand Dunes, San Luis Valley, Historic Mount Ouray, Chipeta & Palone Peaks of the Sawatch Range and the Rio Grande National Forest. We do not recommend the 2.5 hour horseback ride or any of the longer rides, for those of you who are not conditioned or out of shape, a knee injury or a back injury the last half of this ride is steep. Ride-times:8:30 am, 12:00 pm, and 3:00 pm(if the weather is permittable) reservations required.
3.5hr: Those of you looking for a longer trip; we also offer a trail ride or horseback ride for a 3.5-hour($125.00 no lunch provided) it journeys along the San Luis Creek riding through the most incredibly alluring grove of aspens, continuing up and over the forest ridge to 10,500 ft. And then on to our 10,000 ft. Granite Mountain with a 360-degree panoramic overlook where you can view the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Great Sand Dunes, San Luis Valley, Historic Mount Ouray, Chipeta & Palone Peaks of the Sawatch Range, and the Rio Grande National Forest. Ride-times: 8:00 am and 12:30 pm-weather permitting reservations required.
Sunset: Enjoy the allure of a sunset ride($110.00) in the Colorado Rocky Mountains on a horseback ride or trail ride, riding to 10,000 ft. with a 360-degree panoramic overlook where you can view the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Great Sand Dunes, San Luis Valley, Historic Mount Ouray, Chipeta & Palone Peaks of the Sawatch Range and the Rio Grande National Forest. This ride is usually very small in size enjoying the tranquillity and the cool air of the Rocky Mountains. Yes, we start this ride a little early, because we would prefer not to be riding in the dark coming off the mountain.
The Private ride ($300.00pp) caters to your desires depending on your skill level, the safety of the clients, and the well-being of the horses. It is a private ride and you have traditional freedom from nose-to-tail to experience the horse and the surrounding beauty of the country. Ride-time: 8.00am reservations required
We prefer cash because we are off the grid, meaning no electric, but will accept a credit card. You may want to bring additional cash to tip your guide, but only if they so deserve it.
We are located just on the south side of Poncha Pass on Hwy 285, for directions, please click www.granitemountainoutfitters.com > Contact Us. We are only 20 minutes from Salida, CO, and are within an hour from many surrounding significant towns. If you would like client referrals, please go to www.tripadvisor.com Salida CO “Things to Do” (Activities). We look forward to giving you a “ride of a lifetime.” For additional information about the area, please visit the Salida Chamber of Commerce at www.salidachamber.org
Please bring water, a camera, a jacket, closed-toed shoes, long pants, and a hat if you prefer, please have a stampede string if it is a wide brim hat. It is mandatory for all children to wear a riding helmet. We provide pommel bags for all your miscellaneous gear, no backpacks, please.
Mission Statement: “To love and respect our horses, and to give merit for the joy they bring to our lives and those around us”
The Crew at Granite Mountain Outfitters,