Trail Rides or Horseback Rides a Ride of a Lifetime!

We are closed on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays we have experienced fewer horse-related injuries when giving our horses a day of rest -except Memorial Wk & Labor Day Weekend.

Our “small ride sizes” ensure that our guests receive the personal attention they deserve to have a truly unique interactive trail ride or horseback riding experience. 

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.

Reservations are required so we may conduct our business professionally, so we have the appropriate number of horses and guides on duty.   Information: first names, heights, weights, and ages of children 17 and under, cell phone number, and where you are staying.

Thank you for choosing Granite Mountain Outfitters. We look forward to giving you a ride of a lifetime, with experienced guides, responsive horses, and fabulous country!

Mission Statement: “To love and respect our horses, and to give merit for the joy they bring to our lives and those around us”

Granite Mountain Outfitters horses are gentle and are suited for beginner to experienced riders. Native mountain horses are sure-footed and allow for a western experience of scenic mountain views, wildflowers, and wildlife. Horseback tours are guided and specialize in scenic rides with personalized attention. From novice to expert we will match the horse, the rider, and the group to each rider’s ability. The ideal group size is no more than 4-6 horses; however, larger groups are catered to on an individual basis. Riding helmets are available for children and adults at no charge and are ASTM-SEI approved.

Spring Flowers

May and June are ideal times to witness the beauty of springtime in the Rockies! The crowds have not yet arrived, the mountains are still topped with snow while the daytime temps range between the 60s and ’70s and the forests and hillsides are emerald green with the emergence of spring leaves and grass.

Fall Foliage

With hundreds of acres of aspen groves, a trail ride at Granite Mountain Outfitters is a great way to be wholly immersed in the golden colors of fall in the Rockies. Your horse will not only take you through various groves of aspen but also to a breathtaking, panoramic mountain top for an overview of the changing foliage viewing Sangre De Cristo, Sawatch Mountains, and the San Luis Valley.

We ride with pride & have a ton of fun!

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Reservations Required Group sizes usually  6 or less

“We believe in quality over quantity”

1 Hour Ride:
A horses dream ride, incredibly Scenery & just having Fun
($75.00) 8:30 12:00 3:00 & 4:30

1.5 Hour Ride:
The Goldie Locks Ride! Overlooking the Sangre de Cristo’s
($85.00) 8:30 12:00 3:00 & 4:30

2.5 Hour Ride:
Enjoying a 360-degree panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains                       ($100.00 ) 8:30 12:00 3:00

2.5 Hour Sunset Rides:
Enjoy the allure of a Colorado Sunset on Horseback
($110.00) 4:30 show up 5:00 departure

$25.00 per person for Private Rides listed above

3.5 Ride
San Luis Creek, Groves of Aspens, Riding to 10,550ft
Panoramic Views – ($125.00) 8:00 or 12:30 no lunch

                                                5/6hr Ride                                                   Private Rides: The ride you desire traditional freedom from nose-to-tail.    ($300pp)Lunch provided 2p/min (8:00am)


Weight Restrictions 240Lbs-Children 6yrs of age.   “Gratuity Not Included” We have highly experienced, professional guides & Wranglers

Our riding season is Memorial Weekend through October

Call for Reservations: (719) 530-0480 Cell: 719-221-3479

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  • Private rides require a two-person minimum
  • Our minimum age for trail rides is 6 years old for safety reasons and insurance.
  • We do offer pony rides at the ranch for children too young to go on the trail ride ($20) Space is available.
  • All riders must sign a liability waiver before riding.
  • We recommend guests leave Salida 30 minutes before their scheduled riding time.
  • We are often asked about tipping etiquette for trail rides. It is customary to tip your trail guide at the end of a trail ride. Our guideline is 10-20% of the trail ride cost.
  • Weather cancellations shall be exclusively the decision of Granite Mountain Outfitters. Please call.
  • All reservations are subject to a 24-hour cancellation policy.

Payment Method:

We prefer Cash, however, we do accept Credit Cards – please bring additional cash to tip your awesome guide!

What to Bring:

The mountains of Colorado can experience extreme temperature changes.

  • Long Pants-closed toed shoes-Jacket-Rain Slicker (if available)
  • A wide brim hat or A cowboy hat must have a Stampede string
  • Sunglasses-Sunscreen-Chapstick-Camera
  • Snacks-Drinking water.  We provide pommel bags-No backpacks 

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