7 Reasons You’ll Love Horseback Riding in the Rockies

A few weeks ago on our 30th birthday trip to Breckenridge, my girlfriends, our husbands, and I went horseback riding in the Rocky Mountains and it was by far one of our favorite parts of the entire vacation. I want to recommend it here today as a fun, easy way to get outdoors with your crew and see the scenery.

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Our Outfitter

  • Gore Range Outfitters
  • www.gorerangeoutfitters.com
  • Our Location: Frisco, CO (just outside Breckenridge)
  • Our Ride: Half Day Picnic Ride

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1. So Much Easier than Hiking

The horses do all the work, and you sit back and enjoy the mountain breeze. Having just backpacked through the Sierra mountains with a 30lb pack, I was truly appreciating this luxury. (And sympathizing with my horse…)

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2. Great views off the beaten path

Nothing beats seeing the world from atop a horse. Whether you’re floating through an aspen grove or ascending the side of a steep hill with views for miles all around, horses give a better perspective.

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Just make sure you don’t get too up close and personal with any low hanging limbs. 🙂

3. Fun and out-of-the-ordinary

Not every vacation offers horses as a means of transportation, am I right? This is something fun to take advantage of when you have the chance.

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4. Peace and Quiet

Except for the occasional clop-clop of their hooves, horseback riding can be a peaceful way to enjoy the day sans distractions and sans cars or hikers.

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5. Great with kids

Horses can be a huge thrill for children. Without fail, my nieces’ favorite part of our park outings are always pony rides and I know if they were old enough they would love a real trail ride.

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6. Requires no new equipment

Hey! That’s a win right? Nothing special you have to pack in your carry on besides a t-shirt and jeans.

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7. The horses themselves

Horses are God’s gift to us, I’m convinced. They are such soulful, gentle creatures and research shows they lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and relieve anxiety.

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I’ve always found them to be incredibly intuitive creatures.

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{They smell fear.}

What else am I missing, horse lovers? Feel free to share in the comments.

We loved the outfitter mentioned above and the trail could not have been better. I would definitely check them out if you’re in the Breckenridge area. And if you do go horseback riding in the Rockies, be sure to hashtag #whitswilderness so I can see what you’re up to.

Happy trails!

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