Horseback Riding at Colorado State Parks
Many Colorado State Parks provide the perfect scenery for a spring, summer or fall horseback riding adventure. Choose the perfect landscape for your ride—from the 19 miles of scenic trails against the mountain backdrop at Mueller State Park to the 8.8 mile trail surrounding the peaceful waters of Barr Lake State Park.
State Forest State Park, Vega State Park and Golden Gate Canyon State Park offer public corrals for those camping with horses. If you don't own a horse, the stables at Chatfield State Park and Mueller State Park offer horse rentals for your riding pleasure.
Savor the scenery at Colorado State Parks and plan a horseback ride at any of these other parks with horse-friendly trails:
Equestrians who are interested in visiting Navajo State Park, Ridgway State Park, Steamboat Lake State Park and Trinidad Lake State Park, please contact the park directly for more information.
Sharing Trails Safely With Horses
Trails are one of our Colorado State Parks' most valuable assets. A positive trail experience requires cooperation, understanding and courtesy by all trail users. In general, all users should yield to horseback riders and bicyclists should yield to all users.
If you encounter a horse on a state park trail, be sure to make yourself visible and keep calm--sudden movements can startle a horse. Allow the animal to be on the uphill side of you and the trail, where it may feel safer. Something unfamiliar from above a horse may trigger fear of a predator. Be alert from instructions from the equestrian and speak to the horse in a normal tone, which identifies you as a human.
Here are some tips for different trail users, when sharing Colorado State Parks' trails with horses: