To start the week, our wranglers offer a riding clinic in our arena, where guests can get to know their horses and acquire some essential horseback know-how. We will have selected a horse to suit your experience, and, if you like the choice, you can keep that one for all of your riding. The clinics are also the time when we will adjust your saddle and other tack, ensuring your comfort and safety for the duration of your stay with us. After your clinic, enjoy a short ride into the mountains–a perfect introduction to riding at 9,200 feet. Our riding is beautiful and scenic, but we do push you on Monday to work through the steepness of our mountains.
Guests may have as much instruction as they feel is necessary throughout the week; the wrangling team enjoys spending time in the arena with interested guests.
The trails here at Tumbling River range from short to long, from beginner to advanced. Each day, guided rides are offered in the morning and afternoon. Some of our longer rides will stop for a picnic lunch in a wildflower-covered alpine meadow, or atop one of the local peaks, just above timberline. The shorter riding options will get you back to the ranch just in time for lunch or dinner. Whether you’re a trail boss or a greenhorn, our riding won’t disappoint. Our unique location at 9200 feet is truly in the middle of the Rockies, and it allows for some incredible scenic views and high country rides. However, our riding is not for the faint of heart…we are steep and rocky. Our riding is more technical in nature. That means that you will be using all your muscle groups to get these awesome horses up and down these trails, through water and mud and even snow. We are a great ranch for back country riding, however if your goal is lope and canter, please understand we can only do that on a limited bases. Again, we are truly in the Rockies and don’t have a ton of open space to run. We ABSOLUTELY will lope and open up where and when we can; and we ABSOLUTELY use our arena to lope and canter, but if you own horses and want to run, run, run…our riding program will not meet your needs.