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.
After a couple of days have gone by and you’ve got some horseback experience under your belt, we encourage you to join us on one of our all-day rides—perhaps by Thursday, you’ll join us on an overnight pack trip (the overnight pack trip is for teens (12+) and adults only). We are one of the few ranches that can get guests up into the back country (up to 12,200 feet!), where you may not see another person all day. Our special-use permits authorize us to ride in Pike National Forest, allowing our trips to get off the beaten path and see little-known treasures like Geneva City, an 1880s ghost town. If you do join us on our overnight trip, rest assured: we’ll provide sleeping bags, lean-tos, great food and famous Western hospitality. You just bring yourself and a sense of adventure!
On Saturday, it’s rodeo time. Everyone has the chance to compete in a variety of events, including barrel racing, pole bending, and more. It’s great fun to see folks who, a week before, had never been on a horse, proudly wearing a blue ribbon on Saturday night. No need to worry about the competition, either—you’ll have plenty of time to practice throughout the week.
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Spectacular views, well-trained horses, experienced wranglers, and the chance to experience some of Colorado’s unspoiled natural splendor–that’s Tumbling River’s horse program. Take a look below.
Jason and Kelley Sikes
We spent a fabulous week in early June at TRR. The scenery, amazing staff,great food and fun activities created the perfect environment for our best vacation yet. The wranglers were knowledgeable and patient, which made even the young riders (and their moms) comfortable. The owners and staff were nothing short of amazing in every way--service, friendliness, engagement with children...there just are not enough good things to say.
President, Conlin Travel
At Conlin Travel, we book many family and multigenerational family vacations. I can say, without hesitation and to the person, families we sent to Tumbling River Ranch come back saying it was the best family vacation they have ever had. When children are happy, parents are happy and that’s guaranteed to happen at Tumbling River Ranch.
I wish I didn't have to leave! Tumbling River Ranch is such a special place. Our main focus was to get to ride while at TRR and we were taken on the most amazing rides I have ever been on. The scenery will forever be etched in my mind. The wranglers do an amazing job of taking care of all levels of riders and make the trail rides so fun as well as breathtaking. I highly recommend the overnight pack trip- it was a highlight! I could go on and on....I will just say it is a place you need to go and experience for yourself and you will be so happy you did. I hope to go back again!
Chief of Wilderness Stewardship, National Park Service
In September of 2016 I coordinated a 4 day wilderness stewardship training session at Tumbling River Ranch for 24 National Park Service personnel. Our group was extremely impressed with all aspects of TRR, including the conference faciliites, quality food, comfortable and economical lodging, friendly and competent staff, and Megan and Scott's hospitality and attention to sevice. The serene location at the foot of the Mount Evans Wilderness in the Colorado high country served as the perfect venue to meet our training objectives. I hope to host another training session at TRR someday in the future.