Saddle up! Whether you’re an avid rider or a beginner, Smith Fork Ranch offers authentic horseback riding adventures on some of the same trails that the Ute Indians carefully traversed up and down over 100 years ago. While our mountain setting does not provide opportunities for loping or galloping, our sturdy horses will carry you safely up and down the hillsides to spectacular views and breathtaking vistas.
We emphasize natural horsemanship and the importance of developing mutual trust and respect between horse and rider. We will match one of our strong, sure-footed horses with your ability, size and personality. You’ll receive instruction from our experienced wranglers, who can bring out the equestrian in everyone.
Smith Fork Ranch has access to 1.7 million acres of the Gunnison National Forest and West Elk Wilderness areas. We travel these reclusive mountains of the Rockies by means of game, trapper, and old Indian trails that wind along ridges, peaks and valleys, through Aspen groves, mountain streams and breathtaking vistas.
Our herd consists of mostly Quarter Horses, Paints, and some draft crosses. Our horses are familiar with the trails and terrain, and have safely carried riders of all abilities through some of the most beautiful, undiscovered valleys in the American West.
Ride back in time and experience our ranch and the untouched backcountry by way of one to two and a half-hour rides, breakfast rides, and a half day lunch ride.
Note: To participate in independent trail rides, children must be at least 7 years old and able to control their horse. Pony rides are also available for ages 4-7.