Horseback Riding

Saddle up! Whether you’re an avid rider or a beginner, Smith Fork Ranch offers authentic horseback riding adventures for all skill levels, always with your maximum enjoyment and safety in mind.

Our Philosophy

We emphasize natural horsemanship and the importance of developing mutual trust and respect between horse and rider. There is no better way to develop these bonds than to practice horseback riding in our 250-foot arena! We will match one of our sturdy mountain horses with your ability, size and personality and you’ll receive private western instruction from our experienced wranglers, who can bring out the equestrian in everyone. Learn more about Head Wrangler Chris Maxon’s approach.

The Setting

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

Our herd consists of 40 plus horses, pack mules, and ponies. Most of our horses are American Quarter Horses, Appaloosas, and a few in-between crosses. Year after year, our horses make us proud by safely scaling the mountain trails and wading through water crossings with our guests.

Signature Rides

Ride back in time and experience our ranch and the untouched backcountry by way of one to two-hour rides; half-day lunch and breakfast rides; or all-day excursions into the wilderness.

Note: To participate in independent trail rides, children must be at least 7 years old and able to control their horse. Wrangler-led pony rides are also available for younger guests.

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