A read for all who enjoy the Colorado trails (and roads)

“Yet, if one leaves the main towns and thoroughfares and ventures a few miles into the ‘backcountry,’ a fairyland of untold beauty unfolds in almost any direction.” – Donald L. Baars As mountain residents, we enjoy some of the most beautiful trails in the nation. Not just a few, but several right in our backyards, […]

SHOW UP for Equestrian Trail Use!

Do you enjoy trail riding on our local and regional public lands?  Many local equestrians do and find our local trails a major benefit of living in the Foothills.  As trail riders, keeping an eye on the public trails for equestrian use is a necessity if we want to continue to enjoy them with our […]

Overnight Colorado Horse Trips

Fall is one of the most beautiful times to ride in Colorado with the changing leaves, cool weather and minimal tourism traffic.  In the last couple of years, we have explored a few Colorado places to camp with our horses and trail ride.  Here are some of the places offered in our beautiful state that […]

Bear Creek Lake Park

[youtube]http://youtu.be/kIPdGY5C5D0[/youtube] Trail Ride:  Bear Creek Lake Park Near:  Downtown Morrison.  Enter park at the southeast corner of Morrison Road and c-470 (Hwy 74 coming down from Evergreen through Kittredge and Ideldale) – considered to be in Lakewood. Website:  www.lakewood.org/bclp/ Address & Map Link:  15600 W. Morrison Rd.  Lakewood, CO 80465 Notes:  A lot of flat […]

Flying J Ranch

[youtube]http://youtu.be/aacDonEV5Xo[/youtube] Trail Ride:  Flying J Ranch Jefferson County Open Space Park Near:  Between downtown Evergreen and Conifer on the east side off of Hwy 73. Website:  jeffco.us/openspace/openspace_T56_R13.htm Address & Map Link:  9509 County Highway 73, Evergreen, CO 80439 Notes:  Very nice smaller loop, varied terrain, some bikes, gentle up and down hill with some water […]

Mount Evans State Wildlife Area

[youtube]http://youtu.be/x8_sbOS9rUE[/youtube] Trail Ride:  Mount Evans State Wildlife Area.  Sometimes this is called “Elk Management” by locals. Near:  End of Upper Creek Road, which originates at Evergreen Lake. Website:  wildlife.state.co.us/Landwater/statewildlifeareas/Pages/swa.aspx – select “Mount Evans SWA” in the drop down menu in the blue box. Directions & Map Link:  From Evergreen Lake; turn right on Upper Bear Creek Rd. Go […]

Pine Valley Ranch

[youtube]http://youtu.be/Sw8AnjrtiOE[/youtube] Trail Ride:  Pine Valley Ranch Near:  Turn onto CR 126 at Pine Junction to get to Pine Valley Ranch near Pine Grove. Website:  jeffco.us/openspace/openspace_T56_R17.htm Address & Map Link:  30400 Crystal Lake Rd., Pine From U.S. Highway 28, turn south on Pine Valley Road (County Road 126) to Crystal Lake Road. Turn right 1 mile […]

Alderfer Three Sisters Park

[youtube]http://youtu.be/vm0OQ7FEqSA[/youtube] Trail Ride:  Alderfer Three Sisters Open Space Park. Near:  Head out Buffalo Creek Road across from the Evergreen Library. Website:  jeffco.us/openspace/openspace_T56_R5.htm Address & Map Link:  30299 Buffalo Park Rd., Evergreen  Turn west on Buffalo Park Road from County Highway 93, just south of downtown Evergreen, and travel approximately 1.5 miles. Pass first parking lot at […]

Beaver Brook Watershed

[youtube]http://youtu.be/pQQCbB6Jmh0[/youtube] Trail Ride:  Beaver Brook Watershed. Near:  Head up Hwy 103 toward Mount Evans from Bergen Park, near Buchanan Recreation Center. Website:  Frosberg Park – for directions to the trail head for Beaver Brook Watershed – http://www.co.clear-creek.co.us/index.aspx?nid=192  Map Link to Frosberg Park Notes:  You will park immediately at the second entrance to Old Squaw Pass Road (parking is […]

Butterfield Ranch

[youtube]http://youtu.be/OeeCURD8rJo[/youtube] Private Ranch Trail Ride at the beautiful Butterfield Ranch near Pine, Colorado.  Breeders of lovely classic Morgans raised to be hearty mountain horses!