Trail Riding

There’s no better way to experience Colorado and the San Juan Mountains. So saddle up and get ready to ride!

Rapp Corral Named Top Trail Ride by True West Magazine!

AVAILABILITY
Trail rides are offered 7 days a week, 8am – 5pm, with reservations highly recommended. Season runs May – Oct. depending on conditions.

RIDER PROFICIENCY
Beginner: Someone who rides infrequently or never before, but does not have a fear of horses.
Medium: Someone who rides a few times a year; someone who has taken a few lessons.
Advanced: Someone who rides frequently (perhaps owns a horse), and can properly control a horse under most circumstances found on the trail.

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ONE HOUR RIDE | $60.00

Proficiency Level: Great for all riders!
Duration: 1 Hour
Minimum Age
: 6 years old
Weight Limit
: 230 lbs.
Offered: May 15 – October 10, depending on conditions.

There is a labyrinth of trails within the San Juan National Forest. Our guests can ride terrain suited to their abilities and interests. Aspen forests, Ponderosa and Oak studded hillsides, meadows, and Spruce forests on the north sides make this ride truly complete.

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TWO HOUR RIDE | $90.00

Proficiency Level: Medium to Advanced Riders
Duration: 2 Hour
Minimum Age
: 8 years old
Weight Limit
: 220 lbs.
Offered: May 7 – October 10, depending on conditions.

The trails continue. We may cross some creeks or spend some time in the Lupine Meadows (during early summer). This is a truly beautiful ride for those wishing to spend more time in the saddle. Bring some water and your camera!

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CAVE RIDE | $90.00

Proficiency Level: Great for all riders!
Duration Varies: 1 Hour 45 Minutes – 2 Hours 15 Minutes
Minimum Age
: 6 years old
Weight Limit
: 220 lbs.
Offered: June 1 – September 14, depending on conditions.

This is a family favorite. You’ll be in the saddle for about an hour and twenty minutes during this excursion that is just under two hours. This adventure includes a short, but steep hike to a natural water cave. We will explore the twilight portion of the cave. Bring a little snack and some water for the short break we take after hiking back up from the cave. A great ride for those who want to stay out longer than an hour and have a cool adventure!

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OLD WAGON ROAD AND CAVE | $125.00

Proficiency Level: Medium to Advanced Riders
Duration: 3 Hours
Minimum Age
: 8 years old
Weight Limit
: 220 lbs.
Offered: June 1 – September 14, depending on conditions.

Lets ride for close to two hours before getting off and exploring the cave! We have several choices of trails that take us to the cave and a nice break and cool adventure.  Creeks, single track trails and a few closed logging trails keep us out exploring and enjoying our horses and scenery for a longer time before seeing the cave.  This is a wonderful opportunity for those who want to see the cave and have a little more time and experience in the saddle!

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MINERS TRACE | $125.00

Proficiency Level: Medium to Advanced Riders
Duration: 3 Hours
Minimum Age
: 12 years old
Weight Limit
: 220 lbs.
Offered: May 7 – October 10, depending on conditions

This wonderful trail was brought to life in 2011 by the Southwest Conservation Corp. The trails winds through some rare old growth ponderosa forest contrasting the lush riperean environment of Elbert Creek. The terrain is a little more challenging and is a wonderful three hour ride for those who have spent a little more time in the saddle. We take a break half way through…so bring a snack and some water!

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LESSON AND TRAIL RIDE | $95.00

Proficiency Level: Any
Duration: 2 Hours
Minimum Age
: 10 years old
Weight Limit
: 210 lbs.
Max Group Size: 4

Whether you are an advanced rider that would like to work on things like lead changes or having a better seat or if you would like to learn more different gaits and riding them properly or if you are a total beginner we a very well rounded staff help you with a two hour lesson and trail ride for you!

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HERMOSA CLIFFS | $200.00

Proficiency Level: Medium to Advanced Riders
Duration: 5 Hours
Minimum Age
: 15 years old
Weight Limit
: 210 lbs.
Offered: June 1 – October 10, depending on conditions

This unique five hour ride allows participants to see a lot of country including elevated parks, forests, incredible long distant views of the Needles, La Plata mountain ranges and Electra Lake. The ride originates at Elbert Creek and climbs 1,000′ in elevation. Since Aspen trees dominate much of the forest this is a great Autumn favorite as the colors are truly spectacular! This is a fairly strenuous ride so riders should be in good physical condition. Bring a lunch, water, dress in layers and bring a jacket no matter what the weather is! Kids must be 15 or older.

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ENGINEER MOUNTAIN RIDE | $200.00

Proficiency Level: Medium to Advanced Riders
Duration: 5 Hours or entire day
Minimum Age
: 15 years old
Weight Limit
: 210 lbs.
Offered: July 15 – October 10, depending on conditions

“For true adventure seekers, winding through a sub-alpine forest, past wildflowers and high above timberline, where, on a clear day, you can see all the way to New Mexico.” — USA Today

The Engineer Mountain Ride is our wranglers’ favorite! This excursion is truly some of Colorado’s best high country. Wild flowers and views are so incredible words do no justice — we are at timberline and above on this ride (10,800’ to 11,900’).

This ride can be done in five hours or take an entire day.  The first hour of the trail can be busy with other users, so this ride is limited to advance riders only. Bring a lunch and water, dress in layers, and bring a jacket.

Preparing for Your Trail Ride

We do most of the preparing for you — getting your horse ready, the saddle fit properly, etc. — but there are some things you can do to make your ride all the better!

The more comfortable you are, the more your horse can feel it, and the more likely you’ll both have a fantastic time. Check the weather and think in layers!

Footwear:
Always start with a decent pair of socks! Boots with a slight heel are the best for riding, (like a cowboy boot or riding boots) however, tennis shoes are sufficient. Stay away from big bulky hiking-type boots, these tend to get caught up in the stirrups.

On your legs:
Long pants! Jeans or riding tights work perfectly. If it’s fall and you think it might be chilly, you may want to add a long-underwear layer.

Up top:
Dress for the weather. If it’s sunny, wear summer shirts (and lots of sunscreen). Always bring a light jacket (we can tie it to the saddle for you). Colorado weather changes pretty quickly, so again, layers are the way to go!

Your head:
We provide helmets and offer them to everyone. Kids 12 and under are required to wear a helmet. Baseball hats (snug ones) work well to keep the sun off your face. We recommend wearing hats that stay secure. Some of our guests like to wear their own riding helmets, which is great. If you don’t have a horseback riding helmet, bicycle helmets can be a great substitute.

Bring some water or something to keep yourself hydrated. Even if it’s a short ride, you’ll want to take a drink before we head out on the trail. The best way to avoid altitude issues is to stay hydrated.

Other items to think about:
Sunscreen, sunglasses (a strap for these if you have one is a great idea), gloves (not necessary, but nice), a granola bar or snack to have after your ride or during the longer rides. Sometimes the mosquitos can get annoying, so bring bug spray or wear long sleeves, especially in the Spring!

When you make your reservation, just ask us any questions you have and we’ll get you set up and ready to ride!

Customer Comments

“Sure-footed horses carry riders into the mountains of the San Juan National Forest just outside the Old West town of Durango. The full-day Engineer Mountain ride is for true adventure seekers, winding through a sub-alpine forest, past wildflowers and high above timberline, where, on a clear day, you can see all the way to New Mexico.” – Darley Newman, Host and Producer, Equitrekking.com

I wanted to take a minute to let you know that we had the privilege of riding at your corral last week on our vacation to Durango. As we were staying at the Lodge at Tamarron, your corral was just up the road from us, and we chose you solely based out of convenience. What we found was a superior-run corral with knowledgeable people and great horses. My husband and two sons were led on a 2-hour cave trail ride by your employee, Joe. Let me just tell you that Joe was the best guide we’ve ever had (we’ve been riding 4-5 times in New Mexico) and kept us all entertained with his knowledge of the land and his sense of humor. We really appreciated him taking the time to photograph all of us, and take us carefully through the cave — it was an experience we won’t forget. Joe never stopped looking out for our sons, and always included them in his conversations. You are very fortunate to have such a wonderful, enthusiastic, and professional employee in Joe. – Julie

My daughter and I had the pleasure of taking a two hour ride. Our guide was Cullen who showed us a wonderful time. We’ll be back and also spread the news about Rapp Corral! – Rich

Townes, you are the best movie horse in the world. Your saddle is the cutest. You are the best horse! – Love Kayce (6 years old)

We had a great time horseback riding. We all unanimously agree that it was by far the most beautiful trail ride we have ever done! – Micheal, Jennifer, Brandon and Kathryn

The trip I was on… the Ute Mountain Tribal Park… is one of my best memories ever! Lots of ruins, nice people, (especially the guides and the cook). – Terje

Thanks again for the great ride. Give Clyde a kiss for me! — Erin

Print Out Our Trail Ride Descriptions (pdf)

Before any equestrian activity, all riders will need to read and sign a liability release (pdf). You can print and sign before you arrive at our corral, or we will have the same release here for you to sign before your ride.

Operating with priority use permits in San Juan National Forest. Reservations are required for all rides. Reservations are best made by calling 970 247-8454. We do have a weight limit of 230 pounds. We gladly accept cash, traveler checks, and personal checks. 

Rate subject to change. Valid as of 5/2016