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Horseback Ride


"The best way to see the mountain wilderness is by horseback". ~John "Jeremiah" Johnson

At Harmel's there is a mount to suit everyone from children seven years old to the most experienced rider. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced trail rides leave Harmel's three times per day - every day. From hay rides, riding lessons to wilderness rides, Harmel's has it all!

Rates per person of rides offered

horse back

1 Hour Ride: $40.00
2 Hour Ride: $60.00
Half-Day Ride (3 hrs): $80.00
All-Day Wilderness Ride: $160.00
Over-Night Pack Trip Ride: $160.00
Horsemanship Lesson (45 mins): $45.00
Junior Wrangler Program

  • 9am to 12pm session: $60
  • 1pm to 4pm session: $60

Junior Wrangler Program All Day 9am to 4pm, lunch included: $120

*Children must be at least 7 years old to go on trail rides and at least 8 years old to participate in Harmel's Junior Wrangler Program.


Boy on HorseEvery afternoon we offer horsemanship riding lessons in our corral area. We can take riders as young as 5 years old for a horsemanship lesson. These lessons are provided to find out about your riding skill level and to help you improve your confidence and riding skills. One of our professional wranglers will guide you through a thorough training program designed to make you more comfortable with horses. Don't think lessons are just for beginners; these can help out even the most seasoned rider!

Junior Wrangler Program

Girl on HorseEach day guests may work at the stables as an junior wrangler. They will learn how to halter, brush, feed, saddle, and care for horses. And they will have the opportunity to ride on the trails as an assistant guide or take a lesson. Guests eight years and older are welcome to join the Junior Wrangler Program. The day begins in the morning at 9:00am at the stables with the wranglers, where the daily assignments are discussed. This is a wonderful program for guests interested in gaining hands on experience with horses and stable etiquette.

For children 5 and 6 years we offer 45 min lessons to help build riding skills and confidence.  For safety reasons Harmel's does not permit riders under the age of 7 on the trails, and we do not ride double.

Half-Day and All-Day Horseback Rides

In addition to daily rides, we also offer half-day and all-day rides. Experience the beauty of the Taylor Canyon by horseback. Ride up to historic Doctor Park, where the view includes the Maroon Bells of Aspen and Mt. Henry.  Eat your lunch in the mountain sun, take pictures of the abundant wildlife, enjoy a bit of what nature has to offer.  All-day rides depart from the Harmel's Stables at 8:45am, offered seven days a week by reservation only.

Half-day trips are available every day, as well.  This three hour trail ride leaves the stables in the morning and returns in time for lunch.  Sign up for any of these rides with our staff at the office - stop by or call 970.641.1740.

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