Living the
Cowboy Dream

A wild-west adventure is a must for your Mesa Verde Country vacation. Whether you're looking for a leisurely horseback ride or a pack trip into our incredible backcountry, Mesa Verde Country is the place for you!

For the tenderfoot, one or two hour trail rides are available at local stables and guest ranches. If you're looking for a more extensive horseback adventure, Mesa Verde Country has outfitters that will take you into our remote backcountry for multiple days of riding and exploration.

Horseback Riding Stables

13935 Road G
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 565-1499

Guided horse trips into Canyons of the Ancients. Scenic backcountry horseback rides; learn the history of the Puebloan people via horseback! Half-day, full-day and overnight campouts.

27758 Highway 145
Dolores, CO 81323
(970) 562-3826

Our experienced wranglers will guide you on horseback through some of the most beautiful Colorado country you will ever lay eyes on. Circle K offers a variety of trails ranging from easy to more difficult and challenging for the advanced rider.

12175 Road 44
Mancos, CO 81328
(970) 533-7588

Horseback rides, breakfast & dinner excursions, wilderness trips in the La Plata Mountains and the Ute Tribal Park

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Biking From single tracks that wind past cliff dwellings to beautiful climbs in the San Juans, to mountain biking in Phil's World, Mesa Verde Country offers some of the most unique rides in the Southwest. Explore More
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