Canyon Trails Ranch - Guided Horse Rides


National Parks Horseback Riding, Trail Rides 

Horseback Ride to Ancient Ruins and Learn the History of The Puebloan People

CANYON TRAILS RANCH has horses for all levels of rider abilities. Near Mesa Verde National Park, Canyon Trails Ranch offers scenic Southwest Colorado backcountry horseback rides to ancient sites through spectacular McElmo Canyon in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.

WESTERN ADVENTURES: The Mesa Verde, Four Corners area of Colorado is full of ancient Indian ruins and remote open red-rock canyons. That is what sets Canyon Trails Ranch apart from other ranches that offer horseback rides. Our backcountry horse rides offer you the opportunity to visit many ruins, learn the history and enjoy the beauty of the many red-rock canyons by horseback.

10% DISCOUNT: Mention the Colorado Vacation Directory when making reservations for families of four or more and SAVE 10% off your guided trail ride!

HALF-DAY TRAIL RIDES: Spend three hours riding with the Canyon Trails' wranglers through the adjacent red-rock canyons of the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Your guide will lead you to see many of the ruins left by the ancestral Puebloan people that lived here a thousand years ago (formerly known as the Anasazi). You will have the opportunity to get off your horses and visit these sites up close and personal.

FULL-DAY TRAIL RIDES: The Full-Day Ride lasts for about six hours and goes by some of the same sites as the Half-Day Ride, and much more. This ride is meant for those who want to spend an entire day enjoying horses, the Southwest scenery and exploring some of the pristine BLM backcountry. Sack lunch is included.

LQ HORSE CAMPING: Horse and RV camping next to the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, equipped with water and electric hookups and private corrals for the horses.

LOCATION: In Southwest Colorado, 10 miles west of Cortez. Between Mesa Verde National Park and Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Turn off US Highway 491 onto CR G heading west.

ADDRESS: 13935 County Road G, Cortez CO 81321

RESERVATION INFORMATION: Canyon Trails Ranch requires a minimum of 2 riders per ride, with a maximum of six. Trips are not tailored to children under 8 years old, or anyone with a fear of horses. Acceptable forms of payment include cash, traveler's or personal checks. Sorry Canyon Trails Ranch cannot accept any credit cards.

PHONE: 970-565-1499 -- For Current Rates and Availability; To Book Your Vacation: mention the Colorado Vacation Directory.



  • Specialty Discounts (call for availability): Firefighters and Police Officers. Military Personnel.



  • Open Dates For On-Site Activities: 3/15 to 10/31

Primarily Summer Activities

  • Horseback Trail Rides (Guided): On site.
  • Horse Rides with a Wrangler (Open Range): On site.

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