Horseback Riding Trails in Colorado

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  • Arkansas Riverwalk Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 7 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Gravel

    Cañon City, Colorado, is a recreation destination popular with whitewater rafters and rock climbers. Two notable attractions also bring visitors to the city: the nearby Royal Gorge Bridge spans the Arkansas River at a height of 955 feet, making ...
  • Big Dry Creek Trail (Littleton)

    State: CO
    Length: 5.4 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    Big Dry Creek Trail provides a pleasant connector between the High Line Canal Trail and the Mary Carter Greenway, two jewels in the trail network of the greater Denver area. Although the trail is in an urban setting—running through Littleton ...
  • Corridor Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 0.8 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Concrete, Crushed Stone

    The Corridor Trail meanders along St. Vrain Creek through the mountain community of Lyons, Colorado, outside of Rocky Mountain National Park. The trail links neighborhoods with Bohn Park on the southside of town. The park offers ball fields, ...
  • Crystal Valley Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 6.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    If you're looking for spectacular scenery, you've hit the jackpot with the Crystal Valley Trail (also known as the Crystal River Trail). The paved pathway offers views of emerald green fields, blue snow-capped mountains and a roaring river. ...
  • East Fork Trail (CO)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 5.6 miles
    Surface: Ballast

    Colorado's East Fork Trail follows along the East Fork of Powerhorn Creek, which is pockmarked by beaver-dammed ponds. Bring your fishing pole but leave your bike at home. This trail is suited to hikers who don't mind a little bush-whacking ...
  • Firestone Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 8.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    The Firestone Trail mostly parallels Colorado Boulevard between Dacono in the south and north of Firestone, at the northern end of the trail. The trail is paved and provides access to parks, neighborhoods and businesses. At the north end, an ...
  • Foothills Trail (CO)

    State: CO
    Length: 6.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

    The Foothills Trail runs along Colorado Springs' western border at the base of the majestic Rocky Mountains. You'll begin near Oak Valley Ranch Park and travel south along an irrigation channel, Flying W Ranch Road and N. 30th Street through ...
  • Galloping Goose Trail (CO)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 20 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Gravel

    A hike or mountain bike ride along Colorado's Galloping Goose Trail will leave you exhilarated, (if not for the elevation alone!). This 20-mile path follows an old narrow-gauge rail line, which was built beginning in 1890 to help haul precious ...
  • High Line Canal Trail (CO)

    State: CO
    Length: 71 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt

    The High Line Canal Trail is a popular stretch of path through Denver's southside suburbs, winding for 71 miles between Aurora and Roxborough State Park. The trail is owned and operated by Denver Water and follows the canal that keeps Denver ...
  • Left Hand Greenway

    State: CO
    Length: 2.9 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Left Hand Greenway is a diagonal path along its namesake creek in southern Longmont. It begins at a juncture with the St. Vrain Greenway, a scenic 8-mile route across the city. From there, you'll head southwest past the Harvest Junction ...
  • Mesa Valley Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 1.7 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    Situated in the northwestern corner of Colorado Springs, the Mesa Valley Trail travels through largely open areas to Sondermann Park. In the park, you will travel through woodlands along Mesa Creek. You may see beavers, deer, coyotes, raccoons ...
  • Midland Bike Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 8 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The Midland Bike Trail is popular with mountain bikers and a fairly steep climb at the start but levels out once you reach the railroad grade in about 1 mile. The trail runs between the Shields Gulch trailhead and the town of Buena Vista to ...
  • New Santa Fe Regional Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 20 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Gravel

    The New Santa Fe Regional Trail provides a scenic journey along the front range of the mountains, from Palmer Lake Recreation area in northern El Paso County through the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. The trail follows a portion ...
  • Pikes Peak Greenway Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 16 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt

    The Pikes Peak Greenway Trail runs throughout Colorado Springs, from just south of the United States Air Force Academy to the El Pomar Youth Sports Park. The popular trail connects at both ends to other long regional trails: in the north, the ...
  • Poudre River Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 21.8 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Poudre River Trail tracks a 21-mile, scenic course along Cache la Poudre River between Windsor and Greeley. The paved trail is popular with hikers, runners, cyclists and inline skaters. The path is wide with gently grades, passing through ...
  • Power Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 3.9 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Power Trail provides a convenient north-south route through Fort Collins in two disconnected segments along the west side of the Union Pacific Railroad. The pathway is paved and flat, traveling past neighborhoods, open spaces, two parks, ...
  • Rio Grande Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 42 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel

    ADVISORY:To protect wintering wildlife, the Rio Grande Trail between Rock Bottom Ranch and Catherine Bridge closes seasonally from 5 pm on November 30 until 5 pm on April 30. A detour route is noted at the Hooks Lane and Catherine Bridge trailhead ...
  • Rock Island Trail (CO)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 14.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel

    About an hour south of Denver, the Rock Island Trail offers a nearly 15-mile pathway in two disconnected segments in El Paso County. Future plans call for linking the two sections for a seamless trail experience. A 9-mile section parallels ...
  • Rockrimmon Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 1.3 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Rockrimmon Trail, named for the Colorado Springs neighborhood in which it lies, begins in Foothills Park, adjacent to Foothills Elementary School. From there, the crushed-stone trail winds its way southeast along a small creek for about ...
  • Sand Creek Regional Greenway

    State: CO
    Length: 14 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Sand Creek Regional Greenway follows Sand Creek in Denver's northeast metro area. The trail has a soft surface, which can make for a dusty ride when it's dry; mountain bikes are best at handling the sandy trail, although the trail is rated ...
  • Switzerland Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 14 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    The Switzerland Trail in the peaks west of Boulder was named for the spectacular mountain scenery along this remote and former railroad route. Although why it had to be named after another country when America's Rockies are stunning in their ...