Horseback Riding Trails in Colorado

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  • Arkansas Riverwalk Trail

    Rail-Trail

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

    The Arkansas Riverwalk winds for nearly 7 miles along the Arkansas River in Cañon City, between 9th Street at Sell Avenue and Mackenzie Avenue. The trail passes through a wooded area of cottonwoods and riverine wetlands on a crushed gravel surface. ...
  • Bear Creek Trail (Colorado Springs)

    State: CO
    Length: 0.5 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Dirt

    Just south of downtown Colorado Springs, the Bear Creek Trail provides a short connection from Bear Creek Regional Park to the Monument Valley Highway. On the other side of the highway, you can pick up the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail to head north ...
  • Big Dry Creek Trail (Littleton)

    State: CO
    Length: 4.5 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 ...
  • Boulder Creek Path

    State: CO
    Length: 7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt

    Closely following its scenic namesake waterway for most of its journey, the popular Boulder Creek Path runs east from Boulder Canyon to the outskirts of the Valmont Reservoir. Its western end is dirt and gravel, which becomes paved as the trail ...
  • Coal Creek Regional Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 10.2 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Dirt, Gravel

    At the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the Coal Creek Regional Trail offers spectacular views of the front range. You can even identify surrounding peaks with the "peak finder" signage provided at the Aquarius Trailhead near the mid-point. You'll ...
  • 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 River Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    If you're looking for spectacular scenery, you've hit the jackpot with the Crystal River Trail (also known as the Crystal Valley 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: 4.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt

    The Foothills Trail runs 4 miles along Colorado Springs' western border at the base of the majestic Rocky Mountains. You'll begin at Mountain Shadows Park and travel south along Flying W. Ranch Road through residential neighborhoods. The trail ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 beaver, 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 ...
  • Monarch Spur Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt

    The Monarch Spur Trail runs for 2.5 miles between the Arkansas River in downtown Salida west to the end of the railroad right-of-way near Country Road 120. The trail provides access from town to city parks and playing fields, as well as neighborhoods. ...
  • N. Douglas Creek Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 1.2 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    Although just over a mile long, the N. Douglas Creek Trail provides access to one of Colorado Springs' natural treasures: Ute Valley Park. The trail begins at the intersection of Vindicator and Centennial Boulevards. Although you will parallel ...
  • New Santa Fe Regional Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 20 miles
    Surface: 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, Dirt, Gravel, Sand

    Primary trail through Colorado Springs from Air Force Academy (Santa Fe County Trail) south along Monument and Fountain Creeks to El Pomar Youth Sports Complex (Santa Fe County Trail). Also forms part of the Front Range Trail System. 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: 3.89 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Power Trail provides a convenient north-south route through Fort Collins along the west side of the Union Pacific Railroad. The pathway is paved and flat, traveling past neighborhoods, open spaces, two parks, Collindale Golf Course and Kruse ...
  • 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 (El Paso County)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 9 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Gravel

    The El Paso section of the Rock Island Trail runs along an old rail corridor west of the Colorado Springs. There are two sections: this, the El Paso section, and the Colorado Springs section. There are plans to link the two. The El Paso section ...
  • Rockrimmon Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 1.3 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt

    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 1 mile ...
  • 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 ...
  • Uncompahgre RiverWay Trail (Montrose Section)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 6.2 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Gravel

    The long range plan for the Uncompahgre RiverWay Trail is to connect Montrose to the town of Ouray, 37 miles south at the base of the San Juan Mountains and to Delta, 20 miles to the north near Grand Mesa. Currently, over 16 miles of the trail ...