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Little girl and guide horseback riding with Academy Riding Stables
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There is no better way to experience the red sandstone formations of Garden of the Gods. At Academy Riding Stables, guides make sure every rider of every skill level has a great trip.

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Journey through the unforgettable splendor of Garden of the Gods in a whole new way — on a relaxing scenic horseback ride led by the expert guides at Academy Riding Stables.

Your adventure begins at the Academy Riding Stables barn, where you’ll be paired with the perfect horse based on your skills and personality. Expert rider? They’ve got an equine buddy for you! A little afraid of horses? Not anymore! They have patient, friendly horses who love beginner riders and will provide a gentle journey for you to learn and grow in your riding skills. This ride is all about making sure every rider of every skill level has fun — and that the horses do, too.

Once you’ve met your match, you and your crew will get an informative safety briefing to help you all ride with the utmost confidence. Don’t worry if you’re new to horseback riding, you’ll get helpful pointers and tips for getting around safely with your trusty steed. And if you’ve been riding for years, consider the brief a refresher (plus learn need-to-know info for navigating the park). Then, it’s time to ride!

During your horseback tour of the park, you and your group will weave your way amongst the towering red sandstone formations that have made the Garden of the Gods a premier Colorado destination for visitors and locals alike. As you ride along the tranquil trails, Academy Riding Stable’s trained cowboys will share stories about the park and its history and point out the regional flora and fauna. On quieter sections of the ride, you may even catch a glimpse of some Colorado wildlife, including mule deer, foxes, rabbits and the elusive bighorn sheep.

These spectacular scenic horseback rides are offered year-round (weather permitting) via one-hour and two-hour tours to individuals ages 8+ and within the 235-pound weight. (By the way locals, Academy Riding Stables also offers full-care horse boarding for your beloved equine pals.) Because this attraction is so popular, advance reservations are strongly recommended, particularly in the summer.

Your horseback riding adventure through the Garden of the Gods awaits! Gather your friends and family and giddy-on-up over to Academy Riding Stables to make new and unforgettable memories today.

Things to know

From $95 / person

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Daily

Reservations recommended
Average time

1-2 hours

Exertion level
Attraction type


It’s just a single rider per horse.

They are open all year round, weather permitting.

Unfortunately you cannot choose your own horse. Their horses need some breaks after a long trips. Their guides will know which will fit your needs.

Yes, they strongly recommend making reservations ahead of time. Please call (888) 700-0410 to schedule.

They recommend that you wear closed toe shoes, preferably sneakers and long pants as you'll go through some rough spots! And of course, sun screen. The sun beats long and hard throughout the trip.

Riders 8 years or older and under 235 pounds are welcome to ride.


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