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Academy Riding Stables

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Address: 4 El Paso Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80904-1920
Phone Number: 719 633 5667
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Great way to enjoy Colorado scenery

This was a great way to spend the afternoon. They have one and two hour rides that go into part of the Garden of the Gods park. The guides are very informative and helpful.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Flora, Mississippi
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We traveled from Grand Lake to Manitou Springs just to ride with Academy riding stables in the Garden of the Gods, only to find out that we would not be allowed to ride because my husband weighs 210! They don't allow riders over 200 lbs. just wanted everyone to be aware since many potential riders weigh over 200 lbs.. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was a great way to spend the afternoon. They have one and two hour rides that go into part of the Garden of the Gods park. The guides are very informative and helpful.

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Shirley A, Guest Relations Manager at Academy Riding Stables, responded to this review

Thank you for riding with Academy Riding Stables for your horseback ride in the Garden of the Gods. Look forward you joining ARS again. More 

Dallas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My third year in a row of riding through The Garden of the Gods with Academy Riding Stables was AMAZING!!! This year I did the Perimeter Ride which is a <>3 hour ride through areas of the park I had not seen before. It involved more climbs up and down the rock formations and an exhilarating experience following the narrow... More 

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Shirley A, Guest Relations Manager at Academy Riding Stables, responded to this review

ARS is glad that you had a great return horseback ride in the Garden of the Gods. Our wranglers strive to give informative and historic information about the area. Looking forward to your fourth year in Colorado Springs, CO. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The one and only time I rode a horse was 40 years ago . It was a brief 10 minute ride before I fell off and never to get back on a horse until today. I love being outdoors and didn't want to miss out. The staff were great. Very good at explaining what to expect, how to safely ride.... More 

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Shirley A, Guest Relations Manager at Academy Riding Stables, responded to this review

Thank you for riding with ARS. We are glad you didn't give up after that first ride years ago. Looking forward to seeing you again on your next trip to Colorado Springs, perhaps in another season of the year when the beauty of the park shows a new landscape. More 

Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Guides and horses were great. Horses clearly well cared for. We did a two hour ride that was one of the highlights of our trip to Colorado. My friend is an inexperienced rider and I am a very experienced rider. We both got horses appropriate to us. If you get the chance to ride there - DO IT! A real... More 

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Shirley A, Guest Relations Manager at Academy Riding Stables, responded to this review

Thank you for riding with Academy Riding Stables. The two hour ride really shows the high points of the Garden of the Gods. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely service, smiling wranglers ready to help you & keep you safe. A nice way to see part of the park & appropriate for inexperienced riders. Helmets included. Only drawback was the non-digital photos at the end (a photo is $13), which they are working now to remedy! You can also hike these trails in the park for free...so if... More 

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Shirley A, Guest Relations Manager at Academy Riding Stables, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your trail ride with Academy Riding Stables. We are working on that digital photo process. Our goal is to offer our guests a happy memory and a safe ride is a large part of that. Thank You. More 

Sparta, MO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We chose a middle of the week ride and were 2 of only 3 riders for this tour of Garden of the Gods on horseback. Katy, our wrangler was personable and we had a great time. Our horses were well behaved, but not so docile as to make it seem as though we were on a merry-go-round. We did the... More 

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Shirley A, Guest Relations Manager at Academy Riding Stables, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Academy Riding Stables and your tour of Garden of the Gods horseback ride. Our goal is to provide a safe and memory of your ride. More 

Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had two people visiting from out of town and one of them wanted to ride a horse after having a fear of them after a accident years ago with a horse. She did great by the way. I visited here when I was 9 and now 25, and 10 yrs since the last time i've ridden (in Montana) so it... More 

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Shirley A, Guest Relations Manager at Academy Riding Stables, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to Academy Riding Stables and bringing your guests. We are pleased that all of you had a great ride and hope you will come again to ride with ARS. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took my fiancee on a trail ride through Garden of the Gods...dragged him there more like it- he had never been on a horse & wasn't too keen on the idea. I myself have ridden for years and wanted to do the whole ride through the Garden of the Gods--and they didn't disappoint! They really are tuned to the... More 

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Shirley A, Guest Relations Manager at Academy Riding Stables, responded to this review

A great experience for the two of you together. Your fiancée is like many of our guests -first time on a horse - and won't be the last. Thank you for choosing Academy Riding Stables for your horseback ride in the Garden of the Gods. Come back to ride with us again. Happy Trails to you. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was my first time riding and I had a blast. Riding through garden of the gods and having the history of the area told to you while on your tour is amazing. The trail guides are very thorough and patient while giving the safety brief. My family thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The horses were beautiful and extremely well behaved. We... More 

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Shirley A, Guest Relations Manager at Academy Riding Stables, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to Academy Riding Stables for your first time horseback ride. We appreciate your review and look forward to seeing you again for that two hour ride. More 

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