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Old Stage Riding Stables
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Guided mountain horseback trail rides in the Pike National Forest far from city streets 20 minutes (5.8 miles) up historic Old Stage Road. Scenic and wildlife tours, special children's rides, wagon rides and group activities. Mountain cabin rentals. Snacks and drinks for sale.
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“Awesome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2011

We stayed at the Cather Springs Ranch....very cozy, scenic & nice!! The stables had very friendly & informative guides. Highly recommend ranch & stable.

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Overland Park, Kansas
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“Great trail ride!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2011

We've been on several trail rides and this was one of our all-time favorites. Would recommend this stable for riders of all levels and ages. Something for everyone.

We did the 1-hour Safari Ride (ask for it, they don't really advertise). Our guide, Jeff, took us into the adjacent nature preserve where we got VERY close to a herd of bison and also got close to a couple of elk. Jeff knew right where to find them based on the time of day. Got some great pics and had a very enjoyable ride through the preserve. Not a nose-to-tail ride unless you want it to be.

They also have a sweet little pot-bellied pig named Mildred. I think my daughter enjoyed playing with her more than the horse ride!

You might want to book for a morning ride - seems to rain mid-late afternoon (at least in late summer). If you're doing the Safari ride, afternoon might be better as it seems to be "nap time" in the preserve - easier to locate the Bison herd and find the Elk.

We had a hard time reaching the stable by phone. Their # is listed on their web site. You can aslo book with them by contacting the Broadmoor Hotel - they must have their cell #s.

Do it! You'll be glad you did!

Visited August 2011
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“Nice mountain trail ride”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2010

We stayed at the Broadmoor and purchased the "Family" package, which included a one-hour trail ride. Our guides were friendly and helpful. The horses were very gentle. The scenery is beautiful, with no back-tracking. We even saw a bull elk that lives on the property. It was a great, family outing.

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Saginaw, Michigan
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“Great experience at any age!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2009

We decided to go with the Stables at the Broadmoor instead of Academy Riding Stables for horseback riding because my niece and nephew (five-and-a-half and three) wanted to ride. Neither place will allow children under eight to ride their horses on their regular rides, but the Stables takes young children on a guide-led pony ride on a scenic trail, while Academy takes them on a guide-led ride in their “pony corral”. So we opted to go with the Stables. We had never used them before, and it turned out really well. We only had time for the kids to ride this time, but we will definitely go back again for their regular one hour and two hour rides.
So, OK, the adventure begins before you get there, or I should say while you’re getting there, because you have to drive up Cheyenne Mountain. It took us longer than we expected, because we had a couple of false starts at the beginning to find the right road (Old Stage Coach) that leads to the riding stables. I was nervous about our reservation, because I knew we would be late, and I was hoping they wouldn’t cancel out and make us drive all the way up there for nothing! Once we found the right road we were all set. But then I was wishing we weren’t in such a hurry because the scenery while you are driving up there is breathtaking! There are a lot of switchbacks, and you have to drive moderately slowly. Next time we’ll leave plenty early and enjoy it more. We finally got there (there are signs marking the riding stables), and, whew, they didn’t say anything about us being late; they just started the paperwork.
The guide led the horses, and family members are invited to walk along if they wish, and take pictures. The guide was friendly and accommodating, and had complete control, so we felt the children were in safe hands. The scenic ride turned out to be down an actual trail, as promised, so the kids felt they were getting the real experience (and they were). For some reason we all thought we were going to go down the road a bit and turn around and walk back, but no, the trail led back to the stables, so we didn’t have to turn around and see the same scenery twice. The ride took about thirty minutes, which was about right.

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