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“The ONLY place we will ride in Colorado!”

Platte Ranch Riding Stables
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Fairplay
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed May 13, 2009

With every trip to Keystone or Breckenridge, we stop to visit Bill and his crew at Platte Ranch. They provide an exceptional, one-of-a-kind experience with extremely knowledgeable, cautious-yet-comforting staff, and absolutely no nose-to-tail riding, which I have since learned is actually safer. The setting is so peaceful! The ranch itself is practical, with a bent towards the historical.

On our first trip, we were three totally-inexperienced riders--we had taken touristy trail rides, but that's it! Our first trip with our six-year-old, horse-crazy daughter was educational, highly entertaining, and awe-inspiring, so much so that we returned two days later. Bill shares stories of the land and it's history, and with a lot of dry wit tossed in!

Now, my daughter is still horse crazy and a level 2-trained rider. She loves to come back to visit Bill, now a dear friend! A ride last year along the beaches and mountain range of St. Kitt's didn't compare to any of our Platte Ranch experiences!

. . . and we've yet to get to the setting! Riding through the valley, along (and through!) the running waters of the Platte River, up the mountainside through a high plains forest, and across the mountain plateau surrounded by six mountain ranges and a view of Pike's Peak is . . . breathtaking. We've seen teepee rings, the "Welcome Trail", grazing sheep, Indian Paint Brush . . . we've cantered and trotted the horses side-by-side. The resulting photos are Christmas card worthy!

Platte Ranch is on Hwy. 9 near Fairplay (think South Park!) and about a 45 minutes drive south of Breckenridge. The drive is stunning in itself!

4  Thank willymonster
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Reviewed July 8, 2008

This two hour horse back ride was the highlight of our week long trip to Breckenridge, Colorado. To be honest it was the best horse back rides our family has ever been on. We have two kids 12 & 9 with limited experience and they did great! One other 13 year old from another group had never ridden and did great as well.

They specialize in small groups (around 8 or so) with absolutely NO head to tail riding. Everybody rides as they see fit. The horses do not know where to go since they use a different trail for each ride. Run, trot or poke along as you see fit.

Beautiful ride through high plains forest and creeks. Staff was great, whole experience was extremely well managed.

Payment preferred by cash or hotel voucher. About 45 minutes drive south of Breckenridge (near Fairplay, Colorado) over a beautiful mountain pass.

4  Thank Hickup4
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