Take Colorado By Horseback!

There's something sincere about traveling by horseback. Perhaps it's because locomotion via a living, breathing animal requires a certain level of give-and-take combined with the humbling realization that the thousand-pound beast between your legs is as powerful as it is majestic. Or maybe it's just nostalgia for the past. But beyond whatever fantasies you might have about six-shooters, sheriffs, and dusty ol' saloons, horses have long been trotting through the Rockies – since the 16th century to be exact. So why not go for a fall horseback ride and experience one of the oldest yet most fulfilling ways to get around?

With that said, here are five areas best taken in from the saddle this fall: 

Aspen to Crested Butte Via East Maroon Trail #1983

A popular choice for those traveling to Crested Butte via horseback, the East Maroon Trail promises to be one of the most scenic rides in the country. Go check it out and let us know!

Lizard Head Wilderness, San Juan National Forest

The Lizard Head Wilderness is part of a 109 million-acre protected wilderness meaning it's packed with trails. The Lizard Head itself is a volcanic spire that jets out of the top of a mountain and, supposedly, looks like a lizard's head. 

Buffalo Pass, Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest

Going to Steamboat is one thing, but going just outside it is a whole new level of awesome. Check out Buffalo Pass and when you're done, go find some hot springs to relax in. 

Ute Pass Trail, Arapahoe & Roosevelt National Forests

This trail connects to the Ute Peak Trail system and is suitable for foot- or horse-travel. Go exploring and bring a map (or GPS) to get back. 

North Cottonwood Trail, Pike and San Isabel National Forests

Rides with lakes are always a treat. However, this is in Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area and well worth saddling up for. 

What are your thoughts? Have you ever ridden your horse in these areas? If so, how was it? Let us know in the comments below! 

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