Private Land (250-1000 acres)
We have 550 acres of private beauty and are located at 9000 feet surrounded by vast spruce forests, sprawling aspen groves, sagebrush, lush high meadows and crystalline streams and beaver ponds. With plenty of diversity in our landscape, we provide a perfect location for photography tours, weddings, riding, and just in soaking in the natural beauty. We are surrounded by National Forest on three sides and bordered by a cliff and waterfall on the fourth.
Public Land (20,000-40,000 acres)
We have access to over 200 miles of accessible trails within 40,000 acres of the Arapaho National Forest, located in the Rocky Mountains, straddling the continental divide in the Front Range west of Denver. It was established on July 1, 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt and named for the Arapaho tribe of Native Americans which previously inhabited the Colorado Eastern Plains. The forest includes part of the high Rockies and river valleys in the upper watershed of the Colorado River.
Morning Rides - 9am; Afternoon Rides - 2pm. Each morning, we ask each guest which type of ride they'd like to go on. We encourage guests to have as much say as possible within the rides we offer.
We offer fully guided rides with full opportunity for all types of riding. In some of the mountainous areas, we have trails that need to be followed, however, with our terrain, you also enjoy full opportunity to ride openly.
On specified days and times, we offer an evening ride, sunset ride, overnight pack trips, and sunrise ride.
Good to know
The first morning is a walk only ride whereby we assess skills. Once we have assessed rider's abilities, we offer individually for guests to work on their trotting/loping skills while on the trail. We do a lot of game playing on the trail, which is a great way to work on your skills while having fun.
Weight limit for riding
MUST be able to post a trot, no riding experience needed, We recommend a good level of physical fitness, We consider height and athletic ability as well as a guest's weight
Hours in the saddle
Hours in the saddle are estimations and can vary. We also offer all day rides with packed lunches.
Why our riding stands out
- Trails are so numerous (over 200 miles) there is no need for a guest to ever repeat a trail
- We sit at 9000 feet so the views will rattle your spurs
- We teach basic principles of riding and horsemanship on the trail - as well as teaching trotting and loping skills in a natural environment
Sample Riding Itinerary
Our itinerary differs every day but I'll pick Wednesday!
Those going on the overnight pack trip make a sack lunch and leave the ranch by 10am.
Those not going on the pack trip have an all day ride option and leave at 9:15am while the regular morning and afternoon riders go out at 9am and 2pm as usual.
Before and after rides, it is not unusual to see people fishing or swimming.
In the evening we teach cowboy skills like roping, bull whip use and tomahawk throwing.
Most of the riding lessons are conducted on the trail in a natural environment. However, if a guest wants or needs special attention in a restricted environment, we will head to the arena.
lessons come with package, basic riding lessons, advanced horsemanship lessons
wrangler, ranch owner or manager
on the trail, in the arena
Natural Horsemanship Clinic
Clinics occur weekly, Included in package, Clinics occur in the arena
Sunday night's orientation talks about the basics of horsemanship. Then on Monday morning Jim offers a horsemanship clinic in which guests can participate. Depending upon the week, Jim may be working with a young horse, tuning up a guest horse, or even working a mustang.
The clinic generally lasts about an hour long. It covers basic horsemanship, various aspects in regard to horse behavior (as that is key to horsemanship), and how to relate to a horse by understanding its behavior and instincts. Guests are welcome to get directly involved.
Jim also covers riding and horsemanship aspects from catching a horse to riding it at a lope. Throughout the week you can work work on various principles learned in the clinic while on the trail. The wranglers are always ready to assist.
Cattle work - pasture gathers
In september we spend a week helping our neighbors gather hundreds of cattle from the summer pastures, moving them down to winter holdings. We limit the number of guests helping at this to 14, and they must be experienced riders capable of riding independently.
A couple times a week, guests have the opportunity to interact with cattle in the pasture by moving them to different pastures, riding herd to perform health checks, do a count, and, if there are any seen problems, we bring the animal into the corral for doctoring.
Friday morning, guests who are interested head out to the pasture and sort the cattle in the pasture. Guests and wranglers hold herd while individually, each guest has the opportunity to sort a designated animal out of the herd, practicing his/her skills in maneuvering and controlling the horse.
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
No. of cow/calf pairs
Each Wednesday morning Jim Yost leads guests by horseback into the mountains for an overnight pack trip. We head out at 9am and travel into the mountains on a scenic ride, with lunch on the trail, to our overnight camping spot where we arrive late in the afternoon.
Upon arrival, each family or individual sets up his or her own tent. We have 30 different sites in which we rotate through, so guests rarely stay at the same site twice(except for those who have been coming for years!). Jim personally prepares a tantalizing dinner for each of the guests. And, believe us, if you've ever eaten a meal in the wilderness, something about preparing it outdoors makes it one of the best, most memorable meals you could eat.
Horse are kept in an overnight portable, electric solar powered fence. Out of respect for the land, when we leave, our goal is to leave minimal impact on the land. Even to the point that Jim replaces the sod from his firepit to restore to its exact previous condition.
Guests enjoy breakfast of scrambled eggs or omelette, sausage, pancakes, or hashbrowns with steak. We head back out on the trail for home and make sure we're home for homemade pizza hand-created in our Latigo kitchen by Randy and Lisa George!
We provide everything: sleeping bags, pillows, foam pads, flashlights. Guests only need to worry about bringing a coat(we supply rain coats) and a change of socks.
We also offer a pack trip for the wee ones age 6-8. For this overnighter kids enjoy staying in camps already set up with permanent teepees. Depending upon the age and attention span of the children, we generally leave after lunch and get to camp by 4 or 5.
Once we are done sorting the animals(from our Friday ride in the pasture - please see "cattle work"), we gather a number of the cattle and drive them into the arena. In the afternoon, we work these cattle in the arena and do some team penning.
outdoor arena, professional rodeo arena
penning, sorting, cutting