Trail Rides and More at Jackson Stables
Jackson Stables, Inc., YMCA of the Rockies Livery

Jackson Stables, INC., YMCA of the Rockies Livery, is authorized by the Trail Rides at Jackson StableNational Park Service, Department of the Interior to serve the public in Rocky Mountain National Park. All of the horseback rides are guided trail rides into RMNP, and on YMCA property. 

  • Reservations are Recommended
    call 970-586-3341, ext 1140 or ext. 1149.
    (Nov. 1 - March 3, Call 970-586-6748)

  • We REQUIRE children age 6 and up to ride their own horses.

Ride Choices:
Jackson Stables, YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado

Pony Rides 1 Hour Rides

The livery is proud to offer the "Minnie Mouse Pony Trail." Reservations are recommended and are for children 5 years old and younger. There is a 50 lb. weight limit for the ponies. Sign up by phone or in the Livery Office.

Cost: $30.00 per child. 
Available times: Daily: 8:30am-11:30am and 1:00-4:30pm. 

DEER MEADOWS: A 1-hour trail ride that follows Glacier Creek to the Wind River area. We consider this a beginner level ride, appropriate for children and first time riders.

GLACIER BASIN: This 1-hour trail ride heads west along mildly steep terrain, up Glacier Basin. This ride does some climbing, while looking down on Glacier Creek and a small waterfall.

2 Hour Rides 3 Hour Rides

EMERALD MOUNTAIN: This 2-hour loop begins on the Glacier Basin Trail and takes you through beautiful aspens while leading you around Emerald Mountain. The trail travels past the East Portal of the Adams Tunnel before returning  along the Aspenbrook Trail. This ride includes many terrains and a variety of views.   

MORAINE PARK: This 2 hour ride, our most popular, takes you across bridges over Glacier Creek and the Big Thompson River into Moraine Park -- a glacial moraine full of wildflowers and grand views of the Continental Divide. Wildlife is almost always a certainty to be observed and makes this even a more pleasurable ride. 


A true horseback riding experience!  These rides take you deeper into the aesthetic and scenic values offered in RMNP, each providing a different view of forests, meadows, wildflowers, rivers and the Continental Divide. 

These rides offer a better opportunity to spot the many varieties of wildlife, and a short rest break is provided about half-way through. 

These longer rides are designed to include some trotting, but it is not guaranteed.

4 Hour Rides 5 Hour Rides

This trip takes you climbing west along Glacier Basin, then heads south along Wind River where the wild flowers are abundant.

There is a short rest break about half way through the ride nestled along Wind River.

5 HOUR RIDE TO BIERSTADT LAKE: This ride makes a continuous loop beginning in the lower Mill Creek area, on the way to the summit of the Bierstadt Lake shores, and returns through Glacier Basin. Expect fantastic views of Long's Peak and a variety of sceneries not seen from our other rides. (This ride is not designed for first time riders.)

All Day Ride Hayrides
ALL-DAY RIDE: This ride is designed for the seasoned horseback rider and takes you further into the rugged back country of RMNP. The destination varies depending on the time of year and trails that are open, or closed, due to impassable snow conditions. However, the ride does promise to be the highest altitude obtainable, providing the grandest of scenic mountain views. Our most popular event is our Private and Open horse-drawn hayrides available throughout the summer. Cost is $30.00 per person. Kids 3 years old and under are free. Each hayride lasts approximately 1½ hours and includes a campfire and marshmallow roast. A family favorite! Call the YMCA Livery (ext.1140) for scheduling and additional information.
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