DENVER
05/14/2011 10:19 am ET | Updated Jul 10, 2011

Ride Into The Sunset: Best Horseback Riding Near Denver

There's a lot of gorgeous ground to cover in Colorado -- and no better way to see it than atop a steed. Get your wild west on and check out these riding stables near Denver.

A&A Historical Tails: This Idaho Springs outfitter offers both guided and unguided options, plus rides for all age groups and levels. Don't limit yourself to an afternoon trek through the woods -- A&A also offers cemetery rides, overnights, full moon outings and gambling excursions.
Prices vary per package.
188 Alpes Hill Road, Idaho Springs; 303-567-4808; horses@aastables.com

Bear Mountain Stables: If you're looking for a solitary getaway, Bear Mountain Stables in the foothills offers individual guided rides as well as some for small groups. Open year round, enjoy the peaceful nature of the Rockies atop a well-trained horse.
Trail rides, $20/half hour
11778 Wonder Drive, Conifer; 303-588-2551

Painted Horse Stables: For an laid-back outing, check out these stables at Cherry Creek State Park. Perfect for beginners and families, you'll be guided along even-keeled state park trails. Expect slow and steady through lush scenery.
$35/1 hour, $52/1.5 hours, $68/2 hours
4201 S. Parker Road, Aurora; 303-690-8235

American Safari Ranch: In the beautiful hills of Fairplay, ages 6 and older can enjoy an introduction to the world of horses. However, if you have extensive experience, don't waste time on beginner lessons: American Safari Ranch will create a ride for your particular level and keep you challenged. Pony rides are available for ages 10 and under.
$40/hour, $25 each additional hour
1484 Park County Road #7, Fairplay; 719-836-2700

Wild West Ranch: You can get your guided trail rides here, but longer, faster and individual rides can be set up, too. Located in Arvada, it's the best place to bring your horse-adoring kiddo for a pony ride (available for $5/child). Cash or in-town checks accepted only.
1 hour at $25/horse for 2 or more people, $30 for one rider
7969 Alkire St., Arvada; 303-425-8902