Green Mountain Ranch Trail Ride Weekend

Trail Ride Weekend,
Friday, August 21st – Sunday, August 23rd

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Hope to see you for an LRC campout and trail ride weekend, Friday, August 21st – Sunday, August 23rd at the 120 year old, Green Mtn. Ranch, about 1-½ hours from Denver. There is plenty of trailer parking and turn around room, just inside the ranch gate #2.

Participants are welcome to come up on Friday and stay through Sunday. Camp and ride or just hang out at the historic Myers homestead, near the Colorado Trail. There is plenty of room for camping, pens and corrals for your horses, and many trail options. Horse water is available straight from the creek or dip a bucket. We’ll have a bonfire at the ranch house Friday, and plan for a potluck dinner and bonfire Saturday night. You are welcome to come for the whole weekend, a day’s ride, or just the Potluck, whatever fits your schedule. There will be some maps if you would like to explore trails on your own. If you have a mtn. biker in the family they may want to try out the newly constructed “challenge” trail at nearby Scraggy Campground.

Friday or Sunday: On your way up to (or down from) the mountains, take the opportunity visit Staunton State Park – best ridden M-F, because its trails heavily used by mtn. bikers on weekends. Take US Highway 285 to Shaffer’s Crossing, turn north on Elk Creek Road and follow the signs 1.5 miles to the park entrance. The park has approx. 14 miles of horse trails.

Alternately, while at the Ranch Friday or Sunday, you can take time to explore easy to follow log-road trails that meander south and east into the Hayman burn above Deckers and the South Platte.GMR Underpass

Saturday, 10:30 AM: Saturday’s ride will follow old logging roads, trails and a short section of the Colorado Trail, through some beautiful lush forest of pine, spruce and aspen groves. Lunch stop, about an hour and a half away, is a great picnic spot called the Indian Caves, with a nice meadow, plenty of trees to tie to, and yes – a rock pile cave, which is a dry place to eat lunch in the event of rain. Return trip will take about an hour and 15 minutes, depending on how long we hang out at our lunch stop, we should be back to camp around 3 PM.

 

Trail Ride at Resort Valley Ranch

Sunday, August 9, 2015
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Come experience the beautiful trails of Resort Valley Ranch. Nestled between Last Resort Creek and West Resort Creek, this historic 4,000 acre Colorado ranch offers many miles of trails and outstanding scenery. The ranch is home to Butterfield’s horse breeding business, Foxton Morgans, that specializes in mountain raised Morgan horses, many with natural gaiting tendancies.

Come and be ready to ride at 10:00 AM.
Bring a lunch and a drink for yourself, there is plenty of creek water for your horses.

Our hosts:
Thom & Nancy Harris
Foxton, CO 80433

Postponed: Bear Creek breakfast ride – New destination: Dawson Butte

Due to the continuing high water conditions at Bear Creek Lake Park, our breakfast ride must be cancelled again.

We originally scheduled the breakfast ride for June 6th, but the high water at the Park at the end of May, lead us to trade that date with the June 28th Dawson Butte ride….then…heavy storms in the Castle Rock area caused the switch to Dawson Butte to also be cancelled.

Our Trail Master, Sue Mosier, will lead the June 28th ride at Dawson Butte, as originally planned in early May. This Douglas County Open Space Park has pretty trails through scrub oaks, pine trees and interesting meadows. For the adventurous, there are numerous cross country jumps to try you horse on. Be ready to ride at 10 AM.