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.

 

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