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Colorado Weekend Vacation on Horseback
By Coloradohorseproperty.com


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Is it time for an invigorating Colorado weekend on horseback?  Douglas County’s horse-friendly environs present adventurous options for vacations that will complement your Colorado horse property.  Go deluxe and relax.  Rough it under the stars.  Or strut your stuff at the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo, the Elizabeth Stampede or the Colorado Horse Park among friends and neighbors.  Get there any way you choose, but jump into a saddle and leave motorized life in the dust.

Going deluxe?  Spend a marvelous weekend on horseback just down the road at Lost Valley Ranch or a similar ranch near Pike National Forest.  Sitting at an elevation of 7,500 feet just west of Sedalia real estate in Douglas County, the ranch offers pampering—Colorado style.  Able to accommodate up to 60 of your friends, family, or co-workers, Lost Valley offers unlimited horseback-riding tours through 26,000 acres of Pike National Forest.  Well-marked trails follow old logging roads through areas traveled only by elk, deer and other mountain wildlife, crisscrossing through wooded ridge tops and winding through stands of sun-kissed, quivering aspen.  Rides are geared to differing skill levels. 
During special “horsemanship” weeks, professional trainers offer instruction in riding, handling, proper saddling, horse confirmation and advanced cross-country riding.  Guests can also opt to “cowboy” on special round ups, learning how to throw a calf or lasso a steer.  During the spring, help brand, tag, and move cattle onto the summer pasture in the National Forest, or gather them back in autumn.

For variety, visitors cast and fly fish for rainbow trout in Goose Creek as it runs through the property.  They also love hiking, soaking in whirlpools and heated pools, trap shooting, and playing tennis, pick-up basketball and horseshoes.  Stress-relieving hayrides and sing-along sessions are fun for children ages 0-100.  The food is scrumptious whether enjoyed in the dining hall, at a cookout, or from a saddlebag on the trail.

Do it yourself.  Pike National Forest is 11 miles southwest of Sedalia on Highway 67.  There are parking areas for vehicles and horse trailers, restrooms, backcountry campsites, and a group campground.  Fishing and hunting may require permits.

Pike’s Indian Creek Trailhead leads to numerous horseback and hiking trails and is a wonderful option for campers.  Its network of backcountry trails connects to the Colorado Trail and Waterton Canyon, frolicking through heavy forests and wildflower meadows.  Choose a 10-mile loop and a 14-mile loop.  The trails range from moderate to difficult, depending on the length and steepness of side slopes.  At altitudes from 6,400 to 7,900 feet, it is possible to pass other horses, hikers and mountain bikers. 

Need to stay close to home?  Chatfield State Park is easy to access on the South Platte River in the northwestern section of the county.  Primarily a water-based recreation area, it encompasses 5,600 acres of land and a large reservoir.  Its 30 miles of trails include the Chatfield Equestrian Loop, the Chatfield Internal Bikeway, and Chatfield Dam Trail.  There are thirty miles of paved and soft surface trails through cottonwood forest, and along ponds and the Chatfield Reservoir. 

Horse rentals are available, if you forgot yours!  The trail rating is easy on paved surfaces and mostly level.  There are opportunities for power boating, sailing, water-skiing, swimming, and fishing as well as ample space for picnicking, overnight camping (with restrooms and showers!), flying model airplanes, watching wildlife at the pavilion, dog training, and learning—at the new 20-acre wetland area.  Most facilities are handicapped-accessible.  Note that horses are prohibited at picnic sites, campsites and the swim beach.  North access: Take C470 west to Wadsworth, south on Wadsworth approximately 1 mile to the State Park Entrance.  South access: Take Santa Fe Boulevard south to Titan Road, then north on Roxborough Park Road. 

These are just a few reasons to get away for a day or two on your horse.  The options are endless when you live here.
 


Douglas County CO homes for sale

$19,500,000
10687 Evans Ridge RD
Parker, CO 80134
Listing #: 1070850
$10,000,000
31 ALBION PL
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1112349
$6,500,000
2743 N FLINTWOOD RD
Franktown, CO 80116
Listing #: 1010630
$5,600,000
2074 Summit ST
Franktown, CO 80107
Listing #: 1097690
$5,495,000
1536 ELK VIEW RD
Larkspur, CO 80118
Listing #: 1061070
$5,449,000
1 EAGLE POINTE LN
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1110777
$5,000,000
6700 E SCOTT AVE
Parker, CO 80134
Listing #: 983655
$3,950,000
7750 PRESERVATION TRL
Parker, CO 80134
Listing #: 1065518
$3,500,000
3450 BIG BEAR DR
Sedalia, CO 80135
Listing #: 1049836
$3,500,000
46630 SILVER FIR ST
Parker, CO 80138
Listing #: 1113298
$3,499,000
1275 CASTLE POINTE DR
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Listing #: 1110901
$3,399,000
14749 STRAIGHT PATH LN
Larkspur, CO 80118
Listing #: 1068506
$3,195,000
1025 ANACONDA DR
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1075879
$3,100,000
7300 S PERRY PARK RD
Larkspur, CO 80118
Listing #: 1077471
$3,000,000
6940 E STROH RD
Parker, CO 80134
Listing #: 1040071
$2,995,000
4 EAGLE POINTE LN
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1105382
$2,950,000
94 CROWN POINT PL
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1057393
$2,950,000
8436 FOREST HAVEN CT
Parker, CO 80134
Listing #: 1034778
$2,869,000
1107 NORTHWOOD LN
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1112427
$2,850,000
8717 Ridgepointe DR
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1088360
$2,850,000
622 CLIFFGATE LN
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1091019
$2,795,000
10299 TRADITION PL
Lone Tree, CO 80124
Listing #: 917093
$2,750,000
7921 LEMON GULCH WAY
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1034899
$2,700,000
8758 WITEZ CT
Parker, CO 80134
Listing #: 1090700
$2,700,000
6221 S Perry Park BLVD
Larkspur, CO 80118
Listing #: 1112666
$2,699,000
5740 LAMBERT RANCH TRL
Sedalia, CO 80135
Listing #: 1077199
$2,695,000
1072 CYPRESS WAY
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1120235
$2,650,000
74 CRESTONE WAY
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1112959
$2,650,000
211 EQUINOX DR
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1099290
$2,590,000
35 HUMMINGBIRD DR
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1121295
$2,500,000
325 PARAGON WAY
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1116783
$2,500,000
969 COUNTRY CLUB PKWY
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1063367
$2,500,000
8651 SAWGRASS DR
Lone Tree, CO 80124
Listing #: 1060327
$2,500,000
8685 WITEZ CT
Parker, CO 80134
Listing #: 1113423
$2,499,000
2505 BIG BEAR CIR
Sedalia, CO 80135
Listing #: 1038646
$2,485,000
5257 LEMON GULCH RD
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1099932
$2,400,000
3146 BIG BEAR DR
Sedalia, CO 80135
Listing #: 1012887
$2,399,000
1045 METEOR PL
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1114696
$2,395,000
327 PARAGON WAY
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1078803
$2,300,000
72 INDIGO WAY
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1100392
$19,500,000
10687 Evans Ridge RD
Parker, CO 80134
Listing #: 1070850
$10,000,000
31 ALBION PL
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1112349
$6,500,000
2743 N FLINTWOOD RD
Franktown, CO 80116
Listing #: 1010630
$5,600,000
2074 Summit ST
Franktown, CO 80107
Listing #: 1097690
$5,495,000
1536 ELK VIEW RD
Larkspur, CO 80118
Listing #: 1061070
$5,449,000
1 EAGLE POINTE LN
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1110777
$5,000,000
6700 E SCOTT AVE
Parker, CO 80134
Listing #: 983655
$3,950,000
7750 PRESERVATION TRL
Parker, CO 80134
Listing #: 1065518
$3,500,000
3450 BIG BEAR DR
Sedalia, CO 80135
Listing #: 1049836
$3,500,000
46630 SILVER FIR ST
Parker, CO 80138
Listing #: 1113298
$3,499,000
1275 CASTLE POINTE DR
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Listing #: 1110901
$3,399,000
14749 STRAIGHT PATH LN
Larkspur, CO 80118
Listing #: 1068506
$3,195,000
1025 ANACONDA DR
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1075879
$3,100,000
7300 S PERRY PARK RD
Larkspur, CO 80118
Listing #: 1077471
$3,000,000
6940 E STROH RD
Parker, CO 80134
Listing #: 1040071
$2,995,000
4 EAGLE POINTE LN
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1105382
$2,950,000
94 CROWN POINT PL
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1057393
$2,950,000
8436 FOREST HAVEN CT
Parker, CO 80134
Listing #: 1034778
$2,869,000
1107 NORTHWOOD LN
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1112427
$2,850,000
8717 Ridgepointe DR
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1088360
$2,850,000
622 CLIFFGATE LN
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1091019
$2,795,000
10299 TRADITION PL
Lone Tree, CO 80124
Listing #: 917093
$2,750,000
7921 LEMON GULCH WAY
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1034899
$2,700,000
8758 WITEZ CT
Parker, CO 80134
Listing #: 1090700
$2,700,000
6221 S Perry Park BLVD
Larkspur, CO 80118
Listing #: 1112666
$2,699,000
5740 LAMBERT RANCH TRL
Sedalia, CO 80135
Listing #: 1077199
$2,695,000
1072 CYPRESS WAY
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1120235
$2,650,000
74 CRESTONE WAY
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1112959
$2,650,000
211 EQUINOX DR
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1099290
$2,590,000
35 HUMMINGBIRD DR
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1121295
$2,500,000
325 PARAGON WAY
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1116783
$2,500,000
969 COUNTRY CLUB PKWY
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1063367
$2,500,000
8651 SAWGRASS DR
Lone Tree, CO 80124
Listing #: 1060327
$2,500,000
8685 WITEZ CT
Parker, CO 80134
Listing #: 1113423
$2,499,000
2505 BIG BEAR CIR
Sedalia, CO 80135
Listing #: 1038646
$2,485,000
5257 LEMON GULCH RD
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1099932
$2,400,000
3146 BIG BEAR DR
Sedalia, CO 80135
Listing #: 1012887
$2,399,000
1045 METEOR PL
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1114696
$2,395,000
327 PARAGON WAY
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1078803
$2,300,000
72 INDIGO WAY
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1100392

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