I chose Wilderness Adventures to do horseback riding because it seemed to offer the best mountain scenery of any of the outfitters offering trail rides. We have our own horses so the actual riding aspect was not as important to us as being able to see some spectacular sights. I know I chose the right place!
Our trail guide, Blake, picked us up at a ski lodge parking lot, then took us further up the mountain to where the horses were waiting. Even though we are experienced riders he was required to give us a safety talk, which is understandable, and as I listened to him I thought how he'd broken things down and made them very simple for novices to understand. We then rode from an elevation of about 10,500' to above the tree line at 12,500'. Unfortunately it was an extremely windy day and I would estimate the winds at the top had to be at least 70mph. The horses performed great though, nothing at all like mine at home would have been in that wind!
We were prepared and did dress warm, be sure to take a jacket even in summer. We went in June and dressed quite warm and were glad we had. Still snow in places near the top and the air is definitely cooler. If you get a good wind like we did you will freeze if you don't.
I highly recommend riding with Wilderness Outfitters, they were the best!
I highly recommend this outfitter for the ultimate scenic trail ride!
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