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“Ho Hum”
Review of 12 Mile Stables

12 Mile Stables
Reviewed 3 August 2015

The place doesn't GPS by address. I wasn't expecting the mandatory guide fee that wasn't previously mentioned or listed anywhere upping the cost $70. The trail was flat and slow going, fine for a first-timer, but pretty uninspiring. The scenery was mostly people walking their dogs in the neighboring park. I wouldn't go back.

Date of experience: July 2015
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Reviewed 29 June 2015

While visiting Denver in late June, my 11 year old daughter and I wanted to go on a trail ride. We are both experience western style riders, but we understand that a trail ride is just that. We weren't expecting to trot or canter, so we were not disappointed in the pace of the ride.

First, the 12 Mile Stable website did not clearly state that a park entrance fee ($9) was required since the stables are located inside of Cherry Creek State Park. The website also wasn't clear about a $2 charge per rider if paying with a credit card. When I suggested they make these charges more visible, the employee only charged $30 per rider instead on $35. Kudos for trying to work that kink out.

Next, we arrived at the suggested 20 minute prior time from our scheduled 4:00 pm ride. Our one hour ride did not begin until 4:23. Once the ride began, we had to stop for one of the employees to catch up due to an uncooperative horse. The other employee reassured us the waiting time wouldn't count towards our tour time.

Finally, the tour actually began at 4:30. The trail was mostly a flat surface through natural grass and grain lands and very little shade. The scenery was beautiful and Pike's Peak was just visible in the distance, but the ride was somewhat boring. The two employees on the trail ride made pleasant conversation and the horses appeared to be well maintained. However, the trail ride ended at 5:15, so it was 45 minutes instead of the 1 hour on the website description.

Overall positives: beautiful scenery, pleasant trail guides, pleasant horses
Overall negatives: unexpected park entrance fees, late start, shortened ride length

I would not visit 12 Mile Stables again for a 1 hour trail ride

Date of experience: June 2015
6  Thank D B D
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Reviewed 6 May 2015

We've been riding at 12 Mile stables for the past year. We've had a wonderful experience every time! My son has enjoyed the week long summer camps and we've all done trail rides as a family. I would highly recommend this stable to anyone. It is very obvious they truly care about the horses, safety and clients. Wonderful place!

Date of experience: April 2015
Thank Sarah J
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Reviewed 3 April 2015

Sometimes a "staycation" is the best option. So this spring break I decided to take my son riding at #12milestables. It all started out good. We called the morning of and in about an hour, received a callback and an afternoon ride time. Informed to show up at least 20 minutes early, we were there even before that. We signed the waiver, paid $35/2 for one hour ride and were asked about a bike helmet for the rider under 18. That was left out of the phone conversation. After a few tries, we were able to borrow one, yet, would have bought one from home. Three others had the same reservation and showed up 2 minutes before our ride time. Instead of telling them they were late and to reschedule, getting them and their horses ready pushed us back 30 minutes. Having grown up riding, it was no issue for me. My son has ridden, but this time on a horse that just wanted to eat grass, and he got concerned with his repeated attempts to raise the head. He and the small girl with the late family were led by rangers. The ride is very slow. My horse was slow and called "lazy" buy one of the rangers and as one ranger was guiding the group, the other told her to go back the same way we went out. Seems like we could have rode inside a corral to just do the exact same route out and back, with so much of the park to go into. I expressed my concern that we would be back early and was told the fence workers were on a schedule and would have to stop for our return to the corral. Forget that my money was paid for a schedule that was not kept now. We were back, took pictures and were off the horses with 6 minutes of our paid hour unused, even with the delayed start.

Date of experience: April 2015
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Reviewed 27 March 2015

i don't know where to begin. I am a horseback rider and show jumper in California. I came to Colorado to spend my spring break over there and I was not riding that much due to the fact that I study engineering so I didnt have enough time to manage my studies and riding. I was craving to ride in Colorado as the weather is much colder there than California. So I called 12 mile stables to reserve a trail ride. I called them many times and no one picked it up most of the time but I was persistent. A man picked it up and I told him that I want to reserve a trail ride for tomorrow and he said alright. So the next day when we were supposed to go for a trail ride, it was snowing so I was a little bit skeptical as I know most barns close when it is raining or snowing. But that man did not call me to inform me that trail ride was cancelled due to the snowy weather so i went to the barn hoping that I would enjoy a trail ride under the snow. My car almost got stuck in the mud. So I called him again and as usual he did not pick it up. I was so angry. I left him a voice mail. Few hours later he called me back and we rescheduled for the next day. The next day, we went to the barn and my brother and I are advanced riders so we asked them if it were possible for us to go trotting and cantering but they refused with rudeness. So we got on our horses who were so dirty. During the whole ride Kristina and the other guy never ever talked to me nor my brother. We felt so unwelcome. My brother asked Kristina if he could ride beside me to take the gopro camera from me and she was like "NO!!" Period. She didn't even say it in a kind way! For the first time in my entire life that we came across people who claim that they love horses and be so rude and impolite! The moment I hopped on that horse, I just wanted to be done with that trail ride as soon as possible because of the horrible attitude that these people showed towards us! I don't know if they did that because they were racist as my brother and I are not Americans. Overall, don't ever consider stopping by their terrible barn. Even the prices for the so-called trail ride are so expensive. AVOID THIS Horrible BARN AND ITS MEAN PEOPLE. If there was a negative rating, I would definitely give it to them. I pity their horses to be owned by such a disrespectful owner!

Date of experience: March 2015
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