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Academy Riding Stables

#9 of 48 Outdoor Activities in Colorado Springs Features Animals
4 El Paso Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80904-1920
+1 719-633-5667
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The best way to enjoy Garden of the Gods scenery

We took the one hour ride with Austin as our wrangler. Loved it! He gave us lots of information... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Th3osMom
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Wesley Chapel, Florida
Fun Experience - would love to again sometime!

I've lived in Colorado Springs for 20 years and have always "meant" to try this place. Life gets... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
kimod74
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Colorado
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4 El Paso Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80904-1920
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We took the one hour ride with Austin as our wrangler. Loved it! He gave us lots of information about the park throughout the trip. There were 6-7 people in our group. What a unique way to see the amazing scenery. I hope to go...More

Thank Th3osMom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've lived in Colorado Springs for 20 years and have always "meant" to try this place. Life gets in the way and as a local you don't always do "all" of the touristy things there is to do here (although I have done a lot...More

Thank kimod74
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed the hour long ride with Red, Baron, and our wranglers Austin and Rosie. It was a wonderful jaunt through the Garden of the Gods, getting to see the major rock formations. Absolutely loved it, and we will be back.

Thank Bryan S
Shirley A, Guest Relations Manager at Academy Riding Stables, responded to this review

ARS thanks you for coming for your horseback ride through the beautiful Garden of the Gods. There is so much history that Rosie and Austin share during the ride. Come again!

Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Me and my family came out to Colorado Springs for a family vacation and wanted to go horseback riding . So I looked up nearby stables. I found Academy Riding Stables I can not say enough great things about this place they exceeded my family's...More

Thank JessMN55330
Shirley A, Guest Relations Manager at Academy Riding Stables, responded to this review

First, thank you for choosing Academy Riding Stables for your family vacation horseback ride. And for the recommendation on Tripadvisor about your trail ride. The trails at Garden of the Gods are amazing and our wranglers are encouraged to tell the history of the park...More

Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

I live in Kiowa (about 1.5 hr away from Colorado Springs) and my parents are in town. Wanted to do something fun with my mom (were obsessed with horses lol). Best trail ride I've ever been on! Usually I see reviews "too slow" "boring" blah...More

Thank Monica B
Shirley A, Guest Relations Manager at Academy Riding Stables, responded to this review

Thank you from all of us at Academy Riding Stables for your review. The trail rides in Garden of the Gods are not a typical 'ride in the park'. They are remarkable how the horses traverse the rock and trails. The history lesson Katie gave...More

Reviewed 12 April 2017

Had a marvelous ride in the park. Rock formations right up close and fantastic photo opportunities. Friendly staff. Accommodating. Nice and wellcared for horses. First place I visited when in town for an academic conference. If you like to see the world from the backofa...More

Thank wardyb
Shirley A, Guest Relations Manager at Academy Riding Stables, responded to this review

Academy Riding Stables appreciates that you chose us for your horseback ride in the Garden of Gods and for your recommendation. We make every effort to insure that our guests have the best memories to take home with them.

Reviewed 12 March 2017

My guide Pascal was fantastic! Gave a great tour, was informative, and allowed me to feel very safe on my horse, Red. Loved my horse and the guide. Would definitely recommend Academy Riding Stable to anyone!

Thank Sophie_Pick
Shirley A, Guest Relations Manager at Academy Riding Stables, responded to this review

We are pleased that you enjoyed your trail ride with Pascal and Red. We will, on March 15 be changing our trail ride schedule to the Spring hours. Please see our website at arsriding.com or call our office 888-700-0410.

Reviewed 1 March 2017

I cannot say enough good things about this place. First, the gal in the office-I am so sorry, I do not recall your name- but what a sweetie! Although the weather report had no mention of cold or snowy weather, as we drove into Colorado...More

Thank Keri C
Shirley A, Guest Relations Manager at Academy Riding Stables, responded to this review

First, thank you for choosing a Colorado horseback ride with Academy Riding Stables. Our trail rides are challenging and very enjoyable to all. There is so much history to share with our guests and the vistas are amazing. We enjoyed your sharing your riding discoveries....More

Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

My teenage daughter and I had a wonderful time riding at an easy pace through the beautiful Garden of the Gods. The trail is shared by hikers and isn't too difficult, but may be slightly challenging (but exciting!) for beginners. The ranchers are friendly, knowledgeable...More

Thank jhakalmazian
Shirley A, Guest Relations Manager at Academy Riding Stables, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to Academy Riding Stables to ride horseback in the Garden of the Gods. We are glad to read your comments and look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 13 February 2017

My wife and I had a fantastic time. The horses know the drill so if you are an inexperienced rider do not worry. The views you get are fantastic and you don't have to fight crowds of people. The staff is super friendly. I am...More

Thank Tom T
Shirley A, Public Relations Manager at Academy Riding Stables, responded to this review

ARS is pleased that the two of you enjoyed your winter horseback ride in the Garden of the Gods. It is a great time of year to see the park in its snowy spender and the horses are longing to go to the park for...More

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Rachel L
Can children under 8 ( ours is 6) go on the two hour tour of the garden of the gods? Thanks!
9 April 2017|
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Response from Shirley A | Property representative |
Trail Rides by ARS are limited to 8 years old an over, therefore, your 6 year old will not be able to trail ride in the Garden of the Gods. ARS does offer Pony Rides for ages 2-7. Please contact 719-633-5667 for cost and... More
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fectini
what is the difference between the 2.5 hour ride and the 2 hour ride? Which is better view of the area?
10 March 2017|
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Response from Shirley A | Property representative |
That is a very good question. The 2 hour ride goes to center of Garden of Gods Park a smaller loop and back to ARS. You see a lot of the park flora, wildlife and rock formations. This is available year round. The... More
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Janiemac11
I see your minimum age is 8, do you allow younger riders to ride with an adult?
30 January 2017|
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Response from Shirley A | Property representative |
Thank you for contacting ARS about your riding question. Academy Riding Stables have rides for children under the age of 8. It is a wrangler led ride around ARS stables. A photo is taken of the child on the horse. A young... More
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