Go on a Romantic Private Sleigh Ride or Take the Entire Family on a Horse-drawn Hot Cocoa Ride
by G. Kunkel
(This article was originally published on Yahoo! Voices on 1/26/2011)
A variety of horse-drawn sleigh rides are available in Winter Park, Colorado and at ranches in surrounding Grand County. It’s a winter activity that sure to please little buckaroo’s or those looking for some private quality time together under the stars. Winter sleigh rides can include hot chocolate by a secluded campfire, moonlight rides through the woods to a gourmet dinner, or campfire cookouts for groups.Fossil Ridge Sleigh Rides – two locations
Fossil Ridge Sleigh Rides offers group or private old-fashion horse drawn sleigh rides from two locations in the Winter Park, Colorado area. At the Beaver Village Lodge location, rides are offered at 11, 12:30, 2, 4:30, and 6 pm. Their rides travel along the scenic Fraser River using Amish built sleighs. Once at the cowboy camp, everyone is served hot cocoa around the campfire. Reservations required. Insulated clothing is highly recommended.
Group sleigh rides are also available at the Colorado Adventure Center in Fraser, Colorado. Take a 3 mile tour with panoramic views of the Continental Divide and local wildlife. Snuggle under the blankets with family members and listen to the sleigh bells. The tour ends at a bonfire where everyone is served hot cocoa. Rides are $15 for adults and $5 for kids. Reservations required. http://www.fossilridgehorses.com/sleigh.html
Beaver Village Lodge, Winter Park, CO
Colorado Adventure Center, Fraser, CO
Dashing Through the Snow Sleigh Rides
Dashing Through the Snow Sleigh Rides offers affordable group and private horse-drawn sleigh rides at their stables in Fraser, Colorado. Snuggle under the wool blankets and view the panoramic scenery on their one-hour sleigh rides through woods and meadows. Along the way, the sleigh stops by a roaring bonfire so that participants can sip hot chocolate and roast marshmallows. Private rides can reserve the 4-person sleigh for that special romantic occasion.
Group and private tours leave at 12:30, 2:00, 3:30, and 5:00 pm daily. Reservations are required for all rides. Insulated attire is highly recommended. Ages 12+ $22, ages 5-11 $19, ages 4 and under (free).
1400 County Rd. 5
Fraser, CO 80442
Sombrero Stables at Snow Mountain Ranch Sleigh Rides
Sombrero Stables at the YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch near Granby, CO offers hot cocoa and dinner sleigh rides. Travel the trails around Snow Mountain Ranch and then stop at a bonfire for hot cocoa, hot cider, and marshmallow roasting. Group rides start daily at Noon, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm, and 7:00 pm. Reservations required. Adults $28, Ages 6-11 $25, Children 5 and under $12, kids 3 and under $6.
Dinner sleigh rides are offered nightly at 5:30 pm. Take a 40-minute sleigh ride and then eat dinner at the warm dining hall. Dinners are cooked to order. Choices include a choice of aged Angus, roast chicken, or poached Rocky Mountain trout. Sides include a dinner salad, baked potato, ranch beans, garlic bread, and fruit cobbler with ice cream. Reservations are required. Adults $60, Children 6-12 $45, kids 5 and under $15.
1101 County Road 53
Granby, CO 80446
970.887-2152 ext 4146
Devil’s Thumb Ranch Sleigh Rides
Devil’s Thumb Ranch offers a variety of sleigh rides on its 5,000-acre ranch in Fraser, Colorado. The daily schedule includes – brunch sleigh rides, half hour sleigh rides, one hour sleigh rides, pm feed sleigh rides, a dinner sleigh ride, an evening sleigh ride, DTR Driver’s Education, ranch restaurant rides, and special request sleigh rides. Rates range from $25 – $250 per person. Minimum rates apply. Reservations required. Open daily.
3530 County Road 83
Tabernash, CO 80478
Winding River Resort Sleigh Rides
Winding River Resort offers group, private, and campfire cookout sleigh rides throughout the winter on its scenic wooded trails near Grand Lake, Colorado. Call ahead for pricing and sleigh ride times. Reservations are required.
1447 CR 491
Grand Lake, CO 80447
C Lazy U Ranch Sleigh Rides
The C Lazy U Ranch offers a variety of scheduled sleigh rides and private rides throughout the winter near Granby, Colorado. Sleigh rides can include hot chocolate tours, champagne rides, or feeding horses on the feed sleigh. Take the family or a smaller intimate sleigh for that special occasion. Call for rates. Reservations required.
866.523.3300 toll free
Sleigh rides are plentiful in Winter Park, Colorado and in surrounding Grand County. Families will enjoy the relaxing time together while couples may find it’s the perfect romantic setting to ‘pop the question’. Winter backdrops and jingling sleigh bells will have everyone smiling and laughing.
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