Go back in time with a Grand County sleigh ride
November 25, 2008
Sombrero Stables offers Hot Cocoa Sleigh Rides at Snow Mountain Ranch
Enjoy dashing through the snow on a sleigh pulled by a team of horses at Snow Mountain Ranch.
Sombrero Stables offers Hot Cocoa Sleigh Rides and Dinner Rides.
The Hot Cocoa Sleigh Ride includes a stop at a bonfire where hot cocoa and hot cider is served along with marshmallows to roast. They offer five different hot cocoa sleigh rides and on dinner sleigh ride.
The sleigh rides start at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Rates for adults is $25; children ages 6-11, $22; and $15 for children under 5-years-old.
People should call for reservations.
Dinner Rides are also offered nightly
After a 40-minute sleigh ride, guests are brought back to a dining hall where cowboys cook dinner. Reservations are required. Sombrero Stables will arrange transportation on the meal rides.
The ride is at 6 p.m. Dinner selections include: a 100 percent aged Angus steak,
roasted chicken or poached Rocky Mountain trout. A dinner salad, baked potato, ranch beans, garlic bread and fruit crisp with ice cream for dessert is also included.
Dinner for adults is $55; children 6-12, $45; 5 and under $15 for a dinner plate.
The sleigh rides usually begin Dec. 15 and run through March. They are offered everyday, according to Sombrero Stables Manager Brian Buchanan.
Sleigh rides last for about an hour. Scenery includes open areas and wooded areas.
People started making reservations in June for Christmas time, he said.
“It’s a good activity exp to still be pulled by horses,” Buchanan added. “We ask people to call in advance.”
Winding River Resort
Winding River Resort offers several rides for people to choose from: a Romantic Ride for Two, A Family Ride Full of Memories, A Party Ride for your Group, and Campfire Cookout Rides for Groups, according to the company Web site.
The sleigh glides through the snow along wooded and scenic trails at Winding River Resort, and includes a hot chocolate stop. Sleigh rides are available throughout the winter season. For more information call (970) 627-3215.
Devil’s Thumb Ranch
Devil’s Thumb Ranch offers sleigh rides around Christmas time, said Jill Eichler, stable manager.
The ranch needs quite a bit of snow to start sleigh rides, and they continue into March. The rides last about an hour.
A herd of horses stay at the ranch, and are fed twice a day. The most popular ride is from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Monday through Sunday. Participants help feed the horses, before they stop for s’mores and hot chocolate.
Guests can request a time to take a slide ride. They are also scheduled daily from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. (depending on the participant’s preference; 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The nighttime is open to guest requests for rides.
The ranch is located in Tabernash, about 15 minutes from downtown Winter Park.
The ride is through the meadows.
The ranch is also busy during the holidays. Eichler has already booked reservations for many guests. But they are not booked out yet.
The hour-and-a-half and hour rides cost $40 for adults; and are free for children ages 5 and under.
Evening sleigh rides are Thursday through Saturday between 6- 8 p.m., and people go for half an hour.
During the feeding, people help flake off hay at horses.
The ride is unique in that guests are able to interact with the horses, she said.
‘The feeding part of it is pretty unique,” she added. “People get a big kick out of it.”