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Academy Riding Stables

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Address: 4 El Paso Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80904-1920
Phone Number: +1 719-633-5667
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great tour from Ash

We had a great 3pm guided tour from Ash. It was only my husband and I on the tour so it was very intimate and informational. The horses were well behaved and very easy to ride... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great 3pm guided tour from Ash. It was only my husband and I on the tour so it was very intimate and informational. The horses were well behaved and very easy to ride. If you havent gone horseback riding before they provide you with a quick lesson. However, the horses are so accustomed to the tour loop... More 

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

Thank you for spending the time with ARS and a guided horseback ride in the Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO. More 

Eden Prairie, Minnesota, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Had drove through Garden of Gods on a sun drenched day. Was just overwhelmed with the incredible red rock landscape against the mountain backdrop. Remembered that Academy offers ride "through" the GOG and decided to stay another day to take advantage of it. I called around 8:30 & was able to reserve a 2 hrs ride at 10:30am (had to... More 

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

Thank you for your recommendation. ARS is pleased that you enjoyed making a memory of your horseback ride in the Garden of Gods here in Colorado Springs. The two hour ride does have some challenging location as you ride up and down the trail. Hope to see you again in the future. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

A fantastic way to experience the West by riding horses and see some unique scenery. The staff was super friendly and I really enjoyed our guide Jack. The horses were well trained and no one on our ride had even one second of trouble. The best time to go is either the first ride in the morning or the 3pm... More 

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

Thank you for your response to your horseback ride with ARS. The Garden of Gods is beautiful and a great way to see it is on the back of a horse. Look forward to seeing you again for the two hour ride. More 

Geneseo, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Just visited Colorado Springs with my husband and son and had an absolutely wonderful two-hour trail ride with a wonderful guide, (Roj-?) who was charming, full of local knowledge and a top notch "wrangler!" She made our trip so much fun and memorable. I was impressed by this stables - they focus on safety and their trail horses and super!... More 

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

Thank you for your comments about Academy Riding Stables. All do our best to make your time spent with us a safe and positive memorable event of your Colorado Springs visit. Making Memories is our original owner, Bruce Armstrong's, mantra. So pleased that it was for your family. Hope to see you back in Colorado in the future. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

My fiance and I did the two hour trail ride back in late August and we absolutely loved it! I rode Harley and my fiance rode Cotton; both were well mannered and sure-footed, barely needing us to steer them at all (except when Cotton felt like snacking on the brush!). Harley was a dream, not trying to eat at all... More 

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

Thank You for sharing your anniversary at Academy Riding Stables. The views of Garden of Gods from the back of a horse are beautiful all year round - and especially in the autumn with all its colors. We are investigating to possibility of digital photos for our guests. More 

Flora, Mississippi
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

We traveled from Grand Lake to Manitou Springs just to ride with Academy riding stables in the Garden of the Gods, only to find out that we would not be allowed to ride because my husband weighs 210! They don't allow riders over 200 lbs. just wanted everyone to be aware since many potential riders weigh over 200 lbs.. We... More 

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

Academy Riding Stables is disappointed that you were not able to ride when you chose. We try to have horses of all sizes for our guests. There are times that the larger horses are already out on rides and for the health of the smaller horses there is a guest weight limit. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

This was a great way to spend the afternoon. They have one and two hour rides that go into part of the Garden of the Gods park. The guides are very informative and helpful.

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

Thank you for riding with Academy Riding Stables for your horseback ride in the Garden of the Gods. Look forward you joining ARS again. More 

Dallas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

My third year in a row of riding through The Garden of the Gods with Academy Riding Stables was AMAZING!!! This year I did the Perimeter Ride which is a <>3 hour ride through areas of the park I had not seen before. It involved more climbs up and down the rock formations and an exhilarating experience following the narrow... More 

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

ARS is glad that you had a great return horseback ride in the Garden of the Gods. Our wranglers strive to give informative and historic information about the area. Looking forward to your fourth year in Colorado Springs, CO. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

The one and only time I rode a horse was 40 years ago . It was a brief 10 minute ride before I fell off and never to get back on a horse until today. I love being outdoors and didn't want to miss out. The staff were great. Very good at explaining what to expect, how to safely ride.... More 

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

Thank you for riding with ARS. We are glad you didn't give up after that first ride years ago. Looking forward to seeing you again on your next trip to Colorado Springs, perhaps in another season of the year when the beauty of the park shows a new landscape. More 

Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Guides and horses were great. Horses clearly well cared for. We did a two hour ride that was one of the highlights of our trip to Colorado. My friend is an inexperienced rider and I am a very experienced rider. We both got horses appropriate to us. If you get the chance to ride there - DO IT! A real... More 

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

Thank you for riding with Academy Riding Stables. The two hour ride really shows the high points of the Garden of the Gods. More 

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