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“What a fun ride!”
Review of Bearcat Stables

Bearcat Stables
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Edwards
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: (Summer)- Offering a variety of horseback riding, from 1, 1.5, and 2 hour rides that are great for all levels including beginners. Leaving the barn you will head for a short tour through the Bearden Homestead and head up the trail system for views of the New York Range towards Beaver Creek, Bellyache Ridge and on a clear day out to the peaks of the Gore Range near Vail. Explore the White River National forest from the saddle in our 3 and 4 hour backcountry rides and see the entire Vail Valley from the forest above- great for intermediate and advanced riders. Our signature trip from Vail to Aspen is a world famous authentic Colorado experience! 4 days traveling via horse back from Vail to Aspen- there is nothing else like it!Children under 6 years can enjoy pony rides at the stables. All horseback riding children must be 6 years and older to participate. Bearcat Stables is open 7 days a week May-October (Winter)-Our sleigh ride and dinner is the Vail Valley's most authentic dining experience. Allow our horse-drawn sleigh to pull you through the snow covered fields while you enjoy a hot beverage and warm blanket to snuggle under. Dinner follows the sleigh ride in Bearcat's Cabin, a historic Vail Valley homestead. Stay and enjoy s'mores by the fire, and a signature cocktail from Doc's Bar. Great for families of all ages. Sleigh rides only from 3-4.30pm, sleigh ride with dinner seating's at 5.30 and 7.30 Tuesday-Saturday. Dec-Mar Bearcat Stables is the Vail Valley's most unique and authentically Colorado event venue. Accommodating summer parties of up to guests celebrate your wedding, rehearsal dinner or corporate retreat with us.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 12 August 2011

Don't go on the 1 or 2 hour rides. Go on at least a 3 hour. My husband and I went on a 3-hour back-country ride. They trailered our horses to a nearby trail and off we went. There were only 4 of us in the group, and our guide was so sweet (Becky). The views were amazing, and when we got to the high country meadows, she told us we could get out of a line, run around, explore, or whatever we wanted. It was nice to get to jog and lope on our trip! It was a bit more expensive than others, but well worth the price. The horses were well trained but not completely dead. They still responded to their rider's commands instead of simply following the horse in front of them. The views were spectacular- that's why I recommend the longer rides. Bring water and your camera- they provide saddle bags to store them in. There's a photo spot where the trail guide will take your picture while you're on your horse. Totally awesome trip!

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Reviewed 30 May 2011

We went in late May and the stables had only just opened. The trails have fantastic views of the mountains and there is wildlife to be spotted. However, the area is somewhat developed with housing (huge mansions) and a golf course, so you didn't get the in the middle of nowhere feeling that you can with some of the other ranches like 4Eagle.
We are experienced riders and I requested an "intermediate" ride, however the group was large (7/8 people) and had some total beginners in it. The guide insisted that we ride in a long line, which can get dull and wasn't what I requested.
Horse's were well groomed and well kept. Had fun chatting to Ty, who had just joined to be a guide so came on our ride. He was a true Colorado cowboy and I'm sure will be a great guide.

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Reviewed 10 August 2010

We booked a one hour trip for our family with Bearcat Stables to ride the horses. This was by far the most pleasant experience we have had with a trail ride. Our guide, Mickey, was fantastic, the scenery was amazing, and the horses were beautiful and obviously well cared for.

1  Thank peaceonvacation
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Reviewed 9 July 2010

This was the second ride we took in the Beaver Creek area and was by far the best one. We only had time for a two hour ride but the area was beautiful, our guide (Mickey [and I hope I spelled her name right!]) was great - she knew a lot about the area, the history of the old ranch where we rode, the animal and plant life, and especially horses! Instead of riding and seeing nothing but resorts and sprawl this ride actually lets you see something that resembles the Colorado of early last century - although there is still too much of the multi-million dollar development.

If we return to the Avon, CO area again we will be riding at Bearcat Stables...maybe even the 4-day ride to Vail. If you use this stable I do not think you will be disappointed!

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