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Winding River Ranch

Grand Lake , Colorado

Admin: Liz Heitshusen

A wonderful horse friendly campground in Grand Lake, CO. They have bunkhouse rooms for those who don't have LQ or a camper. There is an option of covered or uncovered corrals for the horses. You ride right into the Rocky Mountains from the campground. Certified weed free hay is required. Highly recommend the National Geographic map of the area! All Trails app was helpful figuring out which trails were difficult and which were easy. In town, there some cute little stores and shopping options. Some variety of places to eat and a nice smaller grocery store. I would recommend stopping in Fraser to get any horse supplies you may need as there isn't much for options in Grand Lake.

TYPE OF DESTINATION

Effort level - Moderate|Challenging, Experienced Trail Riders

AMENITIES FOR 2 LEGGED -

-- Electric Hookups

-- Room for Large Living Quarters Trailers

-- Showers

-- Restrooms

-- Garbage Containment

-- Manure Removal

-- Water / Drinkable

-- Water / Potable

-- Restaurants / Café Nearby

AMENITIES FOR 4 LEGGED -

-- Horse Corrals

MILES OF DESTINATION / ACREAGE OF PUBLIC LANDS / # OF DAYS’ WORTH OF RIDING

More than 5 days worth

TYPE OF LAND

- National Land

ACCESS TO TRAILS

- Trails right from location

- Some road riding to Trails

- Trailer to Trails

WATER CROSSINGS

- Streams

Type of Footing on the trails

- Dirt

- Gravel, Rock

- Shoes / Boots Suggested

Type of Terrain

- Some Road Riding to Trails

- Hills

- Mountains, Hard Climbs

- Challenging Trails / Terrain

TYPE OF HORSE I WAS RIDING

- Non-Gaited

LOCAL WILDLIFE

Moose, deer, and chipmunks

PEAK RIDING SEASON / WEATHER

June to September

COMMENTS

Jill Robinson

hi Liz. I am new to this site and see you have been in CO and TN, so thinking you are traveling a lot. We live in TN and ride in BSF most of the time as it is only 2 1/2 hrs from home. We are retiring spring 2018, YEAH, and wanting to take some trips across America. How do you plan your trips with overnight stays for the horses. Is there a web site with trails and campsites to stop along the way. Any help would be appreciated.

Jill Robinson

hi Liz. I am new to this site and see you have been in CO and TN, so thinking you are traveling a lot. We live in TN and ride in BSF most of the time as it is only 2 1/2 hrs from home. We are retiring spring 2018, YEAH, and wanting to take some trips across America. How do you plan your trips with overnight stays for the horses. Is there a web site with trails and campsites to stop along the way. Any help would be appreciated.

Liz Heitshusen

Hi there! What I typically do is pick a state then Google horse or equestrian trails, state or national forests, etc until I find something that interests me. Then I go to the HTCAA facebook page and search it on there. Once I find a couple options for lodging, I go and look at overnight options. We usually narrow places down by lodging, horse facilities, and what else the area has to offer. Google maps is a handy tool as well when planning overnight stops. Our first out of state trip was SD. It wasn't as hard to plan as I thought! Once you get the main stops planned, it's easy.

Liz Heitshusen

We don't have LQ in our trailer so we are limited to where we camp. There are so many sources for information out there. It's fairly easy to get addicted to planning trips once you have one good trip!

daniel staab

Hi Liz, Not sure when you posted this, but I was wondering if Winding River Ranch is the same place as Winding River Resort? We had looked into going there back a few years and I'm not sure why we didn't. Cost and difficulty of getting there might have been the issue. Any way great pics and info. To Jill, We have found if your just traveling to get somewhere county fairgrounds are a very cheap and sometimes great place to stay for overnights. We have used Horse Trails Directory, Traveling with Horses, and Horse Motels International to find overnight stays. Dan

Liz Heitshusen

Hi Dan, I think they have the same owners but you want the resort. The ranch is where they have their weddings, events, etc. The resort is the camping part. We really enjoyed it but it's also hard to find a reason to not enjoy riding in CO!

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