Top 12 Denver Area Winter Horseback Riding Trails

Keep your horse conditioned over winter with these Regional Trails that tend to stay dry and feature flat footing and longer distances so you can ride for a few miles or a dozen.

Keeping Your Horse Conditioned in Winter

In Colorado, it can be a challenge to keep your horse ridden and conditioned in winter. Between muddy trails, winter weather, and more, it can become difficult to find good horse trails to go riding during these colder months.

Thankfully, we have a lot of winter horseback trail riding options due to the numerous Regional Trails in the Denver, Boulder, Longmont area. These Regional Trails tend to have good flat footing and stay fairly dry and clear in the winter which makes them great for distance and cardio conditioning.


Here are a few horse trail options in the Denver area that are good for winter horse trail riding and conditioning. The majority of these trails are longer trails (10+ miles) but you can do them as out-and-back trails for shorter distances as needed.

Bayou Gulch Regional Park

Bayou Gulch Loop

Parker, CO | The Bayou Gulch Loop trail is about 10.0 miles long and has an elevation gain of 702 ft. The best seasons for riding this trail are Spring, Fall, Winter.

Trail Type: Loop

Trailer Parking Spots: 2

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Lefthand Trailhead

Lefthand Lollipop

Boulder, CO | The Lefthand Lollipop trail is about 10.0 miles long and has an elevation gain of 699 ft. The best seasons for riding this trail are Spring, Fall, Winter.

Trail Type: Loop

Trailer Parking Spots: 6

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Cherry Creek Trail

CCT: Cottonwood to Salisbury Eq Park

Parker, CO | The CCT: Cottonwood to Salisbury Eq Park trail is about 11.8 miles long and has an elevation gain of 184 ft. The best seasons for riding this trail are Spring, Fall, Winter.

Trail Type: Lollipop

Trailer Parking Spots: 4

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Coalton Trailhead

Coalton Trail

Superior, CO | The Coalton Trail trail is about 14.3 miles long and has an elevation gain of 942 ft. The best seasons for riding this trail are Spring, Fall, Winter.

Trail Type:

Trailer Parking Spots: 3

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Denver Water

Waterton Canyon

Littleton, CO | The Waterton Canyon trail is about 12.0 miles long and has an elevation gain of 688 ft. The best seasons for riding this trail are Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter.

Trail Type: Out and Back

Trailer Parking Spots: 10

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East-West Regional Trail

East-West & Big Dry Creek Loop

Highlands Ranch, CO | The East-West & Big Dry Creek Loop trail is about 12.1 miles long and has an elevation gain of 922 ft. The best seasons for riding this trail are Spring, Fall, Winter.

Trail Type: Loop

Trailer Parking Spots: 3

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Regional Trail

Rock Island Regional Trail

Black Forest, CO | The Rock Island Regional Trail trail is about 11.7 miles long and has an elevation gain of 0 ft. The best seasons for riding this trail are Spring, Fall, Winter.

Trail Type: One-way

Trailer Parking Spots: 10

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Flagg Park

Rock Creek to Flagg Park

Lafayette, CO | The Rock Creek to Flagg Park trail is about 10.6 miles long and has an elevation gain of 259 ft. The best seasons for riding this trail are Spring, Fall, Winter.

Trail Type: Out and Back

Trailer Parking Spots: 4

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Highline Canal Regional Trail

Highline Canal / Chatfield

Multi, CO | The Highline Canal / Chatfield trail is about 14.9 miles long and has an elevation gain of 187 ft. The best seasons for riding this trail are Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter.

Trail Type: One-way

Trailer Parking Spots: 10

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New Santa Fe Regional Trail

New Santa Fe Regional Trail

Larkspur, CO | The New Santa Fe Regional Trail trail is about 14.0 miles long and has an elevation gain of 0 ft. The best seasons for riding this trail are Spring, Fall, Winter.

Trail Type: One-way

Trailer Parking Spots: 1

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Sand Creek Greenway

Sand Creek / Triple Creek Greenway

Aurora, CO | The Sand Creek / Triple Creek Greenway trail is about 8.4 miles long and has an elevation gain of 203 ft. The best seasons for riding this trail are Spring, Fall, Winter.

Trail Type: Out and Back

Trailer Parking Spots: 6

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St. Vrain Greenway

St Vrain Greenway Horse Access

Longmont, CO | The St Vrain Greenway Horse Access trail is about 5.6 miles long and has an elevation gain of 50 ft. The best seasons for riding this trail are Spring, Fall, Winter.

Trail Type: Out and Back

Trailer Parking Spots: 3

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About the Author

Micahlynn Kaza & Journey the Horse

Micahlynn (Micah) is the founder of Top Horse Trails and built it out of a passion for helping to get more horses back out on trails and helping new riders get into horses. Journey is a 14 year old Tennessee Walking Horse / Arabian cross who is a failed endurance horse because he likes to sight-see too much.