Horses have been part of Rocky Mountain Park's tradition since its designation in 1915. Recreational pack animal use is balanced with other recreational uses such as hiking. Packing is managed to maintain the natural resources and unique ecosystems in the park. Horses, mules, ponies, llamas, and burros allowed on park trails. No goats are allowed on park trails.
To download a printable Horses & Pack Animals brochure, click here.
Stock is permitted at established backcountry campsites designated for stock use.
There are two stables located within the park: Glacier Creek Stables and Moraine Park Stables. There are dozens of stables outside the park.
There are two Estes Park stables open in the winter: Sombrero Stables and Aspen Lodge Stables.
For a list of concessionaires click here.
Approximately 260 miles of trails are open to commercial and private horse use, which makes up about 80% of the total trail network in the park.
Trails recommended for recreational stock use:
Rules of the Trail
Contact Backcountry or Information Offices for current conditions: 970-586-1242 or 970-586-1206.
Call the Colorado Department of Agriculture (303-239-4149), for sources of certified weed free hay.
Be prepared for sudden changes in the weather. Dismount immediately if lightning and thunderstorms seem imminent. Try to stay below treeline and avoid high rocky areas.
Carry first aid supplies for yourself and the stock.
Carry, boil or filter water obtained from park waters before drinking. All park waters may contain Giardia, an organism that can cause serious flu-like symptoms in humans.
Resource Protection & Ethics
Tie up at least 200 ft. (70 adult steps) from lakes and streams.
Maintain a distance of 1/4 mile (or 15 minutes) between pack groups.
Use only well-broken, properly shod, gentle stock in good physical condition.
When approaching others, make your presence known, alerting them to clear the trail.
Areas Closed to Stock Use
Did You Know?
Daily during the summer, Rocky's custodial crew cleans 102 toilets in comfort stations at trailheads and along roads. They also clean around 100 toilets in campground comfort stations, 30 visitor center toilets, and 35 toilets for park staff. That's 267 toilets cleaned every day of the summer!