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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get there?

  • Driving Directions:
    From Santa Fe, NM:Follow US-84 W/US Hwy 285 N and NM-68 N to NM-240 E in Ranchos de Taos follow Thru Taos to El Prado continue north on US 64 / HWY 522 for approximately 15 miles. Stables located on the left. From Taos, NM:Travel north from Taos on US 64/NM 522.  Remain driving north for approximately 15 miles: you will pass a Carson National Forest sign, and a few minutes after that there is a sign for Cebolla Mesa and a blue metal bus stop on the right-hand side of the road, and a big Rio Grande Stables sign on the left. Turn there, ignore the “not suitable for passenger cars” sign. You’ll see our pull-in within seconds. From Colorado Springs, CO:Follow I-25 S and US-160 W to CO-159 S in Costilla County. Continue on CO-159 S. Drive to 74 NM-522 S just south of Questa, NM. Stables will be on the right across from a blue bus stop.

What is your cancellation policy?

  • Please read our Cancellation-Policy (PDF). A deposit in the amount of 50% of your total trip cost is required to hold your reservation.

What should I wear?

  • Appropriate clothes including long pants, closed toed shoes and layers. The weather has the ability to change fast so be prepared and don’t be shy get your inner cowboy on! Mornings and late afternoons can still be cool, so layer your clothing accordingly. Light weight rain gear is recommended.

What should I bring?

  • Bring 1-2 Liters of water per person, and we will provide bags for you to place that in along with anything else you might want to take. We discourage backpacks or fanny pack. Long pants and closed toe shoes are a must; no sandals.
  • Drinking water is a MUST, clothing appropriate for the day’s weather and cameras are encouraged.

Do we ride in rain or snow?

  • Yes! We ride rain or shine. We encourage you to bring rain jacket, but we do offer ponchos if needed.

Are helmets offered?

  • Yes, in fact anyone under the age of 16 is required to wear an equestrian style helmet. If you are 16 and up, with the permission of a guardian the helmet becomes optional.

Is water available?

  • We do not offer water at our stables. It is your responsibility to provide water for yourself on the ride. During the hotter days of summer we recommend a liter of water per hour of ride.

Is trotting allowed?

  • For the safety of our guests and horses, trotting is not allowed. It’s much more enjoyable to walk your horse on a scenic trail, anyway.

Is there a weight limit?

  • We do have a weight limit of 250 lbs., with that being said depending on the trail and the horses available we will do our best to accommodate anyone on the larger side of life.

Are backpacks allowed?

  • Nope! We do provide a satchel adequate for all of your goodies for your trail ride adventure.

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