What is my level of riding?
Beginner: This can range anywhere from never having been on a horse, to having ridden a few times with some instruction.
Intermediate: Did you ride horses a number of years ago, but feel rusty? Or is it something that you've gotten into in recent years? If you know the basics, and have ridden school horses, or consider yourself comfortable around most horses, you would likely fit into this category.
Experienced: You've been around the block. Maybe youve competed in some class of equine sport, raised and trained your own stock, or know you're comfortable on the most intense terrain the Rocky Mountains have to offer (it gets real out here). Please note that if you sign up for a ride that requires this level of expertise, you may have to answer a series of questions before your ride is fully booked. This is for your safety as well as the safety of our horses and staff.
Why doesn't SJSO accomodate parties over 6 guests?
Due to our permits and Forest Service regulations, we are limited as to how many individuals we can guide into the remote wilderness at a time. It is important to minimize the footprint that we leave to preserve Colorado's wildlife.
How far in advance do I have to book my trip?
We ask for 48 hours notice. We have to prepare our animals and make sure we have the right guide available for the trip you are wanting to book. We are a remote operation and we haul our animals to the destination trail head the day of the ride. This is what sets us apart from so many of our competitors - you are truly experiencing Colorado's remote wilderness and we choose to operate in this fashion because we believe that it is the only way to experience the most incredible views that the Southwest has to offer.
Why is SJSO more expensive than some competitors?
We run a very unique operation. For each ride, we haul our horses over two mountain passes (Coal Bank & Molas); and because we are not running an operation on private or leased land, we have to obtain permits that have very limited user days to access remote wilderness as a commercial business. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes to make this happen and to support and upkeep our animals to tackle the terrain that we love to share.
What can I bring with me?
We always recommend bringing a water bottle (we have a place to put it). Wear close toed shoes and long pants. We ask that you do not bring back packs as they tend to throw off rider balance. If you have anything additional that needs to go (ie: medical gear etc.), please let us know ahead of time so that we can accomodate.
When do deer turn into elk?
On the 4th of July at 10,000 feet. Give us a double handed high five at the trail head if you got a laugh out of this and we will give you a free SJSO tee shirt! (Offer covers ONE tee shirt per group. Additional tee shirts can be purchased.)
How many people can ride on one horse?
We limit our horses to one rider regardless of the age and size of the rider. Kids may not double up with another rider.
Is there an age limit to ride with San Juan Sky?
Riders must be 6 years or older for our two hour ride. riders 10 years or older may join us for longer adventures. Experience is not required. We have horses that work well for everyone. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Can I take my own horse?
The short answer is no. Our horses have an established pecking order and throwing another animal in the mix spontaneously has a higher chance of causing problems than not. If you would like to experience this ride with San Juan Sky Outfitters, please plan on riding our stock. Our horses are seasoned vets and know the terrain. We want you to enjoy the ride as much as we do!
How fast can the horses go?
Due to the terrain, and in the best interest of our horses and guests, these rides are limited to walking. No trotting or loping. Trust us, you will have a blast!