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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know my riding level?

Beginner: This can range anywhere from never having been on a horse, to having ridden a few times with some instruction.

Intermediate: Did you regularly 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 you've 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 trailhead 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. 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. So much goes on behind-the-scenes to make this all happen, including the support and upkeep our of our animals. But we dedicate our lives for the opportunity 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 comfortable long pants. Always make sure to bring a wide-brimmed hat, as the sun is very intense at this altitude. 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.


How many people can ride on one horse?

We limit our horses to one rider each, regardless of the age and/or 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, including the Train & Trail. Experience is not required. We have horses that work well for everyone. Children must always 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. Our horses are seasoned veterans and know the terrain. If you would like to experience this ride with San Juan Sky Outfitters, please plan on riding our stock. We want you to enjoy the ride as much as the horses and guides!


How fast can the horses go?

Due to the terrain, and in the best interests of our horses and guests, these rides are limited to walking. No trotting or loping. Trust us, you will have a blast!


Contact Us Today!

P.O. Box 3924 

Durango, CO 81302

Phone: +1 970 259-8590+1 970 259-8590


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***San Juan Sky Outfitters, LLC is an equal opportunity service provider and employer and operates under special use permit #COL876 from the USDA Forest Service, Columbine Ranger District in the San Juan Notional Forest. *** License #2592 GMU 74&75 Insured and Bonded