Horses – Riding and Boarding

Horses – Riding & Boarding

The Cordillera Equestrian Center

Located on Squaw Creek Road across from the entrance to the Divide, the Cordillera Equestrian Center (CEC) has a capacity for boarding and caring for as many as 40 horses, the largest such facility in the Vail Valley.  Two heated indoor arenas and one large outdoor arena ensure superior horse care, and plenty of space for training in basic horsemanship, dressage, and show jumping.

CEC owns four horses and provides private and semi-private lessons and clinics, catering to all interests and levels of experience. Equine events include our new summer horse camp for youth age 8 -15.  Riding trails that originate from the CEC access miles of scenic beauty and undisturbed wildlife habitat, both within the Cordillera community and on adjacent Forest Service land.

For more information, please contact Dominique Jones at or call (970) 376-7295.

Bearcat Stables

Located on the historic Bearden Homestead at the bottom of Fenno Drive, Bearcat Stables offers a variety of ranch and horse activities reminiscent of Cordillera’s western ranching heritage. One-to-six-hour horseback rides leave the site daily during the summer. There are also extended overnight pack trip adventures into the backcountry. Advanced reservations are required.

Evening campfires are open to all, and the site hosts dinners and private events in the summer upon reservation. During the winter, horse drawn sleighrides wrap participants in blankets for evening trips out under the stars, returning to the homestead for warm drinks and great stories around the fire.

Indian Summer Outfitters leases the Bearden Homestead site from the Metropolitan District.

For reservations or more information, go to or call (970) 376-4647.

Location of Bearcat Stables