A quintessential aspect of life on a ranch is keeping horses, whether for riding, rodeos, or relaxing with. Plus, they’re pretty. Adventures in the saddle often lead to landscapes rarely viewed and traversed other than by horseback. And in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, sits one stretch of alpine paradise equestrian lovers don’t want to miss.
Nestled within the resort town of Steamboat Springs sits Alpine Mountain Ranch and Club, a 1,216-acre luxury ranch community located just five minutes from downtown Steamboat Springs. The property provides a perfect blend of modern, luxury amenities, yet also exemplifies all things Western, including horses. Here, horses roam on 220 acres of open pasture for all homeowners to enjoy.
“If you love to be close to horses and love to ride,” says Bob Dapper, Director of Development at AMRC, “there’s really no better place to be. People travel from miles and miles away to ride trails in the Yampa Valley. At AMRC, trails are right out your front door.”
Miles of trails meander throughout the AMRC property, which features 63 five-acre homesites and 900 acres solely dedicated to a wildlife preserve. One of the many amenities AMRC provides is a top-notch equestrian facility. It’s home to five horses owned by the ranch, and available exclusively for owners’ use. Homeowners can also board their own horses at the facility. Trails on the property lead to the most spectacular views in the Yampa Valley, Dapper says.
“The Overlook Trail reaches up to 8,100 feet,” he adds. “Riding a horse way up there allows you to take in views few people get to experience.”
There are multiple other equestrian trails, some relaxing, some adventurous, but all with incredible views of the South Yampa Valley, the Flat Tops, and Steamboat Ski Resort. The trails are navigable for advanced and novice riders alike.
The equestrian facility itself, set among the grazing horses in a rolling, wooden-fenced grass pasture is impressive and offers everything a rider needs to keep horses at the highest standards. The community barn features five stalls, a spacious tack room, numerous closets, and a staging area. Along with the horses are also cattle, which AMRC keeps for the town’s famed Steamboat Pro Rodeo Series that happens every Friday night during the summer.
There also is a great room with a wet bar and fireplace, as well as a patio outside the barn – perfect for a drink and relaxing after a trail ride along Priest Creek, all with the beautiful Yampa Valley as the backdrop.
Homeowners can be involved with the horses as much as they desire, Dapper says. “It’s all about convenience. The level of ‘dirty work’ a person would like to do is up to them.”
AMRC borders the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, which offers trails for those eager to seek adventure off the property.
“Our horses and trail rides are always popular,” Dapper says. “We take families, friends, and guests on great rides right here on the ranch. They are memorable, authentic experiences for everyone.”
New listings available for purchase at the Ranch include two, custom, market homes from $4.5+ million, as well as homesites from $1.5 million. For more information, visit alpinemountainranchsteamboat.com and then schedule a visit to saddle up and explore AMRC.