Trail Riding on the Palmer Quarter Horse Ranch
With more than 30 miles of trails covering most of the 1000 acres of the Palmer Quarter Horse Ranch, the riding opportunities are vast.
Randy on One of His Favorite Mules, Pearl, at the Purple Cliffs Viewpoint at the Ranch
All rides begin at the ranch headquarters. Trails go up drainages, on ridge tops, and through meadows. The highest point on the ranch, Alta Vista Point is at 8200 feet in elevation and has 360 degree views of the surrounding area. To the south, the New Mexico-Colorado border is on the skyline. The HD mountains are to the east. The majestic La Plata Mountains dominate the western views. Missionary Ridge leads to the heart of the San Juans to the north of the ranch.
Rides can be as mellow or as difficult and strenuous as desired. South Rincon Ridge has stunning views for over a mile. The ranch is located on the northern boundary of the San Juan Basin which is a vast natural gas reserve. Rides pass through geology ranging from the purple cliff shales to the alluvial floodplains of the Florida River. All rides can end with a ride across the Florida River before returning to the ranch.
Map of the Palmer Quarter Horse Ranch trail system.