9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sun. noon-5 p.m.
USAF Academy, CO 80840
Rental Riding Information-719-333-4607
Boarding Information- 719-472-8639
With the Rampart Range as both its playground, the Academy Equestrian Center awaits those who want to ride the Rockies! Situated just a few miles from downtown Colorado Springs, the Academy's full-service center offers 45,000 acres of majestic beauty in which to ride. Trail riders can ride on the 1,000 acres of trails on base or take off for the back country of the adjacent Pike National Forest. The Equestrian Center also offers special events such as horsemanship seminars, twilight horseback rides, organized trail rides and hay rides. Full and partial care boarding is available. Horses are available for lease by the season during the fall and winter.
The Equestrian Center hosts the AFA Cadet Equestrian Team and works closely with the Center for Character Development, Make a Wish Foundation, Scouts and other community organizations. Major improvements, including new barns and corrals, have recently been completed south of the existing facilities. The Equestrian Center is located south of the Pine Valley housing area and west of Air Academy High School.
The Academy Equestrian Center offers classes in Western Horsemanship.
Horsemanship classes include: One hour trail riding lesson, instruction in grooming, saddling, and proper etiquette.
Ages 8 and older may take lessons. Children younger than 8 will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Protective headgear for children is mandatory and provided.
Participants need to wear heeled shoes and long pants. They should bring sunscreen and appropriate jacket.
Come prepared to ride after sign up.
Cost of each lesson is $35, to be paid in advance.
Special birthday party lessons are available for groups up to 15. Have cake and ice cream with the horses and then take a structured riding lesson. Must be reserved in advance call 333-4607.
Our current programs at the USAF Academy Equestrian Center include:
Equestrian Therapeutic Program- This program applies proven therapeutic techniques to counseling programs within the Academy Services. The programs currently being implemented are:
Adults and children with Special Needs
Group trail riding therapy for spouses of MIA and KIA heroes
Cadet Leadership and Character Development through horsemanship
The BLM Wild Mustang Program
Scout Horsemanship Badge