Venture deep into the Backcountry!

Take a break from your fast-paced life to experience the Backcountry Wilderness Area at the leisurely pace of Bella and Buster, our two Percheron draft horses. Our 15-person scheduled hayrides roll all year and change seasonally to highlight the Backcountry’s features like wildlife activity, expansive terrain, and unmatched sunset views. 

Sunset Hayride

The orange, purple, and blue hues of a Rocky Mountain sunset are made even more spectacular when your unobstructed view of the Front Range is from the back of an open-air haywagon.

Stargazing Hayride

Take in the Backcountry by twilight! A one-hour evening hayride leads to a one-hour stargazing session with Astronomers and their telescopes. If by chance the weather and road conditions prevent us from doing a hayride, a meet-and-greet with Bella and Buster—our two Percheron draft horses—and a campfire will replace the hayride. (No makeup dates or refunds will be given due to poor weather or road conditions).

Turkey Gobbling Hayride

The toms and hens are the stars on this one-hour hayride! We’ll call out to our resident wild turkeys and hope to get they strike up a gobbling conversation. Keep watch in the tall grass as a rafter of poults (baby turkeys) might be close behind the hens. Bring along your binoculars if you want a closer look!

BYOP Hayride (Bring your own picnic)

Take a rustic horse-drawn hayride into the Backcountry where we’ll stop at a scenic vista for a picnic. Bring along a blanket and your favorite eats and drinks (no alcohol). We encourage the use of reusable containers and cutlery as all trash must be packed out.

Autumn Colors Hayride

Skip the rush to Kenosha Pass and experience the brilliant fall foliage in the quiet Backcountry Wilderness Area. As the trees, bushes, and plants change colors with the weather, be on the lookout for birds, elk, and other wildlife getting prepared for the winter months ahead!

Elk Bugling Hayride

The sound of elk bugling is the unofficial Colorado soundtrack of fall in the Rockies. Get a closer view of the elk herd and learn about this animal’s behavior on this one-hour, horse-drawn hayride.

Harvest Hayride

Sip on hot apple cider while Bella and Buster—our Percheron draft horses—draw the wagon through the Backcountry Wilderness Area. The fall colors and warm beverages are the perfect way to take in the season close to home. This is a zero-waste event, so don’t forget your travel mug for cider!

Holiday Hayride

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way on a two-horse open haywagon! Get in the holiday spirit on a Backcountry hayride followed by hot cocoa by the campfire. If weather or bad roads prevent us from doing the hayride, a meet-and-greet and festive photo opportunity with Bella & Buster—our two Percheron draft horses—will replace the hayride. (No makeup dates or refunds will be given due to poor weather or road conditions.)

Private Hayride

Enjoy a nice, relaxing tour through the pristine Backcountry Wilderness Area with your family or friends! Private hayrides are available all year long. Our haywagon can accommodate a maximum of 15 people. You are welcome to bring along snacks and drinks (no alcohol) on the hayride. For $300, choose between a 1.5-hour hayride OR a 1-hour hayride and a 30-minute campfire and s’mores.

Weather and Cancellation Policy for Private Hayrides: In the case of inclement weather or poor road conditions that prevent us from doing the hayride, we will contact you to reschedule your program. If a mutually agreeable alternative date/time cannot be agreed upon by the planner and HRCA, a full refund minus a $50 processing fee will be given. Cancellations made more than 7 days in advance will be refunded with a $50 cancellation fee. Refunds will not be given for cancellations made fewer than 7 days before the scheduled event.

To Schedule a Private Hayride Email: Carly.Boy[email protected] and please provide the following information:

  • Your name and phone number
  • Estimate on number of people who will be in attendance (up to a maximum of 15)
  • First and second choice of date and times

Details for all Hayrides

What to Wear: Please wear closed toe shoes and bring extra layers with you. Programs typically run rain, snow, or shine, so be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.

What to Bring: We recommend bringing binoculars and a camera. If your hayride includes hot chocolate or hot cider, please be sure to bring your own reusable mug with you; we run zero waste events and do not provide disposable cups. 

Age Policy: Children under 3 years old are free; however, we ask that they sit on their parents laps as seats are limited. If you would like a seat reserved for your child under 3, please purchase a ticket for them.

Location for Hayrides: Backcountry Base Camp; 6005 Ron King Trail, Littleton, CO 80125. Map & Directions

Refund Policy: Refund requests made less than 5 days prior to the start of the program will not be honored. For private hayrides, please see the Weather and Cancellation Policy specific to private hayrides.

Questions? Contact Carly Boyd at [email protected] or 303-471-7078.

We are working diligently to provide a clean, safe environment for you, but with all things related to COVID-19 there is inherent risk. It is up to you to choose to use the HRCA amenities, knowing that you assume risk when gathering with other people and visiting other facilities.