I purchased a Groupon deal for a 2 hour ride and had the choice to go here or to the Cowpoke stables in Estes Park. Originally I had booked at Cowpoke, based on reviewers describing that ride as being more mountainous with better views, and it was on the side of town I was staying my first three days of a one week trip to Estes Park. (Some reviews coined the National Park Gateway Stables ride as being mostly a flat meadow ride).
As it went, due to inclement weather I opted to reschedule for a different day, and since the second part of the trip had my lodging location being the Della Terra Chateau (nephew's wedding ;), when I saw that the National Park Gateway Stables were right across the street from The Della, I booked my ride for that location, thinking "Ok, this ride won't be all that exciting through flat meadows, but the location is so convenient."
Flat Meadows? Well, I beg to differ! Yes, I am an inexperienced rider, but this as NOT a totally flat-meadow ride. There were gradual, rocky inclines/declines, some winding through the trees and some with vast open views to the mountains. It was adventurous enough for me :)
And my horse, dear 'ol Elmer, navigated each turn and variation of the terrain like a champ (and I thanked him for that! :)
The folks at the stable, and the guide, were friendly and informative and of course the guide was so kind to stop at one point on the ride and take photos of each rider on their respective cameras. Great shot of the mountains as the backdrop, and if you look closely enough you can see the two young elk in the background!