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Skijoring, a mix of horseback riding and skiing or snowboarding, is a thrilling spectacle that combines our local ranching heritage with our love for winter sports. Brought to you by Ouray County Rodeo Association, novice to advanced competitors entertain spectators on a specially designed track at the Ouray County Fairgrounds.
  • Published: Apr 3, 2023
  • By: Chamber Staff
  • Edited: Apr 13, 2023
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The Ouray County Rodeo Association hosts an annual skijoring event at the Ouray County Fairgrounds in mid-January, where novice to advanced competitors race down a specially designed track behind a galloping horse. Skijoring requires skill, strength, and courage, and it's an impressive spectacle to watch.

But skijoring isn't just for the pros. Visitors to Ridgway can try their hand at skijoring at the nearby Top of the Pines recreation area. Top of the Pines offers groomed skijoring trails for all levels, as well as clinics and lessons for those new to the sport. You can bring your own horse or rent one from a local outfitter.

Skijoring is a great way to experience the winter landscape of Ridgway, with stunning mountain views and fresh powder snow. It's also a fun way to connect with the local ranching heritage and experience a unique winter sport.

Whether you're a spectator or a participant, skijoring in Ridgway is a thrilling and unforgettable winter experience. Don't miss the annual skijoring event at the Ouray County Fairgrounds, or head to Top of the Pines for a day of skijoring on the trails.