Equestrian Center


Email: equestrian.center@us.af.mil

Rental Office
DSN 719-333-4607

Boarding Information:

About The Equestrian Center

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 44,000 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 and Rodeo Teams and works closely with other community organizations.

The Center is located south of the Pine Valley housing area and west of Air Academy High School. Facilities include multiple barns, round pens, two arenas, trail obstacle course, wash stall and community corrals.

Our current programs at the USAF Academy Equestrian Center include:
  • Guided Group Trail Rides
  • Riding instruction is offered.
  • UNITE Program – Use Your UNITE Funds!
  • Group and Holiday Events
  • Educational Events


Guided Group Trail Rides
Excellent way to gain riding experience for beginners or learn the trails for seasoned riders. Enjoy scenic views through our beautiful forested and open trails on our one and two hour guided trail rides. Please call for schedule and availability. Spaces are limited, reservations required, ages 8+.
Guided Group Trail Riding Rates
  • $60/per person one hour guided trail ride
  • $110/person two hour guided trail ride
  • $10 additional fee for non-DoD cardholders in party.
Rent a horse to lead your child around for them to gain experience! Ages 6-12 with a parent leading the horse. Under ages 6 can rent our mini horses to pet/lead/groom with parent assisting (no riding).
  • $25 per 30 minutes
Hay Rides
  • Seasonal scheduled rides and special events
  • By reservation ONLY! Please call for schedule and availability.
Horsemanship Lessons
Sign up for our English/Western horsemanship lessons. Costs are per hour:
  • Private $65
  • Semi-Private $55
  • Group $50
  • Protective headgear for children is mandatory and provided.
  • Participants need to wear heeled shoes and long pants. They should bring sunscreen and an appropriate jacket.
  • Lesson packages available for all lesson options
  • Call to schedule your initial 1.5 hour new student evaluation to determine lesson options specific to your riding level.
These lessons are for ages 8+, (ages 6-7 evaluated case-by-case) includes instruction on riding, grooming, saddling and proper etiquette.
Eligible patrons can board their personal horse(s) at the Equestrian Center. Call 719-333-2294 for details.

Eligible patrons can trailer-in and park at the Equestrian Center trailer-in lot to utilize the horse trails.

$10/day in drop box or $120 yearly passes available through the rental office.

NOTE: trailer ins are for horse trail riding only, no other use of Equestrian Center facilities is allowed.