Cheley Colorado Camps

Colorado Camps for Kids & Teens and Families

Estes Park, Colorado

Colorado Horse Camp: Featured in the Equitrekking Horse Camps Guide

At a Glance

Top horse camp located in Estes Park, Colorado for kids and teens with a special family camp every August. Owned and operated by the same family since 1921, Cheley provides a chance to put aside the competitive demands of school and sports, to slow down, open up, explore and get unplugged. This Colorado camp boasts exceptional backcountry riding trails and lessons in horsemanship and caring for horses.

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75 miles northwest of Denver, just south of Estes Park in the Rocky Mountains

Age Group

9-17 for regular camp sessions
ages 6 and up for Family Camp


Boys and girls camps, family camps


Denver Airport (DIA)

Riding Style & Ability

All abilities, Western and some English


Summer- Mid June to mid July- Mid July to mid August. Family Camp- Mid August


500 a session


$5000 and up

In Depth Information

Why an Equitrekking Top 20 Horse Camp?

For decades, Cheley Colorado Camps have welcomed kids to their stunning location in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains to experience top backcountry riding trails, quality horses and a caring, knowledgeable staff who provide instruction in good horsemanship, horseback riding and many other facets of caring for horses.

From the Horse’s Mouth

Cheley Colorado Camps offer half day ring rides, all day mountain trail rides, and overnight mountain trail rides. Campers will learn skills like caring for horses, packing a pack horse, and general riding skills. In addition, through the colt program campers learn how to train colts. Cheley has over 146 horses.

Campers are given horseback riding instruction, including in western riding form, handling skills and control as well as the essentials of feeding, grooming, tying knots and saddling during summer horse camp sessions. Kids and teens learn how to maintain correct leads, walk, trot and canter, and how to sit well in the saddle.

Since 1985, Cheley has also offered family summer camps. Families with children age 6 and older can participate in a 5-day family camp in August after the regular summer season ends. Family summer camp activities include horseback riding in the ring and on trails, day hikes to lakes, waterfalls, and mountaintops, technical climbing, fishing, crafts, target sports and games.

Cheley Colorado Camps is a member of the American Camp Association,  Leave No Trace, The International Camping Fellowship, the Western Association of Independent Camps.


3960 Fish Creek Road
Estes Park, CO 80517
Tel. 303-377-3616

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