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3059 County Road 103
Carbondale, CO, 81623
United States


Cedar Ridge Ranch located in Roaring Fork Valley just outside of Aspen Coloradooffers;  horse boarding and training, Artist Spaces & Studios for Creatives, Entrepreneurs, and artists ranging from florists, ceramicists, photographers, film, screen printing . The ranch is a beautiful venue for Special Events and Weddings in the Rocky Mountains, Glamping Accommodations in Yurts and Safari Tents,  Organic farms and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).  The Farm is also home to Large Black Heritage Breed Pigs and Merrill’s Family Farm which sells natural local pork raised on the farm and fresh eggs and Zebu Cattle. 

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Horse Boarding

Cedar Ridge Ranch offers : horseback riding and horse boarding in Carbondale Colorado. All types of stabling for your horse stalls, pasture, paddocks, temporary and long term stabling, horse motel. Indoor and outdoor arena for riding, horse shows, clinics, events. We care for retired horses, show horses, throughbreds, quarter horses, pleasure horses. The horse barn located in Carbondale Colorado offers horse Training, Clinics, Natural Horsemanship Lessons, Private Lessons, Summer Riding, Children Riding Lessons, all near Aspen Colorado.


The barn at Cedar Ridge has offered the horse community a place for animal lovers to board their horses and ride for over twenty years. We enjoy caring for all types of horses and owners, whether they be English or Western disciplines, beginner or advanced in skill. Just 30 minutes outside of Aspen Colorado, we offer a relaxed and caring environment that is family friendly with top-notch facilities and an intimate atmosphere. We treat horses and owners like part of the family. Cedar Ridge is a place for people who love  horses and want the freedom to explore the relationship with their horse. 


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Horse and rider get to enjoy the large irrigated pastures, paddocks, round pen, open space and shelters. The ranch also includes a beautiful nine stall heated barn, lighted indoor arena, and trails for year round riding. The property is bordered by public land where you can enjoy boundless miles of beautiful trails to ride and adventure. 


Rates & Types of bOARDING




Full Care Barn Stall $2,000.00/month

Includes Full Care in addition to Horse handling for medical and farrier and grain expense in addition to scheduling and management of all routine medical care and farrier needs.

Indoor Stall (including blanketing) $1,350.00/month

$1,650.00 (extra large stall)/month

Your horse will enjoy being stabled in bedded large stalls with dutch doors,  daily turnout, twice-daily feeding, and daily stall cleaning. Space in tack room for equipment. Access to riding arena, round pen, and trails.

Herd Pasture $300.00/month

Have your horse live out in the big pasture with other horses enjoying being free. Only available in the warm months.

Full Care Run: $950.00/month (includes blanketing)

Private Run $750.00/month

Shared Paddock $675.00/month

Pasture Board $550.00/month

Your choice of private run, Shared paddock or pasture board all includes : 

Your horse will enjoy roaming our irrigated pastures in the day and rotated into paddocks at night with clean water troughs and shelters. This option includes feeding during the winter months.


The facility has a large lighted indoor spanning 100x 125 feet in addition to access to wonderful trails. The heated barn with abundant natural light has 11 Dutch door style 12 x 12 ft rubber mat floor stalls. Round pens, outdoor wash rack, tack rooms, and access to on and off property trails are available to our guests and boarders to enjoy. Situated in the middle of the Roaring Fork Valley, the property is minutes to amazing trail riding in White River National Forest, Basalt Mountain, and many other scenic areas.

All boarding types except for "Herd Pasture" board have access to the indoor arena and barn.


For those who would like to ride and use the arena or are needing a resting place on their horse travels we invite you to come and enjoy the ranch and our facility. Minutes off of Highway 82 outside of Carbondale and 15 minutes from I-70 and Glenwood Springs we have overnight facilities for you and your horse. Whether you are on your way to a competition, or hunting trip, or just for pleasure, come stay at the ranch and relax and get some rest. We look forward to hosting travelers and their horses and those from our partners at Horse Hotels International.  

Electrical Trailer Hook up $55.00/Day

Daily Indoor arena use $50.00/horse

(min 5 rides, with trainer)

Paddock $40.00/Day

Stall $50.00/Day

Indoor Arena  package per horse $350.00/month

The Care


We value the personal care we provide every horse and horse owner that reside here. For more than 20 years our knowledgeable, friendly, commited and hardworking team and family have been managing and improving the boarding facility and have enjoyed getting to know many horses and people. Our primary focus is to provide a home where horses can be their happiest and healthiest. We have a holistic and natural centered approach to the care we give and we believe in the concept that healthy soil creates healthy pasture which results in healthy horses. We believe in being good stewards of the land and are actively improving the land and property for the well being of all life. 

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We moved our horses down valley from Aspen to Cedar Ridge, a little anxious about having them further away and uncertain how they would adjust to their new home. It was the best decision we could have made! Cedar Ridge allows for riders to have a more personal experience with their horse. There is never a crowd, but I always feel the horses are extremely well monitored and that if an emergency did arise, that help is just minutes away at any time. The above has been a contributing factor to being able to redevelop a closer bond with both of my horses. I also attribute this to a calm, natural environment as well as Merrill’s approach to training. They have moved to a natural diet, off previous unnecessary supplements, are better mannered and enjoy the company of others. They are well cared for and loved. We could quickly tell that they genuinely like and feel welcome at their new home. They are also better mannered around each other and are calmer and happier all around. I love driving to Cedar Ridge. It’s absolutely beautiful, and it would be a fantastic place to have a special event or spend some much needed getaway time.
— Kate Roberts


The Trainers

The trainers at Cedar Ridge all practice holistic and safe approach with you and your horse. They encourage enjoyment and fun, and provide instruction on various disciplines to work towards. If you are looking for your horse to be in training or maintenance work, our trainers can help to make a tailored routine for them. School horses are available for those who would like to lease or learn and take lessons. Looking to buy a horse? We can help you navigate to purchasing the perfect horse fit for you and your goals and needs. See below to learn what trainer might be a wonderful fit for you and your horse.



Merrill Johnson

At the age of 5 Merrill started riding and went on to compete in a range of events from Hunter Jumpers, Reining and Western Riding and ended her show career qualifying and competing 3 times at the American Quarter Horse World Show. She loves working with children and adults. Merrill facilitates the learning and growing experiences that  individuals encounter with horses, and has an unique ability to help people overcome fear, invalid valuations of self-worth, doubtful mind, and other emotional burdens, and helps them to open up and accept values of self-love, compassion and connection. Whether you are a beginner or returning to horses, a young child or an adult wanting to connect with horses later in life, Merrill will help facilitate an authentic relationship between you and your horse in Western or English disciplines. 

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THE APPROACH:  With the foundation of Natural Horsemanship through trust, respect, and love each rider gains a strong seat, intuitive connection, learns horse care, understands horse safety, and builds a relationship with their horse giving them a strong universal foundation. All clients start riding bareback and transition into either western or english riding.

WHO: Teaches all ages from 4 up & loves kids.

CONTACT: merrillsfamilyfarm@gmail.com 970.379.4294

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