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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. 


Training & Riding Lessons

Cedar Ridge Ranch offers : Horse boarding, Horse stable, Horse Barn, Horse boarding Carbondale Colorado, Horse Training, Clinics, Natural Horsemanship Lessons, Private Lessons, Horse boarding in Aspen Colorado, Summer Riding, Children Riding Lessons, Indoor Stalls, Outdoor Runs, Heated Arena, Outdoor Arena, Tack Rooms, Horse Vacations, Horse Motel, Pastures, Year round Boarding, Retired horses, Quarter horses, Buying and Selling horses, Full Care Stalls, Trail Rides, English, Western, Dressage, Ponies, 


Horseback riding lessons


"Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become."

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Natural Horsemanship Riding Lessons for all ages 4+. 

- Private and Group Lessons available

- Pony Rides (ages 2 +12)





I cried leading Merrill’s horse in slow circles as the sun climbed the dark mountains and broke through the arena window. I wish I could say that was the first time horses have opened up the flood gate, but this time was different: I was crying from feeling relief. My first lesson with Merrill Johnson at Cedar Ridge Ranch completely transformed my horsemanship experience and allowed it to include deep healing. Merrill is incredibly skillful at addressing challenges unique to each student and guiding her/him through a healthy and safe process of improvement. She has a holistic approach that includes physicality, an in-depth understanding of horse behavior, and emotional awareness. I am honored to be her student and I can’t recommend her enough for beginners and advanced riders alike. - Kim Short

"I simply love seeing our little girl learning how to ride horses with Merrill Johnson, and of course Nick the palomino! Merrill is gentle, communicates clearly and keeps our four year olds attention the entire time she is working with Nick. I'm sure most parents would agree that is no small feat! Merrill not only teaches riding lessons but also horse safety and loving care. I highly recommend Merrill Johnson's horseback riding lessons to anyone who is considering giving the gift of loving and riding horses to their child."
- Cholla Nicoll mother of Violet Nicoll


"A year ago I didn’t know where I would land. My 10-year-old daughter and I are so glad we landed in Colorado. Since our arrival in July it has been a whirlwind of change and adaptation. Having left behind family, friends and most of our support system, it was a gift from the Universe to find Merrill and Cedar Ridge. We immediately felt accepted and surrounded by caring people who were interested in who we are and how to best meet my daughters needs in her horsemanship and riding skills. My daughter left behind a horse “best friend” and felt lost without him but in only a few rides began to bond with Nick and make a new horse buddy. Merrill’s animals are loving and willing to bond with their riders, of any age. Cedar Ridge is an open, loving and accepting place. A place set up to provide my girl room to grow within her skills and her self. We could not have asked for a better place to land." - Kelly & Maeve Doubleday

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