Cody Walker featured on “Shout Out Colorado”

Estes Park’s Cody Walker is described by in three words: coaster, cowboy, politician.

Walker, owner of Sombrero Stables, the Mustang Mountain Coaster and a former Town Board Trustee of Estes Park talked candidly about his approach to risk and risk-tasking.

Walker, owner of Sombrero Stables, the Mustang Mountain Coaster and a former Town Board Trustee of Estes Park talked candidly about his approach to risk and risk-tasking. ( photo)

“There is something to be said about seeking counsel, but at the end of the day the risk is yours,” Walker stated. “If you don’t own the risk from the beginning you will be setting yourself up for failure with 100 excuses to fail instead of 100 advisors.”

Walker noted in the article that the risks he has taken in his life have generated a lot of noise. He said some people wanted to see him fail so they could say, “I told you so” or because they are jealous of the success of his family.

“This has shaped my life where I can see a person that is a producer and I can see a drag on my business,” Walker said. “Minimize the risk by getting negative people out of your life. I don’t forget those that were around me during any of the battles, but I keep God and family first. There really isn’t really anytime you feel as alive as you do as when you lose it or gain it. The end goal is never as good as the fight and as you move through the next project I have learned that when things are good I enjoy the minutes and when things are bad I brace to build and test my character.”

The Mustang Mountain Coaster is the newest alpine coaster in Colorado. ( photo)

Walker also pointed out that he believes without a great marriage there is no way success would have been a part of my life. He said marriage one of the most rewarding partnerships a person can have in their life.

Walker operates one of the biggest tourist attractions that has come to the Estes Park area in the last 40 years, The Mustang Mountain Coaster, as well as one of the longest running attractions, Sombrero Stables.

“Love of the ranch helped set me apart from those that would sell out and just allow condos to cover the valley, Walker noted. “Lesson one is let your customers inspire you. The families who come are my favorite and inspire me as I see them make time to be together they get me through the down days.”

Walker recalled the coaster project wasn’t easy. He said people who don’t want to share the Estes Valley with others turned the project into personal attacks against his children and even his pets. He said his family overcame by sticking with the vision and not letting negative people overcome their dream.

Sombrero Stables represents a multi-generational legacy of Western heritage and family adventure. ( photo)

“Lesson two is don’t try to do something like this alone,” Walker stressed in the article. “The financial cost of the project was everything that I owned, and those that were against it used a strategy to try and outlast my resources, destroy what they thought were connections I needed and attack that which I loved the most. By the time they had dragged me in front of five boards, taken me from one court to the next and finally to the Colorado Supreme Court funds were close to depleted. I never lost a hearing yet they carried on.”

Walker encouraged entrepreneurs to make sure they have the resources to finish the project. At the time of the project, Walker noted that he was becoming a successful politician on the Town of Estes Park Board and even thought the project was in the county, those who opposed him ran a successful campaign to remove his from his seat with a recall.

“People will be vindictive,” he said. “The recall was just a way to inflict distraction and pain and had zero relation to the project. It was terrible but I was prepared.”

His final lesson in the interview was to be willing to lose it all or don’t even start.

“The good stuff is always the hardest journey,” Walker stated. “If it is easy you probably won’t want the fruit it produces anyway.”

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