Local Trail Riding

Local Trail Riding

Henning, Becky
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When I turned 13, my dad decided that he wanted to be a cowboy. To my chagrin, he started wearing cowboy boots, a plaid shirt, a cowboy hat, and a black duster—everywhere. At the time, I was too embarrassed to appreciate his longing to ride. But now, after chasing some of my own childhood fantasies, I understand the yearning that drove him. If it’s your dream to be a cowboy (or cowgirl), quit resisting, and head to any of the following ranches to try on your own pair of cowboy boots.

Rainbow Ranch Big Sky 995-4132 www.rainbowranch.com

Located in Big Sky, this ranch offers guided trail rides by real cowboys and cowgirls through the Porcupine Creek drainage in the Gallatin National Forest. Two-hour, three-hour, and all-day rides are available to riders of all abilities.

Jake’s Horses Big Sky 995-4630 www.jakeshorses.com

If you’re looking for adventure, Jake’s Horses is the place for you. Jake offers pack trips and hourly/day rides through the Madison Range and Yellowstone. Or, if you just want to relax, come out for a hay ride.

320 Ranch Big Sky 800-243-03200; www.320ranch.com

Beginning rider? No problem, 320 Ranch offers riding lessons for folks just like you. Or, if you just want to get outside, go on an hourly or full-day guided trail ride through the Gallatin National Forest.

Gallatin River Ranch Equestrian Center Manhattan 800-232-3295 www.gallatinriverranch.com

The Gallatin River Ranch extends a variety of opportunities for horse-enthusiasts, from trail rides and wagon rides to leasing and boarding. Bad weather’s no problem here; the outdoor/indoor arena is open year-round.

Montana Horses Three Forks 800-685-3697 www.montanahorses.com

For an alternative to guided trail rides, Montana Horses actually rents the horses to you. Take them out for a day or lease them all summer long. Don’t worry if you don’t have gear, Montana Horses will trailer your chosen horse wherever you want to ride, and they’ll rent you saddles, bridles, and pack equipment.

Pegasus Ranch Belgrade 388-2120 www.pegasusranch.com

Close to Bozeman, the Pegasus Ranch’s indoor and outdoor facilities include ample pastures and indoor stalls for boarding. This ranch offers many children’s programs, leasing options, and clinics for horse-lovers of all ages.

Lone Mountain Ranch Big Sky 995-4670 www.lonemountainranch.com

Join the friendly wranglers at Lone Mountain Ranch for a casual stroll through the alpine forests and mountains around Big Sky. Lone Mountain offers morning, afternoon, and all-day rides for riders of all abilities.

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