Our Community is committed to making every trail ride an incredible experience. Whether you're looking for a short ride or an extended pack trip, we know where all the best trails are. Explore with locals and see wilderness you won't find in a travel book.
Step into the old wild west and experience it as it was meant to be experienced: by horseback. Ride the same trails as Geronimo, Cochise, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, and Johnny Ringo. Whether at a ranch or a remote mountain lodge, Blue Sky Ranches will spoil you with first class accommodations and stories that last a lifetime. These are legendary destinations you won't want to miss.
Blue Sky Ranches is located in Cochise County, Arizona. Here are a few highlights in the area:
Cottonwood Canyon: ride amongst the oak trees to a stunning view of the WPA dam or enjoy the scenery of the high desert.
Cochise Stronghold: home to the famous Cochise and Apache people who spent generations living amongst the granite domes and sheer cliffs in the Dragoon Mountains.
Council Rock, Tombstone, Arizona: ride in and around “The Town Too Tough Too Die." See Indian petroglyphs and Council Rock, where Cochise and his people lived and found refuge from the Calvary.
Turkey Creek Fire Tower: travel high into the scenic Chiricahua Mountains and traverse through oak and pine forests to breathtaking vistas.
Chiricahua National Monument: visit the spectacular “Sky Islands” and ride among the "wonderland of rocks" created by violent volcanic eruptions 27 million years ago.
Blue Sky Ranches offers trail rides 7 days a week as well as Destination Vacations and pack trips throughout the west.
Destination Vacations: come as a group or join a small group. Arizona vacations run from 2-7 days, and all others are typically 6 nights 5 days. Choose from destinations, such as:
Colorado Rocky Mountains: spend a week in a beautiful 1930’s log lodge and explore a new area of the Rocky Mountain National Park every day.
Monument Valley: retrace the scenes from famous westerns, ride into caves, around monoliths, view petroglyphs, and learn about Navajo and Anasazi culture from Navajo guide Effie Yazzie.
Southeast Utah: stay in a beautiful cabin and explore different National Parks in the Moab area as well as Manti LaSal National Forest.
The Black Hills of South Dakota: relax in a cozy secluded home near Custer, South Dakota. Then head out on the trail to Custer State Park, The Mount Rushmore trail, and other breathtaking areas.
Valley of the Gods in Utah: ride through the valleys that were once home to the ancient Anasazi people, the Navajo, and the backdrop to several westerns.
Overnight Camping Trips: Join Blue Sky Ranches for an overnight pack trip and night of rustic camping. Begin your journey in Pearce at the trailhead near the Cochise Stronghold trailhead. Travel over the Dragoon mountains along the same trails as the Apache people to Council Rock on the western side of the mountains.
Bucky and Andrea Buckley founded Blue Sky Ranches in 2002. Bucky is originally from Maine, and moved to Arizona in pursuit of his dream to “become a cowboy.” Andrea graduated with a degree in Biology and moved from her home state of Ohio to work with horses in Colorado. They ran a riding stable in Colorado for several years, and then moved to Arizona to start Blue Sky Ranches. They enjoy running a small operation because they can give guests personalized attention and spend quality time with all of their horses.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider, Blue Sky Ranches has the perfect horse for you. The Ranch herd consists of both quarter horses and gaited Tennessee Walkers for the best possible trail rides.
Spend five days on an Historic Old West Vacation. Experience an authentic stagecoach ride, a reenactment at the OK corral, visit Fort Bowie, and ride along the same trails as Cochise and Geronimo.
Destination Vacations: includes lodging, horses, tack, guide, and transportation once at the location. You will be transported to different trailheads in the area. Once your ride is over, you'll travel back to the house for a home cooked dinner and relaxing evening.
Overnight Camp trips: Find your campsite, enjoy dinner cooked over an open fire, and then sleep under the stars. Wake up the next morning with cowboy coffee and a hearty breakfast. Then head back across the mountain range. Guide, dinner, breakfast, and sack lunch the second day are provided. All horse and camping equipment will be trucked in to the campsite.
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Come explore the incredible views and sunsets of the Arizona desert by horseback. You'll learn about the mining history and the unique flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert. With gentle and caring horses, Cave Creek Trail Rides caters to new riders and is a great place for the entire family.
Ride through the Sonoran Desert and get a taste of Phoenix, Cave Creek, and Scottsdale, Arizona as it was 150 years ago!
1-3 hour trail rides for all ages and skill levels. Cave Creek Trail Rides specializes in family friendly, safe horseback rides that are perfect for beginners and experienced riders alike.
Ride with friendly and courteous cowboys/cowgirls who love to share their knowledge about horses, the Sonoran Desert, and Cave Creek’s history.
The horses are gentle, well mannered, experienced, and will take great care of you and your group.
Boy and Girl Scout Program: desert horseback riding is a unique educational experience that enables youth to connect with natural surroundings. Plus you get to play around in cowboy hats, boots, and chaps for fun group photos!
Birthday Parties: kids are always welcome! Cave Creek Trail Rides loves to host birthday parties for children ages 6 and up. Not only are the rides safe and fun, Cave Creek will also go out of their way to make the birthday party easy for you.
Golden Saddle Program: people who are 55 years old and older can participate in horseback riding instruction as well as education in proper horse care and handling of horses.
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I'm very fortunate; I work with horses for a living and get to explore the desert by horseback all the time. Not many people can say that, but my favorite part is getting to share tips and help out other riders.
I can help with finding trails, good horsemanship, leather work, vet work, shoeing... anything that will help you have a better trail riding experience. And if I can't do it, chances are I know someone who can. I learn something new every time, so it's a win win in my book. Let me know if you're in Arizona or you're interested in visiting!
I am located in Desert Hills, Arizona. That's about as far north as you can get and still be in Phoenix. It's a few miles west of Cave Creek, AZ.
There's a lot of history in the Cave Creek/Desert Hills/New River area where I ride. The mining and cattle industries played a huge role in turning this area into what it is today. Whether I'm riding in low washes, mountains, or wide open desert, it's pretty incredible to get to ride on trails that have been around since the late 1800's.
I got into trail riding because it was the easiest type of riding to do as a beginner. I could saddle up and ride from my driveway. I didn’t need a trailer; I didn’t have to wait on people; and best of all I didn’t have to pay money to ride.
Once I had more experience, I decided to do it full time. I was a trail guide and wrangler at Cave Creek Trail Rides for a full season. Meeting new people from all over the world who were pumped about riding and horses was awesome! I've also exercised horses and mules all over Arizona. My co-workers, the guests, and the horses have taught me so much. It's not always glamorous, but there's never a dull moment.
I currently work full time for Scottsdale Equine Reproduction Center in Scottsdale, AZ. We offer a full range of equine reproductive services performed by the owner and attending veterinarian, Dr. Jerry Longworth. It has been one of the best experiences of my life. I get to work with some of the greatest and most talented people I know. Their dedication to clients and their horses is inspiring.
Seeing new country with good horses is an awesome thing! I just love being on horseback. One of my favorite things to do is ride through the desert at night. You can read more about that in my Campfire Story.
Trail riding is so overlooked! I want to help get more people involved and connect riders to the greater community. I've always been a people person, and this is a great way to connect with people while doing something I'm really into.
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I am located near Los Angeles, California. I live in Chino and board my horse at Prado Equestrian Center, near Prado Park.
I got into trail riding maybe 5 years ago now after riding for my entire life because I enjoyed it the most of all the equine sports. I have tried almost every western riding sport under the sun from the horsemanship show ring to speed events and even a little roping. But sometimes the competitions took the fun out of riding and I lost sight of what riding horses was really all about. There's something so natural and relaxing about just you and your horse hitting an open trail and enjoying nature. I quickly fell in love with trail riding and I never looked back. I could tell my horse enjoyed it far more than arena work too. Every weekend I try to trail ride somewhere either locally or travel somewhere up or down the California coast.
To me, trail riding is an escape. A literal escape from the busy LA city where I live and an emotional/mental escape from all the stressors in life. I can forget about work, my busy schedule, or whatever else is on my mind and just get lost in nature with my horse. It's a perfect group activity or just as good solo and my horse loves it just as much as I. What's not to love?
I want to bring the trail riding community together! Either locally or online. It's a widely enjoyed sport and yet it's rare to meet others. I hope to to connect with others, share stories, spread word of our activities, promote safety, and take amazing photographs of our journeys!
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The Wild Horse Sanctuary is the epitome of "Ride Free. Do Good." The Sanctuary was established to protect and preserve American wild horses. It is home to some 300 wild mustangs and burros, many of which were rescued after being removed from federal lands in the western U.S. On this 5,000 acre preserve, you can ride through volcanic rock meadows and forested mountain land. Expect to see wild herds grazing and running free in their natural surroundings—a scene you're helping to protect by patronizing the Sanctuary.
The Wild Horse Sanctuary is a non-profit, tax exempt, organization located near Shingletown, California. Black Butte is to the west and Mt. Lassen to the east.
Two or three day all-inclusive trail rides are offered from late spring through early fall. The rides follow trails created by the wild horses through pine and oak-studded hills and volcanic rock outcroppings. You'll cross through creeks and stop at ponds for the horses to get a drink. Every night, the group returns to base camp on the banks of a vernal pond.
The Wild Horse Sanctuary has a string of gentle geldings that are well adapted to the terrain. You will be matched with a horse that suits your riding style and level.
Guides are seasoned volunteers who know the property and Sanctuary history well. All rides are hosted by volunteers in order to ensure the maximum amount of funds raised goes straight to the horses and burros who call the Wild Horse Sanctuary home.
On the multi-day trail rides, you'll rest your head in frontier-style sleeping cabins bordering a vernal pond. Base camp has a "cook house” featuring a main kitchen, a wood-burning stove, hearty meals, and bathroom facilities, complete with hot shower. Evenings are spent relaxing around a glowing campfire and enjoying a peaceful night's rest after a day of adventure.
The Sanctuary is open to the public for wild horse viewing by foot on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free.
The Annual Open House and Benefit will be on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from noon to 5pm. Admission and parking are free. These are great opportunities for your non-rider family and friends to experience the Sanctuary. As a non-profit, the Wild Horse Sanctuary relies heavily on donations – both financial and those of time and talent.
Volunteer and internship opportunities are available. You can help by sponsoring a horse or taking home a “symbol of the American West” by adopting a young horse. Adoption day this year is on October 31, 2015.
The Wild Horse Sanctuary develops public education programs, participates in research projects on ecologically sound wild horse management, consults on related programs in order to help build other wildlife preserves, and cooperates with responsible ecology, animal protection, and educational organizations to further the protection of the environment and all species of wildlife, including America's wild horses.
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Come explore 3200 acres of beautiful Rocky Mountain landscape! Not only is the location spectacular, the entire Ranch team goes above and beyond to make sure you have a wonderful experience. Even the horses fill you with a new level of confidence. Whether you're a beginner or expert rider, there's a horse and trail for you. Come for a day ride, pack trip, fishing expedition, lesson, retreat, or wedding...and leave with tons of beautiful photo-worthy memories.
The Ranch is located in Loveland, CO, an hour and fifteen minutes from Denver and forty minutes from Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. The terrain varies from an easy, fairly flat mosey ride to climbing the peaks of Alexander, Green Ridge, and Eagle Ridge. You'll experience plenty of different geological views, from igneous granite to red shale and metamorphic rocks. As a bonus, the Big Thompson River runs right through the ranch!
Whether you're an experienced rider or have never put your foot in a stirrup, you'll find a riding experience that fits you perfectly. Trail rides are available year round, weather permitting.
Day Rides: Most day rides range from 1-4 hours. From shorter rides through gentle terrain to extended climbing rides with ridge-top views, you'll have a 3200 acre "don't fence me in" riding experience regardless of your riding level. You can also sign up for a Chow Down Ride and enjoy breakfast, lunch, or a steak dinner while out on a ride.
Pack Trips: The overnight pack trip is perfect for outdoor adventurers. Head up the gulch for a 4-hour ride to Cow Camp, a 1930's homestead in the remote back country. Gear, guide, and grub provided. (6 rider minimum, 12 year old minimum)
*Note: All rides have a 240lbs weight limit and a 7 year old age minimum. Double riding is not offered, but children under 7 can do lead around rides.
Experienced wranglers will accompany you on your ride. They are friendly horse professionals who will create a safe and enjoyable riding experience for you. They'll share facts and stories about the history, wildlife, and vegetation of the area while on the ride.
Pack trips are led by an experienced guide and a cook who devote themselves to showing you the very finest and detailed areas of Colorado.
You'll get to ride a gentle and responsive American Quarter Horse during your stay. All horses are born, raised, and well-trained on the Ranch. Each horse in the herd has learned the ropes under the gentle hand of Barry McAleenan, professional horse trainer. They are loved dearly as part of the Ranch family...it won't take long to fall in love with them, too!
During the Summer season, Sylvan Dale operates as a Dude Ranch Vacation destination. The Ranch is also available for meetings, retreats, picnics, and weddings!
Depending on the time of year, you can do fly fishing, hiking, wagon rides, campfires, riding lessons, roping lessons, draft horse workshops, trap shooting, white water rafting, and more. Most activities are exclusively available to guests staying at the ranch.
Day use options: Horseback riding, fly fishing, and privately scheduled events.
Overnight stays: Dude Ranch Vacation packages are available from June through August. Bed & Breakfast Getaways are available year round. Cabins range from a Sweetheart Cabin to a 4 Bedroom Guest House. Though the lodging capacity is 40 guests, 300 guests can be accommodated for day events.
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Ride the best ranches, old Spanish trails, mountain trails, and sandy beaches of Costa Rica! Riders and non-riders alike will enjoy the relaxed environment of the 50 acre family-owned ranch—an oasis of giant tropical trees and lush pastures. Wake to monkeys calling from the trees and horses nickering in the pastures. This is not a "nose-to-tail" operation; the horses are born and trained on the ranch with Natural Horsemanship methods. Whether you want to do a 2 hour or 14 day adventure, your expert bi-lingual guides will tailor your Riding Package to suit your wants and needs.
The Painted Pony Guest Ranch at Casagua Horses is located just minutes from Costa Rica's famous Pacific Gold Coast beaches (Tamarindo, Flamingo and Playa Grande) in the heart of Guanacaste's famous ranch country. Ride a variety of terrains with beautiful tropical flora and fauna.
There's plenty to see and do in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. You can book anything from a 2 hour ride to a multi-day travel package. All rides are private or small groups, and you'll have the freedom to explore at your own pace.
Day Tours (2 hours to half+ days): Natural History Tour, Taste of Guanacaste Tour, Fiestas and Traditional Topes Tour, Old Tempate Trail Tour, Forest to the Sea Tour, Monteverde Ride, Honeymoon Ride, Beach Rides, and Moonlight Ride.
Ranches, Beaches, and Mountains (7-10+ nights): experience Costa Ricas ranches, beaches and mountain volcanoes on horseback. Customize your Riding Package for your level and interests.
A taste of Guanacaste Adventure (5-7 nights): enjoy a combination of trail riding riding and popular adventure tours, such as canopy, sailing, snorkeling, kayaking, and more.
Old Spanish Trails and Pacific Beaches (6 nights): new, exciting beach rides and adventures through the Costa Rica countryside.
Silver Saddle (5-7 nights): For anyone over the age of 50 who wants to do small, individually designed tours on comfortable well-trained horses. Tours are limited to 2-6 riders with a flexible itinerary to match your riding level.
The owners of Casagua Horses are your guides: Kay and Esteban have been providing quality horseback riding tours for over 20 years, as well as breeding and training the wonderful Spanish criollo horses using Natural Horsemanship Training. Kay is a wildlife artist with a Ph.D. in Biology and Ecology originally from Michigan. Esteban, her husband, is a Zotecnista ( farm vet) born and raised in Guanacaste. They are bilingual professional guides as well as Natural Horsemanship trainers.
The Painted Pony Guest Ranch is known for its high quality, well trained horses. Most horses were born on the ranch and all were trained with Natural Horsemanship. They are comfortable, well-trained Spanish mixed horses that can be matched to your riding level.
There are so many activities offered in the area—beach and water activities, golf, sport fishing, zip lining, bird watching, and many more. The Ranch offers personalized riding lessons and tours to local fiestas, horse events, and extensions to travel destinations (Arenal Volcano, Rincón de la Vieja National Park, Tamarindo Beach, Playa Grande, Monkey Park and others). If you time your trip right, you can even ride with the bulls!
Natural Horsemanship Riding and Training (3-7 nights): experience natural horsemanship training and riding—from ground work to centered riding with young horses and high stepping Spanish breeds. Learn about imprinting foals and non-violent training.
Ride and Relax Packages (add-on): add Spa and Yoga days to your horse vacation.
City tour (add-on): Full Day Guided Tour to Granada Nicaragua for markets, city tour and island boat trip.
Stay in a suite or house with comfortable, air conditioned accommodations. Relax in the splash pool and stay connected with free high speed internet and WiFi. Select from a variety of meal plans or cook "at home." Stables for horses and private parking available.
Casita Mandrina: a private suite with a queen bed, queen futon, kitchenette, romantic star shower, and a DVD player. Sleeps 1-4. Full ranch breakfast included, other meals by arrangement.
Casa Roble: a spacious, fully furnished, one bedroom ranch house with a queen and single bed in the bedroom and sofa bed in the living room. Cable TV and Internet. Sleeps 1-4.
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The Cheshire Horse Council offers outreach programs that promote communication between horse and human. The Council focuses on the natural instincts of the horse and the healing effects horses offer us, both mentally and physically.
The Cheshire Horse Council of Cheshire, CT is the local liaison for horse owners and enthusiasts who must meet town and state regulations regarding horse ownership. We support the “Share the Trails” concept by helping to maintain Cheshire trails that can be used by horses, hikers, bikers and others. We share our collective knowledge and love of horses among our members and the general public, with special emphasis on teaching our youth.
Trail riding (Western and English), trail maintenance, parade riding, equine health clinics, cookouts, dances, equine games and fundraisers. Community service projects include visitations to rehab and convalescent facilities. Special visits with “pony” rides have raised needed funds for local hospices and food pantries.
Anyone can become a member. You don’t have to own or lease a horse. Bring your writing, accounting, marketing, legal, public service or trailer-driving skills. Non-mounted volunteers are much appreciated for their help.
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Experience the breathtaking beaches, canyons, and deserts of Egypt from the back of an Arabian horse. Retrace Moses' steps to Mt. Sinai, relax on the yoga/riding retreat, or gallop along the coastline with Sharm Equestrian. Whether you're a novice or experienced rider, the team's professionalism and hospitality will make you feel like royalty.
Sharm Equestrian is located in Sharm El Sheikh, on the edge of the Sinai desert. It is easily accessible from flights into Sharm El Sheikh. The facilities are near to Nabq National Park, away from all the tourist areas and surrounded by nature as far as the eye can see.
The multi-day trail rides are a real adventure for the experienced rider whereas the day trips offer a more relaxed, easy-going holiday.
Nabq National Park – Beach and Sea Trail: 8 days / 7 nights. 5 days of fantastic beach riding, including 2 half days of great desert and canyon exploring. Be welcomed into the homes of the Bedouin Tribes along your travels—enjoy fresh mint tea and spend time with ancient tribes. Each day is unique and includes steady canters along sandy deserts, as well as faster stretches along the shoreline. Swimming with horses is a must in the spring and summer months, too!
Horse Riding and Yoga: 6 days / 5 nights. Combine yoga with horseback riding in a natural and quiet setting. You will practice Yoga Nidra in the sunset and listen to the sound of the waves on the shore, riding the stunning beaches of Nabq National Park and dining together around the campfire watching the rising of the stars in the sky. You'll stay at a five-star luxury hotel that blends contemporary Tuscan architecture with warm Egyptian service, a perfect pool, and outstanding food.
In the Saddle for 10 Commandments: 8 nights (2 nights hotel & 6 nights camping). Ride Arabian Horses across the deserts of Egypt, retracing the historical steps of Moses to Mount Sinai. The terrain varies from deep sand on high dunes, to stony desert and the hard packed sand of dry oases. You may even meet Bedouin families living in traditional nomadic camps on your journey. Watch the sand turn from pink to deep orange as the sun sets, whilst eating delicious local dishes prepared over an open fire.
Day Rides: designed for all ages and all levels of experience, the day rides range from one hour to full day trips. Escape the city lights and head for the desert on the Bedouin Trail. Take a half or full day ride to the stunning mountains, deserts and sea trail of Nabq. Take a romantic private ride along the stunning beaches of Nabq National Park. You can even swim with horses in the sea and take riding lessons at Sharm Equestrian.
Typical trips have three horseback guides, a chef, and two to three 4×4 vehicles accompanying it. Emma, Guenda, and Gunun are the main guides.
Emma, the owner, is English and grew up in the New Forest. She rode as a child and then as a show jumper in her early 20s. A few years ago, she visited Egypt with her horses and fell in love. She immediately opened Sharm Equestrian, and brings European standards and professionalism to the facilities.
Guenda, an Italian woman, is a guide and manages the stables. She has over 20 years experience with horses and competed in show jumping at a high level. She also brings years of experience with hospitality and the health care of horses. Ganun is the lead guide who is adored by guests for his humor and deep connection with the horses.
The horses are all Arabians and almost all stallions, although there are one or two geldings/mares. All are fit and familiar with the desert. Arabian horses are famed for both their beauty and endurance; they want to ride at all paces, and will be happy to gallop along the sea. The stable also has a full time trainer who has been training and teaching for 25 years. He is a very experienced horseman favoring gentle training often used by Monty Roberts.
In addition to horseback riding, you and your family can also spend some time diving, quad biking, relaxing on the beach, by the pool, or experiencing traditional Egyptian dancing, folklore, music and entertainment in the evening. The animation team guarantees endless fun and activities for children.
Stay in the Mediterranean style architecture and light airy rooms of Jaz Mirabel Club, a five-star resort. It faces Tiran Island with stunning seascape views set against the spectacular Sinai desert and its impressive mountain ranges.
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At Mystic Saddle Ranch, you'll enjoy 300 miles of trails that lead you through the glacial valleys, alpine meadows and snow-fed streams of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Choose from multiple types of rides that range anywhere from one hour to sixteen days. On overnight trips, you'll get to camp in the backcountry with majestic mountain views and crystal clear night skies.
With a Special Use Permit, Mystic Saddle Ranch is one of the few establishments that can offer trail rides into the Sawtooth Wilderness and the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Trips can be customized to suit your group's needs and desires. For example, Mystic Saddle Ranch offers hiking with packstock, basecamps, moving camps, fully catered, and drop camps trips to name a few.
The overnight pack trips take you on a tour of 5 lakes, a glacial canyon, and a wilderness camp at Toxaway Lake. You'll get to eat lunch near one of four sparkling lakes and waterfalls.
Mystic Saddle Ranch is the parent company of Redfish Lake Corrals and Galena Stage Stop Corrals, which offer 1 hour to all day trail rides.
Horses at Mystic Saddle Ranch are safe and sure footed. Safety is their number one priority and it shows in the quarter horses they have for guests. No matter your group size, everyone can expect to ride an easy going, well mannered, and well feed horse.
Mystic Saddle Ranch hires cowboys and cowgirls that love the outdoors, enjoy people, and are enthusiastic about trail riding. All guides are first aid and CPR trained, and have extensive training on all aspects of the operation.
Horse-drawn wagon rides on the winding roads of Senate Meadows are a staple at Mystic Saddle Ranch.
From basecamp, you can explore lake basin areas for fishing, swimming, hiking and enjoying. Fly fishing is particularly popular in nearby alpine lakes and the headwaters on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Hunting trips are also available.
Edna Lake Basecamp is located between two great lakes for fishing and at the trail junction for exploring other lake basins. Here, you'll have healthy western-style meals, campfire evenings, and great views.
The Toxaway Lake Basecamp adjoins a glacial meadow overlooking the lake and surrounded by towering mountains. The perennial snowfields feed small streams and waterfalls that cascade into the lake below. Comfortable chairs, restrooms, and the sounds of nature make for a relaxing atmosphere.
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Harden's Camp is a new campground in the Hoosier National Forest (May 2015). The owners also run Harden's Gaited Stables where they've been breeding and training Gaited Horses since 1990. You'll feel right at home in this wholesome family-friendly campground. With 15 sites, it's a perfect venue for riding clubs and large groups to host private event weekends (group discounts available).
The campground is located on the southern side of the Hoosier National Forest, just outside of Norman, IN on Hickory Grove Road.
Harden's Camp Tennessee INDIANA is at Hickory Ridge Trail 2 and immediate access to trails 1 & 6 leading to hundred miles of horse trails, all trails are well marked and maintained. You'll get to ride through dense woods, creeks, and historic sites during your stay.
In addition to trail riding, you can also explore the Hoosier National Forest by foot; there are plenty of hiking trails to choose from. Lake Monroe is also nearby, which offers fishing, canoeing, and plenty of other water activities.
The campground is for trailers and RVs. It has 15 rock pad parking sites that you can easily pull through (no need to back in or out). Each site has electric and water hookups as well as a fire ring. Until the new bath house is built, porta-potties are available. You can tie your horses to the high line or rent a panel stall during your stay.
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I'm currently located on the northwest side of Indianapolis, IN. I'm going on my last year of high school, so soon I'll be picking up and moving for college! For now, I can enjoy the never disappointing Indiana sunsets, endless cornfields, and horse barns around every corner. I've been very fortunate in the sense of traveling though, if you tell me about a place I can ride at, chances are I've heard of it!
When I was 7 years old I started riding horses for therapeutic reasons. Little did I know, I would be doing it for the rest of my life! The first real job I ever had was leading trail rides at a local facility. I fell in love with it, and from there I got my first horse, Camisado, a Kiger Mustang / Quarter horse cross. Trail riding has always been in me, as I am also an avid hiker. Soon I'll be back to my roots leading trail rides in the big south fork! There is something about being in the woods on a horse, it's a completely different feeling than being in an arena. I'm very fortunate to be in both worlds like that!
I love how it connects you to your horse. When you are exploring a new place, whether alone or with friends or even clients, you are completely relying on your horse. There's something to be said about flying up a steep hill not knowing if you'll make it all the way up, but your horse carries you on.
There's a strong community for me as a barrel racer, but there isn't a prominent one for trail riding. We Are Trail Riders is such a wholesome foundation, I had to be a part of it. And how 10% of proceeds go back to equine therapy, horse rescue, and park preservation is my favorite part about this community. My dream one day is to run a rehabilitation/rescue facility of my own, so being a part of this really meant a lot to me! Trail riding is one of the most therapeutic and beneficial things for a person, and even a horse. I'm so excited to be a part of this family!
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Explore the lush countryside of Kansas with Equine Adventure at Salt Creek Ranch. You'll get to ride through fields, woods, and creeks on their quality horses... or bring your own. At Salt Creek Ranch, beginners learn to be confident in the saddle and seasoned riders take "relaxing afternoon" to a new level. Stay for dinner, a campfire, and even overnight under the big starry sky. Enjoy the Flint Hills Nature Trail with experienced and patient guides at Salt Creek Ranch.
Located in central Osage County, Kansas, Salt Creek Ranch is within driving distance from Topeka, Emporia, Wichita and Kansas City. The Ranch has various types of terrain, ranging from planted hay fields to native prairie pastures to wooded trails with creek beds.
You'll be able to relax on a slow, peaceful horseback ride while enjoying the plentiful native plant life. You can even follow the deer and blue heron tracks along the creek beds. For safety, everyone receives basic horsemanship instruction prior to the ride.
Beginner: 2 hour ride for beginners on the Flint Hills Nature Trail. The final half hour will be spent visiting an 1870s cemetery on the Salt Creek Ranch property.
Intermediate: 2 hour ride for more experienced riders to explore the Flint Hills Nature Trail. Enjoy beautiful scenery, a multitude of wildlife, wildflowers in season, and long horned cattle when the herd is home.
Carol Retzer and her husband, Rick Antisdel, own and operate the Ranch. Both offer years of horsemanship experience. Since 1991, Carol has taken trips to the Santa Fe Trail and completed 80 to 260 mile rides each time. She and Rick even organized large rides, leading 20-80 trail riders across the Kansas landscape.
The Ranch has le==e ranch-raised registered American Quarter Horses and two Haflinger ponies. Carol and Rick treat their horses as family, training them with sound horsemanship practices to ensure safe and fun riding experiences.
You can add an evening campfire dinner to any ride. You can also take Horsemanship lessons from a certified Level 1 Centered Riding instructor at the Ranch.
The Salt Creek Ranch Horse Motel offers traveling horsemen a safe, well designed overnight layover facility. Amenities include spacious indoor and outdoor arenas and corrals for your horses; campsites with water and electricity for your trailer; and a covered pavilion.
You can also enjoy quiet, rustic, and comfortable lodging in the B & I Bunkhouse. The Bunkhouse has two climate controlled guest rooms, large bath with laundry facility, and a beautiful view of native pastures and horse corrals. Birds provide sweet music and the sunsets are gorgeous! Fall visitors can enjoy the evening by the campfire with friends.
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Explore the majestic Swan Valley, Bob Marshall Wilderness, and Glacier National Park with the largest outfitter in the west. This outfitter specializes in a variety of Montana adventures, such as horseback riding, fishing, llama treks, wagon rides, snowmobiling and guided hunts.
Swan Mountain Outfitters operates in several locations throughout northwest Montana. Often referred to as “glacier country,” this area is very mountainous and densely forested with no sagebrush. Due to the high concentration of protected wilderness areas, deer are among the most commonly spotted wildlife but elk, moose, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, wolves, grizzly and black bears are also frequently seen.
Swan Valley: the Base Camp/Swan Valley Corral is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains between the Swan Mountain Range and the Mission Mountain Range forming the western edge of the Continental Divide.
Flathead National Forest: both Base Camp and the West Glacier Corral are located on Flathead National Forest, which is home to Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River, among other treasures.
Bob Marshall Wilderness: the Upper Camp is at the western edge of the Bob Marshall Wilderness, an alpine wilderness of 1.5 million acres encompassing areas within the Flathead National Forest, the Lewis and Clark National Forest, Lolo National Forest and the Helena National Forest.
Glacier National Park: the Apgar, Lake McDonald and Many Glacier Corrals are located within Glacier National Park. With its jutting mountains, twisting valleys, cascading waterfalls, thick forests and more than 200 lakes covering some 1.2 million acres, Glacier is one of the most popular attractions in northwest Montana.
Swan Mountain Outfitters offers everything from a two hour trail ride to an overnight trek, depending on the location you choose to ride out of. Their trail riding system consists of over 50 miles of well maintained trails, many of which are in the high country. Short duration rides in Glacier National Park are perfect for beginners whereas longer duration/backcountry rides allow experienced riders to enjoy challenging terrain, breathtaking scenery, and views which are simply awe-inspiring.
Pack Trips: three to six day wilderness pack trips into the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Summer pack trips combine luxury camping with wilderness and wildlife viewing.
Hunting Trips: a variety of guided hunting trips for archery and rifle hunters alike, including traditional deer and elk horseback hunts in the backcountry and in the front range of the Swan Mountains in outfitter camps.
The staff is composed of seasoned experts who have decades of experience in guiding, outfitting, equine and outdoorsmanship.
At the beginning of your adventure, you will receive a safety briefing in the basics of horsemanship from your guide. Your safety and well being are a primary concern, so instruction will not only cover riding skills, but also specific wilderness riding precautions.
Swan Mountain Outfitters utilizes over 225 head during peak operating season. The herd has a large variety of breeds including halflingers, registered Paint and Quarter Horses and half drafts. All animals are selected for their calm disposition and athleticism necessary for mountain trail riding.
In addition to the horses, about a quarter of the Swan Mountain Outfitters herd is composed of mules. Many of the mules are broke to both ride and pack, but are primarily used for packing. These incredible, sure footed animals are responsible for getting all the hay, food and equipment to the upper camp during the summer pack trips.
Whether you are a novice or experienced rider, your guide will match you with a horse that suits your skill level and personality.
Fly fishing: half and full day guided fly fishing float trips down Swan River. You can also book a fly fishing-focused pack trip in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, fly fishing lessons and clinics, and fly and spin cast daily fishing excursions throughout the Swan Valley.
Wagon Rides: you can go for horse drawn wagon rides and Beef N Buggy rides, which is a wagon ride and steak dinner combination. The horse drawn wagon rides are a great option for families with children that are too young to ride or other groups that are interested in getting out and seeing the sights, but are not capable or comfortable doing it on horseback.
Wilderness Guide School: 4-5 week outdoor guide course to become a big game hunting guide. Additional one week courses are offered for hunter and adventurer training, wrangler training, and packer training. Swan Mountain Outfitters offers additional certificates beyond your diploma in Bow Hunting Safety Education and Wilderness First Aid.
Llama Treks: strong and gentle, quiet and agile, llamas are the perfect companion for a backpacking trip into Montana’s Glacier Country. With their padded foot, cleanliness, calm nature and ability to browse on a variety of vegetation, llamas have no more impact in the high country than a deer. Whether you only have 2-hours or if you are planning a multi-day Trek, this is a great family activity for a summer vacation.
Snowmobiling: choose from a wide range of guided snowmobiling tours including two hour, half day and full day tours. You can also rent a top-of-the-line snowmobile that was selected for comfort and safety. The sleds are turned every two years, which means you’ll get the benefit of a brand new snowmobile with all the latest technology and features.
Belton Chalet, Historic Tamarack Lodge & Cabins, Great Northern Resort: stay at any one of these historic hotels or cabins and schedule a customized activity package, such as a two hour horseback ride at any Swan Mountain Outfitters stable, a half day (three to four hour) white water rafting trip, and a red bus tour of the Park, and top it off with a Swan Mountain Llama Trekking day trek.
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Beneath the tall Ponderosa pines, in the cool higher elevations of the Black Range Mountains of southwest New Mexico, the large herds of elk frequent the meadows, streams and lakes nearby. The mountains and canyons evoke the heritage of the American cowboy, and abound with relics of Native American societies who have gone before us.
The ranch is located on the Geronimo Trail, one of the Scenic Byways designated by the state of New Mexico. Black Mountain is in the Gila Wilderness, which was the first designated wilderness in the United States.
The Gila and the Aldo Leopold Wildernesses together comprise over 750,000 acres. That is over 1000 square miles of some of the most beautiful, unspoiled country in the world. Wildlife abounds, including Rocky Mountain elk, mule deer, bald eagles, blue jays, ravens, Mexican Gray wolves, mountain lions, and black bears.
You can ride as much or as little as you want. It really is unlimited horseback riding with millions of acres to discover and explore.
There's a small wrangler-to-guest ratio so someone will always be close to answer your questions, offer tips or just take your picture.
Their horses are very gentle and well-trained, allowing you to build confidence in your riding skills and enjoy the magnificent scenery. The horses are very responsive and well accustomed to covering the vastly different terrain you will experience while at the ranch.
Vacation packages include all meals, accommodations, horseback riding, hiking, activities and entertainment.
Accommodations are made up of four separate units in two cabins. Each cabin is cozy and comfortable with an inside sitting area, full private bath, covered porch and is heated with a propane fireplace. Enjoy coffee service, complimentary water bottles and fresh baked cookies.
While there are beds for 16, family reunions or groups with a lot of children can take advantage of the extra mattresses available.
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I love the idea of riding off into the sunset, which is one of the reasons I became a long rider and started the Nevada Discovery Ride project.
In 2013, my adopted mustang and I trekked nearly 500 miles across Nevada along backcountry trails—battling wild terrain, wild weather, and wild animals. My goal was to encourage wild horse adoption through a challenging long ride. Now the trail beckons once more... My mustang and I will set out on a three-month, 1,100 mile ride around Nevada in the fall of 2016—once again to promote wild horse adoption. I love sharing stories from the trail, teaching people about wild horses, and helping people plan their own long ride adventures.
I live in Reno, Nevada. We are flanked by the stunning Sierra Nevada mountains to the west and the Great Basin desert to the east. I am fortunate to have millions of acres of public land right outside my door for my horse and I to explore.
I started riding horses as a teenager. I rode for my college equestrian team, dabbled in show jumping and endurance riding, but ultimately found that what I really loved was just being on the trail!
It's the best way to get to know the land, to see wildlife, and to bond with your horse! When you're traveling at 3mph you see EVERYTHING!
Nevada has so much to offer trail riders! We have more public land than any other state, filled with mountains, lakes, deserts, ghost towns, and more. I love encouraging trail riders to get out and explore the state.
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Painted Bar Stables is a community-oriented riding facility that offers year-round guided trail rides as well as lessons, leasing, boarding and educational opportunities to facilitate lifelong relationships between people and horses. The stable has reliable horses that are safe and secure for riders of all ages and abilities. You'll get to ride through the rolling landscape of the Finger Lakes Region on beautiful trails ranging from simple to rugged terrain.
The stables is located near Watkins Glen, just of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate NY.
Each ride is carefully crafted through matchmaking of the horse and rider and selection of the perfect trail to give every individual the best experience possible.
Scenic Trail Ride: 1hour on Tug Hollow Trails. Suitable for all riders of all levels.
Satterly Hill Viewpoint: 2 Hour (6 miles) on Tug Hollow and Finger Lakes National Forest trails. Requires technical riding skills: rein control, trotting and cantering.
Mountain Hurrah: 3 Hours (8 miles) on Tug Hollow and Finger Lakes National Forest trails. Requires technical riding skills: rein control, trotting and cantering.
Advanced National Forest Day trip: 4½ Hours Riding + Lunch (15 miles). Strong Intermediate & advanced riders only. Each daytrip requires a 3 rider minimum. If a smaller group would like to ride, we can combine groups to reach the minimum requirement when possible.
Moonlight Trail Rides: Trail rides in the moonlight are great for riders looking for a romantic, once in a lifetime experience. These trail rides will be weather dependent (bright clear moon skies) and will be for adults only.
Community Trail Rides: Community trail rides are laid back rides for people who regularly support Painted Bar Stables. These rides do not include any tack up support, 101 instruction, or the fanfare of a guided trail ride. These are rides where riders are expected to know the trails, know their horse, and ride at their own speed independently (not just follow the leader). Community rides open to those who want to bring their own horse.
The main guide at the stables is the owner, Erika Eckstrom. Having trained and raised many of these horses, she knows each horse and how to match them to each rider in a way that only a mother would. The other guides at the stables includes Erika's partner, Dan, as well as the high caliber interns that Erika hires from around the globe to bring new ideas and perspectives to the stables.
As a breeder of American Paint Horses, a majority of the horses you will ride are paints. However with owning 25 horses, 2 ponies and a mule there is bound to be some variety. Various breeds include Tennessee Walking Horses, Kentucky Mountain Horse, Percherons, Quarter Horses, Appaloosas and Thoroughbreds.
Youth and Adult Camps, Lessons, Distance Riding Lessons and Clinics, Mounted Obstacle Training, Ring Jousting Tournaments.
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Enjoy trail riding with an expert in Natural Horsemanship. Katherine Barbarite offers practical instruction for communicating with your horse and negotiating obstacles on the trail. You'll learn how to decode your horse's behavior for better communication and a more enjoyable ride all around.
Whispering Hooves is located in Miller Place, Long Island, NY. However, Katherine travels the country for clinics, shows, and instruction. You can ride with Katherine at Whispering Hooves, or she can come to you.
Instructional Trail Rides: Learn to conquer random obstacles and develop trail etiquette while enjoying the trail.
Trail Ride Events: Develop trust and advanced communication skills that foster a better understanding of your horse's behavior. Refine your timing, balance, finesse, and feel as it applies to the trail.
Katherine Barbarite has over 30 years of experience with Natural Horsemanship—a method of educating the horse and rider without using brute force, but instead using a take-and-give format. She's studied and worked with legends, such as Frank Bell and Buck Brannaman. “Basically, I am an advocate for the horse and I keep the horse’s well-being first, that’s what I teach," says Katherine.
She is a Certified Horsemans Association Riding Instructor in English and Western and a Certified Horse Trainer. Katherine was a featured Clinician for the Horse World Expo, Northeast Equine Expo, as well as a demonstrator and featured judge at ACTHA events.
Since Katherine is an instructor, you have multiple options when it comes to horses. You can ride one of Whispering Hooves well trained trail horses, bring your own horse to learn together, or have Katherine work with your horse individually.
Natural Horsemanship clinics, workshops, and lessons are available year round (group and individual). Katherine teaches a straightforward set of exercises that aid in the development of a calm confident horse and rider. No matter the skill level or discipline, these steps remove fear and resistance, which elevates trust, communication, and bonding. Get expert feedback about how to communicate with your horse, prepare your horse for the trails, and be a better partner on the trail.
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Discover some of South Africa's last wilderness areas with Out in Africa's all-inclusive horseback safaris. A significant distance is covered on a daily basis through the African bush, where you will get to explore different habitats and encounter a wide array of animals along the way.
Safaris take place on a quiet and peaceful reserve in South Africa, surrounded by private game farms and rural villages. The land is open to Kruger National Park, where the Letaba River attracts herds of buffalo, elephant, and other big game. You can also extend your stay with a trip to the untouched beaches of Mozambique.
These areas are owned or about to be owned by rural African communities as part of a conservation act that makes African communities shared stakeholders. You will have the opportunity to spend a day in a village where you can get to know the local way of life and have a full African experience.
The Great Kruger Ride is a 6-day safari through Kruger National Park. Out in Africa will set up “fly camps” in remote areas of the reserve before your arrival. You will experience an adrenaline packed horseback safari up close to Africa’s animals and in tune with the untouched surrounding without compromising on comfort along the way.
Founder, Cecile von Auersperg, was born in Austria and grew up in Marbella, Spain. She completed her studies in London and Paris, and then worked at Christian Dior and Key 2 Luxury among other prestigious brands. Being the daughter of Prince Alfi Auersperg, who was a renowned hunter in Africa in the 70’s and 80’s, Cecile decided to follow her passion for horses and Africa. She completed her professional Field Guiding course in Kenya, and continues to promote conservation in all that she does.
All guides are FGASA qualified field guides with extensive experience in guiding on horseback in addition to theoretical and practical training. They will guide you safely through the natural environment, and accompany you throughout your stay.
Guides are charismatic and personable, which makes the trip a fantastic group experience—people come as guests and leave as friends. With a maximum capacity of 6 pax on a ride, expect your experience to be very personalized and adapted to your needs and desires.
Horses are predominantly Boerperd crosses, a home-grown breed that is well adapted to South African conditions. Riding is done in English tack. Please note that you will be riding in areas with big game, so you will need to be comfortable enough in the saddle to react quickly and ride at all paces if told to do so.
Bush and Beach Safari: add a 6 day extension to your trip with a private camping safari from Kruger National Park to Mozambique. Start your trip with a drive through the Kruger National Park and view big game from the comfort of the vehicle. The route will take you across the border post into Mozambique, where you will spend one night at a partnering camp in the Nature Preserve. A guide will take you on your last bush walk before continuing on to the Mozambique coast. You will have a few days to relax on the untouched beaches of Mozambique at a beautiful camp where it seems time has stood still—it's a great finish to an adventure-packed trip.
Out in Africa offer all-inclusive safaris. A driver will pick you up at the airport. Nights are spent in different locations in the bush, under canvas. When you're not on the trail, expect to enjoy delicious lunches, brunches, high tea, and candle lit dinners. The Out in Africa team will surprise you with a new highlight every day. You'll also have time to take in the exotic scenery, relax in hammocks, and share stories around the fire.
Out in Africa is looking for volunteers to work with the safari team. Since you will be trail riding with guests, you'll need to have a high standard of riding, ride regularly, and feel comfortable on new horses. Responsibilities include general horse care (e.g. tacking up and lunging) as well as assistance with the logistics, hospitality, and care for camp during safaris. You'll stay in pop up tents while on safari. Between safaris, you'll get to stay at a lodge with a private room/bathroom, plunge pool, and common area.
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Come explore the mountains and olive groves of Southern Spain with Cortijo Los Lobos. Many horses in the herd have been rescued and are trained to ride barefoot and bitless. You can ride at your leisure and customize your holiday to suit you. Whether you come to ride, or just enjoy the pool and surroundings, you will love meeting the friendly herd of horses and relaxing in this untouched corner of the Earth.
Set in the beautiful olive groves and pine clad National Park area of Andalucia, Southern Spain, Cortijo Los Lobos is just 40 minutes from Granada and Malaga airports. The breathtaking mountain views and spectacular rural location offer days of riding through open fields, cool shady pine forests, olive groves and streams.
Depending on the time of year, you can go on breakfast hacks, picnic hacks, hacks to a restaurant and even moonlit hacks. With so much surrounding countryside, you'll get to explore a different route every day. The duration of rides depends on your ability and the time of year.
Riding package: 2 hours per day for 5 days. You can distribute the 10 total hours however you wish across the week.
Weekend or midweek full board riding break: 10 hours of riding during a 3 night stay. Package includes board, meals, snacks and drinks, airport transfers, and use of all facilities.
1 week full board riding break: 14 hours of riding during a 7 night stay. Package includes board, meals, snacks and drinks, airport transfers, and use of all the facilities (including mountain bikes and heated pool).
June, owner and operator, has been riding for her entire life. She knows the countryside like the back of her hand and can show you or point you toward the best sights. She is gentle and kind with horses and riders alike. After a medical mishap with one of her horses nearly twelve years ago, she transitioned her herd to barefoot and bitless riding. If you're new to riding (in general or bitless), June will patiently show you the ropes and build up your confidence with a calm smile.
The Cortijo Los Lobos horses all live together as a family. Since many of the horses in the herd are rescue horses, June and Clive go above and beyond to give them a calm and stress-free life. The horses are trained with natural horsemanship techniques, go barefoot, and are ridden in bitless bridles. All are kind and sure footed, making it easy to find the right horse for you and your requirements.
Walking: stick to the trails or climb the steeper mountain paths in this hiking paradise. Expect to see wildflowers and even the more unusual wildlife: wild boar, Ibex (the wild mountain goat), eagles, Hoopoos, blue magpies, bee eaters and numerous other birds.
Mountain bikes: mountain bikes are available free of charge.
Skiing: go on an excursion to the Sierra Nevada ski resort with a personal guide to show you all the best runs. Equipment rentals and lessons can be arranged.
Painting and photography: bring your own equipment to capture the spectacular scenery all around.
Surfing: Tarifa, the popular surfing resort, is a 2 hour drive away with a clear sea and pure white sand.
Motorcycle trail riding: take scenic tours of the Andalucian countryside on motorcycles.
Spanish: learn Spanish on site with a native speaker.
The beautiful old family farmhouse consists of two tastefully and comfortably furnished self catering spanish cottages with a heated pool: El Establo & El Granero Viejo. Each sleeping up to 6 people (up to 4 adults, plus extra children) with private patios or courtyards. There is also a self-catered 1 bedroom apartment with twin or king size beds (plus 2 more beds for children if required).
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Located at one of the main trailheads in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Big Fork Campground is your gateway to some of the most beautiful trail riding in the Southeast. You'll have your choice of RV campsites, tent campsites, or camper rentals. The new state-of-the-art barn has 14x14 bedded stalls, wash racks, grass turnouts, and a 16' center aisle. The second barn has 12x12 stalls with 2-hour turnouts and a private tack room. Shavings are provided free of charge. With a trailhead at the campground, your adventure will start a few steps from your campsite!
Big Fork Campground is located at the entrance of the Mount Helen Trailhead at Park Road in the Big South Fork Recreation Area. From the trailhead, you can ride directly to Needles Eye, Laurel Overlook, White Oak Overlook, Jake's Hole, the O & W Bridge, Gun Rock, Double Arches and many more. The O & W Railroad bed, which runs alongside the White Oak River and is known as the jewel of the park, is a 30-minute ride from the trailhead. For the adventurous riders, you can even ride through Big South Fork into Kentucky's 708,000-acre Daniel Boone National Forest.
"Trail Rider" magazine named Big South Fork the "Horse riding capital of the southeast," with over 200 miles of trails that have overlooks, cliffs, bluffs, caves, and creek crossings to explore. The trails range from short, easy, day rides to long, challenging loops that take several days to complete. It's recommended that horses have shoes, as some areas can be rocky. Color maps will be provided.
Let locals who grew up here and know every inch of the park take you to the best overlooks and landmarks in the park. You'll get to hear great stories and learn about the history of the area as it's been passed down through the generations.
Big South Fork is also great for hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, mountain biking, and birding. The John Muir National Recreation Trail, a famous hiking trail that passes through the park, is very close the the campground. It is one of the top 5 most beautiful trails in Tennessee.
Big Fork Campground has RV campsites, tent campsites, and camper rentals. 12 sites accommodate large and medium RVs with electric and water hook-ups. No need to back into your spot; all RV sites are pull-through. Primitive sites have water nearby.
All sites have fire pits, as well as a covered gathering/eating area with a gas grill, coffee pot, etc.. The new bathrooms have private, spacious showers. WiFi coming soon!
The barn has a 16' center-aisle with eight 14 x 14 bedded stalls. There are two wash racks next to the barn with hot water inside.
You'll also find a newly completed mini-barn that has four 12x12 bedded stalls, private tack room, and hay storage. Sawdust included in both barns.
You can also rent a grass turnout paddock, corral panel pen, or picket line.
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Located near Spruce Creek Acres and Big South Fork, you'll have access to over 200 miles of some of the best horse trails in the U.S. At camp, the shaded sites with full hookups and free firewood will keep you comfortable throughout your stay. You can also rent a bunk room for a cabin experience! You and your horse will be happy with the clean barn stalls and paddock options. Perfect for a weekend getaway and riding club adventures!
Located in Jamestown, TN near the entrance of Spruce Creek Acres, an equestrian community, and the western side of the Big South Fork National Rivers and Recreation Area.
You will have direct trail access to Big South Fork, with over 200 miles of riding trails. You can also access 25 miles of horse trails throughout Spruce Creek Acres. Trails vary in difficulty and terrain. They are well marked and easy to find with provided trail maps.
Guides are available upon request.
Fishing is popular in the Big South Fork Cumberland River nearby.
The campground has 9 sites total with a clean shower house and a shared camper kitchen. 8 sites have water/sewer/electric hookups, and 1 site has water/electric hookups. Each site has a fire ring with free firewood. You can also rent a 4-sleeper bunk room.
The 12 stall barn will provide you with the luxuries of home. Each stall comes with a saddle rack, bridle hook, 2 bucket hooks, stall fans, hay rack and tie ring. Your stall will be comfortably bedded for your arrival. If you want to give your horse a little extra room to stroll or roll, you can reserve fenced, shaded paddocks as well.
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True West Campground was named the #1 5-Star campground in the USA by Consumer Reviews and Trail Rider Magazine. You'll get to explore the gorgeous mountains of Tennessee's Big South Fork by day and return to a spacious cabin, RV, or tent campsite by night. Your horse will feel at home in the large barn with attentive staff around the clock. Whether staying for a weekend or a season, you'll find plenty to do at and around this peaceful campground.
True West is located about an hour and a half northwest of Knoxville at the edge of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Big South Fork encompasses 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, and protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. You'll have miles of scenic rivers, streams, gorges, sandstone bluffs, overlooks and caves to explore in and around the area.
True West has easy access to park trails. Add to that a mix of private trails and you'll have access to over 200 miles of riding pleasure. The trails are mostly in the woods, along creeks and ridge lines. This makes for very pleasant conditions, even in summer. The trails are well marked and maintained, varying in both length and degree of difficulty. Some are short, easy day rides; others are strenuous loops that may take several days to complete.
As experts of the area, True West is happy to point you toward all the best trails. Guided trail rides can be arranged with advanced notice.
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is one of the most popular outdoor destinations in Tennessee with hiking, fishing, hunting, white water rafting, kayaking, and mountain biking. There are also ATV trails available nearby at Pickett Park. Check the campground schedule for seasonal activities and events.
Stay for a while in one of the 33 easy access, level RV and tent camping sites with water, 30-50 amp electric, and access to two shower houses with heat and A/C. Sewer hookups are available in 8 of the sites. A room, cabin, and camper are also available for rent. You'll even have Wifi in the main building.
You'll rest soundly knowing your horse is safe in the large clean barns, with 18' wide aisles. There are 67 bedded stalls available with 2 bucket hooks for your water and feed, a saddle rack, and a bridle hook. You can use the 2 large horse wash areas and a large 60' round pen whenever you please.
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Join The Cheshire Horse Council on September 26, 2015 for the Hooves Across America Ride, a national fundraiser for the National Hospice Foundation.
September 26, 2015. Based in Connecticut with national participation.
Horse groups in all 50 states are invited to ride to support the National Hospice Foundation. Other worthy causes will be supported by Hooves Across America in the future.
In 2014, Bob LaRosa, Cheshire Horse Council President, organized a ride to benefit a local hospice following the extraordinary care received by his brother, Victor, in his final days. The ride result surpassed its goals, inspiring the Council to think nationally. “Being able to extend our love of horses in a way that touches and benefits the community – that’s what we’re all about,” says La Rosa. “That is the soul of the Cheshire Horse Council.”
The National Hospice Foundation “envisions a world where everyone facing serious illness, death, and grief will experience the best that humankind can offer.” Donations to the National Hospice Foundation support educational resources created for the general public, covering topics such as care giving, home safety, advanced care planning (even providing free downloadable state specific advance care directives), grief and bereavement, as well as provide tools and training to their members who deliver hospice and palliative care at the bedside across the country. In addition, the Foundation supports work impacting and improving the care of children and Veterans, the development of global hospice partnerships, and makes possible experiences that help make a hospice patient’s last times with family and friends extra special.
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If your daughter or son loves horses and needs/wants to be around others who do as well—M.A.D. Riders Youth Trail Riding Association is the place for her/him to be! A National Association, M.A.D. Riders promotes character development through a variety of activities both on and off the trail with group and individual participation. A unique program was designed to enable each M.A.D. Rider with responsibility, honesty and loyalty. Providing them with a set of rules and code of conduct to follow, members earn points for season ending awards through group participation, riding and required community service.
M.A.D. Riders is a nationwide association, headquartered in Indiana.
Each member will have the support of a Trail Guide Group in their community. Trail Guides help mentor, plan activities, host group trail rides, plan group community service projects, and so much more. Trail ride locations are determined by the Trail Guide and members based upon the group's skill level.
Trail Guides offer mentoring to youth riders. While on the trail, Guides ensure everyone stays together, reiterate the rules of the trail, help riders control their horses, and show how to read trail maps/remember markers, etc.
M.A.D. Riders is open to ALL equines—horses, ponies, donkey, and mules. Breed registration is NOT required!
The Trail Guide groups determine what sort of activities to organize for the group. Past activities include bowling, skating, rock climbing, fishing, waterparks, etc.
All members provide their own transportation to/from trail rides, except when the Trail Guide is the rider's parent/grandparent.
M.A.D. Riders is open to ages 4-6 (Minis) and 7-17 (Youth). Girls & Boys are eligible for membership up to age 13, at which point boys must either be siblings of or be referred/sponsored by an active M.A.D. Rider member.
The Association is able to keep costs down for youth riders thanks to the generous support of sponsors. Sponsors' names/logos are recognized on all official documents, advertisements, and events.
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I am very grateful and excited to be the first ambassador for this community. It's been so much fun working on this project and having a chance to learn about so many amazing people and businesses all over the world. The passion that we all share for this lifestyle and the love between horses and riders is truly inspiring. Please say hello when you get the chance, you can also connect with me through Instagram and Facebook. I'm looking forward to meeting you and sharing our adventures!
I am incredibly lucky to live in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont and have many opportunities to ride at horse barns all over the state with no shortage of trails throughout the countryside.
My love affair with riding began at a young age. I was fortunate enough to ride at various stables, with endless acres of wooded trails on the properties. I remember the feeling of freedom, and experiencing the timeless connection between horse, rider and wilderness. Early on I realized that my childhood affection for horses and riding had grown into a life long passion.
The peacefulness that allows me to be present in the moment, while exploring the beautiful outdoors. I love riding wherever the trail takes me—through canopied forests and woods or a field by the river bed. There is no place I’d rather be than on the back of a horse.
I love the ever-growing We Are Trail Riders community. The network spans the globe, connecting us with the ideas and knowledge of like minded people. This community will help ensure that we are good stewards of the trails and will, by example, encourage future generations to become responsible riders.
I'm inspired that We Are Trail Riders is bring together equestrians and outdoor enthusiasts, enlisting a broader group to be the caretakers of the trail riding world we hope to preserve. I look forward to being a part of this amazing family and doing my part to help the community succeed and prosper in it's mission, so that we may all continue doing what we love—trail riding!
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Explore the Northwest on a half-day ride or bring your kids to experience safe hand-lead trail riding. Hooves and Boots offers guided trail rides through the woods to Lake Sawyer, near Black Diamond. You'll even get to ride into the water! All experience levels, ages, and sizes welcome.
The ride begins in Covington, WA and goes through Lake Sawyer Natural Area. The trail meanders through thick old growth trees with wildlife that makes for a peaceful serene atmosphere.
You will get to go on a guided ride to beautiful Lake Sawyer and back again. Each ride takes about 2-3 hours and can be done at your preferred speed.
The horses at Hooves and Boots are very happy; they are well trained and roam pastures regularly. Two gentle and sure-footed horses are available for rent. One is 14.3hh and the other is 16.3hh. Both are safe for beginners and have the strength and ability to carry any size rider.
Jenee Westberg, the owner/operator/guide, is dedicated to the care and happiness of her animals. She has 35 years of riding experience and has been an instructor of horse husbandry for 20 of those years.
Hooves and Boots is also a full service horse boarding ranch with horseback riding lessons, and monthly or daily horse leasing.
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I ride the trails like it's a full time job and consider it a personal challenge to find as many new routes and places as possible. I am planning my first long distance ride in 2016 and hope to compete at Tevis in 2018. I love meeting other riders who share the same spirit of adventure!
I'm located in the mountains of Northeastern Washington state, a half hour north of Spokane. The further north the more sparsely populated it gets and we have millions of acres of riding up here. From the Kettle Crest to Salmo Priest Wilderness and beyond! This area is well suited as a home base for travel to a lot of other beautiful riding areas like the Cascades, the Selkirks in North Idaho, and the Kaniksu National Forest in Montana.
Since I was young I've always loved hiking, horses, and being lost in the woods, but in my teens we moved to a large city. After I moved back to Washington, I met my husband and as a condition of accepting his marriage proposal I got my first mare: an older Morgan who knew a lot more than me. She taught me to love running through the woods and disappearing for hours at a time all over again.
By way of my trainer, I was introduced to the versatile American Saddlebred. Since then there has been no looking back. Each year we get more adventurous, and in 2015 we had our first ultralight pack in trip into the Pasayten Wilderness. Last year, I logged an amazing 2,440 miles on my ASB mares, and I'm excited to see how much further we go in 2016!
There is nothing quite as grounding as disappearing into the woods with your horse, whether solo or with good friends. Being present in the wild, exploring terrain, new trails, or bushwacking up over a mountain just to see what's on the other side may be the closest thing we have to heaven on earth. I love the feeling of partnership you have with your horse where they know what you are thinking before you ask and you operate as one being while you navigate technical terrain or gallop for miles on end.
So many other disciplines have a central place online where they can connect, but trail riding hasn't yet until We Are Trail Riders. I love talking shop about horses and trails and am a fountain of information about everywhere you can go in the Inland NW region. I hope to motivate people to get out of their comfort zone, into the saddle, and exploring all the new and wonderful places around them.
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The CM is one of the oldest dude ranches in the country. It's in an ideal location for exploring the wilderness, fishing in cold mountain lakes, or relaxing with family and friends. Guests of all ages have experienced the tremendous beauty and solitude of the Wind River Mountains, where the stunning terrain has seen very little human impact. On trail rides, you will get to traverse through creek bottoms, forests and meadows. Expect to see deer, elk, moose, antelope, snowshoe hares and picas on your adventure. Whether hanging out at the ranch, journeying out on a pack trip, or having your backpacking gear delivered to a remote site, you'll be met with incredible hospitality.
Located in Dubois, Wyoming, the CM is nestled a secluded valley in the Wind River Mountain Range. The ranch lands neighbor the Shoshone National Forest and Fitzpatrick Wilderness, which are only a short drive away from Yellowstone National Park and Jackson Hole.
Trail Rides are available twice a day every day except Sunday. The head wrangler divides riders into small, compatible groups to ensure a personalized experience. Depending on your skill level, you may trot and lope with your wrangler through majestic scenery. You can also participate in the weekly gymkhana, or join other guests for an early morning breakfast ride. If you're new to trail riding, introductory instructions can be provided.
Pack Trips can be booked in conjunction with or separately from traditional week-long dude ranch vacations. Base camp is at Union Lake, where Simpson and other glacier-fed lakes are just a short ride away.
Progressive Trips are also available, and enable you to go even further into the interior of the Fitzpatrick Wilderness. You can camp right next to Simpson Lake, or camp next to a different lake each night.
Experienced wranglers will accompany you on your ride and are happy to share with you the history and geography of the area.
Pack trips are led by an experienced guide and a cook who devote themselves to showing you the very finest and detailed areas of Wyoming.
The CM has an exceptional string of horses that are well adapted to mountain terrain. They are gentle and spirited, suitable for the beginner or the expert rider. You will be matched with a horse that suits your ability, and ride in a comfortable western saddle.
During the day you can also fish, hike, swim, picnic, get a massage, participate in activities, or relax with a book. Evenings can be spent at square dances or cookouts, playing softball, horseshoes, volleyball, ping pong, or card games. Each week there is a slide show by a local photographer, and an evening of cowboy poetry and music.
Charming log cabins and log homes are available for rent. The log cabins are spaced along the stream and around large, well-kept lawns. The larger log homes are situated slightly above the ranch.
If you are a hiker or backpacker who wishes to explore the area by foot, the CM will pack in and drop off your gear at locations of your choosing.
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Tucked in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Sleeping Indian Outfitters offers private horseback riding, hunting, and fishing trips through some of the most beautiful scenery Wyoming has to offer. You'll feel right at home with the delicious wholesome meals and generous wisdom of your guides.
Sleeping Indian Ranch is located in the Bridger-Teton National Forest near Bondurant, Wyoming. It's in an isolated mountain valley on the Hoback River about thirty minutes outside of Jackson Hole.
Sleeping Indian outfitters offers exclusive horseback trips off the beaten path. You and your party will get to go on a private ride tailored to suit your needs.
Garden Creek: a 2 hour horseback ride for all riding levels. Includes creek and river crossings, panoramic mountain views, and great potential for wildflowers and wildlife.
Shoal Creek half-day: a 3-4 hour horseback ride for all riding levels. Includes everything that the Garden Creek ride offers and more! Optional sack lunch.
Shoal Creek Ride & Fish: a full day horseback excursion over the river and through the woods to Shoal Creek where you can fish to your hearts content before making the trek home. Includes a yummy sack lunch and fishing gear if needed.
Shoal Falls Pack Trip: from two nights up to a full week, you can stay in the heart of the Gros Ventre mountains, just a few miles from the exquisite Shoal Falls. This ride includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as all the camping gear you will need (except sleeping bags and clothes).
Cliff Creek Falls Full Day: ride up the gorgeous Cliff Creek Canyon to the very remote Cliff Creek Falls. Sleeping Indian Outfitters is the only horseback riding outfit with the permits to offer trips here, so this is a very exclusive trip! Includes lunch at the falls and plenty of time to explore the area before heading back home.
Garden Creek Dinner Ride: an evening horseback ride that includes creek and river crossings and beautiful mountain vistas. Half-way through your ride, you'll pull off the trail for a steak supper in the mountains, surrounded by wildflowers and curious antelope.
Poker Ride: Every summer Sleeping Indian Outfitters hosts two horseback poker rides to get the community together for some fun and to help raise money for Kickin Cancer in Sublette County.
Sleeping Indian Outfitters is a small, family-owned operation. Paul and Sharon Crittenden started it thirty years ago as a lasting hunting outfit. Paul is now in the process of passing the reins to his son, Sam, who was born and raised on the ranch.
Sam guides the pack and hunting trips, sharing his second generation wisdom of the area with guests. Sam's wife, Alix, moved west from North Carolina in 2008. She and her pony Tuff guide most of the day rides. On the trail, the guides will encourage you to spread out and will help you learn how to ride your horse rather than just sit on it.
The family is completed by about 20 horses and mules.
Hunting: the number of hunters on each trip are limited to give you the personal experience you deserve, preserve the quality of the resident herds, and insure excellent hunting in the future. 7 day hunting trips are recommended, but Sleeping Indian Outfitters will accept reservations for any length of time.
Fishing: you can go on float trips on the Green and New Fork Rivers where the opportunity for catching trophy trout abounds. Take in the beautiful views of the Wind River mountains as your experienced guides take you to the best parts of this fishing wonderland.
Lodging is available in the hunting lodge, bunkhouse, or wall tents. You will begin each day with a hearty home cooked breakfast, and hot home cooked meal will be waiting for you when you get home at night. You'll be provided with a sack lunch for your day on the trail.
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