Horseback rides, summer pack trips, hunting, fishing, and photo trips can be found in Big Sky Country in Montana. Many sites are located near some of the finest outdoor recreation areas in the state. Grab hold of the reins. Watch the spectacular scenery play out before you. Meet a few new friends along the way and get some dust on your jeans. When it comes to ranches, not much has changed in Montana since the 1870s. Ranch hands still work the cattle under a big sky. And whether you choose a location that is a working ranch or included as part of a resort experience, there’ll always be a place at the table for you. That is, when you’re not taking in the pack trip, wagon train, campfire or rodeos.
You’re never too old to play cowboy in North Dakota- North Dakota has a number of exceptional areas to see from the saddle. Hit the trail, enjoy a ranch vacation – and don’t forget your hat!
Thinking equestrian? South Dakota’s varied terrain and scenic trails make it optimal for every type of horseback riding, from open prairies to rugged, winding trails. South Dakota’s Black Hills National Forest area provides riding for even the least experienced, with horseback riding lessons and trained horses. You can also gallop to breathtaking views of Badlands National Park or Newton Hills, near Canton . Several parks and recreation areas across the state have designated trails for horseback riding, including Custer State Park, Badlands National Park, Lewis and Clark Recreation Area and Bear Butte State Park.
Dude! Wyoming ranches offer riding for all levels. It’s the ideal way to capture the authentic Western spirit that is still alive and thriving in Wyoming. In every region of the state there are ranches offering family-friendly expeditions that will create lifelong memories with the click-clack soundtrack of horseshoes on the rugged trail. Horseback riding here can go so far beyond the basic trail ride, although there are plenty of those, too. From one-hour out-and-back trips to overnight pack excursions, local outfitters offer a range of options for every type of visitor. On a dude ranch you can find a few more only-in-Wyoming horseback adventures. Join genuine cowboys and cowgirls on a cattle drive at a working cattle ranch. Learn some rodeo and roping techniques to use on the ranch, too. Horseback riding, traditionally Western style, is the major activity at any type of guest ranch. The ranches provide instruction and horses for all levels and ages of riders. Depending upon the ranch, guests may also fish, canoe, raft a river, go on a guided hike, ride a bike, or take a wilderness pack trip.
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