Horseback Riding

Explore Wyoming on Horseback

There are certain destinations that seem to be made for horseback riding. One such place: Wyoming. Setting out on horseback among the state's millions of acres of public lands is an ideal way to feel the authentic western spirit that lives on in Wyoming. With a variety of options for riding—whether you bring your own horse or take a guided trail ride at one of our workingtraditional or dude resort ranches—Wyoming options are as endless as our big blue sky. 

Cowboy Up on a Trail Ride, at a Guest Ranch or on a Pack Trip 

If you're looking to experience the cowboy way of life as part of a larger trip, there are numerous ways to explore this slice of Wyoming life in the heart of the Cowboy State. Home to a variety of diverse destinations that include the wild Wind River Range, the stunning geological features of Yellowstone National Park, the wildflower-filled Bighorn Mountains and the high plains of eastern Wyoming, you're sure to find a variety of horseback riding options, ranging from beginning trails to mountain riding in some of the state's most epic landscapes.

Many of Wyoming's outfitters, guest ranches and concessioners offer a variety of riding options, including one-hour, two-hour, half-day and full-day rides, as well overnight and multi-day pack trips. Plus, there are special packages that help combine the best an area has to offer, such as river rafting in the morning combined with an afternoon trail ride, a fall hunting trip or a scenic photography ride on horseback. If you're looking to soak up the cowboy culture in the "Cowboy State," plan to book a stay at one of our guest ranches where you'll be able to participate in authentic western activities, like roping, team penning, saddling a horse and even setting out on a cattle drive. 

For a full list of outfitters and guides in Wyoming, visit the Wyoming Outfitter & Guides Association. To learn more about guest ranches in Wyoming, visit the Wyoming Dude Ranchers' Association. (You can also see full listings at the bottom of this page.)

Take a Ride on Wyoming's Public Lands 

Among Wyoming's nearly 98,000 square miles, visitors and residents alike will find abundant public lands. More than half of Wyoming is public, which means there are plentiful opportunities to explore our wide-open spaces, epic landscapes and incredible vistas on horseback. While public lands include Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service (NPS), State Trust Lands, U.S.F.S., Wyoming Game & Fish and Wyoming State Parks, each agency has slightly different rules, regulations and permitting for recreating. To help make it easy to explore Wyoming on horseback, we've compiled links to our federal and state partners below. 

BLM 

The BLM's 18 million acres of Wyoming landscapes include wildlife-watching opportunities, beautiful views and plenty of room to ride. There are also nine BLM trailheads, trails and destinations that are ideal for horseback riding: Bobcat Draw Badlands; Cottonwood Campground; Goldeneye Wildlife & Recreation Area; Green Mountain; the Middle Fork of the Powder River; Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, California & Pony Express National Trails Corridor; Outlaw Cave Trail; Red Lake; and Scab Creek Trailhead Campground.

National Park Service 

Wyoming is home to two national parksGrand Teton and Yellowstone—as well as numerous national recreation areas. In Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, you can bring your own horses to explore the area's 120,000 acres. Stock use is permitted in Grand Teton National Park and visitors can also take guided horseback rides at the Headwaters Lodge at Flagg Ranch, Grand Teton Lodge Company and Lost Creek Ranch. In Yellowstone National Park, the country's first national park, guided trips are offered by permitted stock outfitters. You can see the full list of outfitters here. In addition, you can take a private trip into Yellowstone with your own stock

U.S.F. S. 

Wyoming is home to numerous national forests that are perfect for horseback riding. While many outfitters offer guided trail rides on U.S.F.S. lands, private riders can venture onto the state's eight national forests, including Ashley National Forest, Bighorn National ForestBlack Hills National Forest, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Caribou-Targhee National ForestMedicine Bow-Routt National Forest & Thunder Basin Grassland, Shoshone National Forest and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Wyoming State Parks 

Six state parks in Wyoming—including Curt Gowdy, Edness K. Wilkins, Guernsey, Keyhole, Medicine Lodge Archeologiaal Site and Seminoe—offer amenities for horseback riding, with some having public horse corrals, fenced pasture areas and equestrian-only loops.  

Horse-Boarding Facilities 

If you're planning on bringing your own horse to Wyoming, we look forward to welcoming you to our endless landscapes as you explore the state. To help make it easier for you and your horse, we've rounded up a list of horse-boarding facilities. You can access the list here

Need additional help planning your horse-loving trip to Wyoming? Order a free Wyoming travel guide here

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