4 of the Best Places for Horseback Riding in Jackson Hole

Two men enjoying horseback riding in Jackson HoleOften referred to as the last of the Old West, Jackson Hole, Wyoming is the perfect place to experience true cowboy culture. Cowboys and horses played a vital role in the history of the area, and horseback riding continues to be a popular outdoor activity to this day. With trails that lead past looming mountain peaks, through dense forest, and over grassy meadows, guests will discover some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country – and it’s all just a short drive from the Bentwood Inn! No matter what your age or skill level, horseback riding in Jackson Hole will be an incredible adventure you’ll never forget. Here are some of our favorite places to saddle up.

Your Guide to Horseback Riding in Jackson Hole

1. Spring Creek Western Riding

Guests can enjoy guided horseback rides atop the East Gros Ventre Butte with Spring Creek Ranch. They offer one hour, two hour, and half-day trips, as well as a wonderful dinner horseback ride where you can enjoy a delicious meal in the corral area afterward. For a full day of fun, check out their Paddles & Saddles package where you’ll experience a gourmet lunch, a one-hour horseback ride, and your choice of an exhilarating whitewater rafting trip or a scenic float trip down the Snake River.

2. Mill Iron Ranch

Established in 1921, the historic Mill Iron Ranch is bordered on three sides by Bridger-Teton National Forest and features awesome trail rides from horses that are born and raised on the ranch. Climbing 2,000 vertical feet, guests can ride from the ranch into the Gros Ventre wilderness, to the Hoback/Granite area where you’ll see herds of elk and their babies, or into the Willow Creek area for a full day of riding and fishing.

3. A-OK Corral

Saddle up for an outdoor adventure with A-OK Corral! Perfect for equestrians of all skill levels, their one, two, or three-hour trips travel through the Gros Ventre wilderness with scenic views of the Teton Mountain Range and the famous Snake River. They also offer horseback trail rides out of the Willow Creek Trailhead, as well as half day and full-day rides with lunch. A-OK Corral is open from May 16th to Labor Day, and horseback trips are available Monday through Saturday.

4. Willow Creek Horseback Rides

Willow Creek Horseback Rides offers one hour, two hour, half day, and all-day horseback rides as well as horseback fishing trips and overnight trips. Their unique trail rides take place at an elevation of 8,000 feet in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, where guests will experience unparalleled views while winding through trees, brush, and wildflowers. Along the way, you’ll come across a variety of wildlife species including Rocky Mountain elk, mule deer, moose, red-tailed hawks, and even bald eagles.

Gallop Back to the Bentwood Inn

To prepare for horseback riding in Jackson Hole, guests should remember to bring long pants, closed-toe shoes or boots, a light jacket, sunscreen and bug spray, and, of course, a camera! After an incredible day in the mountains, come home to our Jackson Hole bed and breakfast where you can rest up in one of our gorgeous rooms or suites. Then, join us for a delicious bistro dinner or a casual western BBQ dinner and tell us all about your adventures. We can’t wait to hear about where the trails take you!

For more information on horseback riding in Jackson Hole and fun activities like Snake River whitewater rafting, request a copy of our free vacation guide.

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