Guided Horseback Riding Tour: Venture into the Montana wilderness on a horse. We offer two trips. A fantastic 85 minute or 2 hour private guided trip horseback riding just outside of Missoula! Our rides are capped at 2 to 7 people at a time, most often with your own private wrangler/guide-we try not to combine groups unless you are a single rider. You’ll explore trails surrounded by ponderosa pines, and venture into Missoula’s backyard. Our provided equipment will make your ride as comfortable as can be. So saddle-up and take an authentic trek into the Montana wilderness on a gorgeous forest trail, the way it was done for many years just 30 minutes west of Missoula near Alberton. Join us for a great trail ride and the best in horseback riding Missoula! Call: 406-813-0595 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Trips offered April through August, weather permitting
Spring: April – May
Thursday and Saturday Evening Trips: 5:45pm
Summer: June – August
Weekday Trips: 5:45pm
Saturdays: 12pm and 2:15pm
*Email or call to see if we can accommodate another date or time for your group.
No Sunday trips so staff and horses can rest.
$95 Per Rider 85 Minute Ride, Spring – Summer
$145 Per Rider 2 Hour Ride, Summer Only
Since this trail ride is a private, custom guided ride, somewhat occasional riders to beginners and even once a year riders would enjoy whichever length of time your body and personal enjoyment allows
Time depends on how peppy the horses are that day and are guided out of the Alberton, MT area with a private guide who meets you at our location.
We take 2 to 7 riders at a time.
Weight limit is 230 lbs. and participants must be 8 years of age.
Riders must be physically able to ground mount a horse (step up from the ground into the saddle) and ride independently. Single riders only (No tandems with a child).
Helmets are optional if you are 18 years old or older.
Place a Reservation: Make a reservation request for a date and time. Enter in your information and payment. Our system will save it and we will check our availability and confirm it. At that time, you will receive a confirmation via email with a google map to the ranch in Alberton. We will also call prior to your trip to check in with you and answer any questions you may have about your trip. Please try to book 3 days out. This gives us time to plan. No cancellations within 72 hours of your trip due to guide planning/staff pay.
(Location is a 25 min. drive west on I-90 from downtown Missoula!)
Trip Details: Please wear closed toe shoes (preferably with a heal) and comfortable pants. Optional: Bring a hat to wear for the sun. Helmets are not optional for minors/children under age 18 years old. You may request to wear one if you wish. Our horses are loved and spoiled. Do not carry items (such as a purse) while riding, just yourself! The trip is located just outside of Alberton, MT and is on a secluded trail with beautiful views, a ride through an open meadow as well as through the forest canopy. Arrive 10-15 minutes before departure time. Please check your Email Confirmation for specific directions.
You will see the trailer parked at the ranch. Park next to it. Staff and horses arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time, just before your arrival.
What to Expect: Upon arriving at the ranch in Alberton, each rider will be introduced to their mount and learn some basic safety rules. We pre-match horses to riders depending on age, height, weight, and riding experience.
Guide will give all riders a quick lesson in steering their horses no matter their experience level. Both trips features a gradual uphill out and back trail at the edge of Lolo National Forest. Guests are often able to see wildlife. Trip is a loop.
We do not host afternoon trips so our horses may rest in the heat of the day.
Horses are not strung together. Participants ride independently in a line along the trail. Your guide will do a short orientation for you with your horse. The trail features gentle rolling slopes, great views, and a meander through Montana forest cover and meadow. We do offer custom rides which allow guests to trot and lope more once their riding level has been evaluated by our wrangler. We find that these rides are just about the right length of time to be on a horse when you are not used to it! Customers sometimes see elk, deer, moose, a variety of birds, and forest wildlife.
There is no outhouse/bathroom except the privacy offered by the local fauna and flora.
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*We will send you a google map and link to our location upon your approved and accepted booking!*
CANCELLATION POLICY: We require a two week notice for full refund cancellations. A 15% business charge will be deducted from deposit for cancellations under two weeks. No refunds for 48 hour cancellations or no shows. We reserve the right to cancel trips with full refund due to weather, horse or guide health, or insufficient guests. Same day reservation/cancel is subject to 5% credit card fee with holding. Large groups of 5 or more: No cancellations within 72 hours of your trip for staff planning on our end.
Tips: A 15% gratuity is added to groups 5 or more since two guides are required. Your very experienced guides will make every effort to see that your trip is enjoyable and successful. Gratuities for guides are greatly appreciated and at your discretion, as a gesture of thanks for their professionalism and service. Please pre-plan, as tips cannot be added to credit cards and there are no ATMs at the trailhead meeting point.
Place a Reservation: Make a reservation request for a date and time. Enter in your information and payment. Our system will save it and we will check our availability and confirm it. At that time, you will receive a confirmation via email. We will also call prior to your trip to answer any questions you may have about your trip. Please try to book 3 days out. This gives us time to plan!
Here is a copy of the waiver to sign ahead of time and bring with you or you may do so upon arrival. There is also an electronic waiver available during the booking process: