Guided Horseback Riding Tour: Venture into the Montana wilderness on a horse. We offer a fantastic 80 minute trip horseback riding just outside of Missoula! Guided by a professional wrangler, you’ll explore trails surrounded by ponderosa pines, and venture into Missoula’s backyard. Our equipment will make your ride as comfortable as can be. So saddle-up and take a trek into the Montana wilderness on a gorgeous national forest road, the way it was done for many years just 30 minutes outside town. Join us for a great trail ride and the best in horseback riding Missoula! Call: 406-813-0595
Season: April through November, weather permitting
We offer two departure times:
Spring April – May: 12:15pm (Noon arrival) Saturday and Sundays
Inquire via phone request if weekday noon trip is available!
Summer June – September: 6:15pm (6pm arrival) Sunday through Thursday
Fall October: 12:30pm (12:15pm arrival) Sunday – Friday
$72 Per Rider
Trips usually last 80 minutes (60-90 minutes). Time depends on how peppy the horses are that day and are guided on Forest Road #5468.
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 able to ground mount a horse (step up from the ground into the saddle).
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. 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. No cancellations within 72 hours of your trip due to guide planning/staff pay.
All Trips are $72.00 (Location is a 35 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 Frenchtown and begins at Houle Creek trailhead and is on a secluded trail with beautiful views of the Missoula valley. Arrive 10-15 minutes before departure time.
Directions: Directions from Missoula (I-90)
There is a google map in your trip confirmation email. You may also use the following directions or map below!
Drive west towards Frenchtown for 15 minutes and take Exit 89.
Make a right off the ramp and a left onto Frontage Road, heading west.
In about 3.3 miles make a right on Houle Road.
You will travel up over a hill, continue straight on this ranch/gravel road.
Houle will T with Twin Lakes Road. (Trailhead is 2 miles from here)
Continue on Houle, taking a left at the T.
Continue on Houle for 1.5 miles winding up into the national forest.
Stay on the main Houle road, going over a caddle guard and past the shooting notice sign.
After the motor vehicle sign, Houle road will veer right going east, stay on it #5468
You will see the trailer parked at the trailhead. Park next to it. Staff and horses will be waiting.
What to Expect: Upon arriving at the trailhead, each rider will be introduced to their mount and learn some basic safety rules. We pre-match horses to riders depending height, weight, and riding experience, and will give all riders a quick lesson in steering their horses. Our 80 minute trip features a gradual uphill out and back trail at the edge of Lolo National Forest. We feature beautiful views of the Frenchtown Valley and our guests are often able to see the “M” above Missoula on clear days. Our turnaround location features a small meadow which is perfect for group photos taken by your trail guide.
We do not host afternoon trips so our horses may rest in the heat of the day.
The trip will take an hour to an hour and a half. Horses are not strung together. Riders 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. We find that 80-90 minutes is 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 flora.
Do you know you are going rafting and horseback riding? Book our Raft and Ride Package to save 5% on each booking! (A family of 3 saves $20)
*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. We reserve the right to cancel trips with full refund due to weather, horse 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: Your 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 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: