Wyoming, Montana and Idaho are home to real working cowboys, who earn their living by ranching or wrangling. Many companies in the region offer the opportunity to ride.
Horseback Riding Near Yellowstone’s North Entrance
Explore northern Yellowstone with Horsetrack Outfitters based near Gardiner, Mont. Escape the crowds on a private horseback ride inside Yellowstone to see incredible scenery, watch wildlife or go fishing. They also offer hunting trips outside the national park in Bridger-Teton National Forest. For more information: (406) 946-1488, horsetrackoutfitters.com
Wild West Whitewater Rafting offers horseback riding with a partner ranch. The rides take place outside the park but near the Yellowstone border. You’ll be able to experience the ruggedness of Montana through an open valley shouldered by mountains and through a thick forest. For more information: (406)-848-2252, wildwestrafting.com/horse-rides
Flying Pig Rafting Co. partners with a stable that operates a short distance from Yellowstone’s North Entrance and features small groups, amazing scenery and real Montana cowboys leading the way. All rides depart from a private ranch that borders Yellowstone National Park, so while you will not be in Yellowstone, you’ll catch amazing views of the park. For more information: (406) 848-7510, www.flyingpigrafting.com/yellowstone-horseback-rides
Yellowstone National Park Lodges offers one and two-hour horseback riding in Yellowstone’s Cascade Canyon (not to be confused with the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone) and Roosevelt areas. For more information: www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com/adventure/wild-west-adventures/saddle-up/
Horseback Riding Near Yellowstone’s East Entrance
Ride for an hour or all day on a horseback trips in the spectacular mountains and valleys just east of Yellowstone with the Lodges of East Yellowstone, a collection of cabin resorts and guest ranches. Seven ranches offer horseback trail rides. For more information: yellowstone-lodging.com/recreation/horseback-riding-trail-rides/ Contact the individual ranches for availability.
Horseback Riding Near Yellowstone’s South Entrance and Grand Teton
Channel your inner cowboy with Wilderness Trails, Inc. based in Jackson Hole. Horseback ride for the day or ride to glamp in a fully equipped campsite in the Teton Wilderness or backcountry camp inside Yellowstone. For more information: (307) 733-5171, www.wildernesstrailsinc.com
South of Yellowstone, the Grand Teton Lodge Company, an authorized concessionaire of Grand Teton National Park, offers guided horseback rides inside the park. Breakfast, dinner and wagon rides are available. For more information: (307) 543-2811, www.gtlc.com/activities/horseback-riding