Horseback riding is the most popular activity at the ranch, and for good reason – not only is it the quintessential form of Western recreation, but with over 17,000 acres of rugged and varied terrain to explore, there’s always something new to see; with a crew of good-natured and fun-loving wranglers, there’s always something exciting in store; and with a large herd of healthy and happy horses, we’re confident that your new four-legged best friend is here just waiting for the chance to meet you.
Daily rides: Trail rides are offered twice daily, lasting anywhere from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours. Rides are grouped by ability level, and riders are always accompanied by a wrangler. Whether you are saddling up for the first time, or have ridden for many years, you’ll find a style of riding to suit you at Mountain Sky.
Arena instruction: Guests wishing to hone their skills off the trail can do so during an afternoon session in the confines of the arena.
Working with cattle: Choose between Team penning ,which offers guests the opportunity to work on cattle sorting with some friendly group competition, or our working ranch experience, which gives guests the opportunity to help our land and livestock manager down at our working hay and cattle operation. Both are 1/2 day activities offered once during your stay.
For our younger guests: Trail rides are for guests ages seven and older only, a policy developed for the safety of our young riders. Lead line rides are available during kids program morning and afternoon sessions, and offer a great opportunity for children to enjoy a riding experience. In addition, we offer daily arena instruction specifically for our six-year-old guests.
All day ride: Guests wishing for a full day in the saddle can opt for the “all day ride” during the spring and fall seasons, or the “lunch ride” during the summer. Offered once a week, guests enjoy a morning spent riding to a destination where they will enjoy lunch on the trail. After a brief rest, the journey back to the ranch begins!
Yellowstone ride: For an additional charge, guests 13 and older can ride their ranch horse in Yellowstone National Park. Our special permits allow us a limited number of opportunities during the summer and early fall, and much depends on trail conditions in the Park. We load horses and riders up for an hour drive into the Park, and the trails feature wide open meadows in the backcountry. This is a very long day in the saddle, and is recommended only for those comfortable on a horse. If you are interested in seeing wildlife and thermal features, we highly recommend the Yellowstone van tour, which runs reliably every week. Please check availability with our reservations team in advance of your stay.