Horseback Riding

Western settlers explored much of America on horseback. Today, many of our parks, forests, and wilderness areas can still be explored on the back of a horse for a unique natural adventure. Many Federal recreation areas offer trail riding as well as off-trail riding. Stables and guides may be available at some public land recreation areas. Licensing, fees and seasonal restrictions vary from site to site. For detailed information on a particular site, please contact that site directly.

Find Recreation Areas with Horseback Riding Activities

What do we mean by Horseback Riding?

RecML, the recreation standard that is being developed, describes Horseback Riding as:

horseback riding (general) and horseback riding on trails

Practice Good Stewardship of our Trails / Roadways/ Public Lands:

You can help to take good care of our trails, roadways, and public lands so that others may enjoy these areas for years to come by practicing some of the following actions

Don't Litter... take along a trash bag or other receptacle for collecting your trash so that you can deposit it in the proper trash receptacle.

Make sure that you ride on the designated trail, roadway, or public land in that area. Check with your destination ahead of time to make ensure that the area you plan to ride in is allowed.

Don't ride in areas where it is not permitted. These areas have been declared "off limits" to riders to protect wildlife, vegetation, or for your safety.

Safety While Horseback Riding:

  • Wear proper clothing and footwear, according to the terrain and season
  • Be courteous and remember that you are sharing the trail, roadway, or public land with other riders and recreationists
  • Do not ride on unauthorized trails, roadways, or public lands
  • Bring along extra safety items such as water, flashlights, maps, and a cellphone or radio
Photo-Horse Back Riding
photo courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management horseback riding in Idaho
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