7 of the Best Trail Rides in the U.S.

By Sarah Banks

Top Trail Rides

Many of us love trail riding no matter what kind of riding is our main focus. Our horses enjoy getting out of the arena and going on trail rides. Riding out on trails is also a big confidence builder for both our horses and ourselves. It brings us back to our roots of being out in nature and just letting the stresses of everyday go, enjoying the present moment.

There are tons of great trails but here are some of the best trail rides that you can go on in the United States.

1.   Bitterroot National Forest- Montana

Montana is a very large state in itself, having plenty of natural beauty to discover. This area can make for fun day trail rides or you can even plan an extended few weeks of constantly riding and camp out along with way. This forest has a variety of horseback riding trails from very easy to challenging, so this is perfect for all ages and skill levels of riders and horses. There are horse camping areas that include space for hay and high tying your horses.


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2.   Pisgah National Forest- North Carolina

North Carolina has some beautiful rugged terrain, including the Pisgah District. This area is often referred to as the “land of the waterfalls,” and has great views everywhere you look. There are plenty of trail miles to explore, with sceneries from high up on the top of the mountains to the forests below. There is a camping area where you can park your trailers and set up corrals or high tie your horses.


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3.   Zion National Park- Utah

Zion National Park in Utah has some great riding trails for horseback riders. You have to enter into the park and pay the entrance fee, which is only $25. There are spots for trailer parking, but look into where this and what trails you want to do before you head out. Some trails are very steep and arduous, while others are easy and less strenuous, staying in the lower valleys. There are some trails where you can ride along rivers and creeks. There are also some areas where you cannot ride your horse at all, so be sure to pay attention to signs so you don’t end up in a dangerous situation.


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4.   Rocky Mountain National Park- Colorado

Colorado has many horse trails but theThe Rocky Mountain National Park has had horse trails since 1915. This area has spots just for horses where you can undertake a lengthy pack ride over several nights or even a few weeks. The park also has two stables for public use when you visit the park to ride on the 260 trails that are open to horseback riders, making it perfect for multiple riding trips.



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5.   Alaska Basin to Buck Mountain Pass- Wyoming

This trail has very high elevation so should only be ridden in the warmest months of the year, otherwise you may run into snow and ice. Always be conscious about your and your horse’s safety before riding out on any trail. Be sure to wear warm clothes and bring some extra just in case, even if it is warm out when you start. The higher elevation makes the temperature drop fast.

This ride is about 20 miles so it makes for a great day ride. You can take one of the split trails for other rides that also have great views. Along this certain trail you will see waterfalls, amazing lakes, forests, and large granite rocks that are very colorful. These rocks can be slippery so be careful when riding up them, especially if your horse wears shoes.



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6.   Cascade Mountain Range- Washington

Washington is full of gorgeous scenery and big mountain ranges. The cascade mountain range is very close to Mount Rainer so you will see great views that will take your breath away. There are many miles of trails for you to explore over a variety of terrain. One of the main trails is the Pacific Crest Trail which starts in Mexico and goes all the way to Canada, over 2600 miles long. 15 miles of this trail happens to be in the Cascade Mountain Range that you can easily explore.


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7.   Acadia National Park- Maine

This beautiful park has over 45 miles of old carriage roads that horseback riders can explore, perfect for any level of horse or rider. You can even hook up your horses to a carriage they have that training, and take a ride back into time while looking at the natural beauty that has not changed in hundreds if not thousands of years.



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Great Horseback Riding Trails

There are many more great trails for horseback riders all around the country, but here are a few to add to your bucket list now. Any of these places can make a great weekend escape, or a week long vacation with your horses. Look out for more great trail rides in the future!

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