Montana December 21, 2016
7 Places In Montana Perfect For Winter Horseback Riding
The weather outside may be frightful, but in Montana, that doesn’t mean much. We love winter in the Treasure State, and for horseback riders, any mild winter day brings more opportunities to ride. Not every trail in the state is equipped to handle both the snow and your horses, but if you can make it to one of seven eight spots this winter, you’ll enjoy a beautiful adventure.
1. West Boulder Meadows, McLeod
This 8 mile trail is open all year (when you can brave the elements) and offers beautiful river views and terrain that's easy for horses to cover. The trails at West Boulder Meadows are well marked and easy to find.
2. Whitefish Trail, Whitefish Lake State Park
You'll find everything from dogs to bicyclists and horseback riders on this easy 18 mile trail located near Whitefish Lake. It's ranked as easy, meaning horses won't have a tough time with it.
3. Boiling River Trail, Gardiner
When the weather permits, the boiling river access is open all year. You can take your horses for a nice 1.3 mile ride before taking a dip in the river... but remember to bring plenty of warm clothes to wear home.
4. Great Northern Historical Trail, Flathead Valley
Saddle up and ride 22 miles between the town of Somers and the mountain valley community of Kila. This trail follows part of the route of the old Great Northern Railway and offers views of the Flathead Valley, several mountain ranges and Glacier National Park.
5. Missouri Headwaters State Park, Three Forks
The Headwaters Trail System is a paved network of trails, parts of which run along the former Milwaukee Railroad corridor through Three Forks from Missouri Headwaters State Park. The trails are scenic and easy to navigate.
6. The Ranch at Rock Creek, Philipsburg
If you don't have your own horses, you can book a getaway at the Ranch at Rock Creek and borrow theirs. The ranch offers wide open skies, snow-capped mountains and the perfect paths for a ride.
7. Phipps Park, Billings
Phipps Park is located on the southwest side of Molt Road on the west end of Billings. The natural park area includes quite a few trails great for horseback riding that have views of the Yellowstone River and the city.
Do you know of any other spots in Montana for winter horseback riding? Share below.