Daily horseback rides vary from an easy one-hour afternoon ride combined with a cowboy cookout dinner, to a full-day ride into the beautiful Yellowstone-area back country.
You can saddle up for a 2-hour trail ride with a choice of departure times throughout the day. Half-day horseback trips are available morning and afternoon and feature four hours of breathtaking scenery, deer and elk sightings included. And the full-day horseback ride is 6 to 8 hours of exploring the more remote areas of the Gallatin National Forest and Absaroka Wilderness in the Gardiner area.
The evening one hour Horseback Ride and Cowboy Steak Cookout is the ideal end to a day of sightseeing in northern Yellowstone. Enjoy mouthwatering grilled steaks and homemade cornbread with all the trimmings. This all-you-can-eat cowboy cookout begins at 7pm after a late afternoon trail ride at 6pm. A horseback ride, delicious western meal and a rest by the campfire while you enjoy entertainment and watch the kids roast marshmallows - the perfect end to another day in spectacular Northern Yellowstone.
Horseback Ride and Dinner : $87 Adults / $70 Children (7-12 years old)
Dinner Only: $47 Adults / $30 Children 12 & under
Horseback exploration of the Gardiner and north Yellowstone areas allows you access to the Montana backcountry and wilderness trails not accessible by car. This 6 to 8-hour guided ride (depending on weather and trail conditions) departs daily at 9am and is planned depending on where you and your group would like to ride and skill level. All riders must be 7 or older for this trip. A Cowboy saddlebag lunch and soft drinks/water are provided.
$195 per Rider (ages 7 and up)
Choose morning or afternoon to departure for an extended horseback adventure. Disappear with family and friends into the Gallatin National Forest with an expert Montana guide. You may spot herds of elk, deer and bison as you traverse Yellowstone back country. Riders of all skill levels are welcome, and your hosts will tailor your horseback experience to ensure your ride is enjoyable and fun.
$99 per Rider (Age 7 and older)
A spectacular two hour horseback ride fits into any vacation schedule. Hit the trail on one of four daily departures to make your Yellowstone adventure complete. Hell's A'Roarin' Ranch, above Jardine Montana, is only 1/2 mile from Yellowstone National Park's northern boundary. The ranch and stables are surrounded by the Galatin National Forest and a 2-hour horseback ride takes family and friends directly into the pristine Montana back-country.
$57 per Rider (age 7 and older)
If you don't see a horseback trip here that meets your needs, please contact us directly. We'll be happy to suggest horseback and park-related vacation activities that you'll enjoy.
Horseback riding groups are small, with no more than ten riders per guide. An ideal family activity and a good way to introduce first-time riders to horses and time in the saddle.
Our trail horses are truly the best trained and cared-for animals in the North Yellowstone area. Your horse will be selected to meet your level of riding experience, whether an experienced equestrian or a novice rider, you'll find that we're able to meet your needs.
To prepare for your horseback ride, remember the altitude at the Ranch is above 7,000 ft. The sun can be intense, even though the temperature is about 10 degrees cooler than in Gardiner. Here is a short list of things to bring or consider:
Long Pants - You will be in a saddle
Long Sleeved Shirt - Layer with a t-shirt for weather options
Boot or shoes with a short heel are best for keeping your feet in the stirups
Open toe shoes, sandals and flip flops provide little stirrup control and can cause injury/accidents
Drinks and snacks for the road and after the ride
Visit the Riding Tips page for more information, as well as some good "horse" sense from us cowboys at the ranch.
At an elevation above 7,000 ft, the Johnson Ranch sits below Bald Mountain, near Jardine Montana. The lodge and cabins are sited with expansive views of Yellowstone National Park in the south, and to the west the peaks and valleys of the Gallatin National Forest. Long time residents of the Jardine and Crevasse area, three generations of the Johnson family choose to live and work in beautiful southern Montana, sharing the world they love with guests and visitors.