Rugged terrain, maintained trails and miles and miles of open spaces make Custer and the Black Hills a great place to ride a horse. Close to town and throughout the hills you’ll find a variety of stables and outfitters who provide services from guided trail rides to overnight camping excursions.
The Black Hills National Forest is a favorite among horseback riding enthusiasts. Nearly all of the Forest Service roads and trails are open to horses. Two Forest Service horse camps (one just east of Custer) are great places to start your horseback adventure. The South Dakota State Game, Fish and Parks department also operate horse camps on the Mickelson Trail and in Custer State Park.
If you want a true Western adventure, consider staying at one of the working ranches in the Custer and Black Hills area.
Location: In Custer State Park
Phone: 605-255-4772 or 1-888-875-0001
Saddle up and hit the trail for horseback adventure. Choose from 1-2 hour trails, half-day or all-day rides. Also, now offering trail rides with breakfast or lunch in Parker Canyon. Reservations recommended.
Our guided horseback riding lets you ride where you want on our increadibly scenic 122 acre ranch with large granite outcroppings, ponds, wildlife, pine trees and aspen trees. We also uniquely offer unguided riding for advanced riders that can give subtle directional cues to a horse due to many hours of riding horses. Our ranch borders the Mickelson Trail on one side and the Black Hills National Forest on three sides which are available for unguided rides. Frequent riding with us builds generous rate reductions. We are open all year. Call or email for further details and reservations.
Location: Heritage Village/Custer, SD
Phone: 605-673-2999 520-349-6078
Capture the spirit of the Old West with horseback adventures. Specializing in small groups with friendly, knowledgeable guides and a variety of rides ranging from 1 hour, 1½ hour, 2 hours and half-day.
Location: 26840 Iron Shoe Trail, Hot Springs, SD
Open year around!
Not your typical note to tail ride. Experience the beautiful southern hills by horseback. Situated on acres of rolling hills, pines and prairie near the historic Red Canyon. Sage Meadow Ranch offers private guided rides suitable for the beginner rider and trails to challenge the advanced rider.
Accepting small groups.
Advanced reservations required.
Location: 12620 Hwy 244, Hill City, SD
Are you look for things to do near Mt. Rushmore? Take a guided horseback trail ride!
For over 50 years The Stables at Palmer Gulch has provided horseback riding into the most beautiful places in the Black hills National Forest. The Norbeck Wildlife Preserve and the Black Elk Wilderness Area provide spectacular scenery that no other trail ride barn can match. Why ride anywhere else!