Horseback Riding

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.

Things to Remember When Horseback Riding

  • Many outfitters have a minimum age requirement for trail rides. Check with individual providers for rates and restrictions.
  • To help reduce trail damage, don’t cut switchbacks and ride single file.
  • Water horses downstream from campsites and in areas where the stream banks and water access are stable.
  • Pack out what you pack in and avoid sensitive areas where there may be historical, archeological and palentological artifacts.

Horseback Outfitters Near Custer:

Blue Bell Stables and Trail Rides

Location: In Custer State Park
Phone: 605-255-4772  or 1-888-875-0001
Saddle up and hit the trail for horseback adventure. Chose 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.

High Country Guest Ranch

Location: 12138 Ray Smith Drive, Hill City
Phone: (605) 574-9003
Trail rides run all summer with our world-class wranglers. Log vacation homes, cabins and RV sites await you in a serene mountain setting. Swimming pool, bicycle rentals; located 4 miles west of Hill City on Deerfield Road.


Hollingsworth Horses

Location: 25470 Stagg Road, Custer
Phone: 605-517-0860  605-574-0062

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.  We offer annual membership and we are open year-round.  Call or email for further details and reservations. 

Rockin R Rides

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.

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