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
Website: www.CusterResorts.com
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.

Hollingsworth Horses

Location: 25470 Stagg Road, Custer
Phone: 605-517-0860
Website: www.hollingsworthhorses.com
Email: hollingsworth.horses@gmail.com

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. 

Rockin R Rides

Location: Heritage Village/Custer, SD
Phone: 605-673-2999  520-349-6078
Website: www.rockingrtrailrides.com
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.

Sage Meadow Ranch

Location: 26840 Iron Shoe Trail, Hot Springs, SD 
Phone: 605-745-4866
Website: www.sagemeadowranchllc.com
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. 

The Stables at Palmer Gulch

Location: 12620 Hwy 244, Hill City, SD
Phone: 605-574-3412
Website: www.ridesouthdakota.com
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!

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