Horseback riding in Missoula is one way to do some backcountry exploring. Just you and your horse surrounded by natural wonders. If you would prefer to go with a guide, there are outfitters available to put together the perfect pack trip for you.
Those seeking their own adventures on horseback can find trails to ride in the Rattlesnake Recreation Area on the north end of town or up in the Blue Mountain Recreation Area at the south end. The Rattlesnake offers scenic wilderness trails less than 5 miles from Missoula, complete with the crystal-clear Rattlesnake Creek and towering trees that come alive with color every fall. If you venture south to Blue Mountain Recreation Area you will be rewarded with sweeping views of the Missoula Valley, as well as the Sapphire and Rattlesnake Mountains rising in the distance. Mountain bikers, hikers, dog owners and horseback riders alike enjoy Blue Mountain, yet crowds never seem to be an issue when you have 4,900 acres and 41 miles of system trails open for exploration.
Whether you’re a beginner looking to try horseback riding for the first time, or a seasoned rider hoping to explore the region by your favorite means of transportation during your visit, Missoula has you covered. Nearby guest ranches like Dunrovin Ranch combine their knowledge of Western Montana with their passion for the natural world and animals to offer an unforgettable experience. Trust us, crossing the Bitterroot River and gazing over the Rattlesnake Wilderness on horseback makes for a vacation you won't soon forget.