Horseback Riding Yellowstone

On your last trip to Yellowstone, were you disappointed because all you saw was bumper-to-bumper traffic and road construction? Next time, ride a 4-legged ATV. See the true Yellowstone wilderness that the car-camping, RV-toting tourists completely miss by booking a trail ride with a National Park-licensed outfitter.


Adventures Outfitting

Tim Beardsley and Mike Myer of Adventures Outfitting’s specialty is summer pack trips into the Lee Metcalf Wilderness and Yellowstone National Park. They also offer day rides and fly-fishing in SW Montana, as well as guided hunting trips.  |  406-581-7056  | P.O.  Box 360, Ennis, MT  59729

Bear Paw Outfitters

Fourth-generation ranchers, Tim and Cindy Bowers operate one of the oldest outfitting ranch in the Paradise Valley south of Livingston and north of Yellowstone Park. Bear Paw Outfitters. In addition to day rides, they also offer multi-day pack trips into the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Slough Creek fly fishing trips in Yellowstone, and 5-day elk hunts from their base in the Paradise Valley. Twice a year they teach a Hunting Guide and Packer School.  |   406-222-6642  |  136 Deep Creek Rd., Livingston, MT  59047

Black Mountain Outfitters

Black Mountain Outfitters

During the summer, Scott and Sandy Sallee focus on day-trips into Yellowstone and the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness where you can stop and fish mountain lakes. They also offer an eight-mile ride to their deluxe tent camp in the Buffalo Fork Wilderness where you can spend three-to-five days riding and fishing while staying in tents with carpet, soft cots, a sauna and showers. Guided fall hunts include mountain goat, mountain lion, bear, mule deer, white-tail deer, elk and antelope. | 406-222-7455 | P.O. Box 117, Emigrant, MT  59027

Black Otter Guide Service

Black Otter Guide Service

Ruth Neal and Gary Francis guide four, seven and ten-day pack trips into four semi-permanent camps in the Absaroka area on the north border of Yellowstone National Park. Their rides include world-class fly-fishing opportunities as well as frequent sightings of moose and mountain goats. Guided fall hunts are all seven days long with one day packing in and one day packing out to a base camp.  |  406-333-4362  |  P.O. Box 68, Pray, MT  59065

Cache Creek Outfitters

Charlie Immenschuh, owner of Cache Creek Outfitters, specializes in day rides in the Gallatin National Forest, multi-day pack trips into Yellowstone National Park, and horseback fly-fishing trips into the rugged Spanish Peaks Wilderness. Charlie also guides fishermen on his home turf: the Gallatin, the Madison, and the Yellowstone rivers.  |  406-995-3888  |  1039 Bull Moose Rd, Gallatin Gateway, MT  59730

Covered Wagon Ranch

Covered Wagon Ranch is a true historic dude ranch. Kurt, Melissa, and their staff host up to 20 guests at a time in 10 vintage log cabins originally built in 1920. Guests are guided on trail rides in the surrounding national forest and Yellowstone Park which are custom-tailored for each small group of riders. Besides day trips, pack trips, and fishing, Covered Wagon Ranch also offers white-water rafting trips on the Gallatin River.  |  800-995-4237  |   34035 Gallatin Rd, Gallatin Gateway, MT  59730

Dry Ridge Outfitters LLC

Kevin and Deb Little take their guests on several regular tours in the Tetons’ Targhee National Forest and the southwest area of Yellowstone, but our favorite is their 5-day pack trip to the hot springs and falls in Yellowstone few Old Faithful tourists ever see. Soak in natural hot springs below Dunanda Falls, see Silver Scarf Falls, explore the hot springs around Buffalo Lake, soak in the Ferris Fork Pool, and ride along the Belcher and Fall Rivers.  |  208-351-1796  |    P.O. Box 419,  Tetonia, ID  83452

Elkhorn Ranch

The Elkhorn is a family-oriented dude ranch with endless opportunities for old and young alike. Nestled in a mountain-ringed valley, fifteen log cabins built in the 1930s and filled with rustic log furniture are the perfect setting for families to enjoy horseback riding, campfires, and trips to Yellowstone only a mile and a half away. The ranch also hosts a special ladies-only horseback and yoga week-long retreat.  |  406-995-4291  |   33133 Gallatin Rd, Gallatin Gateway, MT  59730

Rimrock Dude Ranch

Gary and Dede Fales run a busy dude ranch just 26 miles from the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Guests are assigned their own horse for the week to trail ride in the Shoshone National Forest and can attend rodeos every night in Cody. Rimrock also offers white-water rafting, fly-fishing, and winter snowmobile tours in the park. | 307-587-3970 |  2768 North Fork Hwy, Cody, WY  82414

Hell's A-Roarin' Outfitters

The summer schedule at Hell’s A-Roarin’ is hourly trail rides in the Gallatin National Forest every day in the summer, and custom pack trips based out of their backcountry camp in the Absaroka Wilderness on the north border of Yellowstone. | 406-848-7578 | 164 Crevice Rd, Gardiner, MT  590

Hidden Creek Outfitters

The Thorofare river drainage on the southeast side of Yellowstone is one of the most remote areas in the park which tourists never see. Hidden Creek Outfitters are one of very few who organize and supply pack trips into this wilderness. If you want a truly rustic trip into Yellowstone riding back into time, this is it. | 307-899-0505 | 23 Hidden Valley Rd, Cody, WY  82414 

Horsetrack Outfitters, LLC

Horsetrack offers day rides and pack or fishing trips in Yellowstone and they will meet you at the arranged trailhead with the horses ready to go. Their day rides are in the north part of the park and their guided fishing is mostly on the Lamar River. They are a great choice for someone who wants to ride while the rest of their group hits the tourist sites in the park. | 406-946-1488 |  P.O. Box 135, Pray, MT  59065

Jake's Horses

Jake Grimm guides trail rides all year long, so if you come during ski season, wear your ski clothes and don’t forget a warm hat and gloves. dress warm! Jake also leads pack trips of any length in Yellowstone National Park and the Lee Metcalf Wilderness as well as fishing trips into the Spanish Peaks and Taylor Hilgard Mountains. Jake’s hunting base camp in on Cougar Creek in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness and at Buck and Lizard Lakes in the Gallatin National Forest. | 406-995-4630 | 200 Beaver Creek Rd, Gallatin Gateway, MT  59730 

Lone Moutain Ranch

A full-service guest ranch, Lone Mountain has been around for 100 years and provides 27 log cabins for guests from around the world. Trail rides are in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, and the resort also hosts guided hiking, mountain biking, youth adventure, fly-fishing, and Yellowstone National Park tours. | 800-514-4644 | 750 Lone Mountain Ranch Rd, Big Sky, MT  59716

Mountain Sky Guest Ranch

A full-service luxury dude ranch, Mountain Sky hosts women’s only retreats, family packages, wellness courses, fly-fishing, cattle work, a challenge course, and a fall round-up which is frequently sold-out a year in advance. Accommodations are both rustic and modern. The guest ranch is especially noted for its fine dining. |  800-548-3392 |  P.O. Box 1219, Emigrant, MT  59027

Nine Quarter Circle Ranch

The Kelsey family has been breeding Appaloosas to use at their ranch since 1950. They offer several unique specialty weeks including a business retreat, family reunions, quilting workshops and children’s camp. The adults-only week became so popular they now offer it twice. The ranch also hosts square dances, softball, and gymkhana for the whole family. | 406-995-4276 | 5000 Taylor Fork Rd, Gallatin Gateway, MT  59730

Rand Creek Ranch, LLC

Joel and Krystal Baum operate Rand Creek guest ranch in the Wapiti Valley between Cody, WY, and Yellowstone National Park. There are seven cabins and they also offer horse boarding for ranch guests. The Baums have a complete schedule of day rides and pack trips into the park for riding and fishing as well as hunting trips in the Shoshone National Forest. | 307-587-3200 |  3080 North Fork Hwy, Wapiti, WY 82450 

Rocking HK Outfitters

Horseback riding is one of many activities to enjoy while staying at Chico Hot Springs Resort. Rocking HK is licensed to take people on day rides, carriage rides and multi-day pack trips in Yellowstone National Park. They also offer equine-facilited wellness sessions and pony rides for the little ones. There are also horse-drawn carriage rides in the winter along with their cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trips in the park. | 406-333-4933 |  163 Chico Rd, Pray, MT  59065

Sheep Mesa Outfitters

Founded by Dale Good in 1955, son Ron Good now specializes in 3-day trips into the Washakie and Shoshone National Forests and 7- and 10-day pack trips into the back country of Yellowstone National Park. Using “leave-no-trace” principles, Sheep Mesa Outfitters also hosts big game hunting in the fall. | 307-587-4305 | P.O. Box 1734, Cody, WY  82414

Skyline Guest Ranch and Guide Service

Daily trail rides in the Gallatin National Forest begin and end at Skyline Guest Ranch. For customers who want a longer backcountry experience, Vic and Liz Jackson offer custom pack trips, full-service camps, and drop camps in the Gallatin and Absaroka National Forests and in Yellowstone. | 406-838-2380 | 31 Kersey Lake Rd, Cooke City, MT  59020 

Sunrise Pack Station, LLC

Sunrise Pack Station operates trail rides, pack rides and drop camps in Yellowstone National Park. It’s particularly well-known for backcountry education, packing clinics, driving clinics, and riding lessons. They have specialized pack trips that singles can join such as “Photography in the Northwest Corner”, “Fly-Fishing the Lamar”, “Cowboys and Indians in the Peaks and Passes”. | 406-579-9642 | 3073 McIlhattan Rd, Bozeman, MT  59715

Triangle X Ranch

Five generations of the Turner family have run the premier Triangle X guest ranch for 90 years near Jackson Hole. The Turners pride themselves in “roughing it in style” in the Wyoming backcountry. They offer day trips, pack trips, fly fishing, river rafting and big game hunting. Pack trips are organized according to customer’s needs for a minimum of four days in the Yellowstone and Teton wilderness. | 307-733-2183 |  2 Triangle X Ranch Rd, Moose, WY  83012

Two Ocean Pass Outfitting

Two Ocean Pass is a special place where President Roosevelt once hunted on the Continental Divide where the water flows east to the Atlantic and west to the Pacific.  Jim Moulton, a third-generation Wyoming native. offers packing and hunting trips out of Moran, WY,  into the Bridger Teton Wilderness. | 307-864-4664 |  P.O. Box 70. Moran, WY  83013

Wilderness Pack Trips, Inc.

Mike and Erin Thompson have provided educational day rides for the Yellowstone Institute and used to teach Wilderness Medicine in the park. Because of their knowledge and reputation, they are allowed to take small low-impact groups into seldom-traveled trail-less areas of Yellowstone’s back country. They also offer family day rides all summer in the park and into the fall when the wildlife viewing is at its best. | 406-848-9953 |  172 E. River Rd, Emigrant, MT  59027

Wilderness Trails Inc.

Located between Jackson Hole and Yellowstone National Park, Wilderness Trails has been owned and operated by the same family for 60 years. Guided rides are in both Yellowstone and the Teton Wilderness, and Wilderness Trails provides service to drop camps in both areas for people who want to camp in the backcountry on their own but still have their gear brought in. | 307-733-5171 | Sheffield Creek Rd, P.O. Box 3700, Jackson, WY  83001

Wyoming Wilderness Outfitters

Jake and TJ Clark take backcountry trips out every Monday on Jake’s select saddle mules. Where they go in Yellowstone and the Washakie Wilderness and what they do (fish? look for wildlife?) depends on the preferences of their guests. Enjoy every night’s entertainment (Jake’s stories), the traditional western food, and the tepees. You’ll be riding on trails ridden by Jim Bridger and John Colter on mules they would envy. | 307-754-4320 |  1134 Rd 14, Powell, WY  82435

Yellowstone Mountain Guides

Terry and Angie Search’s Yellowstone Mountain Guides operates out of West Yellowstone and will take you into the park or the Lee Metcalf Wilderness. Along with half-day rides, day rides, pack trips, and fishing pack trips, they’ve added a new offering: a morning trail ride and an afternoon rafting the Gallatin river. Be sure to book in advance the “Saddle and Paddle” trips well in advance. | 406-646-7230 | P.O. Box 70892 McClellan Rd, W. Yellowstone, MT  59758

Yellowstone National Park Lodges

The Xanterra Travel Collection company that runs the concessions in Yellowstone National Park also offer 1-hour and 2-hour horseback rides and stage coach rides during the summer tourist season from the Roosevelt Lodge corral near Tower Falls. If you want to meet people from around the world, come have dinner with them at the Old West Cookout every evening at Roosevelt Lodge. | 307-344-7311 | Roosevelt Lodge

Yellowstone Roughriders

Yellowstone Roughriders is a small, female-owned outfitter that gives rides only in the park. Owner Billie Taylor’s goal is to give the highest custom service to riders of all levels. She offers half-day rides, full-day rides, pack trips, drop camps, and fishing trips. You may enjoy reading profiles of her horses at: | 406-559-0960 |  Gardiner, MT

Yellowstone Wilderness Outfitters

Composer of the number one selling CD in the park’s gift shops, “Yellowstone for Violin and Orchestra,” Jett Hitt is also one of the park’s most experienced horsemen. Jett and his guides can help you plan a custom trail ride anywhere in the park including Slough Creek, and the Snake, Lamar, and Thorofare rivers. Yellowstone Wilderness Outfitters specializes solely in horse trail rides in the park, nothing else. (Except music, I guess.) | 406-223-3300 | P.O. Box 745, Yellowstone National Park, WY  82190