Happy trails to you…especially in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This area boasts magnificent views and superior settings, none more so than on the back of a horse. Here at Goosewing Ranch, we offer horseback riding for the beginner to the advanced rider. These trail rides are varied, scenic, and fun! Definitely consider trail riding as part of your dude ranch vacation: it’s one of the best and most memorable experiences in Jackson Hole.
“Heigh ho, Silver!” Guests staying at Goosewing Ranch can channel their inner Lone Ranger and explore the glorious landscapes of national forests and wilderness via horseback on our legendary trail rides. Located in the Bridger-Teton National Forest and the Gros Ventre wilderness, our ranch is surrounded by miles of trails begging to be ridden. Sadlle up with the facts on how a trail ride adventure in Jacskon Hole may be one of the best family vacations ever spent.
Trail riding at Goosewing Ranch
From our herd of 60 horses you will be assigned your own horse for the duration of your stay. Our head wrangler will match the horse and rider according to ability, physical requirements and horse temperament.
Goosewing wranglers are experienced horsemen & women and will instruct you in our arena and on the trail on how to ride well for a memorable Jackson Hole horseback riding experience. All wranglers are First Aid and CPR certified and have taken the DRA horse safety course.
If all you want to do is walk and enjoy the scenery, we have the perfect trail; if you want to trot and lope, we have rides appropriate for this as well. We also have cattle work (team penning) available for those who would like to try and are advanced enough to control their mounts. Rides go out Monday – Saturday to different areas of the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Gros Ventre Wilderness.
We offer two, four, and six hour long trail rides. Riding on your check in day consists of being fitted to your horse and saddle and riding in the arena or taking your loping test (this is only available for arrivals between 4:00 and 5:00 PM). The ranch uses mostly quarter horses or quarter/draft crosses. The weight limit varies based on height, physical fitness and trails.
Children 6 and older can join the riding program, but must be able to control their horse and follow instructions. We recommend cowboy boots or riding shoes. Boots should have at least a 1 1/2 inch heel and be slick soled. Enclosed shoes and long pants are required. We have riding helmets with sun visors available by request. We also have gel pads for the saddle seats.
Here’s What You Can Expect
- Each ride is limited to 6 or 7 horses per wrangler
- Riding lessons are available in the arena or on the trail
- Trail rides to fit to your riding ability, beginner to advanced. Walking to loping
- Loping rides and lessons available after rider passes riding test
- Bareback riding available
- Horse swimming available
- 2, 4, or 6 hour trail rides
- Lunch rides
- Sunrise Breakfast rides
- Kid only rides
- Adult only rides
- Family rides
Horseback trails and riding activities are prearranged each evening for the following day. Sign up typically begins at 6:00pm. Riders can also choose from a variety of arena lessons, team penning, or horse game options. Our head wrangler will help you decide what option fits your ability and interest best. Rides will go out in rain or snow, but will be canceled for lightning. Trails are subject to change based on weather, riders’ ability and trail condition. Some riding activities are ONLY available during the peak season such as swimming rides, kids rides, and breakfast rides.