In short, there's no limit to horseback trail ride possibilities - there's Bryce Canyon as one good example. A comprehensive listing of trail riding opportunities is well beyond our scope. What you'll find here however is a few excellent resources to help you find something in your area or destination plus a couple of suggestions on areas we particularly like. Fair enough?
Bringing Your Own Horses?
A website with a wealth of information in The Horse Trails and Campgrounds Directory (open new window). I've watched John's website grow from a few dozen entries to hundreds.
The trails and campgrounds are rated by the users and if you happen upon a trail or campground not listed you're encouraged to add to their list. Most states in the USA and several countries are represented, so this is worth checking out to see what might be available in the area you're planning to visit. This is obviously a labor of love and a very useful source of information. Most of these horseback trail rides are of the bring-your-own-horse-variety but several campgrounds with horses to rent are found among the listings.
Organized Trail Rides - Try The AQHA
You'll find these at most vacation and dude ranches, or you can sign up on a horseback trail ride sponsored by the American Quarter Horse Association. This highly respected organization annualy sponsors 90 or so trail rides in the US and Canada, plus a few in other countries. Since 1997, more than 46,000 riders have participated in AQHA's Ride Program.every year.
To view the particulars and schedule of the AQHA trail riding program you can visit their site by clicking on their banner above or clicking here. (Once at the home page put your cursor on Event Schedule and click on Trail Ride Schedule in the drop-down menu).
What to Bring?
For longer trips check our list of things to take along and pick and choose what you beleive you might need.
Of course if you're bringing your own horse you likely already know what to bring along (for the horse anyhow) but again, if it's an organized event someone can tell you what you'll need.
Clicking on the Guest ranches banner below gives you with a variety of options, primarily trail rides from a vacation ranch as your headquarters. This is a great way to go if you want to ride for several days but would like something other than primitive accomodations between trips.
Great Destinations for a Horseback Trail Ride or Two
Here's a handful of destinations we're particularly fond of and believe you would enjoy as well.
A couple of other websites providing a variety of horseback trail ride vacation opportunities:
A good resource for adventure travel including horseback vacations, dude ranches, and horseback trail rides is Gordon's Guide.
Real Adventures offers exciting destinations, relaxing getaways, unique vacations, cool adventures, once in a lifetime trips and great accommodations & resorts with plenty of vacation opportunities on horseback.