If horseback riding in the great western area of Wyoming is one of the items on your “Bucket List”, then Cody, Wyoming is the place to do it. In Cody, Wyoming, horses, cowboys, family, and hospitality are a way of life!
Wyoming is the west at its best and one of the best things about the west and the lore of the west is the association between horse and man. Outfitters in Cody can match you up with a trusty horse that matches both your interest and your ability level. From novice to experienced rider, you will be able to enjoy the splendor of horseback riding as you wonder through the Absaroka Mountains, the Shoshone National Forest and other areas surrounding Yellowstone National Park.
The horse trails in the area offer a variety of beautiful terrain, including river crossings, wooded forests, and breathtaking high mountain views. A horseback ride near Cody can take you on the same trails that John Colter, mountain man who accompanied the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Jack Bliss, notorious horse thief and outlaw, as well as the Shoshone Indian Tribes, rode some 100 years ago.
Experienced wranglers will make your horseback ride the safest and one of the most memorable events possible. Most ride groups are kept small so that you can truly enjoy the experience. Even if you are planning on backcountry riding for a week or more, do not expect your group to be very large. Also, you should be aware that most outfitters stipulate that riders must be at least seven (7) years old.
Types of Horseback Rides and Range of Cost
- Two hour morning or evening rides – some with breakfast or dinner – from $50-$75 per person
- Four hour ride with lunch - $75-$100 per person
- All day cook out rides - $200-$250 per person
- Overnight rides lasting from just two days to a full week – depend on the length of the trip, but a week experience can run about $300 per person, per day.
Horseback rides lasting longer than a day are more expensive per day, because of the additional equipment and food needed to stay out on the trail for longer periods of time. Luckily, most wranglers are not only good with horses, but can also cook! Nothing tastes as good as a meal cooked over an open fire in a truly spectacular mountain setting!
Due to the climate in the high mountain country of Cody, horseback riding starts in late May and can last through early October.
Come to Cody and experience an adventure you will love to tell your friends back home about. So grab your boots, cowboy hat and head on out to Cody!
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