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Daily Horseback trail rides – Whitefish, Montana

New for 2021 – Booking is open to the public for daily horseback trail rides all season!
In addition to our popular horseback riding program for our weeklong ranch guests, our new Trail Rides are offered daily from mid-May through October, to the public.  Come experience the thrill of horseback riding near Glacier National Park!  We offer some of the best horseback riding near Kalispell. Our award-winning guest ranch is only 3 miles from Whitefish, 30 minutes from Kalispell, 30 minutes from the Glacier International Airport and 40 minutes from the west entrance to Glacier National Park. The ranch is easy to find and impossible to forget!

We currently offer two-hour horseback riding trail rides.  Woodlands, open meadows, and friendly, expert wranglers are waiting for you! Reserve your horseback riding adventure before or during your time in the Whitefish, MT area. Advance reservations are encouraged to ensure you get the dates you want for your trail ride. For more information on COVID-19 updates and travel alerts in Montana, click here!

The Bar W Horseback Riding Experience

From our home at the base of Spencer Mountain, we offer outstanding horseback riding in the mountainous Montana terrain surrounding the ranch. At the Bar W Guest Ranch, horses are central to the ranch experience and our riding program is the ranch’s main attraction. Our knowledgeable wranglers, the assorted terrain, and our large herd of good mountain horses make riding at the Bar W exceptional.

Your trail ride adventure begins when we match you with a suitable horse, followed by an orientation designed to help you feel confident on your horse. At the Bar W, our emphasis is always placed on your safety and the welfare of the horse. Our trail rides are walking only, and children must be at least seven years old to go out on the trails. Call for our current weight limit, as this can change from week to week. Have more questions? View our Trail Rides FAQ Section

Horseback Trail Ride Pricing

2-Hour Trail Ride = $110 per guest*

Terms and Conditions

  • *Bar W charges the full amount at the time of booking
  • Cancel within 48 Hours = No Refund
  • Cancel within 2-7 Days = 50% Refund
  • Cancelations over 7 Days = 75% Refund
  • We ride rain or shine! But If Bar W has to cancel the ride due to dangerous weather, guests are guaranteed a 100% refund.

Trail Ride Frequently Asked Questions

 Yes, all our Trail Rides are led by our experienced wranglers!

The weight limit is 225 lbs. If you’re close to that weight, please contact us at 406-863-9099 to discuss additional options.

Riders must be 7 years of age and older to ride in any Bar W horse program. Also, your child cannot ride on the horse with you or any other adult, they will ride on their own horse.

Rider must be physically able to mount and dismount the horse from the ground.

Ideally, long pants are best. Closed-toed shoes are a must. No backpacks, no purses, and no big cameras allowed on the ride. Bar W has space to store these items during the ride.

This is a ‘nose-to-tail ride’ meaning the horses will be single-file, nose to tail throughout the trip. We are in the mountains with a lot of single-track trails.

No, we have horses suitable for all levels of riding abilities!

We do not offer riding lessons during our peak summer season. Please contact our office at 406-863-9099 to discuss lessons outside our summer season.

Unfortunately, no, not yet. We recommend checking Swan Mountain Outfitters in Swan Lake, MT.

We kindly ask you to not disturb the other horses. We appreciate your participation.

We do not offer group discounts on our trail rides at this time.

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