Big Creek Road
Emigrant, MT 59027
Horseback Riding Description
From timid novices to rodeo cowboys, there's a horse and a ride for everyone each morning and afternoon at Mountain Sky. Wranglers take great care to assess skills and match each rider to the perfect horse, which is yours for your entire stay. Rookies can take leisurely "nose-to-tail" rides through the scenic lowland countryside while more experienced riders can lope abreast, Western style, in the high country. Specialty rides include an early-morning ride to a mountain creek, with breakfast cooked over an open campfire, and a dinner ride with western barbeque and live entertainment.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Kids younger than 7 cannot go on trail rides. They can ride a horse on a lead, though, through the youth programs at Beartown.
School-Age Kids: Challenge the fossil-loving set to keep their eyes peeled for animal bones. They'll find more than a couple of treasures, and it's an easy way to distract nervous newbies.
- Bring riding boots or "horse shoes." Footwear must have a smooth, hard sole and heel. If you don't have any, loaners are available. One way or the other, no one rides without boots.
- Bring a lanyard to hang your camera around your neck. Cameras bounce easily off saddles and wrists, especially when you're trotting or loping, and they're frequently lost in the brush.
- Wear jeans with a little stretch. The joy of horseback riding does not include the sound of ripped seams.
- Bring your own helmet. Riding helmets are not provided by the ranch, so if you prefer to wear one (or want one for your kids), you'll need to bring your own.
Just the Facts
Hours: Each morning and afternoon, with specialty rides as scheduled.
Fees: Free for ranch guests.
Recommended Time: 1 - 2 hours