- Sun Valley area guest ranches and corrals offer a variety of scenic horseback tours and simple day rides.
- Nearly every trail in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and in the wilderness areas in the region is “horse friendly”.
- Check out the equestrian options offered by the guides and outfitters in the area.
For a unique summer vacation experience, take a horseback trip. Sun Valley's guest ranches and corrals offer experienced equestrians and novices a variety of scenic horseback tours and simple day rides.
The area around Sun Valley is an excellent place for horseback riding. Simple rides in the mountain meadows and local pastures to trail rides that take you through lush, towering evergreens or along logging trails, you can find it all in this area. You can make your entire vacation western themed by staying at any of the local guest ranches or you can simply take a day to experience the world from the back of a horse.
Where to go horseback riding
The living history of the old west mingles with solitude in the areas in the immediate vicinity of Sun Valley. Nearly every trail in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and in the wilderness areas in the region is “horse friendly”. In addition, there are a multitude of trails in the Copper Basin area near Mackay, Idaho.
You can ride through towering evergreen, and along historic mining and logging trails in the Galena area. Near Redfish, you will find Alpine rides and all day rides to Alice, Sawtooth, Marshall, and Hell-Roaring Lakes. Another interesting day trip is to Pole Creek Ranger Station. Built in 1909, Ranger Bill Horton fenced off a pasture for his horses next to the station. It is a beautiful place.
Away from crowds, Grandjean is an older campground with all the character that comes with age. Campers with horses, tent and recreation vehicle enjoy this scenic campground along the Payette River. This campground also features immediate access to the Sawtooth Wilderness and a network of delightful trails.
Guided Tours & Rentals
A great family vacation activity is horseback riding. From young children to older adults, everyone loves horses. You can ride for 2 hours, half day, full day or overnight. On a customized guided horseback ride, you and your family can enjoy fly-fishing, wildlife viewing, and simply communing with nature. Check out the options offered by the guides and outfitters in the area.