Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council decided on June 25, 2020 to close all east side access points to Glacier National Park for the 2020 tourist season. As of February 2021, it is not yet clear what dates of operation we may be able to offer for the 2021 summer season. Tentative dates are June 5th, 2021 to September 12th, 2021. Click here for additional information regarding current park conditions.
The Many Glacier Corral is located at the back of the main parking lot in Many Glacier, up the hill from the Many Glacier Hotel. We offer several rides from this corral. Additional time for paperwork, safety briefing, and loading process is not counted in “time in the saddle”. Please plan for an extra 45 minutes for the check-in process.
The image above is an approximate representation of the Many Glacier Horse Use Trail System, not to scale.
1 hour in the saddle
This non-stop ride is great for beginners or those with a busy schedule. The trail heads along the side of a thickly forested slope, then cuts down a rocky avalanche chute to the lakeside trail at the valley floor. Don’t expect big views, instead you’ll ride right past “stump lake” which is a clear blue channel connecting Lake Josephine to Swiftcurrent lake. Stump lake is a tranquil and quiet spot frequented by moose. Times change daily based on availability of horses and wranglers. Riders must be 8 years or older. Riders must be 250 pounds or less, but riders under 6 feet tall should be no more than 225 pounds.
2 hours in the saddle
This non-stop ride is offered in the mornings. The trail heads out along the shores of Sherburne Reservoir and on to Cracker Flats, where the old mining town of Altyn once stood at the turn of the century. Though the townsite is long gone, the clear space on “The Flats” affords 360 degree views of all the mountains surrounding the Many Glacier Valley as well as great opportunities to see wildlife and wildflowers! Of the two options for two hour rides, Cracker Flats is slightly shorter and the trail is slightly milder. Riders must be 8 years or older. Riders must be 250 pounds or less, but riders under 6 feet tall should be no more than 225 pounds.
2 hours in the saddle
This non-stop, picturesque horseback ride takes you down the first few miles of the Piegan Trail. As you ride along the heavily forested trail, you’ll catch glimpses of Swiftcurrent Lake, Josephine Lake and the Garden Wall. Keep your eyes peeled for trickling waterfalls and curious animals along the mountain side. This two hour ride is offered in the afternoon only. Of the two options for two hour rides, Josephine Lake is slightly longer, often exceeding two hours by fifteen minutes or so, and the trail has more hills than Cracker Flats. Riders must be 8 years or older. Riders must be 250 pounds or less, but riders under 6 feet tall should be no more than 225 pounds.
Half day in the saddle
This morning half day ride winds through a lush green valley chock-full of water features, including streams and creeks and even waterfalls at certain points in the season. The ride offers views of Jospehine Lake’s turquoise water, Grinnell Point and distant views of Salamander Glacier. Half way through the ride, riders can dismount, stretch their legs and take in more majestic views before heading back on the horses to the corral. Between our two half day ride options, the Piegan Valley trail is shorter (four hours or less) and more suited to a novice rider. Riders must be 8 years or older. Riders must be 250 pounds or less, but riders under 6 feet tall should be no more than 225 pounds.
Half day in the saddle
This afternoon half day ride takes you along the historic “stringing trail” which meanders through the Many Glacier Hotel complex and down along Swiftcurrent Falls until you cross the Many Glacier Road and start climbing the ravine alongside Poia Mountain. Halfway up, at the Swiftcurrent Ridge hitching rail, you’ll dismount to get a great view over Sherburne Reservoir and the entire Many Glacier Valley. Then, you’ll head back down the mountain the way you came up, this time with the backdrop of the Many Glacier Hotel spanning before you. Between our two half day ride options, the Sherburne Overlook trail is longer (four hours or more) and more suited to riders with experience. Riders must be 8 years or older. Riders must be 250 pounds or less, but riders under 6 feet tall should be no more than 225 pounds.
Many Glacier Full Day Ride
Full day in the saddle
We are permitted to take guests to either Cracker Lake or to Poia Lake for a full day day ride. Beginning in 2017, the National Park Service mandated equal use across these two trail systems to manage impacts from horses on high-use trails. As a result, the destination of our full day ride will be chosen each day by Swan Mountain staff at the Many Glacier corral based on what current use numbers and trail conditions are for that week. You will NOT choose which trail to go on. Both of these destinations are packed full of majestic views, the potential to spot big game such as moose and bear, and feature a stretch break at a beautiful lake.
- The Cracker Lake trail takes you out along the shores of Lake Sherburne and up along Canyon Creek until you reach it’s outlet and the striking turquoise waters of Cracker Lake.
- The Poia Lake trail takes you up and over Swiftcurrent Ridge. Take in thousands of years of geological history spread out before you. Once we crest the ridge, we will wind down along Kennedy Creek to it’s outlet at the foot of the quiet and pristine Poia lake.
We do not provide lunch and we encourage you to pack your own. For safety, you are required to bring 2 liters of water and at least one snack. All-day rides must be booked at least one day in advance and require a four person minimum (smaller groups can be combined) so contact us if this ride interests you! Riders must be 10 years or older. All full-day riders must weigh no more than 225 pounds.
** HEADER PHOTO BY Trapper Badovinac