Our West Glacier Corral is conveniently located on Highway 2, just 1.5 miles outside the West entrance of Glacier National Park. You will check in for your ride at the Activity Desk inside the Crown of the Continent Discovery Center. Our rides depart from behind the building and head out onto land managed by the United States Forest Service: These trails are NOT inside Glacier National Park. 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 West Glacier Horse Use Trail System, not to scale.
1 hour in the saddle
This easy, non-stop one hour ride is a great option for young children and novice or nervous riders. As you gently stroll through lodgepole forest, you’ll have the perfect amount of time to get comfortable on the horses and get a taste for what it’s like to explore the area on horseback. Lodgepole Loop riders must be 7 years or older. Riders must be 250 pounds or less, but riders under 6 feet tall should be no more than 225 pounds. After September 15th, all riders must be no more than 225 pounds.
West Glacier Gateway
2 hours in the saddle
This non-stop two hour ride is our most popular trail for experienced and beginner riders alike. Cover more ground and spend more time in the saddle than the one hour, but still have time in your day for other activities like hiking and rafting. The lodgepole forest opens to include views of Strawberry Mountain. Pockets of stately larch trees and cottonwoods abound as well, making this ride a gorgeous choice in the fall when the colors start to turn! Gateway riders must be 7 years or older. Riders must be 250 pounds or less, but riders under 6 feet tall should be no more than 225 pounds. After September 15th, all riders must be no more than 225 pounds.
West Glacier Lookout
3 hours in the saddle
This three hour ride affords views of Strawberry and Desert Mountain and a quick peek at the peaks of Glacier National Park. You will spend the first hour or so riding through a lodgepole forest while slowly gaining elevation until you reach the Glacier Lookout lunch spot. There, you’ll dismount the horses and have time to stretch your legs and enjoy your own snacks or one of our hearty sack lunches (extra fee applies) as you admire the scenery. After lunch, you’ll head back to the corral at a leisurely pace. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for deer and bear! Glacier Lookout riders must be 7 years or older. Riders must be 250 pounds or less, but riders under 6 feet tall should be no more than 225 pounds. After September 15th, all riders must be no more than 225 pounds.
Full day in the saddle
This full day trail ride allows you to spend an entire day exploring the forest and mountains of West Glacier on horseback. Watch the light change through the trees from morning to afternoon and experience the breathtaking beauty of Rainwater Mountain, Strawberry Mountain and Desert Mountain. The full day trail ride is recommended for experienced riders as guests on this ride will spend roughly 6 hours in the saddle. Stretch your legs at a stop for lunch. You can pack your own or, for an extra fee, enjoy a hearty lunch that we’ll pack for you. All-day rides must be booked at least one day in advance and require a four person minimum (smaller groups can be combined). Full day riders must be 10 years or older and all full-day riders must be 225 pounds or less.