This easy, 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.
This two hour ride is our most popular trail for experienced and beginner riders alike. The longer duration allows you to cover more land and take in more scenery than the one hour, including views of the Strawberry and Rainwater Mountains and a brief glimpse into the snow capped peaks of Glacier Park.
Ride and Glide Packages
We have teamed up with Glacier Park Boat Company to allow guests to enjoy two historic Glacier National Park activities in one convenient package! When you book the Ride and Glide package, you have two options:
West Side Ride and Glide
Check in at the West Glacier Corral/Crown of the Continent Discovery Center at 12:30pm for the Glacier Gateway two hour trail ride (see detailed description of the ride above). You will finish up with the ride at 3:15pm giving you a little over an hour to check out the educational exhibits, grab a unique Made in Montana gift or indulge in a quick snack at the Discovery Center before making your way to the Glacier Park Boat Company ticket office behind the Lake McDonald Lodge to check in for your 5:30pm scenic boat tour. If you want a little more time, you also have the option of the 7:00pm boat tour. Please allow for 45 minutes of driving time between the West Glacier Corral/Discovery Center and the Lake McDonald Lodge.
This package is offered from June 1st through September 4th for a total price of $88.75 for guests ages 13 and older and $79.25 for guests ages 7 to 12 years old.
Custom Ride and Glide
Do you have more time in your schedule to see both sides of the park or to spread your activities out across multiple days? If so, we can customize your package to allow you to do a horseback ride on one day and a boat tour on a different day and to combine a horseback ride on one side of the park with a boat tour on the other side of the park or vice versa. All you have to do is pick the horseback ride day/time and boat tour day/time that works best for you and we will get the perfect package booked:
Horseback ride options:
– 7:45 am Cracker Flats Two Hour Ride at the Many Glacier Corral (east side of the park)
– 12:30pm Josephine Lake Two Hour Ride at the Many Glacier Corral (east side of the park)
– 12:30pm Glacier Gateway Two Hour Ride at the West Glacier Corral (located outside of the park near West Glacier)
Boat tour options:
– 3:00pm Boat Tour at Many Glacier (east side of the park)
– 4:30pm Boat Tour at Many Glacier (east side of the park)
– 5:30pm Boat Tour at Lake McDonald Lodge (west side of the park)
– 7:00pm Boat Tour at Lake McDonald Lodge (west side of the park)
Package pricing and available dates will vary with the Custom Ride and Glide package
This three hour ride offers fantastic views of Strawberry Mountain and into Glacier National Park. You will spend an hour and 15 minutes riding through a lodgepole/aspen forest while slowing gaining elevation until you reach the Glacier Lookout lunch spot. There, you’ll dismount the horses and have time to enjoy your own snacks or one of our hearty sack lunches as you gaze at the snowcapped peaks of the Glacier Park skyline. After lunch, you’ll head back to the corral at a leisurely pace. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for deer and bear!
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 as well as the Glacier Park skyline from a variety of lookout points. The full day trail ride is recommended for experienced riders as guests on this ride will spend roughly 6 hours in the saddle with an hour break for a hearty sack lunch.
In addition to guided horseback trips, Swan Mountain Outfitters offers a wide range of other fun, family activities in West Glacier, including: