Horseback Riding
In Montana

Our horseback riding program is focused around you—the guest. Here at the ranch, you can ride as much or as little as you’d like during your time here. We offer daily riding options for a variety of ability levels, with varied lengths and routes that allow you to choose what type of riding experience you’d like to have from day to day. Our experienced team of wranglers lead our guest trail rides in, around and across the ranch’s 2,000 acres. Along the way, you’ll ride trails that meander through forested terrain and our private onsite elk preserve as we explore some of Montana’s most beautiful landscapes, including spectacular views of Flathead Lake. When it comes to horseback trail rides, all riders must be at least 6 years old, while all kids 12 and under must wear a helmet while riding. As with any activity, our biggest concern is always the health and safety of our guests. Riders over 250 pounds will ride (or not ride) at the discretion of the barn manager and/or wrangler on duty.

Barn Staff

Carson Averill - Barn Manager at Flathead Lake Lodge

Carson Averill

Barn Manager
6 Years


Private Lessons

Our wranglers offer guests private riding lessons so that everyone feels comfortable out on the trails. For the experienced equestrians, our wranglers will take out smaller groups, ride faster and cover some serious distance while venturing into some of the most untouched wilderness in the country.

Specialty Rides

Every day brings a new experience and fun for the whole family! In addition to our daily trail rides, our guests enjoy early morning breakfast rides on horseback to our wooded breakfast camp. Hungry riders can smell the bacon cooking long before they arrive and enjoy a fresh-cooked hot breakfast around a roaring campfire. In addition, guests enjoy riding through the lodge’s private 500-acre Rocky Mountain elk preserve, kid’s rodeo on Saturday afternoon, the steak fry mountain cookout on horseback and our very own team penning competition.


Children of all ages bring a level of energy and excitement to the barn and are encouraged to spend as much time with the horses as they’d like. The Junior Wrangler Program is a great opportunity for children to work alongside their favorite wranglers learning the basics of horse care and handling. On daily trial rides children learn the essentials of horsemanship and basic rodeo techniques with their wranglers. At the end of the week, the Kids Rodeo is their chance to participate in a fun family rodeo with their friends, family and favorite horses from the week.