Yellowstone Horseback Riding Adventures

 
 
 
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About our horseback riding trips:

Saddle up! And get ready for the horseback riding adventure of a lifetime! Flying Pig Adventure Company offers a wide variety of guided Yellowstone horseback riding trips for beginners and expert riders alike. We offer these a la carte or as part of our family vacation packages. You’ll experience the life of a real Montana cowboy as you ride the trails and high country plains surrounding Yellowstone National Park.

Our expert wranglers are on hand to help guide your trip from start to finish, providing all the assistance you need to be able to enjoy your ride, take in the beautiful Montana scenery, and delight in the company of your fellow riders. You can choose from short trips to explore the rugged terrain, or select longer excursions to become more fully immersed in the cowboy lifestyle.

The Yellowstone Park horseback riding season starts in May with our annual horse drive, a spectacular event that harkens back to the Old West. On Memorial Day weekend all of the ranch staff comes into town and rides the 100 horses through the streets of Gardiner and up to the ranch. This is truly a once a lifetime opportunity, and you can be part of the fun!

Flying Pig Adventure Company and our partners, the Johnson Family Ranch, have guided thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds on Yellowstone horseback outings. You need not be an experienced rider, but you should have a sense of adventure and wonder! At all times your comfort and safety are of utmost importance to us.

Put yourself in the heart of the Rockies, with a horseback adventure from Flying Pig. You’ll treasure the memories for a lifetime. Book one of our Yellowstone Park lodging packages after a long day of riding, or check out one of our overnight Yellowstone vacation deals below.


1-HOUR HORSEBACK RIDES

9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm (6pm with Cookout)
Daily April through September 10th

Want to experience life as a true Montana cowboy? Hop on your trusty steed and take in our most popular trail ride in the mountains overlooking Yellowstone!

  • $45 per person

  • Minimum Age for this Ride: 5 years old

  • Please Note: You will drive to the ranch in your own vehicle after check in. The gravel road is maintained but is steep in some spots and is not suitable for large RV’s. Please call ahead with questions!

Trip Details

May 10 through September 2

Sunday – Thursday 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm (6pm with Cookout)

Friday & Saturday  9 am, 11 am, and 1 pm

Enjoy a perfect introduction to life in the saddle with a one-hour ride. It’s just long enough to get out on the trails and get to know your equine friend, see great views and still be back before your bum gets bummed. Perfect for first-time horseback riders!

The remote high-country location of the ranch allows our riders to access wild areas in a short period of time. The groups are kept small with only 10 people per cowboy. You will ride up high overlooking Yellowstone Park, with stops for taking in the amazing views of Mammoth Hot Springs, the Yellowstone River, and 11,000 ft. Electric Peak!


2-HOUR HORSEBACK RIDES

9:00am, 11:00am, and 1:00pm Daily, April through September 10th

Enjoy our morning or afternoon scenic two-hour horseback ride, overlooking Yellowstone Park. Perfect for first-time horseback riders!

  • $75 per person

  • Riders must be at least 7 years old

  • Please Note: You will drive to the ranch in your own vehicle after check in. The gravel road is maintained but is steep in some spots and is not suitable for large RV’s. Please call ahead with questions!

Trip Details

Daily May 10 through September 2

9 am, 11 am, and 1 pm 

The remote high-country location of the ranch allows our 2-hour ride to access wild areas in a short period of time. The groups are kept small with only 10 people per cowboy. You will ride up high overlooking Yellowstone Park, with stops for taking in the scenery and photos.

Take a horseback ride in the morning and have your afternoon free to tour Yellowstone National Park, or enjoy the day and join us for a late afternoon ride at 4pm- the best time to see animals along the way.

This ride is perfect for 1st time riders and families. Please arrive at The Flying Pig Raft Company 1 hour before your ride is scheduled to depart.

  • $75 per person

  • Riders must be at least 7 yrs of age


HALF-DAY HORSEBACK RIDE

3pm Daily, April through July

Enjoy the stunning scenery and wilderness on our half-day horseback ride. Rides can be custom tailored for your group.

  • $125 per person (minimum of 2 riders per day)

  • Riders must be at least 7 years old

  • Please Note: You will drive to the ranch in your own vehicle after check in. The gravel road is maintained but is steep in some spots and is not suitable for large RV’s. Please call ahead with questions!

Trip Details

June through August 20

Sunday – Thursday at 3 pm, 2 Person Minimum,

3 and 1/2 hours on horseback enables you to access pristine wilderness areas that few people have the chance to see. You will ride 8 to 10 miles with opportunities to get off your horse and enjoy the stunning landscape. Elk and deer abound in the areas that our 1/2 day ride takes place. You might even be lucky enough to see a bear or a wolf!

  • $125 per person

  • Riders must be at least 7 yrs old, Minimum of 2 riders per day


FULL-DAY HORSEBACK RIDE

9am Daily, Mid-May through July

Our full-day Yellowstone horseback rides are custom designed to provide an exceptional small group experience. We provide lunch, the horse, and the guide. You provide the smiles!

  • $250 per person (minimum of 4 riders per day)

  • Riders must be at least 7 years of age

  • Please Note: You will drive to the ranch in your own vehicle after check in. The gravel road is maintained but is steep in some spots and is not suitable for large RV’s. Please call ahead with questions!

Trip Details

June through August 20

9 am Daily – 4 Person Minimum, through August 20

Are you ready to saddle up for the day? Our full-day horseback rides are designed to provide an exceptional small group experience. We provide lunch, the horse, and the guide… you provide the smiles.

Your ride will take you into true wilderness, where you will hear only the sound of your horse’s steps and the sounds of the forest.  A full day on a horse allows you to reach spectacular remote places and vistas that not many people experience.

Ride lasts 6-8 hours depending on route, weather, and your itinerary.

  • $250 per person

  • Riders must be at least 7 yrs of age


COWBOY COOKOUT AND ONE-HOUR HORSEBACK RIDE

6pm: Sunday-Friday, May 26 through August 10th

After you have enjoyed your day exploring Yellowstone National Park, enjoy a relaxing one-hour evening Horseback Ride and Cowboy Style Steak Dinner with us! From 7500 feet the views are incredible. There’s not a better place to enjoy a Montana sunset.

  • 1 Hour Horseback Ride & Cookout

  • $90/Adult and $80/Children 5-12yrs old (riders must be at least 5 years old)

  • Please Note: You will drive to the ranch in your own vehicle after check in. The gravel road is maintained but is steep in some spots and is not suitable for large RV’s. Please call ahead with questions!

Trip Details

Join us for a Big Sky Montana sunset, a one hour scenic horseback ride, and sizzling steaks with one of the best ranching families around. The Johnson Family has been living and working their alpine ranch since the 1930’s. This mouth- watering option is the perfect family dinner activity!

Let us serve you after a day of sights in Yellowstone. Surrounded by mountains and overlooking the valleys of Yellowstone you’ll enjoy the relaxed feel of a horse ride at sunset (also a good time to see wildlife). As you head back to the ranch, the welcoming smells of dinner will lure you home. Sue is one of the best cooks around, just ask the bunkhouse full of cowboys!

If you would prefer to join us just for dinner, you can check in at the store by 6pm, and arrive at the ranch in time for dinner (served at 7pm). You can also choose to come only for the dinner (see pricing below).

For late morning risers, a perfect day might be a late breakfast, a soak in the Boiling River, and then a 1:15pm Whitewater Raft Trip before the Cowboy Cookout.

SAMPLE COWBOY COOKOUT MENU – POTENTIAL FOR VARIATIONS

(Can accommodate vegetarians upon request)
Steak and Chicken on the Grill
Jacket Potatoes
Corn on the Cob
Green Salad / Side Salad
Hot Biscuits
Homemade Dessert
Iced Tea & Lemonade
You are welcome to bring your own alcoholic beverage

1 HOUR HORSEBACK RIDE & COOKOUT

$90/Adult and $80/Children 5-12yrs old (riders must be at least 5 yrs old)

COOKOUT ONLY

$50/Adult and $40/Children 12 & under
Children Under 5: Free


OVERNIGHT AT THE RANCH

Check In at 2:30 pm, Daily May through August

An authentic Montana experience! Based at our private ranch located at an altitude of 7,500 feet bordering, the one and only, Yellowstone National Park, you’ll enjoy about four hours of riding over two days with an evening at the ranch – including Sue’s legendary Cowboy Cookout. Limited to 5 families per day. All meals and gear included. This is a great all inclusive Yellowstone vacation package.

  • Choose between 2 cabins and 3 wall tents – Prices Vary (see below)

  • Cabin Stay: $300 Adult & $250 Children 17 and under

  • Wall Tent Stay: $250 Adult & $225 Children 17 and under

  • Please call the Flying Pig Adventure Company at 406-848-7510 for lodging availability

  • Please Note: You will drive to the ranch in your own vehicle after check in. The gravel road is maintained but is steep in some spots and is not suitable for large RV’s. Please call ahead with questions!

Trip Details

CHECK IN AT 2:30 PM, DAILY MAY THRU AUGUST

Day One: We’ll greet you in the afternoon and provide you with directions to the premier outfitting ranch in the northern Yellowstone area, called Hells A Roarin’ Ranch. Surrounded by forest service and miles of wilderness, the ranch has 2 cabins and 3 cozy canvas wall tents for guests to get settled in before a delightful 2 hour horse ride with dramatic views overlooking Yellowstone. Followed by a steak on the grill and all the fixins’ at the legendary Cowboy Cookout, you can really settle into the ranch experience with a Montana sunset and 70 horses wandering the hill side.

Day Two: Rise and Shine, continental breakfast served at 8:00am. By 9:00am you’ll be atop your horse headed into the wilderness for a two hour horse ride. You’ll be glad for photo stops in this Montana scenery—few people get to experience this wild country. When you return to the ranch, you can enjoy a picnic lunch and wander around to soak in all you can of ranch life before winding back down the hill to Gardiner. Your heart will be content from all the high mountain fresh air!

  • Choose between 2 Cabins and 3 Wall Tents

  • Cabin Stay: $300 Adults and $250 Children 17 & Under

  • Wall Tent Stay: $250 Adults and $225 Children 17 & Under

ADD ON OUR OVERNIGHT RAFT TRIP AND MAKE IT A 3 DAY ADVENTURE!

Check out our suggested 3-Day Itinerary for an action-packed adventure with the Flying Pig.

Combo Trips


PADDLE AND SADDLE – FULL DAY

A two-hour horseback ride combined with a two-hour raft trip, the Paddle Saddle promises to be an action packed family adventure! This is our most popular combo!

Paddle and Saddle Yellowstone

PADDLE AND SADDLE – EXPRESS

You asked and we listened! Our Paddle and Saddle trip is our most popular trip, but many of our guests have asked for an option that provides them with the flexibility to either travel or explore new areas after their adventure.

Paddle and Saddle Express Yellowstone

3-DAY YELLOWSTONE PARK ADVENTURE

An exciting blend of an Overnight Rafting Trip and Overnight at the Ranch. Enjoy an action packed three days that will be a highlight of your Yellowstone Vacation. With one night in a remote Montana rustic cabin or wall tent and one night camping on the river, you get to experience it all. All meals and gear are provided.

3 Day Yellowstone Adventure

HORSEBACK RIDE TO FISH ADVENTURES

Fishing the famous waters of Yellowstone Park is a must for any fisherman, but riding on horseback to seldom-fished stretches water in the Park’s interior is what makes our trips so special.

Horseback Ride to Fish Adventures Yellowstone

What other’s are saying about our trips on

“We did the Saddle and Paddle and what a great way to spend the day. We drove up to Hell’s a Roarin’ Outfitters for the horseback riding and it was great! It was my 7 year old’s first time (my 14 year old’s second) and he was completely comfortable - the views are amazing!”

“Both the horseback riding adventure and the river adventure were excellent. My horse was X, and my guide was a fabulous guy from Australia--with a delightful accent. He was easy to understand and knowledgeable of horses and the landscape around the ranch. He was very considerate of the guests and made sure all the beginners were learning and riding successfully.”

“The Paddle and Saddle combo deal was fantastic! The 2 hour horse ride from Hell's a Roarin' ranch was a great time and featured beautiful scenery. Big thanks to Patrick and David for guiding us along. After lunch (good burgers), the 8-mile raft trip with Eddie went swimmingly. Lots of splashes and laughs out on the river with nobody getting tossed out of the raft.”

“Our family of 16 rafters/riders had a great time on the saddle and paddle. The service was great and the guides excellent. We had a lot of fun and would do it again!”