5 Great Places to Horseback Ride Across the USA

If the Kentucky Derby has you itching to get in the saddle or you think you’d enjoy horseback riding on your next vacation, check out these five great places to go horseback riding in the USA.

by Darley Newman

Whether you never ridden a horse before or you’re an expert equestrian, you’ll enjoy these five great stables that are open to the public and where you can go horseback riding in the USA.
















Watch the video from our series on AOL and see more videos on our Travels with Darley Channel.

#1 Harrodsburg, Kentucky
Ride smooth Tennessee walking horses through Kentucky bluegrass at the Big Red Stables. This generations old family-owned farm is located about an hour's drive southwest of Lexington. 

Visit the Big Red Stables website to learn more about this riding stable feautured in Equitrekking's Kentucky episode.

big red stables kentucky

#2 Snow Canyon State Park, Utah
Go trail riding in Snow Canyon State Park in St. George, Utah, where striking scenery includes towering white and red Navajo sandstone canyons and dark lava rocks. It’s these dramatic landscapes that have drawn in Hollywood movies of the past to film in Snow Canyon, and beckons travelers today.

You can ride in the park with Snow Canyon Trail Rides, featured in our Equitrekking Utah episode.

#3 Jekyll Island, Georgia
Dream of a beach horseback ride? Head to Georgia’s Jekyll Island and take a walk through a maritime forest and onto hauntingly beautiful Driftwood Beach.

You may have seen this segment on Equitrekking's Georgia Coast episode. Learn about Three Oaks Farm, who leads these riding tours.

#4 Maui, Hawaii
Play cowboy in Hawaii at Piiholo Ranch, a working ranch located on the edge of a rainforest, 2,000 feet above the bright, beautiful blue Pacific Ocean in Maui's Upcountry.

Learn about riding with Piiholo Ranch, who we rode with on Maui.

#5 Seward, Alaska
View wildlife like bald eagles and arctic tern as you ride through forests, across rivers and even on an Alaskan beach with snowcapped peaks in the distance outside of the town of Seward with Bardy’s Trail Rides.

Check out more about Bardy's Trail Rides on their website or page in the Equitrekking Vacation Guide.

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Wherever you saddle up, don’t forget to be truthful about your riding abilities, so you can get matched with a wonderful equine friend.


Learn more about horseback riding around the world in our online guidebook the Equitrekking Vacation Guide and top ranches at Top20Ranches.com. Check out more great places to saddle up in Ireland and beyond and get matched with a trip on EquitrekkingTravel.com.