Either rent a horse for the afternoon or bring your own and enjoy a stay at one of the many horse-friendly hotels.
Double R Guest RanchMullen Area
This family-run ranch rests among picturesque prairies and spring-fed lakes. For $100 a day, Double R provides horses to experienced riders, and those guests can take leisurely rides through nature trails or ride over for ranching chores. The ranch also boards horses for a nominal fee.
Dusty Trails LLCNorth Platte Area
Dusty Trails is the ideal location for outdoor adventure. Providing opportunities for horseback riding, tanking, tubing, canoeing, or kayaking down the North Platte River. At the end of the day there is always the option of the petting zoo.
Fort Robinson State ParkCrawford Area
Fort Robinson State Park is one of Nebraska’s most popular attractions. Visitors can enjoy cookouts, trail rides, hiking, and a summer repertory theater at the Post Playhouse. Fort Robinson is open mid-April through mid-November. A state park permit is required.
Nebraska National Forest – Pine Ridge Ranger DistrictChadron Area
South of Chadron and surrounding nearby Crawford are approximately 80 miles of trails in the largest section of Nebraska’s National Forest. The 140,000 acres of the Pine Ridge Ranger District include breathtaking hiking, biking and horseback-riding through wide-open spaces.
Our Heritage Guest RanchCrawford Area
Sixteen miles northwest of Crawford and a quick jump from Toadstool Geologic Park is Our Heritage Guest Ranch. Riding lessons are available and there are 26 indoor stalls, and several paddocks and corrals to board horses. The rides take you over 3,600 acres abundant with wildlife.
Chadron State ParkChadron Area
Chadron State Park was Nebraska’s first state park. It encompasses nearly 1,000 acres of Pine Ridge wilderness nine miles south of Chadron on Highway 385. A swimming pool and sand volleyball courts elevate the fun, and mountain bikes and paddle boats are for rent.
Dismal River Club – Jack Niklaus Golf CourseMullen Area
The Nebraska Sandhills are also home to the world-class Dismal River Golf Club. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, this is links golf: rugged, windblown, hard and fast. The course is located two miles south and 17 miles southwest of Mullen.
Eagle Canyon HideawayOgallala Area
Southwest side of the Lake McConaughy, there’s smooth sailing for horseback travels at the Eagle Canyon Hideaway. Guests can keep trailers or portable corrals, and ride on a gentle dirt road for an 8-mile tour by the lake. Easy-going horses can be rented through Eagle Canyon Horseback Adventures.
Niobrara River Ranch Trail RidesValentine Area
In the heart of rodeo land lies Niobrara River Ranch Trail Rides, with over a dozen horses in a 2-hour journey of 4.3 miles in this paradise. The ride rolls over canyons, through forests and grasslands, and explores the awesome Niobrara River.
Northwest Nebraska TourismChadron Area
Dawes and Sioux Counties sits on the northern edge of the Nebraska Panhandle. The combination of the topography of the Pine Ridge and hundreds of thousands acres of public land make Northwest Nebraska an outdoor playground. No matter where you interests lie, you can do it here.
Ponderosa RanchCrawford Area
Ponderosa Ranch offers guests as young as 4 years old with riding options from May through October. Eight gentle quarter horses take you through 3,600 acres of pines, meadows, ravines and creek with greetings from mule deer and Merriam’s wild turkey. Corrals are available for your own horses.