Private Land (1000-5000 acres)
With approximately 20 miles of trails located on the ranch’s 2,000 acres, our daily rides go through forested terrain that lead to hidden spots on the ranch, through our onsite elk preserve and to gorgeous viewpoints that look out over Flathead Lake. While on your horseback trail ride, be sure to keep your eyes open for wildlife, as our property borders the national forest.
Our guest ranch offers multiple daily horseback trail rides that include breakfast rides, lunch trail rides and more. A full schedule—with daily ride options – is posted in the Main Lodge.
Guided rides of all levels of experience are available, with rides that range from beginner to advanced, allowing everyone to enjoy their time on the ranch.
Rides available at Flathead Lake Lodge include the following:
· Early Bird Ride: 3 - 4 hours
· Hot Lunch Ride: 4 - 5-hour ride into a wilderness remote cabin
· Breakfast Ride: leave at 7 a.m. and ride to our breakfast camp
· Dinner Ride: ride through our 500 acre Rocky Mountain Elk Preserve, allowing all to witness elk up close and personal
· Cowgirl Ride: ask us!
Good to know
We do not conduct an actual riding test to decipher an individual's ability to trot or lope; instead, we gauge body language and experience levels to pair you up with a horse. On our first ride, we take a casual ride where we can informally ride and visit with each guest to decipher their riding abilities. In addition, we do offer instructions and riding lessons in the barn and arena.
no riding experience needed
Hours in the saddle
The majority of rides last approximately 2 hours; we also offer half-day and full-day rides. Upon arrival, visit with Carson Averill, our barn manager, and he'll help you find the perfect ride.
Why our riding stands out
- Flexible & Accommodating - Our riding program offers riding options all day, allowing you to choose what’s right for you.
- Diversity & Options - We offer riding for all levels of experience and abilities.
- Experience & Safety – We live and breathe horses at Flathead Lake Lodge, providing professional experience at all levels.
Sample Riding Itinerary
Each day of riding at Flathead Lake Lodge starts with one important schedule—yours. As a guest, you have the ability to mold your day based on your interest level. The morning riding options consist of an early morning breakfast ride that leaves the barn at 7 a.m., followed by the early bird that departs around 9:30 a.m. and returns in time for lunch.
Our lunch rides typically last around 5 hours and take guests further into the mountains and forests. Lunch is served at a historic trapper’s cabin which is nestled on a remote corner of our property. When you arrive at the cabin, your wrangler will cook up a hot lunch while you relax and stretch.
Evening rides provide cooler temperatures to venture out to take in the gorgeous sunset views beyond the lake. We also offer ranch and rodeo demonstrations – like steer roping, team penning and barrel racing – in our outdoor arena.
Rest assured that no matter where and when you ride, our staff leads in response time and safety, thanks to a personal radio system developed specifically for the ranch.
Whether you are a first-time rider in need of the most basic of instruction or a well-seasoned horseman, Flathead Lake Lodge, the Averills and the staff have the experience to offer lessons for all ability levels. If you’re a novice guest who would like private lessons in our arena, our wranglers are happy to accommodate. Or if you’re an experienced rider looking to brush up on your riding skills, we’ll pair you with a wrangler with the appropriate skill level. Basic riding lessons are included in your all-inclusive stay in our arena and on trails.
lessons come with package, basic riding lessons
on the trail, in the arena
Flathead Lake Lodge offers a variety of arena opportunities. Throughout your stay, you’ll have the chance to witness a ranch rodeo and western demonstrations that include team roping, penning, barrel racing and more. The ranch also has a kids rodeo, while all guests can be involved. You may also watch wranglers work with horses throughout the week.
outdoor arena, professional rodeo arena
penning, roping from horseback, barrels, pole bending, rodeo