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Horseback Riding

Horseback RidingThinking equestrian? South Dakota's varied terrain and scenic trails make it optimal for every type of horseback riding, from open prairies to rugged, winding trails.


South Dakota's Black Hills National Forest area provides riding for even the least experienced, with horseback riding lessons and trained horses. You can also gallop to breathtaking views of Badlands National Park or Newton Hills, near Canton SD.


Several parks and recreation areas across the state have designated trails for horseback riding, including Custer State Park, Badlands National ParkLewis and Clark Recreation Area, Sica Hollow State Park and Bear Butte State Park.


Looking to make a stay of it? More than a dozen bed and breakfasts, horse camps and lodges in South Dakota have horse accommodations, including horse barns, feed and water, open pastures and horse trailer parking. Dude ranches capture the western adventure with rustic cabins or luxury rooms. Seasoned cowboys will guide you by horse into the scenic woods, and chuck wagon meals will ensure you won't go hungry.

For more information on horseback riding and accommodations in South Dakota, visit the Trip Planner