Rugged terrain, maintained trails and miles and miles of open spaces make Custer and the Black Hills a great place to ride a horse. Close to town and throughout the hills you’ll find a variety of stables and outfitters who provide services from guided trail rides to overnight camping excursions.
The Black Hills National Forest is a favorite among horseback riding enthusiasts. Nearly all of the Forest Service roads and trails are open to horses. Two Forest Service horse camps (one just east of Custer) are great places to start your horseback adventure. The South Dakota State Game, Fish and Parks department also operate horse camps on the Mickelson Trail and in Custer State Park.
If you want a true Western adventure, consider staying at one of the working ranches in the Custer and Black Hills area.
Location: 11863 West Argyle Road, Custer, SD
Guided trail rides for people of all ages. People-friendly horses. Camping cabins, tent sites, horse camp and picnic area.
Location: In Custer State Park
Phone: 605-255-4772 or 1-888-875-0001
Saddle up and hit the trail for horseback adventure. Chose from 1-2 hour trails, half-day or all-day rides. Also, now offering trail rides with breakfast or lunch in Parker Canyon. Reservations recommended.
Location: Heritage Village/Custer, SD
Capture the spirit of the Old West with horseback adventures, wagon rides and over-night trips. Specializing in small groups with friendly, knowledgeable guides and a variety of rides ranging from 1 hour, 1½ hour, 2 hours and half-day.
Location: 22735 Highway 385, Rapid City, SD
Phone: 605-348-7358 or 1-800-403-7358
A visit to the Circle B Ranch is like stepping back in time. Guests can stroll along the wooden sidewalks of the Old West town, browse in the Wild Horse Gift Shop or sip a cold sarsaparilla. Trail rides open Memorial Day through Labor Day.