Horseback Riding

While Three Bars Guest Ranch offers a variety of activities, our horseback riding program is in a class of its own.

It was developed and is directly overseen by the Beckley family. Nowhere else in the world will you find this combination of such great horses, beautiful riding terrain, and world-class horsemen with generations of experience preceding them.

Horse Selection

Three Bars Guest Ranch is home to over 110 head of horses. Our horse-to-guest ratio is over 2-to-1, allowing us to suit horses to each rider's individual ability and experience level.

Our horses range from "bomb proof" kids' horses all the way through to young horses suitable for experienced riders. So, whether you're an old hand or someone who needs a helping hand, you can be sure to enjoy your time in the saddle.

Your horse will be just that - YOUR horse for the week. He will be ready and waiting for you every morning of your stay, along with the saddle that suits you most.

The Rides

Rides are available every morning and every afternoon. While it is always an option at Three Bars Guest Ranch, riding is never mandatory. Some guests never miss a ride and others only ride once or twice.

Horseback rides are organized by the head wrangler during mealtimes. Ride options include family rides, adult rides, kids rides, walking rides, and fast rides. The first rides leave the corrals right after breakfast and return for lunch. Afternoon rides leave the corrals between 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m..

Fast rides are available to experienced riders after one full day of riding at Three Bars Guest Ranch. Once weekly, an all-day ride is offered. An early breakfast ride is also offered once weekly, where you can enjoy your hot breakfast on the trail.

The Trails

Three Bars Guest Ranch is set in the crown of the continent and truly is one of the most beautiful places on earth. With over 75,000 acres to roam, there is virtually no end of possibilities for you to explore.

The ranch is nestled up against the mountains with the St. Mary's River running on the edge of the property, to the North. Perry Creek and the Perry Creek Valley run to the West where the ranch cattle run on open range for the summer.

Whether you prefer a high mountain lookout or a cool afternoon ride by the river, you are sure to lose yourself in this this remarkable landscape.

Riding Requirements

Horseback riding is a very physical activity, one which requires balance, stamina and strength. Anyone who is physically fit can learn to ride and there is no maximum weight. Some very heavy, active people suit riding very well.

Kids must be at least 6 years old to ride at the ranch. Those who wish to wear a helmet while riding must bring their own. It is mandatory that every rider wear riding boots, for safety. If you do not have riding boots, the ranch has cowboy boots for rent in the ranch store. These are perfect for children with growing feet.

Safety and Comfort

Your safety is our number one concern. We will never put you in a position where you do not feel at ease. Our Dude Ranchers Association certified wranglers are dedicated to making your vacation and riding experience as enjoyable as possible.

Beginner riders can move at their own pace - there is no need to be a pro to fit in. One third of our guests have never ridden a horse before, so our wranglers are well accustomed to new riders.

The wranglers strive every day to improve your riding skills. "The best way for us to make you a safer rider, is for us to make you a better rider."
-April Beckley

For those interested, the ranch also offers a full lesson program.

A Family Oriented Riding Experience