Where should I stay

For summer trips there are a variety of options close to our location in the Swan Valley. Swan Mountain Outfitters operate ‘Red Owl Retreat’, a VRBO with 2 geodesic domes plus a log cabin on 10 beautiful and peaceful wooded … Continued

Should I wear a helmet?

While it is not mandatory for adults (18+) to wear helmets, we highly recommend that you do because many horse related falls result in head injuries, regardless of the experience of the rider. If you elect not to wear a … Continued

What about bear attacks?

Since bears are wild animals native to this area, there is always a chance of encountering them on the trail. However, they are not attracted to the horses, they do not seek us out. Since the horses make a lot … Continued

What if I’ve never ridden a horse?

Though some of our trail rides are more difficult than others, we have plenty of trails that are great for beginners. Our experienced wranglers will guide first time riders through every step of the process to make sure they feel … Continued

Can I have a backpack?

Backpacks, fanny packs or any kind of strap around the neck are prohibited on our rides. However, your gear can be carried on the horse. Pommel bags have two pockets that each measure 4 inches wide by 6 inches tall … Continued

What should I wear?

Weather in the mountains can change in the blink of an eye, so it is a good idea to dress in layers (i.e. tank top or t-shirt, long sleeved shirt and a sweatshirt or light jacket). Closed-toe shoes and pants … Continued

Do I need cash to leave a tip?

At Swan Mountain Outfitters we say, “If you liked your ride, kiss your horse and tip your guide!” Many people do not realize that it is customary to tip your trail ride wrangler. If you had a great time on … Continued

Which ride should I choose?

We tend to recommend the two-hour ride for families with young kids as well as guests who have never ridden before or who don’t ride very often. Half day rides and all-day rides are better suited for experienced horseback riders … Continued

Is there a weight limit?

Regardless of your riding experience level, participants in our trail rides and pack trips must be 225 pounds or less. Imposing a weight limit is not a matter of prejudice, it is a means by which to ensure rider safety … Continued