Located in the US, the horseback riding in Idaho offers over thirty horseback riding trail routes from which to choose. The best Idaho horseback riding based on popularity are considered to be White Sand Creek Trail, Bear Valley Lakes Trail, Big Eightmile Trail, Winnemucca Creek Trail, and Nez Perce National Historic Trail. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Idaho horseback riding trail below.
Southeast of Salmon and west of Leadore in the Leadore Ranger District, the Big Eightmile Trail #6183 is a 6 mile horseback riding route ranging from 7,700 feet to 10,200 feet along Big Eightmile Creek into scenic alpine meadows. There are sweeping vistas from the summit.
South of Salmon and southeast of Lemhi, the Bear Valley Lakes Trail is a 5.4 mile route open to horseback riding. The trail ranges from 6,800 feet to 9,200 feet on its way from the NFS Bear Valley Campground up to Bear Valley Lake. There is a 1.2 mile side trail to Upper Bear Valley Lakes.
South of Salmon and northwest of Leadore in the Leadore Ranger District, the Hayden Creek Trail is a 10 mile horseback riding route ranging from 6,460 feet to 7,940 feet. The horse trail runs from the Kadletz Creek trailhead to the Tobias Creek trailhead.
South of Salmon and northwest of Leadore in the Leadore Ranger District, the East Fork Hayden Creek Trail is a 6.6 mile horseback riding route ranging from 7,400 feet to 8,800 feet. This is a scenic horse trail along the East Fork of Hayden Creek traveling up and over talus ridge into Mill Lake.
Near Sun Valley, the 4 mile Proctor Mountain Loop is a challenging horseback ride up 2,000 feet over 2 miles. Use caution on this horse trail since it is very popular with mountain bikers.
Southwest of Lowell in the Nez Perce National Forest, the Meadow Creek Trail (#726) climbs 15 miles up Meadow Creek from the Selway River to Meadow Creek Station cabin. The trail follows the quiet creek bottom through a lush cedar and giant fir forest past cascading waterfalls. Beyond these first four miles, the horse trail heads up the hillside towards the station.
Southeast of Lowell in the Nez Perce National Forest, the Forest Trail #4 follows the Selway River for 50 miles through the Selway Bitteroot Wilderness. The horseback riding trail runs through remote pine forest and is known for its plentiful rattlesnakes and bears.
North of McCall, the 5 mile one-way horseback ride to beautiful Loon Lake passes through endless stands of lodgepole pines. The route is also popular for hiking and mountain biking so use care. For the adventurous, continue past Loon Lake on down into Lick Creek Canyon known for its waterfalls and hanging valleys (end near NFS Ponderosa Campground 15 miles one-way.
Northwest of Smiths Ferry in the Boise National Forest, the Joes Creek Trail provides access to the West Mountain Trail (10 mi / #131). These horseback riding routes are shared by hikers, mountain bikers and dirt bikes. A good starting point is Sagehen Reservoir.