Featured HORSE TRAILS
Southwest of Chadron in the Nebraska National Forest, the 100 mile Pine Ridge Trail crosses the 6,600 acre Pine Ridge National Recreation Area and is open to horseback riding. It runs through woodlands with craggy sandstone buttes rising 1,000 feet above the surrounding hills and grassy swales. The best section of the trail is an 18-mile stretch that starts at Coffee Mill Butte Trailhead, goes across the Pine Ridge escarpment and runs through ponderosa pine forests to the West Ash Trailhead. Keep an eye out for wild turkeys, bobcats, coyotes, and golden eagles.
North of North Platte and southwest of Dunning in the Nebraska National Forest, the Dismal River Trail is a 11 mile one-way route open to horseback riding. The loose-sand route runs from the Dismal River Trailhead to the NFS Whitetail Campground.
East of Barada near Shubert, the Indian Cave State Park has 12 miles of horseback riding trails through sandstone hills past hardwood forests. The horse trail rides start at the corral near the St Deroin Schoolhouse.