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Horseback Riding & Dude Ranches

Horseback riding through the wilderness of the Adirondacks? Yessir. East Coast dude ranches? You bet.

horseback riding at Ridin' Hy Ranch
cowboy at Adirondack dude ranch on a horse

Where to Go Horseback Riding

  • Adirondack Saddle Tours – Inlet
  • Adirondack Ranch Horseback Riding Adventures – Athol
  • Circle B Ranch – Chestertown
  • Saddle Up Stables – Lake George
  • Adirondack Stables – West Chazy
  • Willow Hill Farm – Keeseville
  • Word of Life Ranch and Wild – Pottersville
  • Emerald Springs Ranch – Saranac Lake
  • Mountain View Rocking B Ranch – Lake Luzerne
  • Ruggiero’s Public Horseback Riding – Lake Luzerne

Adirondack Dude Ranches

If you are looking for something a little different than your average Adirondack cabin stay, explore the southeastern Adirondacks between Lake George and Chimney Mountain's caves. You'll quickly discover this rugged country holds a storied wrangling tradition.

In the early 1920s, hunters used logging roads to access their remote camps. As the timber business waned, those outposts were remodeled into lodges and the rustic thoroughfares became popular horse trails. Operators even recruited Western Cowboys clad in leather chaps and bolo ties to lead horseback rides.

Experience the open range today at Ridin-Hy Ranch, established in 1940, where wranglers teach basics and lead rides on a 700-acre property. They even offer a free rodeo every week. Perfect your equestrian form at Roaring Brook Ranch, where tennis courts and pools keep you busy out of the saddle too. At 1000 Acres Ranch, formally Stony Creek Ranch Resort, tour trails on horseback or join a cattle drive for a unique horseback adventure.

Then dine at the chuck wagon and head for the bonfire, where cowboys spin yarns as pint-sized pony riders toast s'mores.


  • Ridin-Hy Ranch – Warrensburg
  • Rancho Pines Campground – Chestertown
  • Roaring Brook Ranch & Tennis Resort – Lake George
  • 1000 Acres Ranch - Stony Creek