Horseback riding in Central Washington is made up of some of the most unique and varied terrain in the Northwest. Numerous desert-like areas, long stretches of valley, and mountain ranges, mean a horseback-riding enthusiast can experience a countless riding locations without spending too much time in the car!
Regardless of skill level, one trail everyone should try is the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail. This former railroad line runs through Washington State and beyond. There are several spots to get onto the trail, including the trailhead near Thorp, located just a few miles west of Ellensburg.
In upper Kittitas County there are hundreds of miles of trails to ride throughout the Wenatchee National Forest, as well as southeast of the forest, in the Cle Elum, Roslyn, and Ronald areas.
For more information, call the Washington State Horse Park at (425) 486-0272.
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Caribou Creek Corral
Over the years and generations horses have gone from a necessary tool to a loving partner and friend. Corral #5 still uses horses for various jobs and activities such as trail riding, packing in the mountains, barrel racing, drill team, cutting, lessons, and horse training. Located in the heart of the Cascades, Corral # 5 offers beautiful scenic views and a friendly atmosphere to experience, learn about, and enjoy horses and mules. Visit their website for more information!
Happy Trails Horse Adventure
Horse back riding is a fresh activity and great way to get back into shape after a long winter. For riders looking to get out and get active early this year are encouraged to call and make a reservation with us. Getting out on horseback is the best way to see the wilderness as spring awakens wildlife all around.
Lake Cle Elum, Kachess Lake & Keechelus Lake
A variety of outdoor recreational opportunities abound at each of these three upper Kittitas County lakes, including swimming, boating and other water sports, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling all in the general region.
Spirit Therapeutic Riding Center’s mission statement is to provide equine assisted activities to individuals with physical, emotional, and learning disabitlites. We focus on capabilities not disabilities and promote independence.
Escape the hustle and bustle of every day life and relax while riding our trail-wise horses on mountain trails. Explore the scenic beauty and wild places of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness on horseback with family and friends. Located only an hour and a half east of Seattle near Cle Elum, Washington, our experienced guides are ready to take you riding regardless of your level of horseback experience.