It’s easy to get your hooves on the trail near Portland. Just outside city limits — or even within them, if you happen to have a horse to ride in urban wilderness Forest Park — there are various stables and attractions offering lessons, trail rides, horse camps, pony parties and more.
Dream Ridge Stables in Clackamas County, about a 40-minute drive from downtown Portland, offers year-round lessons and trail rides for private groups of one to six people of all experience levels. Surrounded by old-growth forest and featuring Mount Hood views, their rides are peaceful, scenic and exhilarating.
On bucolic Sauvie Island, 25 minutes northwest of the city center, Sauvie Island Stables always has something going on; from horse camps and kids’ parties to professional training workshops, there’s something for everyone. Trail rides are a relaxing treat, allowing new and experienced riders to soak in views of scenic pastures, farmland and creeks on the large island bordered by the Columbia and Willamette rivers.
Mt. Hood Skibowl first made a name for itself as a ski resort — in fact, one of the oldest remaining in the country — but more recently, a slew of summer and year-round activities and attractions beckons adventure-seekers when there’s no snow in sight. Mt. Hood Adventure Park at Skibowl offers the only guided horseback trail rides in the Mt. Hood National Forest. With their experts leading the way, you can explore miles of alpine backcountry and old-growth forest during the summer. Quick 30-minute jaunts are available, as well as longer treks by reservation and pony rides for little tykes.
Still want more? Local parenting website Red Tricycle also rounds up their top places for horseback riding in Portland.