Fun with four-legged equine friends is possible in scenic settings just outside of Portland city limits. From lessons to trail rides, check out these local options for horseback riding near Portland. Pro tips: Remember to keep your head up, shoulders back and boot heels down; if you fall, get back up and in the saddle.
Horseback Riding in the Portland Region
From his barn base in Sherwood, trainer Eric Noel teaches beginning riders the foundations of safe and effective riding, good horsemanship and safe horse-handling and grooming. Advanced riders improve their skills as they learn additional riding techniques and the theory behind them. Whatever your skill level, it’s not a bring-your-own-horse affair; The Chase has school horses available.
Dream Ridge Stables
Go with a group or ride solo like a lone ranger at Dream Ridge Stables in Clackamas County. This training and boarding facility is about a 40-minute drive from downtown Portland and has a stable of beginner-friendly horses and ponies ready for year-round lessons for youth and adults. If you’re feeling adventurous, think outside of the ring and opt for a trail ride among the trees.
Sauvie Island Stables
A very Pacific Northwest island getaway on horseback awaits just 30 minutes from downtown Portland at Sauvie Island Stables. Slowly wind through scenic landscapes along the Columbia and Willamette rivers or hone your horsemanship skills through all-ages lessons.
Mt. Hood Adventure Park
Majestic Mount Hood isn’t just for snow sports. Come summer, Mt. Hood Adventure Park at Skibowl offers novelty pony rides for kids and full-blown equine excursions through acres of pristine alpine backcountry and old-growth forest for adults. This is the only option for guided horseback trail rides in Mt. Hood National Forest, so saddle up, giddy up and go!
Horseback Riding Outside of Portland
Silver Falls Lodge
Famous for its enchanting waterfalls, Silver Falls State Park is located 60 miles (92 km) south of Portland. While many explore the park by foot, you can let a horse do the walking, thanks to Silver Falls Lodge. The same group that oversees Bandon Beach Riding Stables on the Oregon coast, maintains a friendly herd of American quarter horses, warmbloods and paints here. New and advanced riders ages 7 and up will enjoy the guided tours, offered on a two-hour rotation June–September. Helmets and horses are provided and the guides take out a maximum of eight riders at a time. Walk-ins are welcome, but advance reservations are highly encouraged.