Horseback Riding at Spring Creek Ranch
This past week I had the pleasure of going on a horseback ride at Spring Creek Ranch. The Ranch is situated on top of a large butte, with a winding road that leads to sweeping panoramic views of the valley and the Tetons. It is one of my favorite views in the valley – and you get to take it all in on the back of a horse!
I’m not a horsey gal – I’ve only ridden a handful of times in my life, but I never shy away from an adventure. The folks at the ranch ask you what your riding ability is and then they match you up with a suitable long legged friend. The wranglers, with their cowboy boots and hats, collect the horses from the stable and provide a stepping stool for easy mounting.
However, if you are like me and enjoy a challenge, you can hoist yourself onto the horse without assistance. I wore some old jeans for the ride because I didn’t want to get any of my nice jeans dirty or smelling of horse. Well, these beat up jeans had two small holes in the thighs and when I went to mount the horse I heard a huge RIP noise – yep, I ripped a giant hole in my jeans. How embarrassing. Luckily, I was on the saddle for the ride, so no one even knew!
Spring Creek Riding Stables have a number of different ride options but since I wasn’t a seasoned rider I chose the 1 hour ride. Your butt and back can get pretty sore if you aren’t used to riding and you go on a ride longer than 2 hours.
Like most trail rides, the horses know the way. Our guide rode up front and the 6 of us all followed in a line. The views were stunning. We saw Jackson’s downtown area and Snow King as well as sweeping views of Grand Teton National Park and the famed Tetons.
They take photos of you at two points during the ride and you are allowed to purchase them as souvenirs at the end of the ride. Which is great, because trying to take photos while riding a horse is nearly impossible and not highly recommended. There isn’t much room to bring anything besides yourselves on the horse, so make sure you have your fill of water and snacks before taking off on your trip. Since you are on a butte it is quite windy, so factor in a breeze when planning out what to wear.
If you are looking for a short, affordable ride during your time in Jackson I would recommend getting in touch with the Spring Creek Riding Stables. They provide great friendly service and the views are outstanding.