Horses are permitted on many trails within the parks; check for seasonal exceptions. Horseback riding is prohibited on paved roads. You can pick up a brochure with suggested routes and lists of outfitters from any visitor center or entrance station. The Sperry Chalet Trail to the view of Sperry Glacier above Lake McDonald is a tough 7-mile climb.
Tours and Outfitters
Glacier Gateway Trailrides. On this East Glacier company's trips, a Blackfoot cowboy guides riders on Blackfeet Nation land adjacent to the Two Medicine area of Glacier National Park. Rides, from an hour to all day, climb through aspen groves to high-country views of Dancing Lady and Bison mountains. Special cattle-drive rides are also offered. Riders must be seven or older, and reservations are essential. 520 3rd Ave. Hwy 49, East Glacier Park, Montana, 59434. 406/226–4408; 406/338–5560; 406/226–4409. From $70. June–Sept..
Swan Mountain Outfitters. The only outfitter that offers horseback riding inside the park, Swan begins its treks at Apgar, Lake McDonald, Many Glacier, and West Glacier. Trips for beginning to advanced riders cover both flat and mountainous terrain. Fishing can also be included, and this operator also offers one- or multiday llama pack trips. Riders must be seven or older and weigh less than 250 pounds. Reservations are essential. Coram, Montana, 59913. 877/888–5557; 406/387–4405; www.swanmountainglacier.com. From $50. Late May–mid-Sept..