Horseback Riding

“No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.” - Winston Churchill

Enjoy miles of trails meandering through wooded forests, along lake shores, mountain ridges and summits. Horseback riding provides excellent opportunities for viewing and photographing wildlife, wildflowers and the panoramic views of the Flathead Watershed. Experienced guides, trained horses and varied terrain help provide incredible horseback riding experiences.  A variety of horseback riding programs include private and group lessons, traditional day rides, and events in both indoor and outdoor arenas.

The Back Country Horsemen of Montana’s purpose is to perpetuate common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America’s back country and wilderness. They work to ensure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use, assist public lands management agencies, and to educate and encourage back country participation commensurate with their heritage. The group was formed in the Flathead Valley in 1973.

Figure 4.26: Marilyn Wood from the Flathead Land Trust on Mojo.
Source: Marilyn Wood

Thanks to the Blackfeet Tribe and the All Breeds Turf Club, horse racing returned to Kalispell in 2010. After a four-year hiatus, race fans were thrilled to see racing return. Trainers brought a variety of breeds from all over the Northwest, including Utah, Idaho, Washington, and Wyoming. Montana and Canada also sent a selection of breeds.

All Breed Turf Club

The Backcountry Horsemen of the Flathead

Flathead Combined Training Association

Flathead National Forest Service

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks


“The sportsman lives his life vicariously. For he secretly yearns to have lived before, in a simpler time. A time when his love for the land, water, fish and wildlife would be more than just part of his life. It would be his state of mind.”  - Jim Slinsky

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks licenses and regulates the hunting of bison, black bear, deer, elk, antelope, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, mountain lion, turkey, upland game birds, waterfowl, and wolf. Abundant public lands and Block Management areas are available to the do-it-yourself hunter. Hunting guides are available for trips in the spring, fall or winter and include rifle, archery and muzzleloader hunts. Comfortable guest ranches, hunting lodges and fully-stocked wilderness drop camps are available. Season dates, regulations, and license applications are all available through Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks.

For information on hunting regulations, seasons, license applications, access, projects, big game records, tips, education, outfitters, and news:

Boone & Crockett Club

Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes
Fish, Wildlife, Recreation, and Conservation Division

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

For more information, send email to info@flatheadwatershed.org or info@flatheadcore.org.
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