Horseback Riding

Let our horses help you explore the Superior National Forest from a unique view on a trail ride. The Gunflint Riding Stables at Gunflint Lodge, located 43 miles up the Gunflint Trail, is unique on the North Shore. Our experienced wranglers will guide you through the vast miles of trails on steady steeds. Traveling on horseback lets you enjoy the endless beauty while relaxing and basking in the sun on your faithful mount.

A hat, long pants, and closed toed shoes are ideal for comfortable trail riding.

The riding season generally runs from May to October. We have a wide variety of horses that range from Quarter Horses to Arabians and everything in between. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rider, we have the horse for you. Our talented wranglers are great at teaming you up with a horse that fits your needs. The many hours spent on the trails together creates a deep bond between wrangler and horse. We invite you to join us for a trail ride and bond with a horse of your own as you enjoy the marvels that await you around each corner of our beautiful trails.

Friendly Jaunt 3-4 mi – $89.00 Day Guests | Overnight lodge guests $79

Scenic Adventure (Thursdays only) 7-8 mi – $139.00 Day Guests | Overnight lodge guests $129

Horseback Riding Available May – October

Gunflint Stable Rules

In order to ensure proper safety, we have the following requirements:

  • Weight limit 240 lbs with clothing (you will be weighed before the ride to ensure you are matched with the right horse)
  • Age minimum for riding 7 yrs
  • Guardian needed for those under 13
  • 1 adult for every 4 children
  • Helmets are available for all ages, and required for ages 7 – 15
  • Carry on objects that may possibly frighten a horse, (i.e. camera, water bottle) are not permitted on trail rides
  • Unfortunately we are unable to provide pony rides or riding double.
  • Closed toed shoes are required. A hat and long pants are ideal for comfortable riding.

My husband and I had a wonderful time horseback riding with our guide Olivia! She was very kind and conversational, as well as knowledgeable about the horses and the forest/trails through which we were riding. We learned a lot and felt safe and taken care of the whole time. The horses were well trained and matched to us as individuals. Thanks for the wonderful experience – would definitely do it again!” 6/7/21 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“It was a beautiful day for a ride. Betsy and Olivia did a good job.” 5/29/21⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The horseback riding and canopy tours were the highlights of our honeymoon. That goes along with our fantastic ‘honeymoon’ cabin, the great meals, and the canoeing and hiking. We had a great time.

Tom and Carla

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made more than 30 days in advance will receive a 100% refund of the deposit. Cancellations made within 30 days – 72 hours will be refunded the deposit minus a software/processing fee. Cancellations made within 72 hours will forfeit the full 25% deposit. If we cancel the activity/rental for any reason, a 100% refund will be issued within 7 – 10 business days.

Lodge Overnight Guests Rates: We are pleased to offer discounted rates for overnight lodge guests. While our deposit policy is the same for all activity bookings, lodge guests will receive applicable discounted rates at the time of final billing on the day of their activity.