Horseback Trail Rides

Hit the Trail

Guests rave about the trail rides at Lazy R Ranch — for good reason! We think horseback riding is the best way to see this beautiful, rugged countryside. It’s perfect for people who love to really experience vacation in a new way — free, exhilarating, and among friends.

We typically begin our rides at the ranch headquarters in Drybuck Valley, just an hour and 15 minutes away from Boise, ID. Hop in the saddle, and don’t worry — we’ll be here to guide you if it’s your first time on a horse or if you’re rusty.

From the ranch, we’ll meander through the scenic valley before climbing Drybuck Mountain to a location known as the Eagle’s Nest. You’ll soon discover that it’s an aptly named spot: From this perch, you can see all the way up the South Fork of the Payette to the legendary Sawtooth Mountains.

It’s a unique Boise vacation experience that will help you see the world the way generations before you did. Our trail rides are in high demand and can be made by reservation only. Discounts available for large groups or if booked in conjunction with Lazy R’s facilities.

(Available May through September as conditions permit)

Schedule Appointment

Saddle Up

Our trail rides are beginner friendly. We take the time to walk you through the basics so everyone is comfortable!


All Rides by reservation only-

Fridays, Holidays, and days adjacent to Holidays are considered weekend pricing-

TRAIL RIDES: (Discounts available for large groups or if booked with facility reservation)

  • 1 hr Horse Ride

  • 2-3 hr Horse Ride

  • 1 hr Horse Ride

  • 2-3 hr Horse Ride

  • 2-3 hr PRIVATE Horse Ride

    Up to 4 people
  • 2-3 hr PRIVATE Horse Ride

    Up to 8 people
  • All day-lunch provided


Book a ride!

Want other options?

Interested in the All-day ride? Need to schedule a large group, cattle drive, or something a little different? Send us a note and let us know what you are thinking. We'll see what we can do!

Type of Ride
1 hour2-3 hoursCattle DriveAll Day RideOther

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Horseback Trail Rides FAQ

We ask that you try to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your ride time.

There are 2 main routes to get to the Ranch. Coming from Boise, google maps will want to take you through Horseshoe Bend and up Banks Grade Road - this is a county maintained road that winds up the side of a steep mountain from Banks. It is the quickest and, usually, most dependable route. If you have an aversion to heights, you can come through Horseshoe Bend and take a left on 52 towards Sweet - once you get into Sweet load Idaho Guest Ranch into maps (use Google not Apple maps) and it will take you up another county road through more rolling hills. Banks route: appx 1 hr 15 min - Sweet route: appx 1 hr 35 min.

There will be waivers available when you come. However, if you are bringing a minor who is another person’s dependent, you will need to make sure you have a waiver printed off for them and signed by their parent/guardian when you come. Click here for waiver.

Rides are occasionally rescheduled or canceled altogether due to weather or hazardous conditions on the ranch. If this happens your ride will be rescheduled or refunded in full.

Please do not come to the Ranch without a reservation. We host weddings and other events that do not want to be interrupted. If you suddenly find yourself free and want to go for a ride the day of, it may be possible but you’d have to call in. It cannot be booked online on the day of the ride.

Helmets are required for guests under age 18 and are recommended for every rider. You can bring your own or use one of ours.

Children 8 years old and up can ride if they are able to follow instructions so they can control their own horse. Riders under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult on the ride.

No. Double riding is not permitted.

Yes. In order to protect both rider and horse, there is a 250 lb weight limit. Also, riders are required to have a BMI (Body Mass Index) no greater than 31. Here’s a simple BMI calculator to help you know if you qualify.

Please wear pants and closed-toe shoes. Athletic shoes are fine. If you are wearing a hat instead of helmet please make sure it is secure and won’t fly off during the ride. This may scare your horse and cause injury.

Backpacks are allowed only if lightweight, low profile, and snug fitting.

Yes, but you may not want to bring it along on the ride. If it gets in the way of your ability to handle your horse you will be asked to leave it behind. If you have a phone that will fit in a secure pocket, that works best. The guide will be happy to take pictures before, after, and, occasionally, during the ride.

No. You may do so before leaving the barnyard and after we return. But not on the trail or around other people or horses.

Yes. We often have first-timers. As long as you can follow instructions and are in decent physical condition, you should be fine. However, if you’re especially concerned, consider a Private Ride to get more personalized instruction from your guide.

Possibly. It is safest to move at a walking pace and most rides will fall into this category. If you’d like to move at a brisker pace we may be able to do that, but only after the guide assesses everyone’s capabilities. We will move at the pace of the least strongest rider. You might consider a Private Ride if you have an experienced group that would like to pick up the pace or ride a little more difficult trail. Another option for advanced riders is a cattle drive. In no case will you be allowed to run back toward the facilities or toward another group of horses. This will “barn sour” a horse and is extremely dangerous for the rider.

Absolutely! Tipping isn’t just for cows!

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation of group rides of 4 or more is 7 days prior to scheduled ride.
  • Cancellation of Private Rides is 3 days prior to scheduled ride.
  • Cancellation of all other rides is 24-Hours prior to scheduled ride.
  • All refunds issued will be refunded less a 3% credit card processing fee.
  • No-show riders will not receive a refund.
  • Late arrivals could miss the ride and will not receive a refund.
  • Guests who do not meet age or weight requirements will not be permitted to ride and will not receive a refund.
  • Alcohol is not allowed on the ride. Guests who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be permitted to ride and will not receive a refund.
  • Guests who insist on wearing unsafe clothing (open-toe shoes, barefoot, loose floppy clothing, etc.) will not be allowed to ride and will not be refunded.
  • Any rides canceled due to ranch conditions or hazardous weather will be rescheduled or refunded.


AMAZING!...Is an understatement! Lazy R Ranch is one of the best experiences we've had.We had our wedding there and received so many compliments on the venu. So a BIG thank you to the owners.


Such an amazing place for a wedding!! Lots of spots for camping guest. Beautiful scenery!! So many compliments from our guest about Lazy R Ranch! It made it a girls fall mountain barn wedding come true!


This is an amazing place to visit! Ranch is a family, 100+ years owned business that offer access to thousands of acres of pasture, hills, and wild life. We took a horse ride with our kids and had great experience.

Mike S