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)
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. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm
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!