Horses and their riders alike will love to gently horseback ride along the scenic river stretches of Smith Rock State Park.

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Areas of the Canyon, River, Wolf Tree and Homestead trails where horses are permitted cover a large section of the park. Towering rock spires provide the backdrop to the Crooked River as it carves its way through the canyons.

Join up to the Burma Road Trail and you get great views of the park from across the river gorge. Early morning is best to set out on the trails in the park as you'll need to share them with trail runners, hikers with dogs, and mountain bikers too.

And while they all must yield to horses, the narrow pathways, especially on the hillsides, can be challenging to do so.

To help minimize encounters in the more congested areas, the park has restricted horseback riding in sections on both the River and Wolf Tree trails. 

Access to both of these is allowed at horse fords. One is south of the Phoenix Buttress area toward the Southern Tip on the River Trail. The other is east on the Wolf Tree Trail south of the Monument Area.

horseback riders crossing the Crooked River from the Canyon Trail at Smith Rock State Park

horseback riders crossing the Crooked River from the Canyon Trail at Smith Rock State Park

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no horseback riding across the bridge at Smith Rock State Park

no horseback riding across the bridge at Smith Rock State Park

horse ford sign on the Wolf Tree Tree Trail at Smith Rock State Park

horse ford sign on the Wolf Tree Tree Trail at Smith Rock State Park

There are a couple of options to park your trailer and go down into the park to horseback ride:

And there are options to start from BLM land and ride into the park:

Want to explore more horseback riding opportunities throughout the state? Check out their brochure.