At Play

Horse Around in Park City with These Equestrian Experiences

Five ways to connect with horses, from riding to yoga and meditation.

With Aimee Cook June 27, 2022 Published in the Summer/Fall 2022 issue of Park City Magazine

There’s no shortage of family-friendly equestrian activities to enjoy this summer and fall.

Horses are beautiful and intelligent animals that have been part of our society for centuries. In order to truly appreciate them, you need more than just admiration from afar—there’s nothing like getting up close and personal with these magnificent creatures. We’ve gathered a variety of equestrian activities throughout Park City, from trail riding to equine yoga to visiting rescue horses.

Park City Horse
Activities offered by Park City Horse include family adventures on horseback and group and individual riding lessons. But for a unique equine experience, consider yoga with horses, or check out their Horse Meditation Circle: surrounded by a herd of horses, participants are guided to tap into their intuition amid calming, healing vibes.

Red Pine Adventures
Friendly guides and well-mannered horses will take you on a tour of private trails spanning over a thousand acres of mountain terrain, where you can spot wildlife and enjoy panoramic alpine views. Tours start at $150 for 1.5 hours and are offered in the morning and midday throughout the summer. Reservations are required; all riders must be at least 8 years old.

Rocky Mountain Outfitters
A variety of private rides for groups of up to 12 are available year-round from Soldier Hollow Stables in Heber Valley or Sundance Stables at Sundance Resort. Rides last 1–2 hours and might take you through mountain meadows, past waterfalls, or to sunset vistas—keep your peepers peeled for wildlife sightings. Planning a Park City wedding? Their team of horses and wagons is available to escort bride(s)/groom(s) to the aisle.

Kids can spend time with horses, goats, and chickens at the Saving Gracie farm.

Saving Gracie Equine Healing Foundation
Founded in 2014 by Barb Phillips, this nonprofit animal rescue and sanctuary in Wanship focuses primarily on neglected, abused, and abandoned horses. Guests of all ages are welcome to visit the farm, where you can pet the horses, make treat balls, pick veggies from the garden, and collect eggs from the chickens (a.k.a. Gracie’s Girls). After you visit, consider sponsoring your favorite animal with a monthly donation.

Wind in Your Hair Riding
Experienced riders—defined as someone who’s comfortable cantering and galloping—can enjoy trail rides atop Paso Fino horses. Offered year-round, the journey through mountain scenery is a beautiful way to spend a few hours. Private horsemanship lessons are available for beginners. 


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