With 40 years of experience, Gunsel Horse Adventures offers horse pack trips to rarely seen parts of Yellowstone National Park, the Black Hills of South Dakota, Badlands National Park, and Custer State Park. Experience South Dakota horseback riding through open country and on trails that are ripe with scenic vistas and wildlife in some of the most untamed wildernesses in America. Live the life of the cowboy as you adventure through the wild and wooly backcountry. Enjoy great food cooked over a campfire and songs and stories from modern day cowboys.
South Dakota Horseback Riding, Horsepacking in Custer State Park
Horseback ride 72,000 acres of Custer State Park. View the ecosystems of Western South Dakota. See wildlife that may include buffalo, elk, antelope, whitetail and mule deer, coyotes, mountain lions, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, prairie dogs, badgers and bald eagles. Ride Mount Coolidge, French Creek, and French Creek Canyon. Travel via horse trailer to the Badlands of Western South Dakota for more riding in a wild landscape. Camp in French Creek Horse Camp that includes restrooms and showers. Evenings include cowboy cooking, stories, songs and poems around the campfire.
Horse Adventures in Yellowstone National Park
Horseback ride on wildlife trails following rivers and creeks in Yellowstone National Park. Wildlife that may be seen include grizzly and black bear, elk, wolves, moose, buffalo, deer, eagles and antelope. Fish for cutthroat trout. See how the 1988 Yellowstone wildlife fire had a long-term positive effect on the landscape. Evenings include cowboy cooking, stories, songs and poems around the campfire.
Pack Trips in South Dakota’s Black Hills
Ride through a magnetic landscape that has attracted different Native American cultures, George Armstrong Custer, gold prospectors, and homesteaders. South Dakota horseback riding enables you to explore meadows, streams and wide open spaces. On this Black Hills horseback riding experience, camp in range tents with floors and zippers. Evenings include cowboy cooking, stories, songs and poems around the campfire.
Fall Buffalo Roundup and Trail Ride
Visit seldom seen areas of Custer State Park. Ride to Badger Hole, the home of Badger Clark (1883-1957), poet laureate of South Dakota who wrote the “Cowboy Prayer” that included the lines
I know that others find You in the light / That’s sifted down through tinted window panes / And yet I seem to feel You near tonight / In this dim, quiet straight on the plains. / I thank You, Lord, that I am placed so well, / That You have made my freedom so complete.
This South Dakota horseback riding experience takes you to French Creek Canyon and the Rim Trail. Watch from horseback the roundup of some 1,400 head of buffalo. From catwalks above the chutes watch the sorting and branding of the herd. Evenings include cowboy cooking, stories, songs and poems around the campfire.
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