Horseback Riding at Heartland
If you enjoy horseback riding and being around others who love horses, you will fall in love with Heartland Lodge’s Riding Stables. Nestled between the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, and over looking the Missouri river bluffs, Heartland’s unique setting is perfect for a horse back riding vacation. Rolling hills, scenic views and incredible trails make Heartland one of the premier equestrian centers and stables in the Midwest.
Heartland has miles of horse back riding trails on 1200 rolling acres. You will ride through forest, creeks, prairies, and be in awe with the incredible outdoors that surround you. There are horse stables with stalls available to board your horse while staying at the lodge. A large outdoor arena is located adjacent to the lodge. Water and clean stalls are provided when boarding your horse in our stables. Tip: If bringing your own horse, Monday through Friday are the best days to have all the trails to yourself.
Heartland has hourly horseback riding trail rides available for those that don’t have a horse. Our horses are calm, but not boring! You will enjoy riding Jossie, Nick, Willy or one of the other members of our extended family. You can come down for a ride and spend the night in our lodge or just ride for the day without staying. Horse riding reservations in advance are recommended.
If you are looking for a place to ride, but are not able to spend the night, you are welcome to join in on the fun for a day. A day pass lets you enjoy all the beauty and splendor that Heartland has to offer with your own horse.
New is our special “Romantic Ride for Two.” This is a two-hour horseback ride that must be reserved in advance, and is limited to couples only. One of our professional guides will lead you and that special someone on a picturesque ride through some of our most breathtaking scenery. You will then break out into a quaint meadow with a surprise waiting just for you – a linen-covered table with flowers and a wicker basket of fruit, sandwiches and sparkling grape juice with wine glasses. Toast the one you love amid the fragrance of the prairie wild flowers and enjoy a moment of quality time like no other. This special package is available by advance reservation only.
For those who want a horseback riding vacation, Heartland is the perfect spot. If you have your own horses you can board them in our stables or use our outdoor arena. For those who don’t have their own horses, we are just the place for you. You can help our wranglers feed and water our horses, then brush and saddle the horses before the ride. You can even help clean out the stalls if you would like. After the day is over you can also help unsaddle the horses, wash them off and brush them down.
Our romantic horse and carriage rides are an hour long (additional hours can be added) and can accommodate up to six people. All rides will be private for your group only (2 – 6 people.) The horse-drawn carriage will pick you up in front of the lodge and take you on a scenic ride through the country.
Visiting Heartland Lodge with other couples? There is no extra charge for more than two people in a carriage. You can also split the ride into 20 or 30 minutes between couples and have the ride private for each couple (minimum one hour ride.)
Go to our horse-drawn carriage ride blog for more information.