Harness the Horsepower

Double JJ RanchSaddle up and see the Michigan countryside on a short trail ride, day trip or overnight adventure. Whether you're an old hand or a greenhorn, Michigan dude ranch horse handlers will do their best to match a mount to your level of experience on guided trails, open pasture lands and indoor arenas. So, go ahead and harness the horse power, partner.

Michigan's dude ranches offer plenty of opportunity to enjoy the outdoors via horseback. Hit the hay in a spacious bunkhouse at the 110-acre Z Farms ranch in Howell. Enjoy five miles of trails, 40 acres of pasture and an indoor arena.

Another working horse ranch, the Outback Lodge Riding Stable and Bed & Breakfast in Stanwood, just south of Big Rapids, is open year round. There are seven cozy guest rooms and common gathering spaces overlooking horse pastures, a small lake or forest. With 700 surrounding acres to explore, the Outback's guided trail rides, wagon rides and seasonal sleigh rides guarantee a "back to nature" experience.

The name says it all at the LogHaven Bed, Breakfast & Barn in West Branch, where you and your horse can relax in comfortable accommodations and explore miles of trails and the beauty of the Huron National Forest surrounding its West Branch location.

You don't have to go any further west than Lake Michigan to find great western fun. So, load up the family or that special someone and get ready for outstanding horseback riding at one of the following ranches:

So, go ahead and harness the horsepower, partner. The camaraderie of the other riders and harmony with your horse will make you want to get back in the saddle again real soon.