Horseback Riding

The Methow is rich with a long history of horse riding and horsemanship, providing a diversity of options for visitors wishing to spend some time in the saddle.  


horseback-side.jpgFor visitors just wanting to get a taste of riding, local outfitters offer half-day trail-rides, chuckwagon breakfast outings, or even multi-day pack trips into remote wildness settings.

There are peaceful, easy to access valley-bottom rides, or more rugged and striking terrain at the higher elevations.  The Methow Backcountry Horseman's Association riding guide is a good resource for newcomers looking for the perfect outing with thier own horse. 

During the 49'er Days Weekend in Winthrop, enjoy the western flair and a show of horsemanship at the 49ers Parade. With more horses than any other parade in Washington State! 



Phone: 509-997-0155
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Address: PO Box 103
Carlton, WA 98814

Cascade Wilderness Outfitters

Join Steve Darwood in the "High Country" on horseback. Fully guided summer trips, standard trips and drop camps. Hunting drop camps also available. Guided hunting trips available.

Phone: 509-996-2497
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Address: 588 E. Chewuch Rd
Winthrop, WA 98862

Chewack River Guest Ranch

Come ride and stay with us on our beautifull ranch here in the Methow Valley. We are a drop in riding stables as well as a horse hotel and lodging. We offer hour and two hour rides throughout the day just call 509-996-2497 and our wrangler will get you set up. We have several lodging units to choose from depending on the size of your party, we also have a mile an half of river front on the chewuch river, great for fishing and swimming and tubing. In the winter we offer snowmobile rentals, ride to over 300 miles of groomed trails right from your door, bring your snowmobile or rent one of ours. Located just 6 miles from Winthrop up the East Chewuch Road.

Phone: 509-996-2659
Phone Alt.: 800-737-8750
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Address: 18078 Hwy 20
Winthrop, WA 98862

Early Winters Outfitting

Pack trips, half and full day rides, hourly riding lessons, guest ranch and kids camp. Hunting & fishing trips in the Pasayten Wilderness, Glacier Peak Wilderness and Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness. Summer and fall drop camps.

Phone: 509-996-2211
Phone Alt.: 800-572-0493
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Address: Patterson Lake Rd, 9 miles SW of Winthrop
Winthrop, WA 98862

Sun Mountain Lodge

Perched on a mountaintop overlooking Winthrop, Sun Mountain Lodge has 112 guestrooms with a variety of room types: cozy cabins on a private beach at Patterson Lake, standard guestrooms in the main Lodge and luxury accommodations featuring private patios and jetted tubs. Other amenities include a full service activities shop, year-round gear rentals, two restaurants including the AAA-four diamond dining room and casual Wolf Creek Bar and Grill, full service spa and a 5,000 bottle wine collection. 60 kilometers of trails right from your door! Activties include: horseback riding, mtn biking, pool, tennis, fishing, boating, hot tubs, XC skiing. Recently honored by Fodor’s Travel as one of the Top 100 hotels in the world.

Phone: 509-997-1080
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Address: PO Box 1125
Twisp, WA 98856

Washington Outfitters & Guides Association

Plan the adventure of a lifetime with one of Washington's Land or Water based Outfitters (horseback riding - wilderness pack trips - sleigh / wagon rides - hiking - rafting - fishing). Join all the outfitters during the spring Ride To Rendezvous - 49ers Packers Rendezvous in Winthrop.