Horseback Riding and Stock Use

 
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Go for a horse ride in Grand Teton.

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Authorized Horseback Ride Concessioners

Headwaters Lodge at Flagg Ranch: www.gtlc.com/lodging/headwaters-activities.aspx

Grand Teton Lodge Company: http://www.gtlc.com

Triangle X Ranch (dude ranch stays): https://trianglex.com/

Stock Use

Horses and other stock have been historically used in the park and parkway. "Stock" is defined as horses, burros, mules, and llamas. Goats are not permitted due to the sensitivity of the local bighorn sheep population. Stock users share trails with hikers please be considerate of other trail users. Stock use is permitted in some areas of the park, with limitations.

Download the stock use brochure for more information.

General Regulations

  • No party may have more than 12 head of stock for day use or 12 people or 10 head of stock for overnight trips.
  • Grazing is prohibited. Processed feed must be packed in and used for all overnight trips; no hay may be packed in . Where allowed, all hay used in the park must be certified as weed free in compliance with Teton Country standards.
  • The construction of corrals, picketing, hobbling, or tying stock to natural features such as trees is prohibited. If hitch rails are nor available, tie a rope between two trees away from water sources.
  • Llama trekkers should yield the right of way to other stock. Give a verbal warning regarding the presence of llamas to those on horseback as soon as the riders are in hearing range. Llama trekkers should leave the trail and remain stationary until horses have passed.
  • For safety reasons, only well-broken, properly shod (except llamas), gentle stock in good condition may be used.
  • Keep stock animals at a slow walk when passing near people on foot or bicycle.
  • Stock animals have the right-of-way. Hikers should step off the trail and remain quiet while stock animals pass.

Closed Trails

  • All trails within the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve; except along the northeast and north portions of the lake.
  • The multi-use pathways except for bridges over the Snake River, Cottonwood Creek, and Ditch Creek.
  • Rendezvous Mountain trail from the park boundary to the Middle Fork cutoff of Granite Canyon trail.
  • Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes and Garnet Canyon from the Valley Trail.
  • Hidden Falls foot trail from the Jenny Lake west shore boat dock to the junction with the horse trail west of Inspiration Point.
  • The food trail on the east shore of Jenny Lake between the outlet of Jenny Lake and the junction of the designated horse trail north of Jenny Lake Overlook.
  • Holly Lake trail from the Holly Lake hitch rail past Holly Lake to the Paintbrush Canyon trail.
  • The String Lake trail and east lakeshore from the String Lake trailhead to the Jenny Lake Lodge trail except adjacent to the String Lake footbridge.
Download the stock use brochure for more information and a map of open/closed areas.

Areas Open to Stock Use

All travel with stock must be on designated trails with the following exceptions.
  • Travel is allowed south of the RKO Road, north of the Chapel of the Transfiguration Road, east of the Teton Park Road, and west of the Snake River.
  • Travel is allowed east of the Snake River to the east park boundary, north of the south park boundary/Gros Ventre River and south of the Buffalo Fork.
  • Travel is allowed between Moose Basin Divide and Forellen Divide; and between Horsethief Pass and the Moose Basin patrol cabin.
  • Stock are permitted in hunt areas during the park's elk reduction program.
  • In the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, off-trail travel is allowed.
  • Primary trailheads for day use:
    • Cathedral Group Turnout
    • Poker Flats Trailhead
    • Taggart Lake Trailhead
Download the stock use brochure for more information and a map of open/closed areas.
 

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Last updated: January 9, 2020

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