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Last Update: 28 Aug 2010
Riding Holidays | North Dakota
Situated at the geographical centre of the North American continent, North Dakota is in the mid-west bordered by Canada and the US States of Montana, South Dakota and Minnesota. As one of the Great Plains States it is an important area for agriculture, particularly for growing sunflowers, wheat and barley, plus sheep farming and cattle raising.
With quite a number of cattle ranches North Dakota is an ideal location to visit for a working ranch vacation. Horses are still the main resource for managing cattle out on the open plains and there are several ranches in North Dakota offering authentic working ranch holidays where guests are able to help out with cattle raising, learn to rope, drive cattle and have time for some scenic trail riding.
Travel to south western North Dakota for an adventurous trail riding holiday through the arid Badlands region. This area is home to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, near Medora and White Butte, North Dakota’s highest point. The Badlands are a popular trail riding location and horse riding holidays here are available through several horseback riding outfitters and guest ranches. Rides are tailored depending on guest wishes and can vary from short treks over fairly easy terrain for beginner riders, to long all day trips and overnight pack trips for those more experienced on horseback.
Historically the wild eroded grasslands of the North Dakota Badlands were home to wild Nokota horse herds. Nokota horses are descendents of early settlers horses. They are a heavier type than the wild Mustangs found further south, with a fairly thick set build, strong legs and heavy head set on a strong neck. Many are blue roan in colour. Today the breed is quite rare with the last surviving wild Nokota horses protected by the Nokota Horse Conservancy.
We are always looking for new riding destinations and regularly update the information on this site. If you have information about horse riding or trail rides in North Dakota please do contact us.