Do I need any experience with horses?


Previous riding experience is not necessary to participate in one of our guided trail rides. We will provide you with a seasoned trail horse for the duration of your experience.

Before the ride, time will be taken to become acquainted with your trusty steed, make any necessary equipment adjustments, and take a brief course in Trail Riding 101.


What should I wear?


To ensure your comfort and safety, please come prepared with appropriate riding attire. This includes:

  • Clothes appropriate for the season.
  • Long pants STRONGLY recommended.
  • Boots with up to a 1-inch heel, such as hiking boots or cowboy boots, are recommended.
  • NO open-toed shoes, sandals or flip-flops are allowed.
  • Rain jackets/wind breakers, just in case.
  • Helmets are required, unless a Helmet Waiver has been signed. You may wear your own equestrian approved helmet, or one will be provided free of charge.
  • If you choose not to wear a helmet, a hat is advised.
  • Leather gloves can also come in handy.
  • Other items to consider bringing: camera, sunscreen, sunglasses, bug spray.

Bitter Creek Outfitters is not responsible for lost or damaged items brought with you.


What can I expect to see?



  • The city of Billings
  • 5 mountain ranges: Bull Mountains, Crazy Mountains, Beartooth Mountains, Pryor Mountains, Bighorn Mountains
  • Yellowstone River

Trees & plants:

  • Ponderosa Pine
  • cottonwood trees
  • sage
  • Indian paintbrush
  • prickly pear cactus
  • yucca


  • cows (of course!)
  • mule deer
  • white tail deer
  • bald eagles
  • western meadowlark (Montana state bird)
  • owls
  • magpie
  • turkeys
  • cottontail rabbits
  • coyotes
  • fox
  • pheasant


How do I get there?


We are just 10 minutes/8 miles from downtown, or 4 miles off of I-90. You'll be able to see town from atop the cliffs and point out the ranch to your friends when you get back.

Coming from downtown:

  • Head east on 1st Ave. N.
  • Veer right onto Old U.S. 87
  • Continue past the fair grounds and over I-90
  • Turn right onto Coburn Road (Cenex gas station on corner)
  • Continue approximately 4 miles
  • Stay on Coburn Road and watch for the signs, there will be a driveway with cattle guard on the left
  • If you get to the Pictograph Caves State Park, you went too far (but come back after your ride!)

Alternate downtown route:

  • Head south on S. 27th Street
  • Merge onto I-90 East
  • See I-90 directions below

From eastbount/westbound I-90

  • Take the Lockwood/Roundup exit
  • Turn onto Coburn Road (Cenex will be within view of exit)
  • If eastbound, Coburn Road will be a right turn
  • If westbound, Coburn Road will be over the overpass and a right turn
  • Continue approximately 4 miles

From the airport

  • Head down "airport hill" (N. 27th St.) and follow either downtown route