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Ellensburg, as well as surrounding Kittitas County, is located in some of the most unique and varied terrain in the Northwest. Because there are deserts, long stretches of valley, and mountain ranges, a horseback-riding enthusiast can experience a huge variety of riding locations.

One trail everyone, no matter the riding skill should try is the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. This former Chicago-Milwaukee-St. Paul-Pacific Railroad line runs through Washington State and beyond. It spans 110 miles within Washington, all perfect for riding. In Kittitas County there are several spots to get onto the trail, including the trailhead near Thorp, located just a few miles west of Ellensburg.

The trailhead is located right at the Thorp exit (Exit 101). In the northern portion of the county there are hundreds of miles of trails to ride throughout the Wenatchee National Forest, as well as southeast of the forest, in the Cle Elum, Roslyn, and Ronald areas. For more information about those areas, go to,, or to

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335 Elk Heights Road | Cle Elum, WA 98922
(509) 607-3111
This is a family owned and operated business located in Elk Heights, between Cle Elum and Ellensburg. We specialize in equine training, riding lessons, and guided trail rides into the LT Murray Wilderness area. Corral # 5 strives to create a better understanding between horses and humans while enjoying the outdoors. We want people to enjoy horses as much as we do by providing a safe, fun learning environment.
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3190 Red Bridge Road | Cle Elum, WA 98922
(509) 674-2366
This ranch offers guided rides and lessons, hiking and biking groups, cabins, tent camping, a community dining area, overnight horse boarding and more. Lodges have amenities such as claw-foot tubs, wraparound porches, hot tubs and down comforters. Jeans, boots and helmets are required on rides and the ranch has a large assortment of children's boots on hand.
31711 Teanaway Road | Cle Elum, WA 98922
High Country Outfitters has several different riding programs, including ones for large groups, children, women only, overnight rides and more. Hard-soled shoes or heeled boots are required. Helmets are required for children and strongly recommended for adults. Visitors must bring camping gear. Indoor lodging is not offered, however large tents are available and meals are provided during rides. Classes on riding, yoga, wildflower identification, Dutch oven cooking, outdoor survival and more are offered at High Country Outfitters.
1051 Sorenson Rd. Ellensburg | Ellensburg, WA 98926
(509) 929-1401
Three Peaks Outfitters offers half-day, full-day and overnight trips. Tours can be guided around photography, fishing and hunting. Day rides last six hours, half-day rides are three. Meals are provided on all of them, including the overnight trips. There's no lodging, so overnight guests need to bring camping equipment, however tents, chairs and hand washing stations are provided. Riding helmets aren't required, but guests will have to sign a waiver if they choose not to wear one.
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1150 Masterson Road | Cle Elum, WA 98922
(509) 674-9661
If you are looking for an opportunity to get in the saddle, you have come to the right place! Three Peaks Outfitters offers you several trail riding options, from short 1 1/2 hour rides to full day wilderness trips.
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