Horseback Riding

For those who participate in the popular American pastime of Horseback Riding, BLM public lands provide many exciting locations for riders to experience.  In Arizona, horseback riding trails are found in the high desert, mountain grassland, riparian areas, and ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forests.  Equestrian activities generally occur in concert with other outdoor recreation activities on existing roads and trails, and in open country areas.  The following BLM managed sites offer horseback riding opportunities:

Arizona Strip Field Office 

Hassayampa Field Office

Kingman Field Office 

 Safford Field Office 

Tucson Field Office 

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Horseback riding is one of many uses of the Arizona BLM’s public lands. It is your responsibility as a public land user to protect the environment and the other users. Please observe the following guidelines, so everyone can have a safe and enjoyable ride. 

Horseback Riding Safety  
  • Know your skill level.
  • Be knowledgeable of the area.
  • Carry recommended safety equipment and extra drinking water for you and your horse. There may be no reliable water available and summer temperatures in Arizona can be over 100°F. 
  • Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Plan your trip and always be self-sufficient. There are may be no services or visitor amenities available.
  • Take the right maps and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. A little planning is well worth the effort to make for an enjoyable trip.

Horseback Riding Etiquette

  • Share the trail.
  • When overtaking another trail user, let them know you are approaching so you do not startle them or their horse.  
  • Be sensitive to the resources - stay on the trail, do not create new trails, and leave gates as you find them (open or closed).

Enjoy use of public lands, and please take care of these lands like they were your own----because they are!  

Additional guidelines for responsible horseback riding can be found on the following sites: