The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland cover nearly 2.9 million acres from north central Colorado to central and northeastern Wyoming. From mountain ranges to grasslands and crystal clear streams, the national forests and national grassland provide abundant and unique opportunities for visitors.
The national forests and grassland offer many trails suitable for horseback riding. Horses are allowed on hiking trails unless a trail is designated for foot travel only. There are several dude ranches and outfitters in the area that rent horses for trail rides and pack trips. Horses are not allowed in developed campgrounds but may be kept adjacent to them in Wyoming, and in a couple select campgrounds in Colorado. Only certified weed-free hay or processed feed may be brought onto National Forest System lands. Only processed feed may be used in wilderness areas. Tree-saver straps for picket lines and portable corrals are recommended.