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Address: 4827 Powmer Rd, Billings, MT 59105-5048
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+1 406-860-3699
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We offer great horseback riding on great horses. Our guests frequently...

We offer great horseback riding on great horses. Our guests frequently comment that our horses are the best they have ridden. Our rides primarily take place in two different locations. During the summer months we offer rides at Red Lodge, Montana. We also offer rides year-round at our ranch out of Pryor, Montana. In addition, we have accommodated different groups at other locations throughout South-Central Montana. Our rides are simply the best.

Items to bring:

  · Boots (or enclosed shoes)

  · Hat or Cap

  · Raincoat (as needed)

  · Sunglasses

  · Jeans

  · Water Bottle

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Family Sleigh-ride

A new family tradition! This is a horse-drawn hayride through Montana ZooLights display. Much more fun than going through in a car (and no line!) Bring blankets for the cold... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 January 2017
Dj R
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Billings
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Billings
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

A new family tradition! This is a horse-drawn hayride through Montana ZooLights display. Much more fun than going through in a car (and no line!) Bring blankets for the cold. Best part was they let the kids greet and treat Salt & Pepper, the two draft horses. A wonderful experience!

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Thank Dj R
Bradatmt, Owner at Elk River Outfitters, responded to this review

Thank you for the nice review. We'll see you next year! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Was hoping for a more intimate type of carriage ride. Instead we were put on a crowded wagon with a bunch of strangers. Maybe next year they can provide a smaller actual carriage for couples. I would be willing to even pay more for that service. Overall the staff was friendly and helpful, but will do the drive thru as... More 

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Thank Joshua M
Bradatmt, Owner at Elk River Outfitters, responded to this review

Sorry you were disappointed. The ride states it seats 16 people that you can fill the wagon with friends and relatives or go on a ride with other people. We do have a carriage but had over 1100 people sign up to go so it was unrealistic to take two people at a time. More 

Billings, Montana
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

My kids had a blast experiencing the Zoolights this year on a horse-drawn ride instead of in the car. Even with it being as cold as it was. Definitely going to start a new christmas tradition and do this every year.

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Thank thullett
Bradatmt, Owner at Elk River Outfitters, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the nice review. We will see you next year! More 

Shepherd, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

We went on a horse drawn sleigh ride through the zoo to see the Christmas lights. It was a fantastic experience. Great way to see the lights. My grandson was in awe of all the lights and had a great time! Thank you.

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Thank Brenda G
Bradatmt, Owner at Elk River Outfitters, responded to this review

We are so glad he liked it! Thanks for the review and for experiencing the ZooLights with us. Hope to see you next year! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

We booked this as soon as we heard about it this year. We were hoping for a sleigh ride but the weather didn't cooperate and the wagon was equally fun. From the moment we arrived, they were friendly and welcoming. I wish I had caught our driver's name, but he was amazing. He was great with the kids and even... More 

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Thank RanDee O
Bradatmt, Owner at Elk River Outfitters, responded to this review

Thank you for the nice review. We had so much fun seeing everyone enjoy it so much. We'll see you next year! More 

Billings, Montana
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

The Christmas lights at the Billings Zoo were very nice and seeing them from the wagon was much better than riding in a car.

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Thank kathiej0hns0n
Bradatmt, Owner at Elk River Outfitters, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for coming and for the nice review. Hope to see you next year. More 

Billings, Montana
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

My husband and I had the pleasure of experiencing the Christmas light display at Montana Zoo from a comfortable perch in the horse-drawn wagon. It was a wonderful way to see the lights and enjoy the beautiful night. This was out third attempt at this ride because extreme weather caused cancellations the previous two times we were scheduled. Elk River... More 

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Bradatmt, Owner at Elk River Outfitters, responded to this review

Thank you for the nice review and for being so patient with the weather. Thanks for being so flexible with rescheduling. Glad it worked out so well. Thank you More 

1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

This Christmas season my husband and our two children enjoyed a traditional horse drawn wagon ride with Elk River Outfitters as we got to experience ZooLights at Zoo Montana. The horses were beautiful, they had hot chocolate and Christmas music playing the whole way and everyone was so friendly making sure we enjoyed ourselves.

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Thank Angela E
Bradatmt, Owner at Elk River Outfitters, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for such a nice review. We are glad you enjoyed your wagon ride with us. It has been very fun to see people enjoying the ride so much. Hope to see you at ZooLights next year! More 

Billings, Montana
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Elk River Outfitters truly made the evening unforgettable. Did the wagon ride for Christmas lights and my daughters birthday. We have decided that this is a "must do" every year. The guys were professional, personable and happy. Horses were gorgeous. Thank you :)

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Bradatmt, Owner at Elk River Outfitters, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed the wagon ride at ZooLights so much! Thank you for such a nice review and we'll see you next year! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

The wagon was perfect and the ride was timed perfectly with the story. But for the cost they need to add more entertainment than what they currently offer. Either that or lower the cost. I spent $63 for my family of four (2 children) to go and it lasted 15 minutes. I could have taken us to the movies and... More 

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Thank Merrideth T
Bradatmt, Owner at Elk River Outfitters, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for the suggestions. We will be improving it for next year. More 

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