Summertime trail rides are available from the corrals at Mammoth Hot Springs, Canyon Village, and Roosevelt Lodge. These cost $38 for one hour or $58 for a two-hour ride. Kids must be at least eight years old and 48 inches tall, and there is a 250-pound weight limit, much to the relief of the horses.
Roosevelt also has stagecoach rides ($12 adults, $6 ages 3-11) several times a day in the summer. In addition, Old West dinner cookouts at Roosevelt combine a horseback or wagon ride with a filling steak dinner.
For details on trail rides, contact Xanterra Parks and Resorts (307/344-7311 or 866/439-7375, www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com). Several outfitters provide backcountry pack trips inside Yellowstone; get a list from Park Service visitor centers (307/344-7381, www.nps.gov/yell).
© Don Pitcher from Moon Yellowstone & Grand Teton, 5th Edition