You could spend weeks just exploring Half Moon Lake, but if you want to get out explore the mountains with a birds eye view of the lake then plan on taking one or several horseback rides.
You will be matched up with a horse that is your level, and head out on one of our many trails. Go to different locations on different days. Don't know how to ride, no worries! We will teach you at the equestrian area in a safe, confined area with one of our wranglers. Riders must be 8 years or older to ride on the trails. Youngsters younger than 8 can either enjoy a pony ride or a one-on-one lesson with an experienced wrangler and learn how to brush, saddle, and ride their own horse!
If you choose our all inclusive add on feature then the two hour ride is included in your stay!
Otherwise choose from one or more of these options to enjoy!
2 hour horse ride into the winds. This is a loop that gives you scenic views, passes by the sounds of rushing waters. It takes you high where the birds soar and deep into the forest where you might encounter wildlife including moose, deer, elk or bear. $149 per person- Min 2 guests required per ride
5 hour ride to Fayette Lake. Do you want to be out for the majority of the day, enjoying all that nature has to offer? This ride is for you! This ride crosses deep water and is not for the faint of heart as there are also many steep climbs. You will ride approx 2 hours to Lake Fayette, and then play in the water or take out a kayak while your Wrangler prepares lunch over the fire. This ride crosses through several ecological zones. You will see cactus to wild raspberries and thick lush forest and possible wildlife. Fayette can only be accessed by hiking or riding, so come on out and take the easy way! Ride a horse! Cost is $550 per person min 2 guests and advanced reservations.
2 day overnight ride to Miller Lake! This is your chance to go deeper into the Winds! Your guide will lead you and your luggage into the Winds for an approx ride of 4 hours to Miller Lake where you will be spending the night! Meals will be provided while on your journey! You will receive lunch on the way, dinner by the lake, hearty breakfast in the morning and snacks on the way back. Try your hand at fishing or hike around. Enjoy the stars from your sleeping bag! Tent and sleeping bag provided. Cost $975 per person. Min 2 guests, max 4 people.
Group discounts are provided- just ask!
Please make all horse reservations at least 24 hours in advance for the two hour rides and at least a week in advance for the longer rides.
To make horse reservations please call the lodge to schedule 3073676373.
$50 non refundable deposit may be taken at reservation to secure your spot
Our Head Wrangler Jessica is born and raised in Oregon in the Willamette Valley. Her passions include riding and training horses. She has gained a lot of experience during her past 12 years of being with horses. She also loves photography, cooking, camping, hunting and exploring. You will see her in all different areas around Half Moon Lake Lodge as she is excited to enhance your trips via horse back riding. She heads up all pack and gear drops as well as organizes all rides that leave from our equestrian center.