Explore the changing seasons and navigate Michigan’s Upper Peninsula woodlands on horseback. While in Marquette, you can choose from plenty of trails perfect for horseback riding. With miles of terrain at your disposal, discover the UP backcountry on a guided tour or on your own. Horseback riding is a great day activity for first-time or experienced riders alike.
Thunder Valley Equestrian Pathway
A local favorite, Thunder Valley Equestrian Pathway is a must-visit during your stay. This 8.8-mile loop takes riders through beautiful oak woodlands. With plans to extend the trail to Marquette County Fairgrounds, visitors will soon be able to take advantage of the path to explore more of what Marquette has to offer.
Iron Ore Heritage Trail
Take a piece of Marquette’s Iron Ore history home with you, horseback riding along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail. The Iron Ore Heritage Trail includes 24.5 miles of terrain with views of historic mining areas, and wetlands, passing through three towns.
Heritage Hills Horses
From equine-assisted psychotherapy to camping, Heritage Hills Horses offers something for all horse lovers alike. When you visit, be sure to take a wagon or sleigh ride. There’s no better way to take in the sights Ishpeming has to offer than on horseback.
When you’re visiting, don’t miss Sleighman's majestic Norwegian Fjord horses. Enjoy guided trail rides in summer and horse-drawn sleigh rides in winter. For larger groups, you can host a private sleigh party for up to 50 people. The packet includes continuous rides, a bonfire, a toboggan hill for sledding and a warm building to rest and enjoy a few snacks after a full day of fun.
Melchiori's Cold Springs Livery—Up North Lodge
If you’re here in the winter, get into the holiday spirit with a 2-horse open sleigh. Starting in December, Up North Lodge offers sleigh rides over the snow-covered hills of Gwinn. Caroling IS encouraged!