Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

The Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department offers several ways for you to enjoy a horseback ride through the parks. At both Bunker Hills Regional Park and Rum River Central Regional Park there are dedicated horseback trails.

If you are planning to ride your own horses at Bunker Hills Regional Park, please call 763-757-9445 to verify business hours for the day, as there is a gate that locks when stables staff are not present.

Bunker Park Stables

At Bunker Hills Regional Park – the Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with Bunker Park Stables to offer visitors the unique opportunity to participate in a number of activities, including; trail rides, hay and sleigh rides, carriage rides, pony rides, and lessons.


Reservations are necessary for all Bunker Park Stables activities and can be made with a credit card by calling the stables at 763-757-9445. Arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled trail ride. Arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled hay ride. Please wear long pants and hard-soled shoes or boots if you are riding. Dress for the weather.

  1. Trail Safety & Etiquette
  2. Arriving With Horse Trailers
  3. Arriving on Horseback
  • Carry a cell phone with you.
  • Ride with a buddy, rather than alone.
  • If trail maps are available, familiarize yourself with the area you plan to ride in.
  • Wear an ASTM/SEI approved helmet.
  • Put riders with less experience in the middle of the group.
  • Riders should match their skill level to a satisfactory training level and temperament of the horse they are riding.
  • Pack out what you pack in.
  • Check your cinch before you mount.
  • Horses that kick should be in the back of the line.
  • Let other riders know if you are going to pass and on what side.
  • Maintain a safe distance between your horse and the other horses. There should always be 8-10 feet between any horses, both single file and abreast.
  • Keep your horse’s head straight, don’t let him sniff or stop when passing.
  • If you need to stop for any reason, communicate it to the group and everyone should stop.
  • Communicate with each other any wildlife or hazards on the trail.
  • Leave all gates as you find them.
  • Keep safety in mind for you and your horse.