We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Spirit Horse Escape

Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 11596 US Highway 16, Custer, SD 57730-7135
Phone Number: 605-673-6005
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 11 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 8
  • 3
    Very good
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0

Ponderosa Trail Rides is a great way to spend part of your day. You get off the road and see some of the back country. It is an easy ride and we have ridden with Mandy and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 14, 2015
Candace C
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

11 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 11: English reviews
Level Contributor
41 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2015 via mobile

Ponderosa Trail Rides is a great way to spend part of your day. You get off the road and see some of the back country. It is an easy ride and we have ridden with Mandy and Leonard for three years. Two of those years were at High Country Guest ranch in Hill City and this year they moved into... More 

1 Thank Candace C
Winnipeg, Canada
Level Contributor
31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2015

My son and I did not want to wait at Jewel Cave for two hours. We had seen Ponderosa on the way to the cave so we decided to go horseback riding on the way back. We were just in time to join a family from South Dakota for a one hour ride. Staff was very friendly, including the two... More 

Thank Jules453
Level Contributor
33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2015

Ponderosa was recommended by the Custer KOA. I called not expecting to be able to get a reservation for the same day, but they had a ride available! When we arrived, they were super friendly! There was another group of 4 that was supposed to go at the same time, but they were late. Instead of making us wait, they... More 

Thank pwmom1
Level Contributor
14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2015 via mobile

Now called Ponderosa and was awesome! My daughter had an amazing time and the staff were extremely friendly and accommodating. We went with them because we started at the top of the list for trail ride and started valking, they were the only ones that answered their phone and im very happy they did, Ponderosa was great! Will recommend to... More 

Thank Bethany W
Cottage Grove, Wisconsin
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

When visiting South Dakota, going on a horseback ride was on our "must do" list. This is just what we wanted. They knew exactly which horse would be a good fit for each rider. This made the experience much more pleasurable. At first, the trail leads you right next to the highway, but no less than 5-10 minutes into the... More 

4 Thank Brenda T
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

Called at 10 in the morning and were able to get a 1:00 ride. It was a surprise for our 9 year old daughter who had never been riding. Linda and her husband were very kind and accommodating. Heather, our wrangler, was wonderful. Our daughter ended up having an anxiety attack when she got on the horse. Everyone there was... More 

2 Thank PBPWisconsin
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level Contributor
181 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

We called Spirit Horse around 8:00 AM looking to make a same-day reservation for horseback riding. We spoke with the owner by telephone and he said " sure, just come on in and we'll get you set-up for a ride. He explained it will be hot day (95+), so the horses can't go on a long ride because of the... More 

4 Thank G B
Level Contributor
422 reviews
192 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 332 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2012

We stopped by on the way back from Jewel cave to inquire about a ride and Linda was willing to take just my friend and I out immediately! There was to be a larger group in a few hours, but we didn't want to have to return, so we were thrilled. The helped us "seniors" on the horses and Buster... More 

Thank Bchgrl9
Shawnee, Kansas
Level Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2012

This was the first time my husband and I went horseback riding at one of these types of places, so there really isn't much to compare to. However, the staff was very nice and eager to help out when needed. There were 22 horses in the stable. It was our wrangler's first day on the job, but she did great.... More 

Thank Alissa926
Level Contributor
27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2012

We loved our ride. This trip was well organized; the horses were paired well with our varying rider abilities/weight. Two of us are heavy and we were "up front" about this when making our reservation, not wanting to injure a horse. Linda (the owner) and her crew had people on hand to assist with the mounting and dis-mounting of my... More 

Thank FLkasee

Travelers who viewed Spirit Horse Escape also viewed


Been to Spirit Horse Escape? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Spirit Horse Escape and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Spirit Horse Escape staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?