Venture beyond the trail and experience Kansas trail rides and horseback riding as it was intended

Cattle Drive Trail Rides

The beauty and freedom that comes with horseback riding is even more exhilarating in the tallgrass prairie of Kansas. The rolling and rugged hills of bluestem grass give riders the very best in horseback riding vacations. The ranch’s numerous saddle horses are well tested and trained with a variety of personalities that range from gentle for the beginner to more lively for the experienced riders. Pleasure rides on the ranch are so much more than typical horse trail rides - no head-to-tail riding here.  With varied landscape through breathtaking hills and valleys, tree lined creeks and grass covered vistas, and the opportunity to actually participate in cattle drives, this is horseback riding as it was meant to be.

As a working cattle ranch, horseback riding is an essential part of every day life at the Flying W Ranch. So, if you are interested, you may participate in cattle drives with our herd of longhorns, or other cowboy adventures with the heifers, their calves, and the steers.  For the riders looking for a more tame experience, we provide guided tours of the Flint Hills that are appropriate for all levels of riders.

Organized Horseback Riding Opportunities

We have a number of organized rides that are sure to match your desire and experience level:

  • For the experienced rider, join us as we "Bring Home and Turn Out the Remuda", an exciting and challenging opportunity to drive a herd of horses, or for a Moonlight Ride to see the moon and stars from horseback.
  • If you are looking to experience an actual cattle drive, take a look at our Cattle Drive page to pick a drive that works for you, and
  • If a more leisurely ride full of information about the Flint Hills and the tallgrass prairie is more your speed, pick one of our Trail Rides from our Events page.

We can create customized rides and experiences for groups of 4 or more.  And, even if you don't have a group, give us a call.  We will do our best to accommodate your desires.  We want everyone to have an opportunity to experience the life we get to enjoy every day.

Riding & Cowboying Rates

Horseback Riding:

Enjoy the sites and learn about the tallgrass prairie from horseback. 

2 Hour Guided Ride (includes horse)

Cowboy Experience:

Put on your hat & boots and enjoy a true cowboy (or girl) experience. Ride the pastures, gather, sort, rope, brand - whatever the real cowboys are doing, you get to join 'em.  Included in your experience is a horse, tack, and lunch.

Full Day $250/pp


Interested in taking part in the chores that happen on a 7,000 acre ranch? Feed the cattle and horses, take care of the calves, and help out with whatever is needed to be done.

Flat Rate $50 for up to 5 people
$10/pp above 5

Horse Drawn Wagon Ride:

If riding horses isn't your thing, you might want to consider a horse drawn wagon ride. The sounds and sights just seem to be better.

Maximum 30 people $150/group


All reservations require a $100 non-refundable deposit for no-shows.

Have a horse? We have the vast tallgrass prairie for you both to enjoy!

Gwen and guest

Horsemen and women who'd like to travel with their own horses are welcome too! Boarding accommodations and facilities are available on site. With horseback riding as a key feature of life on the ranch, there's nothing like having your very own horse as part of this unique Flint Hills family vacation.

Other Ranch Activities

Newborn calf

Unwind by hiking, fishing, taking solitary walks or helping with chores around the ranch. Learn about the homestead with a historic walking tour of the ranch or a horse-drawn wagon ride. Tour miles of remote and historic areas of the Flint Hills. Any of these activities will give you the pleasure of the sublime beauty of our tallgrass prairie, and unspoiled nature offered by the Flint Hills.

If you'd like to experience cowboy chores, join in our daily activities such as checking on cattle, repairing fences, feeding and tagging calves or clearing brush. Many of our chores are done from horseback.  For our younger guests, we offer the experience of ranch choring that involves feeding and caring for our dogs, donkeys, chickens, horses, calves.... and whatever else that has decided to stay with us.

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