Endless activities await you in Minnesota. From Hiking and Biking to Fishing and Birding. Minnesota has it all. Surround yourself in the beauty of Woodbury and surrounding areas of Minnesota.
Countless Minnesota hiking trails traverse a variety of scenery. There are short, easygoing trails for day hikes, and more rugged, long-distance paths for backpacking adventures. Many of the best hiking and walking trails are found in Minnesota State Parks and Forests and the Chippewa and Superior national forests. Some have designated backpacking campsites. The crown of the collection is the Superior Hiking Trail, a 277-mile wilderness backpacking footpath overlooking Lake Superior.
1515 Keats Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042 Phone: (651) 430-8370
Hilly preserve featuring opportunities from camping to boating to horseback riding on 2,165 acres.
Maplewood, St Paul, MN 55106 Phone: (651) 748-2500
Busy park offering a summer aquatic center, pavilion, playground, off-leash dog area & paved trails.
500 Lafayette Rd, St Paul, MN 55155 Phone: (651) 259-5591
10145 Bush Lake Rd, Bloomington, MN 55438 Phone: (763) 694-7687
Prairie landscape with trails, an elaborate playground, picnic spots & programs at a nature center.
15501 Murphy Lake Blvd, Savage, MN 55378 Phone: (763) 694-7777
This mostly undeveloped area with multi-use trails is popular for bird watching & mountain biking.
9715 Valley Creek Rd, Woodbury, MN 55125 Phone: (651) 714-3569
8362 Tamarack Village, Woodbury, MN 55125 Phone: (651) 439-2558
River Valley Riders is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and volunteer-based organization with locations in Afton and Scandia, Minnesota. Our mission is to enrich the lives of children and adults with special needs by providing equine assisted activities and therapies. We currently offer therapeutic horseback riding and carriage driving lessons.
All of our lessons are open to students in the greater Minneapolis/St.Paul metro area and western Wisconsin and take place from May through October. We are proud to say that our services are possible with the help of over 200 caring volunteers who dedicated over 6,200 hours in 2015! As a team, we work together to enhance the participant's physical, cognitive and emotional health while building a community of structure and support.
Please note: Safety is a high priority and we conduct all lessons in accordance with the safety, training and instructional guidelines of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.
Research demonstrates that therapeutic horseback riding can have many benefits.
Because a horse's gait is similar to the human walk, this three-dimensional movement is transferred from the horse to the rider and helps to strengthen spine and pelvic muscles and improve posture and balance . Additional exercises during lessons help to improve coordination and increase flexibility .
Lessons incorporate educational activities to improve hand-eye coordination and communication , as well as reading and math skills .
Riders develop self-confidence and self-esteem by accomplishing challenges as independently as possible. The instructors and volunteers always interact with the riders with patience and kindness while our horses offer unconditional acceptance .
Coming together with their combined therapeutic horseback riding experience, in both administration and instruction, current board directors Joan Berg, Jenny Elholm and Cheryl Holt founded River Valley Riders as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in August 1999. The first lessons were offered in the spring of 2000. The organization began with 18 riders and has grown to serve over 60 riders and carriage drivers every week.
River Valley Riders is run by a working Board of Directors and currently has no paid staff. The Board is made up of volunteers who represent each of the constituencies of RVR: therapeutic riding instructors, special education teachers, physical therapists, horse owners and parents of clients. In addition, an attorney and business, finance and marketing professionals also serve on the Board.
2700 Manning Ave S, Woodbury, MN 55129 Phone: (651) 455-6066
The Windy Ridge Ranch, east of St. Paul, in Woodbury, Minnesota, offers group riding lesson, a leasing program, and other fun riding activities for our students. WRR is home to 50 well-mannered schooling horses. Learn more about the ranch .
Group Riding Lessons
Focus is on solid equitation skills and horsemanship as well as having fun with horses. We offer regularly-scheduled group lessons for beginners to advanced riders for ages 9 to adult. We also have twice-monthly "Pee Wee" lessons for ages 7-11. Group lessons may include English or Western equitation, jumping, dressage, games, horsemanship, and trail riding (for WRR students only). Feel free to visit one of our lessons. Learn more about group lessons.
Mark Ward started the Windy Ridge Ranch in 1979 and has been having fun teaching riding lessons ever since. He's pictured here with his Quarter Horse, Jet, and with his wife, Katie, on the late Percheron, Samson.