Saddle up, Young Buck. Summer just got even better at Boyne Highlands Resort.

In addition to the resort’s four golf courses, par-3 course, abundant hiking and biking trails, scenic chairlift rides and the popular Young Americans Dinner Theatre, you’ll be able to hop on a horse and explore rolling pastures and wooded terrain on Boyne Highlands grounds.

Boyne’s guided horseback trail rides, courtesy of a partnership with Birchwood Farms of Harbor Springs, are available to resort guests and area visitors each Thursday through Sunday. Choose from one-, two- and four-hour rides for $45, $80 and $120 per person, respectively. Rides depart at 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Children too young for trail rides, ages 8 and under, can delight in Pony Rides escorted by handlers along a 15-minute gentle walk through the pasture for $25. Carriage Rides can be booked in one-hour increments and accommodate groups up to sixteen people. To book a Pony, Carriage or Horseback Trail Ride, please call 231.526.3001.

More Options for Animal Lovers:

Highland Cows: Before saddling-up for a trail ride, take a few minutes to meet the resort’s newest guests, four Highland Cows. The Scottish breed of cows, distinguished by their long outward spreading horns and lengthy wavy pelts, graze the adjoining horse pasture near the equestrian facilities.

Birds of Prey program: Every Saturday at 7 p.m., gather the family on the lawn near the Main Lodge and join local experts from NorthWings, a non-profit division of SEE-North, as they feature live birds such as a Barred Owl, Golden Eagle and Eastern Screech Owl and provide hands-on learning with feathers and bones, creative crafts and games. Free.

For more information on Boyne Highlands Resort, please visit or call 800.GO.BOYNE (462-6963).

BOYNE is a collection of mountain and golf resorts, retail stores and real estate opportunities based in Michigan. Each of the collection is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions and includes Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls; Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs and The Inn at Bay Harbor – A Renaissance Golf Resort in Bay Harbor as well as Bay Harbor Golf Club, Crooked Tree Golf Club, Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, Boyne Country Sports and Boyne Realty.

Photo(s) by Boyne USA Resorts