YMCA Camp Leif Ericson

Trail Rides

For families and groups, ages 8+

Enjoy the beauty of YMCA Camp Leif Ericson as our professional wranglers take your family or group deep into our beautiful forest for an unforgettable horseback riding experience.  Kids and adults alike appreciate exploring the trails along the shores of the Big Sioux River and building memories together.  Riders of all experience levels are welcome.  

Trail rides are $20 per person for the one-hour period.  Ten riders are allowed per group (two person minimum).  This program is offered May - October.  Please reserve at least one week in advance.  

The Group Leader is the only participant that needs to register (please select the number of riders when registering online).  All participants are required to complete a riding waiver, submitted on the day of the trail ride.  The waiver can be downloaded on the right-hand column of this page.     

Trail Rides Times
Trail Rides will begin starting on May 15th and are offered at the following times:
Saturdays: 10:00am, 11:00 am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm
Sundays: 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm


To register for Trail Rides, please contact Erin Kapsch at ekapsch@siouxfallsymca.com or call 336-2267

Riding Lessons

Adults & Kids Ages 6+

Our lesson program provides instruction, fun and challenge to everyone from first time riders to those with years of experience. Our English and Western riding lessons teach students to ride in a balanced seat emphasizing self-awareness, effective use of the body, and understanding of the horse. This “all purpose” approach to riding will not only prompt better riding, but also a more harmonious relationship between horses and riders of all disciplines and levels of experience.

Lessons run on a seven-week schedule or on individual lesson basis.  Lessons are one and a half hours in duration and can include up to three riders at a time.

Riding Times
Riding Lessons wil begin May 8th and be offered at the following times:
Thursdays5:00-6:30pm, 6:30-8:00pm
Fridays: 5:00-6:30pm, 6:30-8:00pm
Riding Lesson Rates
Group Lesson (up to three riders)
$35 per lesson (YMCA Member Rate)
$40 per lesson (Non-Member Rate)
$230 per 7-lesson package (YMCA Member Rate)
$265 per 7-lesson package (Non-Member Rate)
Private Lesson (one rider)
$50 per lesson (YMCA Member Rate)
$55 per lesson (Non-Member Rate)
$335 per 7-lesson package (YMCA Member Rate)
$370 per 7-lesson package (Non-member Rate)


To regisiter for Riding Lessons, please contact Erin Kapsch at ekapsch@siouxfallsymca.org or call 605-336-2267

Horseback Riding Waiver

This waiver must be completed before riding.