Reconnect with Nature


Carriage Rides, Wagon Rides, Horseback Riding and More in Missouri

Get right in the middle of nature as our Cedar Mountain Stables Wranglers take you on carriage rides, pony rides, wagon tours, and more. The little ones will never forget their first experience riding a pony.  Let our Big Cedar Wranglers take you for a carriage ride highlighted by breathtaking views of Table Rock Lake, or hop on a chuckwagon and take a ride to a campfire where you'll be able to make s'mores and drink sarsaparilla

For some special holiday magic, we hope you’ll make a tradition of taking the horse-drawn carriage or wagon through Big Cedar Lodge’s spectacular light display.

  • Pony Rides

    This is the perfect opportunity to fulfill your little one’s dream of riding a horse! Make those dreams come to life when your youngster transforms into a Big Cedar cowboy or cowgirl! They’ll have tons of fun and you’ll have plenty of pictures for the scrap book. Please don’t blame us if they ask for a pony from Santa!

    Pony Express: $12

    Top Notch Trail Ride: $15
    Includes a Big Cedar Sherriff's badge, cowboy hat, and bandana.

    Both offerings include a guided pony ride through our wooded trail designed specifically for your young cowpoke!

    Ponies are available for kids 10 and under. Weight limit is 150 pounds.

    *All Pony Rides must have a reservation. Please call Guest Services at 1-800-BCLODGE or ext. 7107 for more information.

    Availability is seasonally based.

  • Trail Rides at Dogwood Canyon

    To enhance the horseback riding experience, we have moved our trail rides to Dogwood Canyon. Whether you are a first time rider or you are looking for a day-long trip on the trails, this 10,000 acre nature paradise provides the perfect backdrop for any trail ride. Join us for a scenic ride and experience the breathtaking views that the Ozarks have to offer. 

    Click Here to Visit our Stables at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

    Please call 1-800-BCLODGE for more information on times and availability.

  • Campfire Wagon Tours

    Climb aboard our antique wagon for a unique wilderness journey down a wooded trail to a rustic campsite. Once there, enjoy gooey roasted marshmallows around the campfire. In the summer months, cool off with an iced sarsaparilla, or on cool evenings, warm up to a cup of hot chocolate. Our Singin’ Cowboy will warm your heart with good old cowboy songs. This is one of the rarest and most memorable experiences you’ll have at Big Cedar!

    Available March – October

    Enjoy a special treat during Christmas time when the wagon light tours travel through the property to view all the twinkling lights. Available November and December.

    Meet at Guest Services 15 minutes prior to scheduled time.

    Reservation are Required. Please call Guest Services at 1-800-BCLODGE ext. 7107 for more information.

  • Carriage Rides

    Horse-drawn carriages, reminiscent of a bygone era, carry guests on a ride through Big Cedar’s wonderfully landscaped grounds. It’s a romantic way to celebrate a honeymoon or anniversary, or make it a family adventure and bring the kids along!

    Make a tradition of viewing the twinkling holiday lights. Capture the magic of Christmas snuggled by your honey in a horse-drawn carriage. It doesn’t get any better!

    Ask your vacation planner about our special romance package that includes a bottle of J-Roget Champagne, Big Cedar Chocolates and two Big Cedar Champagne Flutes.

    Carriage Rides are the perfect addition for proposals and weddings.

    $20 Per Person – Reservations are required.

    Meet at Guest Services 15 minutes prior to scheduled ride.

    *Availability is seasonally based. Please call Guest Services at 1-800-BCLODGE ext. 7107 for more information.

  • Horseshoeing

    Cedar Mountain Stables is a fully functional stable and one of the must-do tasks is shoeing the horses. Even in ancient times it was recognized that horses need additional protection for their hard working feet. One of the earliest forms of hoof protection was found in Asia, where rawhide, leather and other materials were used for therapeutic reasons and protection of the feet.

    Check out horseshoeing in action at Big Cedar Lodge.

  • Meet our Horses

    Charger – One of our manager, Shilo's, personal favorites. Charger came from our own horseshoer.

    Hershey, Coco, Macaroni, Tater, Snickers – We must have been hungry when we named these horses!

    Stormy – Used to be in Dixie Stampede Show.

    Skipper – Horse that has been working at BCL the longest.

    Apache – Takes his halter and bridle off the minute you tie him up – we call him “Houdini."

    Pistol, Cody, Tater, and Buster – All brothers….and their dad, Tardy is also a trail horse at DWC.

    Paint and Coco – Came from Clay Self, cowboy entertainer at BCL. Paint is Coco’s uncle.

    Gus and Woodrow – Named after the movie Lonesome Dove, these Belgian draft horses pull our wagons.

    Chester and Festus – The most popular ponies.

    Goober – Our unofficial mascot pony.

    Pete and Barney – The friendliest draft horses! They will go out of their way to get petted.

    King – Award-winning rodeo horse.

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