The Stables at Palmer Gulch

THE STABLES at Palmer Gulch offers guided Trail Riding and Chuck Wagon Suppers.

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About The Stables at Palmer Gulch

The Stables at Palmer Gulch

Meet The Husted's, Jim & Erica, husband and wife team and owners of The Stables At Palmer Gulch, formerly known as Dakota Badland Outfitters.

Together Jim and Erica have 40 years of experience providing high-quality horseback adventures to visitors of the Black Hills.

Unlike most trail ride barns that go to extremes to separate their caravan from the public, the barn at Palmer Gulch was designed to bring horses and people together.

Everyone is invited to visit the barn, talk to the guides, watch the horsemanship demonstrations, or just hang around with the horses.

The Husted’s formed Dakota Badland Outfitters in 1990 and in the spring of 1991 began leading pack mules and horseback vacationers into the Badlands National Park and the Black Hills National Forest. These multi-day adventure vacations were always memorable, frequently challenging, and sometimes exciting. Western Horseman Magazine featured one such expedition in 1994.

Good Times In The Badlands “South Dakota’s Husted family can show you around in Old West-style”.

In the months that followed Dakota Badland Outfitters enjoyed favorable press in several popular publications.

Historical Harney Peak lookout tower was to be given a facelift in1994. This magnificent stone lookout tower was originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. back in the depression era of the 1930s. Located in the center of a vast wilderness area, at over 7200 feet above sea level this renovation project was going to be anything but easy. Dakota Badland Outfitters was chosen to be the packing crew for this ambitious project. Every bag of concrete, every nail, nut, and board, had to be hauled to the worksite on the back of a mule. Packing over 60,000 pounds of building materials through the Black Elk Wilderness Area up the winding mountain trail using nothing but pack mules and determination, the success of this endeavor was a source of pride for the entire crew. A string of good mules and some gritty cowboys played an important role in preserving the lookout tower you see today.

In 2000 the managers at Palmer Gulch Resort invited the crew of DBO to take the helm of their horse operation. Palmer Gulch Stables had a very reputable and long-standing history in the Black Hills. Dating back over 60 years this trail ride barn had taken as many as a half-million people on horseback rides. The partnership proved to be very successful and the collaboration continues to this day. Palmer Gulch Stables holds the premier trail ride license offered by the U.S. Forest Service in the Black Hills, a Norbeck Wildlife Preserve permit, and a Permit allowing access to the Black Elk Wilderness Area.

Western Trail Rides


  • First Rate Facilities
  • Happy Horses
  • Authentic Guides

Join us for guided trail rides into the Norbeck Wildlife Preserve & Black Elk Wilderness Area.

Deadwood Trail

This high altitude route offers big panoramic views, vivid, stark, and towering, contrasted by lush grassy high country meadows, sweet-smelling, quiet and colorful. Higher in elevation, the forest is much more open with grassy high country meadows and fantastic views of Black Elk Peak and the Elk Horn Ridge.

The Deadwood Trail was built in 2008 in a joint effort by Palmer Gulch Stables and the U.S. Forest Service. This new trail was created to promote a unique perspective of the surrounding forest not seen from the motorized roadway. The Deadwood Trail is picture-perfect, bring your camera!

Custer Trail

Horse owners travel from all over the country to ride in this extraordinary place. This guided riding tour will be a highlight of your visit to the Black Hills! The Custer Trail is a mountainous route, full of switchbacks through giant granite rock formations, creek crossings, and old-growth timber. Riding into the breathtaking Norbeck Wildlife Preserve, it becomes obvious to every rider why the United States Congress protected this magnificent wilderness area back in 1920.

Keystone Trail

Winding through high altitude ponderosa pines and stands of paper birch, the 4 miles long Keystone Trail is a popular ride. Easy to moderate in difficulty, beginner riders will be able to relax and enjoy a wonderful horseback riding experience, at the same time advanced riders will enjoy the rugged picturesque landscape. Photograph your gang riding beneath these towering granite cliffs, ageless and windswept. This trail has something for everyone.

Cowboy Dinner Show


  • Real Cowboy Music
  • Campfire Dutch Oven Cuisine
  • Covered Wagon Ride
  • Horseback Riding

This is Real western food and family fun under a big South Dakota sky!

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