Equestrian Trails

Updated: Jun 17

Horse lovers of all ages and styles (owning or not) are invited to check out the equestrian trails in Lucas County. All three attractions listed below are located near Lucas and are within 5 miles of each other. So load up your horses and gear for a fun-filled and relaxing weekend!


Crossroads Ranch

Crossroads Ranch is just a few short miles north of Lucas on Highway 65. Since their opening in 2016, they've added a variety of amenities.


Campers have access to electric, water, full hook-ups and tent campsites, a dump station, modern bathroom facilities, and a large rental hall. They also have hitching posts, outside non-covered and covered horse stalls, and both an indoor and outdoor area. Kids can enjoy the playground and all visitors are welcome to enjoy the fishing opportunities.


Visitors can explore 16 miles of trails that are open year round. Even non-horse owners are welcome to visit and "rent a horse" for a day!


Visit Crossroads' Facebook page to learn more.


Singing Mesa Ranch

Singing Mesa Ranch is located just a few short miles north of Lucas on Highway 65 (north of Crossroads Ranch.)


Singing Mesa offers a private campground with 6-10 camping spaces as well as 7 outdoor pipe pens with airy mesh shades for horses. They strive to keep their facility small and family friendly in order to offer you a private getaway from the normal hustle and bustle.


Visitors do not need a horse to camp at Singing Mesa. In addition to their equestrian activities, they also host several music themed weekends as well as outdoor family friend movie nights and more.


Visit Singing Mesa Ranch's website.


Stephens State Forest

Three of the seven units of Stephen's State Forest are located southwest of the town of Lucas. This is also where you will find most of the recreational development areas, including fishing ponds, picnicking, camping, hunting, hiking, equestrian riding, snowmobiling, cross-county skiing, mountain biking, and wildlife watching.


The Lucas, Whitebreast, and Woodburn Units boast more than 25+ miles of multi-use trails - perfect for equestrian riding. These trails travel deep into the woods with plenty of opportunities to watch wildlife.


Learn more about Stephen's State Forest by visiting the Iowa DNR website.




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