Meramec Farm - Riding Vacations in Scenic Missouri Ozarks - Experience Smooth Gaited Breeds!

Meramec Farm  in Bourbon, Ozark Mountains / Missouri
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Enjoy a variety of gaited breeds on this 7th generation working ranch on the Meramec River. Day trips over private ranches, wooded trails along river.

North America > USA > Missouri > Bourbon, Ozark Mountains

Located 75 mi. SW of St. Louis on the scenic Meramec in the ancient rolling Ozark mtns.

Meramec Farm has hay fields, pastures, high rugged woods and vast expanses of country to ride. The surrounding area is rural and beef cattle graze the fields.

Canoeing is a splendid way to see the bluffs and caves of this river valley.
Nearby wineries offer delightful repasts in serene settings.
Springs source the rivers and streams throughout the region and sparkling water abounds.
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Additional information about the area

Excursions: St. Louis is only one hour from the farm, baseball, museums, the Gateway Arch beside the famous Mississippi River attract visitors.

The amusement park "6-Flags" is a 45 mi. drive from the farm.
Canoes/rafts/kayaks can be rented with a few min. of Meramec Farm and there are 3 streams on which to launch!

Cave tours at Onondaga Cave State Park are beautiful all weather diversions.
Traveling by car:
A car is necessary
Traveling by plane:
Pickup service is possible
Traveling by train:
Pickup service is possible

nearby /
on the property

Lake/river for swimming, Beach, Fishing, Canoeing / Kayaking, Mountain biking, Hiking, Wildlife Viewing, Birding

Not more
than a 15 min.
walk away


Not more
than a 15 min.
drive away

Restaurants, Cinema, Shopping, Golf course, Tennis court

Not more
than a 90 min.
drive away

National Historic Sites, Theater, Galleries / Museum, Water skiing

Other types of leisure activities:

Spelunking is a fun activity.
Your private cabin awaits!
Your private cabin awaits!
A reflective moment along the Meramec River
A reflective moment along the Meramec River
Information about the riding facility / horse farm/ranch


Horse Trekking Station, Working Ranch, Cattle Ranch, Hotel for Horsemen
Guest Capacity:
Minimum age for guests:
no limitation

General description:

Enjoy a variety of gaited breeds on this 7th generation working ranch on the Meramec River. Day trips over private ranches, wooded trails along river.

Amenities/equipment of the riding facility

  • Round pen
  • Sea / River / Ocean for horses
  • Riding area / bridle-path

Details of the Riding area

Riders of all levels will be paired with well-trained comfortable mounts. The surrounding terrain varies from wide open cattle pastures to high rugged hills, shady woodland trails and back roads.

More details of the property

2 comfortable cabins offer full baths, kitchens, porches, private bedrooms, grills. The spring-fed Meramec adjoins the farm for 1 mile providing opportunities to swim, fish, canoe. Bluff hiking too!
What we have to offer
  • Bring Your Own Horse
  • Horses for guests available
  • Accommodation for one night only
  • Weekly
  • Family Trips
  • Honeymoon Packages
  • accommodation for Non-Riders too
  • Fishing
  • Boat rental
  • Hunting
  • Massage
  • Sightseeing Tours

Additional Animals on the property

30 horses grace the pastures around the cabins. These include:
Peruvian Pasos, Missouri Fox Trotters, Tenn. Walkers. Hereford and Angus cattle are raised here.
Deer, turkey, eagles are often seen.

Other offers and explanations

1 free night for every week booked. 3,4,5 day riding packages are offered as well as 2 hour and 4 hour trips.
Each day's ride covers new territory. Riders are encouraged to try several horses.
Horses available in our riding program
Number of Horses:
in all >20 Horses are available.
Kind of Horses:
For Beginners, For Advanced Riders, Horses height 148 cm & up, Gaited horses
Riding (trained for / saddle):
Western, For guided Trail Rides
More information of the Horses for rent (Breed - Training etc.)
Learn about the different gaits of the Missouri Fox Trotters, TN Walkers, Peruvian Pasos. Horses are smooth moving, responsive and light to handle. All are well-trained and raised on the premises.
Riding program
  • with horses for rent
  • also with your own horse
  • Guided Trail Rides
  • by the hour rides
  • All-day Rides
    Minimum age for Trail Rides:
    age 6 & up
    Riding experience:
    Little experience required
    Demand on rider:
    average demands
    Big/Heavy Riders:
    max. 100 kg - 220 lbs
    Notes and supplements for the Trail Rides / Riding Program
    Western tack and saddle bags provided with snacks and water included. Expect to travel above a walk. Once riders have learned to ride in the gait it's easy to cover 20 miles!
    Accommodations for guest horses
    Number of Guest Horses:
    in all 8 Guest Horses are welcome
    Distance to the Accommodation:
    The Riding stables are on the property directly.
    Kind of accommodation:
    Outdoor boxes
    Other Details and Conditions for bringing your own Horse
    Neg. Coggins test and health certificate required.
    Some guiding suggested.

    Guest lodgings

    2 private and comfortable guest cabins available on the farm.

    2 Cabins (with bathroom) :
    The larger, Cedar, cabin offers 2 private downstairs bedrooms (Q-sized and 2 twins) Upstairs a double and twin bed, in addition the living area has a daybed and Q futon. Full kitchen w/ utensils, bath with shower, heating /AC, BBQ grill, porch, all linens and towels, paper products, charcoal, coffee, teas, fire ring, picnic table provided.
    Amenities - special features:
    Sheets, Towels, Electricity supply
    Kind of Catering:
    • Self-Catering
    General information of the accommodation
    Special features:
    Dogs permitted, Handicap accessible, No smoking, Internet access, Internet-/ E-mail service
    More information of the accommodation:
    The Log cabin faces the Vilander Bluffs-highest on the Meramec. Full kitchen, bath w/ tub, 1 double bed downstairs and 2 singles upstairs. Both cabins have DVD players.

    Rates and contact

    Rates of the accommodation

    Rates of the Cabin:
    from: 75,00 Dollar / Day
    to: 150,00 Dollar / Day

    Rates of the Horses for rent

    Rates for renting a Horse:
    20,00 Dollar per hour / Horse
    Notes to the rental costs:
    5-Day/4-Night Package is $450 per person. Other packages available. All include lodging in private cabin, horseback riding and guiding as well as other activities on the farm.
    $75 for a 4 hour ride

    Rates Guest Horses

    Boarding fee:
    10,00 Euro per day/horse
    Notes about the cost:
    Corrals w/ water are provided. Guests should provide feed.
    Meramec Farm Riding Vacations
    First name:
    Last name:
    + 1 573 732 4765
    Phone 2:
    + 1 573 205 9395

    You can contact us with the following languages:

    We prefer email (and can get German translated) otherwise phone.

    E-Mail address: Inquiry

    Company: Meramec Farm Riding Vacations
    Zip/Postal Code: 65441
    Street: 208 Thickety Ford Road
    Country: USA -- Missouri -- Bourbon, Ozark Mountains
    Phone: + 1 573 732 4765
    Phone 2: + 1 573 205 9395