Riverview Ranch & Resort

Galena Horses-vacation rental

Horseback Riding and Country Vacation Rentals

Vacation Rentals 30 days minimum

Children Love Horses


Vacation Rentals

Horseback Riding and Lessons

Sorry, No Trail Rides.
We ride on our own property, in our indoor arena and in pastures
We cater to younger or beginner riders. Kids mostly. Adults who want to ride on trails should try Shenandoah.
We try to keep things slow and controlled here. Very Slow and Safe.
Kids need to overcome their fears, we help with that.


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Guests may borrow our two kayaks for no added charge. We have them on wheel-barrows that you can wheel to the river nearby.

Hay Ride

We have an old tractor and can pull up to 10 people on a 45 min hayride for $150 for 6-10 people or $100 for 5 or less. We go to the bottom of Chestnut Mtn. through beautiful scenery along the river. Stretch your legs on the pier at the turnaround point. We leave one hour before sunset so you can watch the changing colors in the sky as we ride along the river.

Campfire Cookout

Watch the sun set over the Mighty Mississippi while gathered around a roaring bonfire or a family sized fire pit. Roast hot dogs and marshmallows. We provide the dogs, chips, marshmallows, and roasting sticks. Ask Roger to tell you one of his famous stories. Bring your guitar or harmonica. $15 per person for two hours. This is a great way to end a hay ride.

Liability Release

To go into horse enclosures or borrow the bikes/kayaks we require a signed liability release: Horse Activity, Boating, and Bicycling Liability Release Form

Our Herd of Horses

Stay in our comfortable vacation units and enjoy our horses and other critters, beautiful scenery, bicycling, hiking, kayaking and more.

Horseback Riders Enjoying the Day

Stay in our Vacation Rentals to Enjoy the Area

If you are an animal lover this is a place you will feel comfortable. We don't allow dogs to come unless we pre-approve them. Canine guests must be well socialized and friendly with other dogs and people.

We have seven beautiful horses. Our herd has been together for over 10 years so they all know their place and they are all very comfortable here.

We just added to our merry menagerie a baby kitten named Flo (born approx 6/15/20), and a baby miniature pig.


Beginner Horseback Riders are our specialty

We don't do trail rides. We take safe, slow walks in our 60' x 160' indoor arena and in our pastures overlooking the Mississippi river. Two horses at a time. Half-hour rides are usually very satisfying, but we can go longer if you want. We will lead the horse unless the rider is ready for free reign. Ask for a Unicorn ride if your kid wants a magical experience. Our buckskin looks just like the animated movie star horse "Spirit."

Call 815-776-9945 to discuss horse lease, Riding Lessons or one time Horse Ranch experiences.

Horseback Riding is $50 per 30 minutes per horse. We provide riding helmets. Wear sturdy shoes and long pants. We accept cash, check or Zelle. No credit cards.

Spectacular Sunsets are Common

If you are looking for a relaxing getaway with horses and beautiful scenery surrounded by nature you have found the right place. We have a very large indoor riding arena, an outdoor dressage area and pastures. There are wilderness areas a short distance from our facility as well. We do not currently provide trail rides on horseback for beginners. Please don't enter any horse enclosures unless liability release has been signed by all adults and guardians have signed for children, and you have express permission, each time you enter a horse enclosure, from one of the Wranglers (Roger and Sabina). You are welcome to enjoy the beauty of these majestic animals as you enjoy your stay in our comfortale vacation units.

Our new miniature pig, Ferkelchen, was born on 8/7/20 and is expected to grow to about 45 lbs. We plan to raise her like a dog. Seen here at 10 days old with our guinnea pig. Ferkelchen is growing fast and she gets cuter with each pound she puts on. We have a pregnant guinnea pig who is expected to give birth in October, 2020.

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