Families wanting to go horseback riding at Kickapoo State Park are going to be disappointed for awhile. Thunder Wolf Trail Rides located along the east side of the park has closed. But Kickapoo Site Superintendent John Hott says efforts are underway to hopefully re-open the trail rides this summer.
Hott says the person who was operating the rides decided to close the business for financial reasons. ‘’Just like everything else, insurance was high and the cost of feeding the horses was rising,’’ says Hott. He added the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has been having difficulty statewide trying to maintain the trail riding business because of the cost.
Hott told Vermilioncountyfirst.com that a couple of people have already expressed an interest in re-opening the trail rides at Kickapoo. But he says it would probably be sometime in July before they could begin operations. ‘’We’re going to put in a request to the procurement section,’’ says Hott. ‘’Then we will try to select the best operator.’’
The Kickapoo Site Superintendent says the person who had been operating the trail rides had been experiencing financial difficulties with it for some time. The Thunder Wolf Trail Rides have been operated under contract. The business is located within the Kickapoo State Recreational Area, but Hott says only the building and trails are owned by the State. The person or persons who run the trail rides provide everything from horses and saddles to insurance. And Hott also noted that a bunch of the horses were getting old and needed to be replaced.