Our horseback riding program is second to none. As soon as you leave the corral you will see nothing but beautiful desert scenery surrounded by cactus, Joshua Trees and mountain ranges. Located in the Mohave desert, we are an hour away from the nearest town, no city lights, no traffic, just the occasional road runner being chased by the occasional coyote. This is cowboy country, the Wild West.
Horseback Riding at the Guest Ranch
Our horseback program offers a gentle, slow walking ride or an intermediate trotting ride as well as an exciting fast trotting/loping ride. You get to choose what type of ride you want to go on, not the other way around. Not only are our wranglers friendly and personable, but our horses are as well! We have a corral full of horses, each with its own distinct personality so that we can match that perfect one to you based on your riding ability. As soon as you leave the corral, you will see nothing but beautiful desert scenery surrounded by 3 mountain ranges - NO cities, subdivisions, and only an occasional house in the distance will be seen. There are hundreds of thousands of acres of land (owned by B.L.M.) just out our back gate which are available for horseback riding. The ranch has a special permit allowing access to all of these beautiful trails! This provides endless trails and riding opportunities. Horseback rides are offered twice daily except for Sundays when the horses and the wranglers have the day off.
Variety of different riding opportunities for the horse-riding guest
|At Stagecoach Trails we offer a riding program that is tailored to each rider. First of all, we do our best to make sure you are matched up with the appropriate horse - we want you to be comfortable with your horse and your ability to control the type of horse you are going to be riding. Secondly, we want you to be able to go on the type of ride you like. If you prefer a shorter, slower walking ride or if you would like to go on a more advanced trotting and/or trotting and loping ride, we will be happy to accommodate you.|
|We always want you to be comfortable and happy with your horse, wrangler, and your trail rides. People come to Dude or Guest Ranches to horseback ride, relax, and have fun, and we hope you will be very satisfied when you leave our ranch. So please don’t hesitate to talk to us about any questions you may have regarding the riding program or your horse choice. We try to match everyone up with the right horse, don’t hesitate to ask if you would like to switch horses and we will accommodate you as we want you to enjoy your ride!|
The novice rider can enjoy a slow, scenic ride twice daily for about 1 hour or so.
The intermediate rider can enjoy both slow scenic rides, as well as a walk, trot, and loping rides lasting 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
The experienced rider can not only enjoy the slow, scenic rides and/or trotting but we also offer more challenging mountain rides (during cooler months, approx. September - April), and faster paced loping rides (advance riders only).
|We also offer a 3-4 hour lunch ride (A bag lunch is provided for these rides), and a 2 hour "cactus ride". Your riding ability will determine if you can enjoy some of these longer rides. There is a minimum 4 night stay required to be eligible for the longer rides. Also, they are only available during cooler months, approx. September - April.|
|For our disabled riders, young riders ages 5 and under and anyone else who is nervous or unable to go out on the actual trails but still wants the horseback riding experience, we offer supervised rides in an enclosed arena or around the perimeter of the ranch. Please see our disabled section for more information about our special riding opportunities for our guests with special needs.|
|Between June and September, horseback rides will leave around 6-7:30 a.m. and then again around 4:30-6 pm and last around an hour. During the rest of the year the rides go out around 10 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. They will last around 1 to 1 1/2 hours each.|
|Children 8 years and older will be allowed to ride on the trails with their own horse under their own guidance. Children that are ages 6 or 7 years old MAY (up to the discretion of the staff) be able to ride on the trails while being "ponied" by one of our wranglers. This means that the lead wrangler will tie a long lead rope from the child's horse and hold onto that rope for the entire ride to insure that the horse will not run-off or become uncontrollable for the child. If you have any questions about this, please email or call us directly at 866-444-4471 FREE or 1-928-727-8270.|
|For children 5 and under we do offer a short, slow walking ride with side walkers around the ranch or down the driveway and back. This gives the kids a wonderful riding experience outside of the smaller, restricted arena.|
All riders are required to sign a release form waiver (click here for form)