Central Coast Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding on the Central Coast

Central Coast Horseback Riding locations including Santa Barbara, Monterey, Big Sur, Pismo Beach, horse trail riding, horse camp, stables, horseback riding on the beach and a dude ranch. Lose the hiking boots and cover more distance in less time than hiking. Generally, horse trail rides head for the most breathtaking lookout points and other points of interest that the region has to offer. Most of the horse trail riding on the Central Coast includes trail rides from one to two hours with helmets provided for rider safety. Although trail riding horses can be unpredictable, the horses are generally of calm temperament and disposition making them easy even for inexperienced children to ride. Below we've listed many of the horse stables on the Central Coast from a working dude ranch in Cambria to horseback riding on the beach in Santa Barbara.

Monterey to San Luis Obispo

Mt. Madonna Stables are located off Highway 152 north of Mt. Madonna County Park. The horse stables at Mt. Madonna offer guided trail rides for an hour & 15 minutes. Trail rides traverse past giant redwoods, waterfalls and viewpoints through Mt. Madonna Park. Mt. Madonna is a popular place for horseback riding through redwoods.Camping is also available at Mt. Madonna Park.

Mt. Madonna Stables
60 Summit Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
(408) 663-1665

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Monterey Bay Equestrian Center is located off Highway 101 north of Salinas. The horse stables at Monterey Bay Equestrian Center offer horseback riding on the beach and horse-drawn carriage rides for special occasions.

Monterey Bay Equestrian Center
19805 Pesante Raod
Salinas, CA. 93907
(831) 663-5712

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Pebble Beach Equestrian Center is located off Highway 1 from the Pebble Beach Pacific Grove exit (Hwy 68). Surrounded by golf courses, upscale homes and the sea, the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center offers horseback trail riding from 50 to 110 minutes. Choose horseback riding on the beach that include oceanviews from 17-mile drive or trail rides through Del Monte Forest. Options include group rides, family rides, private rides, pony rides and pony parties. Riding lessons are also available.

Pebble Beach Equestrian Center
3300 Portola Road
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
(831) 624-2756

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Molera Horseback Tours is located in Andrew Molera State Park along the Big Sur Coast. The horse stables at Andrew Molera offer many varieties of horse riding adventures including horseback riding on the beach, horseback riding through redwoods, and sunrise & sunset trail riding. Trail rides last from 1 to 2.5 hours.

Molera Horseback Tours
Andrew Molera State Park
Big Sur, CA 93920
(800) 942-5486

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Outback Trail Rides is located south of Cambria off Highway 1. The horse stables at Outback Trail Rides offer 1 or 2 hour trail rides on a working dude ranch. Horses traverse rolling hills, shady canyons and coastal bluffs. Horseback riding on the beach is offered on select days for experienced riders at Cayucos Beach.

Outback Trail Rides
Cabrillo Highway 1
Cambria, CA 93428
(805) 286-8772

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Work Ranch is located north of Paso Robles off Highway 101. The horse stables at Work Ranch invite guests to bring their own horses or join one of their guided trail rides to explore their 12,000 acre dude ranch. Horses traverse the rolling hills of central coast wine country on 1.5 hour horseback trail rides. You don't have to be an overnight guest to partake in their riding adventures but the ranch also offers horse camp options which include everything from a guest house to tent or trailer stay on the property.

Work Ranch
75903 Ranchita Canyon Road
San Miguel, CA 93451
(805) 467-3233

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Central Coast Trailrides is located east of Highway 101 between Atascadero and Santa Margarita. They offer horse rides to many scenic Central Coast locations including Morro Rock, Cambria, Cayucos, Santa Margarita Lake, Montaña de Oro State Park, wineries, beaches and a private ranch. Enjoy panoramic vistas of Central Coast vineyards or the ocean breeze on beautiful beaches.

Central Coast Trailrides
7265 O'Donovan Road
Creston, CA 93432
(805) 610-1306

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Shangri-La Ranch is located off Highways 101 and 58, northeast of San Luis Obispo. Situated less than a mile from Santa Margarita Lake, the horse stables at Shangri-La Ranch offer group and picnic riding by the lake. Traverse the horse trails around the picturesque Santa Margarita Lake by the comfort of horseback.

TIP: Shangri-La Ranch is situated directly across the road from Santa Margarita Lake KOA Campground where they will bring horses directly to your campsite for guided trail rides.

Shangri-La Ranch
4720 Santa Margarita Lake Road
Santa Margarita, CA 93453
(805) 438-3895

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Pismo Beach to Ventura

Photo Courtesy Pismo Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau

Pacific Dunes Ranch Riding Stables are located south of Pismo Beach off Highway 101. Follow a natural creek to the ocean where you'll enjoy horseback riding on the beach at Oceano Dunes. The horse stables at Pacific Dunes Ranch offer guided horseback trail riding from 1 to 1.5 hours.

Pacific Dunes Riding Stables
1205 Silver Spur Place
Oceano, California 93445
(805) 489-8100

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Vino Vaqueros is located in the Santa Ynez Valley off Highway 154. Situated in wine country terroir between Los Olivos and Lake Cuchuma, they offer 90-minute private vineyard rides to local wineries that include wine tasting and a gourmet lunch.

Vino Vaqueros
2178 Mora Avenue
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 944-0493

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Circle Bar B is situated in the canyon above Refugio State Beach off Highway 101. The horse stables at Circle Bar B offer guided trail rides from 1.5 hours to half-day. Expect to see a panoramic oceanview while trail riding mountain trails with streams, waterfalls and lush canyons. You don't have to be a guest at the dude ranch to partake in their trail rides but they also offer a horse camp which includes ranch rooms, detached cabins, creekside cottages and hillside homesteads.

Circle Bar B Guest Ranch & Stables
1800 Refugio Road
Goleta, CA 93117
(805) 968-3901

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Captain Jack's Tours & Events offers more fun choices of tours and events everyday. Captain Jack's Tours & Events will provide that special something to every event whether your group consists of 2 people or 200. With so many fun things to do in Santa Barbara, Captain Jack's Tours & Events has something for everyone. Tours include wine tasting, whale watching, kayaking, horseback riding, paragliding and more.

Captain Jack's Tours & Events
933 Castillo Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 564-1819

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Rancho Oso is located off Highway 154 southeast of Lake Cachuma. This all-inclusive resort offers several trail riding options among many other activities. The horse stables at Rancho Oso offer trail rides from 1 hour to half-day and include horse trail riding the Santa Ynez River Valley. Rancho Oso also offers a horse camp including cabins, covered wagon tents, RV and tent camping. Amenities include a heated swimming pool, camp store and laundry facilities. Other activities include a pool table, mini-golf course, tennis court, horseshoe pits, volleyball, basketball, game rooms and more.

Rancho Oso Guest Ranch & Stables
3750 Paradise Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 683-5110

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Los Padres Outfitters is located in the coastal community of Carpinteria between Santa Barbara and Ventura. Los Padres Outfitters offers half-day or 2-hour horseback riding on the beach, 2-hour to full-day trail riding and multi-day pack trips into the Los Padres National Forest. Riding on the beach is possible at several beaches in Santa Barbara & Montecito. Explore the unspoiled Sespe Wilderness and enjoy full meals prepared cookout-style on multi-day trips. Discover and soak in natural hot springs, frolic in one of many swimming holes and fish for trout.

Los Padres Outfitters
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(805) 331-5252

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Ojai Valley Trail Riding Company is located where Highways 150 and 33 converge, north of Ventura and east of Santa Barbara. The horse stables at Ojai Valley offer half-hour pony rides and 1 to 2 hour trail rides along the Ventura River, through Rice Canyon and over the Topa Topa Mountains.

Ojai Valley Trail Riding Company
Ojai, CA 93105
(805) 890-9340

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