Horseback riding in the Central Valley is available in the towns of Elverta, Winters, Sanger, Clovis and Caliente. Lose the hiking boots and cover more distance in less time than hiking. Horses can cover great distances in much 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 in the Central Valley includes horseback 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 in the Central Valley from north of Sacramento to the foothills outside of Bakersfield.
Gibson Ranch is located north of Sacramento off Interstate 80. The horse stables at Gibson Ranch offer 1 to 1½ hour group or private horseback riding along a horse trail that traverses through Gibson Ranch County Park. The 4-mile trail ride follows the picturesque Dry Creek.
Gibson Ranch County Park
8556 Gibson Ranch Road
Elverta, CA 95626
Buzzard's Roost Ranch is located off Highway 80 north of Vacaville. The horse stables at Buzzard's Roost Ranch offer many equine options including carriage rides, wagon rides and guided horseback riding. They have a variety of horses and carriages for special occasions such as weddings, parades, parties, corporate events and more. Trail rides are by the hour and include arena or trail riding.
Buzzard's Roost Ranch
8290A Pleasants Valley Road
Winters, California 95694
Wonder Valley Ranch Resort is located off Highway 180 east of Fresno. The riding stables at Wonder Valley offer 1 to 4 hour guided horseback riding through the foothills below Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park. Wonder Valley is a full-service resort with accommodations, conference & wedding facilities, a pool with waterslides and a regional museum. You don't have to be a guest of the resort to join one of their trail rides.
Wonder Valley Ranch Resort
6450 Elwood Road
Sanger, CA 93657
Clyde Pack Outfit is located off Highway 168 northeast of Fresno. The horse stables offer everything from 1 & 2 hour trail riding to multi-day pack trips into the Sequoia wilderness. The riding stables are located at Dinkey Creek. Pack stations are located at Wishon Reservoir and Courtright Lake.
Rankin Ranch is located off Highway 58 east of Bakersfield. The horse stables at Rankin Ranch offer one-hour tail rides twice daily. Trail riding varies between flat lands to mountainous trails. Rankin Ranch is a full-service dude ranch with accommodations, a pool, lake, rec room, kitchen and more.
Caliente, California 93518