Horseback riding on the North Coast of California includes coastal bluffs, redwood forests, horse camp, dude ranch and horseback riding on the beach. 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 horseback riding on the North Coast includes trips 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 North Coast from the expansive Redwood National Park to a small redwood park bordering wine country.
Redwood Creek Buckarettes are located off Highway 101 in Redwood National Park. Nestled between a lush redwood forest and the Pacific Ocean, The horse stables at Redwood Creek offer guided horseback riding May through November.
Redwood Creek Buckarettes
1000 Drydens Road
Orick, CA 95555
Korobi Stables are located off Highway 101 just north of the Highway 36 junction. Korobi Stables provides many equestrian services including boarding, riding lessons, horse training, pony parties and trail rides. Horseback riding options include trail riding along the banks of the Eel River and below the towering redwoods of Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
Ricochet Ridge Ranch is located off Highway 1, two miles north of Fort Bragg. Situated directly across the highway from MacKerricher State Park, Ricochet Ridge offers the opportunity for trail riding in redwood forests, through a working dude ranch and horseback riding on the beach. Horse riding is available by reserving a vacation package with Ricochet Ridge, which includes stay at the local Hill House Inn.
Ricochet Ridge Ranch
24201 N. Highway 1
Fort Bragg, California 95437
Ross Ranch is located near the town of Elk near the intersection of Highways 1 and 128. The horse stables at Ross Ranch offer horseback riding on the beach at Manchester State Park or redwood forest trail rides from the horse ranch.
Elk, California 95432
Highland Ranch is located off Highway 128 north of Boonville. Guests of the horse ranch have several horseback riding options including short trail rides through lush forest to Mendocino coastal trail rides offering outrageous scenery. Popular stops include a natural swimming hole and a picnic alongside the Navarro River.
Philo, CA 95466
Armstrong Woods Pack Station is located off Highway 116 in the Armstrong Redwoods State Park. The horse stables at Armstrong Woods offer everything from 1.5 hour guided horseback riding to multi-day pack trips. Trail rides traverse the old-growth redwood forest of Armstrong Redwoods State Park and Austin Creek State Park. Enjoy a lush forest environment, mountaintop meadows and panoramic vistas on your trail ride.
Armstrong Woods Pack Station
17000 Armstrong Woods Road
Guerneville, CA 95446