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Giddy Up and Go: Horseback Riding Tahoe

2004 Rates

Getting the entire family on the same page can be difficult on hiking or biking trails. Enter horseback riding. Guided horseback riding adventures are offered for every ability: never-evers to advanced riders.

And the terrain? Incredible. Scenic vistas, granite outcroppings, Lake Tahoe views, and mountain meadows - each trail has its own allure. Here's a recap of Tahoe stables that offer rides to the public. For a new twist on family fun, consider a dinner or "Steak Ride", where wranglers cook up your meal trailside. Giddy up!

Most stables have age and weight restrictions. Most require trail riders to be six years of age and older and less than 225 pounds. Most offer helmets, but you might consider taking along your own bike helmet for proper fit. Call for updated pricing and reservations.

Alpine Meadows Stables
Address: 2600 Alpine Meadows Rd, Tahoe City
Phone: 530-583-3905
Hours of Operation: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (June - October)
Days of Operation: daily
Types of Rides Offered:

  • 1 hr. guide trail ride: $25
  • 2 hr. guided trail ride: $40
  • Half day ride: $70
  • Pony Rides (20 minute parent lead; under 5 yrs): $5
  • Pack charters: Prices vary
    Ages: 5 years and older
    Terrain: Forest, ridgeline views of Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley ski resorts
    Other programs:
    Pack charters offer a unique experience through Granite Chief and Desolation wilderness areas.

    Camp Richardson's Corral
    Address: 4 Emerald Bay Rd., South Lake Tahoe
    Phone: 530-541-3113
    Hours of Operation: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Days of Operation: daily June - October Types of Rides Offered:

  • 1 hr. guided trail ride: $30
  • 2 hr. guided trail ride: $55
  • Breakfast ride: $30
  • Steak ride: $55
  • Wagon ride (Thursdays 5:15 pm): $20 (3 and under free)
    Ages: 6 years or older
    Terrain: Wooded trails, tall timbers, Taylor Creek
    Restrictions: Weight limit of 225 lbs; reservations required
    Other programs:
    Breakfast ride includes a brisk morning ride and homemade breakfast (8am to 10am).
    Steak ride (4:30 pm - 7pm) is through wooded trails, across Taylor Creek and back to camp for a western steak barbeque.
    Wagon ride - through the tall timbers near Lake Tahoe.
    Overnight pack trips - a horseback trip for two days and one night to a pristine high country lake. Includes all provisions.
    Extended pack trips available.

    Cascade Stables
    Address: 2199 Cascade Rd., South Lake Tahoe
    Phone: 530-541-2055
    Hours of Operation: 8 am - 5pm
    Days of Operation: daily June - October
    Types of Rides Offered:

  • 1 hr. guided trail ride: $30
  • 1 1/2 guided trail ride: $40
  • 2 hr. guided trail ride: $55
  • All day trail ride: $115
  • Steak ride (3:45pm): $65
    Ages: 8 years and older
    Terrain: Gorgeous terrain to Cascade Lake, ridges overlooking Lake Tahoe, Tallac Meadow
    Restrictions: 200 lbs; reservations required
    Other programs:
    Steak Ride: evening ride around Cascade Lake for steak and potatoes over an open fire.
    Pack and fishing trips available

    Northstar Stables
    Address: Northstar-at-Tahoe, Hwy 267 between Truckee and Kings Beach
    Phone: 530-562-2480
    Hours of Operation: 8:30 - 4
    Days of Operation: Daily throughout the summer; weekends in the fall
    Types of Rides Offered & Prices:

  • 1 hr. group trail ride: $30
  • 2 hr. group trail ride: $50
  • 1 hr. private ride: $60
  • Pony ride (parent lead): $5
  • Breakfast ride: $40
  • BBQ Ride: $45
  • Lessons 1/2 hr: $30
  • Lessons 1 hr.: $50
  • English & Western offered
    Ages: pony rides for children under 7; over 7 for trail rides
    Terrain: Gentle hills thick with pine forest; views of Sierra peaks
    Other programs:
    Breakfast ride is a 1-hour Trail ride at 8:30 followed by breakfast in the picnic area (min. group of 8).
    BBQ ride is a 1-hour trail ride at 5pm, followed by dinner in the picnic area.

    Squaw Valley Stables
    Address: 1525 Squaw Valley Rd., Olympic Valley
    Phone: 530-583-7433
    Hours of Operation: 9- 4
    Days of Operation: daily June- Sept.
    Types of Rides Offered:

  • 1 hr. trail ride (9-4, every half hour): $27
  • 2 hr. trail ride (9,11 & 2:00): $50
  • Half day ride (1:30): $85
  • Private rides: $40 per hour
  • Pony Rides (10 - 12, 1-4; parent lead 20 minutes): $6
    Ages: 7 and older
    Terrain: Traverse Squaw Valley meadow, head up the trail for scenic views of Squaw Valley, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics.
    Restrictions: Reservations suggested.

    Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center
    Address: 15275 Alder Creek Road, Truckee, CA. 96161
    Phone: (530) 587-9470
    Hours of Operation: 9am - 4pm
    Days of Operation: daily
    Types of Rides Offered & Prices:

  • 1 hr. guided trail ride: $40
  • 2 hr. guided trail ride: $80
  • 1 hr. private trail ride: $120 (each additional rider $50)
  • 2 hr. private trail ride: $180 (each additional rider $80)
  • Pony ride (1/2 hr. ride 6 and under): $20
  • BBQ trail ride: $70 adult; $45 child (7-12); $20 child wagon ride (2-6)
    Ages: 7 years and older. Must be at least 4 feet tall and weigh 60lbs or more.
    Terrain: 100 kilometers of riding trails adjacent to the Tahoe National Forest and Castle Peak Wilderness areas
    Recommendations: Closed toed shoes & long pants
    Other programs:
    Friday & Saturday night Barbeque Trail Ride: Leave stable at 5pm for an hour-long trail ride. Wagon leaves at 5:30 for 45 minute ride. Return to a classic outdoor BBQ complete with guitar music and s'mores around the fire.

    Zephyr Cove Stables
    Address: Hwy. 50, 4 miles north of casinos at Zephyr Cove Resort, Zephyr Cove, NV
    Phone: ( 775) 588-5664
    Hours of Operation: varies
    Days of Operation: daily
    Types of Rides Offered:

  • 1 hr. trail ride: $30
  • 1 1/2 hr. trail ride: $45
  • 2 hr. trail ride: $60
  • Breakfast ride: $40
  • Lunch Ride: $40
  • Dinner Ride: $45
    Ages: 7 years and over
    Terrain: Scenic trails with Lake Tahoe views
    Restrictions: 225 lbs maximum weight limit
    Other programs:
    Meal rides: enjoy a one hour trail ride, then ride the hay trailer back to the picnic area for a home cooked bean. Minimum of 6 riders for meal rides. Breakfast ride: 8:00 am; Lunch ride: 11:00 am; Dinner ride: 7:00 pm

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