Horseback Riding is Popular in Phoenix

If you enjoy horseback riding, the greater Phoenix area offers wonderful opportunities to commune with nature and to meet the beautiful Sonoran dessert up close and personal from the back of a horse.

Ponderosa Stables
 What could be more enjoyable than a breakfast ride into the desert. The peace and beauty of the early morning hour long ride will help you to work up an appetite. You will then enjoy your breakfast of bacon, sausage, pancakes, orange juice, coffee or hot chocolate. This can only be done for groups of eight or more so get your family and friends together.

Trails rides from one to eight hours are also available and you will enjoy the scenery of the Sonoran desert and South Mountain Park. This stable is the only one located within the city of Phoenix.

OK Corral

Whether you are looking for a one, two, three or four hour trail ride or a 1-3 day trailing riding trip OK Corral can fix you up. If you are fascinated by tales of the Lost Dutchman’s Mine then taking a trail ride with the OK Corral will bring you into the Superstition Mountains so you can have a look for yourself. To enjoy this adventure you need to take a three hour tour or the 1-3 day camping adventure. The one, two, hour and all day tours will take you into the Sonoran Desert. Rates run from $30 for a one hour tour and up for the longer tours.

They are open all year and welcome children 6 years and older. There is a weight limit of 240 pounds. They have been on business for forty years. Riders from novice to experienced are welcomed, All tours are guided. Wear jeans and carry water.

Saguaro Lake Ranch Trail Rides

Call (480) 984-0335
Saguaro Lake Trail Rides
13020 Bush Highway
Mesa, AZ 85215
(480) 984-0335
Phoenix, AZ (40 minutes)

Riders 8 years and older and weight limit of 250 pounds. Open mid September to May 1st. Enjoy guided rides into the Tonto National Forest.

Choose from the following tours:

1.5 Hour Trail Ride
You will be lead by a guide on trails that wander through the Tonto National Forest. You will want to bring your camera to capture the views of Saguaro Lake and the Saguaro cactus that dot the landscape.

2hour trail ride – will take you along the Salt River which you may have to cross and in the shadow of the Bulldog Mountains. You will again get to appreciate the Saguaro forest and the desert landscape.

Four hour trail ride – offers a more in depth tour and it is recommend that you bring a lunch since food is not provided.

If you want to spend several days in the saddle but don’t want to camp out staying at the Saguaro Lake Ranch is an option. Lodging is available in their rustic ranchettes and you can then kayak and tube on the Salt River. Rides are scheduled all day long from 8 AM to sunset.

Arizona Horseback Experience

This is located 120 miles  from Phoenix but the offerings are so good, it was included. This company believes you need at least a day to bond with your horse. Day trips include lunch , snacks and bottled water. Says begin at 9am and will raise from elevations of 3000 ft. to 9000 ft. Along the way there will be plenty of time to enjoy the flora and the fauna. The same trails are never taken two days in a row so you can come back and enjoy more. The difficulty ranges from novice to experienced rider.

If you can only spare three hours consider the winery tour which leaves at 9,10 and 11am and takes you through grassland and scenic hills. You will have wine tasting and lunch at the Sonita Winery while you enjoy views of the Mustang Mountains. Both riders and horses will be transported back to the starting point. You will take home a bottle of wine compliments of the winery and also a souvenir glass.

Three hour rides are also offered at 9am and 1pm if you can’t give a whole day and don’t want to do the Winery Tour.

They can customize a multi day camping adventure including meals on the trail cowboy style, or for the less adventurous days will end at a local B&B. They also offer the option of a four day Canyon de Chelly ride with a local Navajo guide. You just have to go and they will provide the horse, the camping gears and meals prepared on site.

These are just some of the opportunities for horseback riding that are offered in the greater Phoenix area.