Trial Rides Destinations

Trial Rides Destinations

There are up to 140 ranches in North America offering family vacation. Many places in USA, Canada and Mexico provide an authentic cowboy experience.  For many tourists this type of holiday is a trip of a lifetime.  Tourists learn from expert riders many facts about Western heritage and riding skills. Certified instructors lead riding lessons, trail rides, cattle drives, and pack trips. There are so many activities to do and so many spots to see in the vacation ranches. Among them are an amazing fishing opportunities as well as  yoga and tennis classes.


Fall horseback riding vacation by Echo Valley Ranch

Fall horseback riding vacation. Photo: Echo Valley Ranch

The largest number of ranches can be found in Colorado – more than 25.  These ranching destinations are settled in the wildest parts of the state.  Colorado features unique landscapes which can make you feel the spirit of the Wild West.  The best time for a horse riding vacation is spring because of emerald-green mountain forests and vibrant colors of the spring flowers.  In the summer you can swim in crystal-clear lakes. Fall is a great season for a vacation in Colorado because of the gold and red colors of the woods.  During your holiday in a family run Colorado ranch, you can explore the beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park and Colorado River. Farmlands offer horseback riding, wildlife watching as well as learning about cowboys. Sound like the thrill of a lifetime!

There are more than 20 vacation ranches in Wyoming which makes this state the second large destination for trial rides in North America. This rustic ranch destination is the land of vast forests, isolated homes and picturesque farms. Wyoming`s vacation ranches are considered the best horse riding destinations in USA. The places are located in mountain meadows or valleys featuring immense grasslands.  The ranches are famous with the authentic local cuisine.

The California`s land still remains a home of the cowboy.   Here, there are five exceptional ranches to visit.  All they feature a relaxed and personal atmosphere. On your adventure holiday you can learn skills from experienced trainers. During your stay, you can explore the outstanding beauty of the Marble Mountain and Klamath River.

Arizona is also an area to become a true cowboy.  This destination is famous with the unlimited riding opportunities, comfortable accommodations, and adventurous pack tours across breathtaking landscapes. Here, you can practice horseback riding and watch how the horses are trained.  You can also learn how to prepare a cowboy dinner.

Horseback riding in Canada takes you through majestic mountains, open meadows, and evergreen forests. Here you can enjoy some of the most beautiful, untouched natural landscapes in North America.  The ranchos are located in Vermont, British Columbia and Quebec.

The more adventurous tourists can explore the Mexico`s countryside. There are a few ranchos offering horseback riding, sightseeing and even camping out under the stars.

Caribbean Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is a popular holiday activity for many tourists in Caribbean resorts. Riding along exotic white sand beaches, palm trees and turquoise ocean is a must-do when you are in Dominican Republic, Mexico, Costa Rica and other exotic destinations in the region. Horseback trails offer a great experience through tropical landscapes and amazing scenery. There are many resorts where you can go horse riding.

Photo: Dustan Sept

Photo: Dustan Sept

This activity is available in North Dominican Republic – the peninsula of Samana, Las Terrenas and Puerto Plata. There are exclusive guided tours that can be booked at your hotel. Many luxurious getaway on the North coast of Dominican Republic offer horseback trips. You can also opt for a vacation in a farm, located on a Samana Mountain or Puerto Plata. In addition to the sunny weather and ocean breeze, here you can also enjoy scenic mountain views. There are some hidden gems that can be reached only by horse such as waterfalls, as well as mangroves and jungles in Las Terrenas area.

It is a great experience to ride on fabulous beaches in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. During yourtrip, you can explore the exotic surroundings of your hotel and the Caribbean coast of Mexico. Tourists consider this area an excellent location for a horseback riding tours. This activity can be combined with adventure day trips to the ancient architectural monument Chichen Itza and the natural wander – cenote.

There are also trial packs including biking, canoeing, snorkeling, as well as trying the amazing local cuisine. After the ride through the Yucatan landscapes, you can relax on exotic beaches.