15 places for horseback riding around Arizona
From Cave Creek to Sedona, you'll enjoy eye-popping views of Arizona landscapes,
wildlife and sunsets on horseback. Riding experiences range from all things
cowboy to wine-tasting rides to family outings. Don’t forget your camera.
Sprucedale Guest Ranch
Soak up the scenery in the Alps of Arizona, including meadows, streams and
wildlife at this high-country ranch. Guided morning horseback rides are available
Monday-Saturday, and afternoon rides are available Monday-Friday. Rides last
1-and-half to 2-and-a-half hours. There are also extended rides down the Black
River that include lunch. Guests also can take a vacation, rent a cabin daily, or plan
a Scout troop trip at the ranch, which is open June-October; no rides Sundays.
Horse riders must be at least 6 years old, and pony leads are available for ages 3-5.
Details: Alpine. $40-$50; extended rides begin at $75; optional lunch available for
$12, dinner for $15. 928-333-4984, sprucedaleranch.com.
OK Corral Horseback Riding
You don’t have to trek to Tombstone to face down the Clantons, you need only
head east to Apache Junction for OK Corral Inc.’s horseback rides, which offer
views of Goldfield and Superstition Mountains. Take a ride lasting an hour or two,
book a half-day horseback adventure, or spend an entire day exploring the
wilderness with lunch included. Overnight rides are available for groups of at least
five. From November to May, steak-dinner rides are offered for groups of at least
10. Children must be 6 or older to ride. Wilderness-experience pack trips and drop
trips lasting two days or more are available for those up for the challenge.
Details: 5470 E. Apache Trail, Apache Junction. $30-$165; $350-$525 for overnight
rides. 480-982-4040, okcorrals.com.
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Arizona Horseback Rides and Spur Cross Stables
Take a guided trail ride through such areas as Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area,
Scottsdale Sonoran Preserv