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30 Jul 2020
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Saddle up for panoramic views and scenic rides through majestic Tahoe National Forest! Private tours, pony rides, bareback swimming and sunset rides make unforgettable experiences against the backdrop of North Lake Tahoe! 

Giddy Up at Alpine Meadows Stables

Ride into adventure with Alpine Meadows Stables in Tahoe City! Family owned and operated since 1967, the Courtney family knows their way around horses and the best riding spots in Lake Tahoe. Their experienced guides and gentle horses provide scenic rides through Tahoe National Forest. Meander through pine forests and Mule Ear meadows on a scenic 1-hr tour, great for first time riders and family groups. Riders must be at least 6 years old and cost is just $45 per rider.

If you’ve ridden before, book a Mountain Ride and spend more time on the trail on this 2-hr ride costing $90 per rider. Half day jaunts through the Western States Trail and panoramic views of Squaw Valley are also available. Half day rides include a minimum of 4 riders and cost $150 per rider. Book a private ride for $80 per hour per person.

Pony rides are a must for the little ones! Kids ride on their own trail with gentle slopes and parents lead well-trained ponies at just $10 per child. This magical experience is one-of-a-kind adventure that will have your little one smiling from ear to ear. Reservations are highly recommended for all horse rides, especially with summer ending fast!

Swim Bareback at Piping Rock Horses

Learn to swim on a horse at Piping Rock Horses! Located in Truckee, this unique equestrian center has everything from trail rides to camps and teaches riders how to connect with their horse. Perfect for hot summer days, the Prosser Swim Ride meanders through meadows to Prosser Reservoir where the wranglers teach riders how to untack the horse and swim bareback. This ride is perfect for intermediate riders ages 14 and up and lasts 3 hours with a cost of $225 per rider.

Ride into the sunset on the Summer 2020 Evening Ride! This horseback rides starts on a scenic trail in the afternoon and ends with a beautiful sunset over the Sierra Crest. This romantic ride makes for a great engagement story. Wink, wink to all the couples out there. It lasts 1.5 hours and costs $150 per rider.

Adventurous riders will like the super premium trail on the Advanced Scenic Ride. It descends from a barn into high alpine meadows and forests, crosses over Prosser Creek and climbs to a view of the Martis Valley Truckee area. Experience the west like the settlers did back in the day on this 3-hr ride costing $250 per rider.

Beginner riders will enjoy getting a feel for the horse on a 1-hr Deer Trail Ride through the Sierra Nevada wilderness. Mild and varied terrain makes this a great introductory ride and costs $90 per rider. Piping Rock Horses has a horseback riding experience for everyone from kids to grandparents so jump online and make a reservation for this summer!