Copper Valley Trail Company Horseback Riding Vacation, Copperopolis, California

//Copper Valley Trail Company Horseback Riding Vacation, Copperopolis, California
Horseback Riding Vacation with Copper Valley Trail Company, Copperopolis, Califonia

Horseback Riding Vacation with Copper Valley Trail Company, Copperopolis, California

Copper Valley Trail Company Horseback Riding Vacation

Grass hoppers jump in front of our horses, like popcorn kernels exploding in a hot frying pan. The grass is dry on this August day in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Calaveras county.  Yet Mike Toberer, owner of Copper Valley Trail Company, guides me on his mule to a flowing creek bed that gives life to the green grass surrounding the natural stream of water.

A former gold mining town, Copperopolis offers some of the best horseback riding around and Toberer’s well trained horses are ready for the adventure.

Family-friendly Horseback Riding in Calaveras County

Husband and wife team Mike and Michelle Toberer have operated Copper Valley Trail Company for five years.  The Copper Valley Trail Company is a family-based business offering family friendly trail rides in Copperopolis, California. Their two older boys enjoy horseback riding and competing in junior rodeo events in Calaveras County. In fact, when I pulled up to the  new storefront in Copperopolis Town Square their younger sister looked on as the older brother successfully roped his sibling’s foot.

Copper Valley Trail Company Horseback Riding Vacation

Copper Valley Trail Company Horseback Riding Vacation

Wine Tasting Packages and Overnight Pack Trips

If you are looking for an equestrian girl-friend getaway, or more time in the saddle, Toberer is happy to customize a horseback ride. Popular packages are wine tasting rides. For $85, equitrekkers enjoy a one 1/2 hour trail ride, followed with wine tasting at Renner Winery or Snaps Coffee and Wine Bar in Copperopolis Town Square. Cowboys and cowgirls receive five wine tastings and a glass of wine, paired with hors d oeurves.

New in 2010 is the addition of overnight camp packages. These horseback riding vacations include a stocked camp, with everything you need except your personal items and sleeping bags. Package B, is all inclusive, including the cooking! Copper Valley Trail Company provides the guide, tent cabin, cookware, food, bathroom and shower. Heck, they’ll even pack your fishing gear if you like.

Nancy and Beau on a horseback riding vacation with Copper Valley Trail Company

Nancy and Beau on a horseback riding vacation with Copper Valley Trail Company

Saddle Creek Resort

After my morning horseback riding vacation with Copper Valley Trail Company, I checked into a bungalow at Saddle Creek Resort. My husband was looking forward to a motorcycle ride from the Bay Area to the Sierra foothills and I was tasked with bringing his golf clubs for a round of golf the next morning at Saddle Creek Golf Course.

Situated less than two hours from the San Francisco Bay Area and one hour from the Central Valley, the Copper Valley is positioned between San Francisco, Yosemite and Lake Tahoe in the Sierra foothills. The area offers golf, tennis, boating on Lake Tulloch, dining and wine tasting in nearby Murphys.

What are your tips for things to see and do in Copperopolis and Calaveras County? Where are your favorite places to go on a horseback riding vacation in California?

If You Go:

Copper Valley Trail Company (209) 785-9801

403 Town Square Road, Copperopolis, CA 95228

Photos, YouTube video and article by Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip. I was a guest of Copper Valley Trail Company.

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5 Comments

  1. Lori December 13, 2010 at 7:30 am

    looking for riding in a winter wonderland

    831.685.3647
    or
    708-2777 home

  2. jennifer mello March 30, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    the librarian here in copper said tht you had an upcoming event for children to do an all day packing and bbq for a very reasonable price could you send me More info?

  3. Nancy D. Brown March 30, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Hello Jennifer,
    Thanks for stopping by the Writing Horseback blog. I’m a travel writer with an equestrian emphasis. You’ll need to contact Copper Valley Trail Company directly. There contact information is listed at the end of the blog post.

  4. Kraig Barry June 14, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I would like to view your overnight riding packages , please let me know .
    Thank You

    Kraig
    916-715-2527

  5. Nancy D. Brown June 15, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    @Kraig
    I’m a travel writer. You’ll need to contact Copper Valley Trail Company directly. Their contact information is listed under “If You Go.”

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