Stay in a Smoke Tree Ranch Cottage for your Horseback Riding Vacation
One Hour Horseback Rides to Guest Ranch Overnight Stay
My wife and I chose the one hour horseback ride since we were limited by time, even on vacation, go figure. Our equitrekking route was a mix of gentle canyon beds, punctuated by steep climbs and occasional precarious cliff side jaunts. We saw a couple of coyotes, jack rabbits, and a lone hawk riding the solar vectors high above our horses. Our horseback riding guide, Miguel, explained that coyotes, like the ones we saw frequently, venture into nearby residential developments searching for an easy meal in the form of errant cats, chihuahuas, and scraps out of unsecured garbage cans. During your horseback ride, be on the look out for lavender growing alongside the trail. Even if you visually miss it, it’s sweet aroma is sure to clue you in.
Well Maintained Property at Smoke Tree Ranch
Back at the ranch, the corrals are well maintained. Riding helmets are available, but not mandatory. Our guide let us use a saddlebag for our camera and water bottles…very important any time of year while on a horseback riding vacation in the desert sun. One much appreciated perk at Smoke Tree Stables is that they have nice bathrooms not at all reminiscent of the wild west and imperative after jouncing around on horseback for at least an hour.
- One Hour Trail Ride $50 pp – Leaves every hour (8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm) – Takes you along the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains
- Two Hour Trail Ride $90 pp – The two hour horseback rides leave at (8:00am, 10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm)- This is the more scenic horseback riding vacation, taking you through the Aqua Caliente Indian Reservation, passing through native palm canyons and crossing year-round streams.