Horseback Riding at Stagecoach Trails
horseback riding program is second to none because we offer a gentle, slow
walking ride or an intermediate trotting ride as well as an exciting fast
trotting/loping ride. You get to choose what type of ride you want to go on,
not the other way around. Not only are our
wranglers friendly and personable,
our horses are as well! We have a corral full of horses, each with its own
distinct personality so that we can match that perfect one to you based on
your riding ability. As soon as you leave the corral, you will see nothing
but beautiful desert
scenery surrounded by 3 mountain ranges - NO cities, subdivisions, and
only an occasional house in the distance will be seen. There are tens of
thousands of acres of land
(owned by B.L.M.) just out our back
gate which are available for horseback riding. The ranch has a special
permit allowing access to all of these
beautiful trails! This provides endless trails and riding opportunities.
Horseback rides are offered twice daily except for Sundays when the horses
and the wranglers have the day off.
For the horseback riding guest, we offer a variety of different riding opportunities:
Stagecoach Trails we offer a riding program that is tailored to
each rider. First of all, we do our best to make sure you are
matched up with the appropriate horse - we want you to be
comfortable with your horse and your ability to control the type
of horse you are going to be riding. Secondly, we want you to be
able to go on the type of ride you like. If you prefer a
shorter, slower walking ride or if you would like to go on a
more advanced trotting and/or trotting and loping ride, then of
course we will be happy to accommodate you (first timers or
guests who havenít been here within a year must take a mandatory
walking ride first before going on advanced rides).
We always want you to be comfortable and happy with your horse,
wrangler, and your trail rides. People come to Dude/Guest
Ranches to horseback ride, relax, and have fun, and we hope you
will be very satisfied when you leave our ranch. So please
donít hesitate to talk to Carrie about any concerns you may
regarding the riding program or your horse choice. Carrie tries
to match everyone up with the right horse but sometimes there
are personality conflicts with the rider and horse. Donít
hesitate to ask if you would like to switch horses and she will
do her best to accommodate you as she wants you to enjoy your
The novice rider can enjoy a slow, scenic ride twice daily for
about 1 hour or so.
The intermediate rider can enjoy both slow scenic rides, as well
as a walk, trot, and loping rides lasting 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
The experienced rider can not only enjoy the slow, scenic rides
and/or the trotting but we also offer more challenging mountain
rides (only during cooler months, approx. September - April),
and faster paced loping rides (advance riders only).
We also offer a 3-4 hour lunch ride (A bag lunch is provided for
these rides.), and a 2 hour "cactus ride" to some riders. Your
riding ability will determine if you can enjoy one of these
longer rides. There is a minimum stay 4 night stay required
to be eligible for the longer rides. Also, they are only
available during cooler months, approx. September - April.
(Generally only one lunch and/or cactus ride per stay.)
For our disabled riders, young riders ages 5 and under and
anyone else who is nervous or unable to go out on the actual
trails but still wants the horseback riding experience, we
offer supervised rides in an enclosed arena or around the
perimeter of the ranch. Please see our disabled section for
more information about our special riding opportunities for our
guests with special needs.
Due to the Arizona desert heat between May - September,
horseback rides will leave around 6-7:30 a.m. and then again
around 4:30-6 pm and last only an hour. During the rest of the
year the rides go out around 9:45 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. and 2:15
p.m. - 4:00 p.m. They will last between and 1 hour to 1 1/2
You will be placed on the 4:00pm (mid September-April) or
4:30pm(May-early September) on the day of check in.
Unfortunately we cannot accommodate you for a later ride if your
are not here in time so you must arrive 30 minutes before ride
time in order to ride on the day of arrival.
Children 8 years and older will be allowed to ride on the trails
with their own horse under their own guidance. Children that are
ages 6 or 7 years old MAY (Up to the discretion of
Carrie Rynders) be able to ride on the trails while being "ponied"
by one of our wranglers. This means that the lead wrangler will
tie a long lead rope from the child's horse and hold onto that
rope for the entire ride to insure that the horse will not
run-off or become uncontrollable for the child. If you have any
questions about this, please
email or call us directly
PLEASE NOTE-if you have more than one child ages
6-7, we cannot always accommodate you for both children on the
same ride as that requires two wranglers and limits us too much
when there are other guests here. You may be required to split
up if there are two parents/guardians or go on two separate ride
times or those children may only be able to take a ride around
the ranch instead of going on the actual trail ride. Please
feel free to discuss with Carrie if you have questions.
Please be advised that anyone under the age of 5 or over the
weight of 240 lbs. is not allowed outside of the arena/ranch.
For children 5 and under we do offer a short, slow walking ride
with side walkers around the ranch or down the driveway and
back. This gives the kids a wonderful riding experience outside
of the smaller, restricted arena.
PLEASE NOTE: If it is your first time visiting
Stagecoach Trails, or if has been more than 1 year since your
previous visit, then your 1st trail ride will be a
mandatory walking ride only (no exceptions, sorry!). After
that you are eligible to ride at your own ability and try the
trotting or loping rides if you are comfortable, capable, and
the wranglers are as well. Anyone returning to the ranch within
a year who has trotted and loped before can take a
trotting/loping ride right away if they desire. If you have any
questions, please call or email us anytime regarding this.
PLEASE NOTE: there is no riding on Sundays.
Wranglers and horses have off.
All riders will be required
to sign a
waiver before participating in any activities
(If you are bringing a child under 18 to the ranch that is not
part of your family, you must have a waiver signed by the
parent/parents before that child can ride. Your signature is not
valid unless you are their appointed guardian. No
As you can see, we offer a riding
program that anyone would be hard pressed to complain about!
However, if you do have any concerns or questions about your ride or
your horse during your stay, please do not hesitate to speak to
Carrie or one of the wranglers about it. WE WANT YOU TO