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Horseback Riding Vacations

Take a Ride Through the Heart of California

Woman on horseback riding under a big tree at Alisal Guest Ranch & ResortExplore Alisal Ranch from an unforgettable vantage point. Ride horses through canyons, shaded hillsides, past grazing cattle and babbling brooks.

Alisal Ranch’s horseback riding vacations start with our string of 100 horses. Wranglers will pair you with a horse suited to your skill level—everyone from first-time riders to advanced equestrians is welcome to ride. Once paired with a horse, you’ll take off on a ride through the rambling Santa Ynez Valley.

Embark on a 2-hour scenic trail ride. Amble out beneath giant oaks. Encounter deer, coyotes, quail, and more as the sun dips below the horizon. Or skip the ride altogether to learn how to rope, groom, and guide horses through an obstacle course.

Traveling with Kids?

Introduce them to the cowboy way of life on family-friendly trail rides, corral lessons, or lead arounds.

Lil’ Riders Programs

Booking your rides

Guest Services takes reservations in advance for all horseback riding activities. This ensures you won’t miss out on an adventure on horseback, as our rides do fill quickly. Contact Guest Services prior to arrival to book your ride.

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How to Enjoy Your Ride at Alisal

Enjoy your time Safely

Safety is our prime directive in guiding you and your family to an enjoyable and safe trail riding vacation. Sorry, riders must weigh less than 240 pounds. (Advanced riders must weigh under 210 lbs.) If you have members of your family that have never ridden before, please consider taking a few riding lessons during your stay.

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Service Charges

The Alisal's 20% service charge is intended to eliminate the need for our guests to tip individual employees, as well as cover the cost of a variety of amenities provided to our guests. These include two water canteens and a bottle of Alisal wine at check-in, daily newspapers, complimentary WiFi internet access, fitness center, complimentary shuttles to and from Solvang village center, nightly hors d'oeuvres in the Oak Room bar, complimentary bicycles, wine tasting with Alisal wine partners, scheduled and seasonal entertainment and a variety of children's activities including barnyard and Kid's arts and crafts room.