Horseback Riding

John Muir Trail  pack train - Kenny Karst

Explore the park the way the first pioneers did – by horseback! Mules and horses have long been a part of the park’s transportation systems. Sure-footed and strong, they carry supplies and visitors to some of the most beautiful parts of the park, allowing you to relax and just enjoy the scenery.

Within the park, there are stables which offer two-hour, four-hour and all-day guided Yosemite horseback rides via horse and mule from Yosemite Valley, Wawona, and in the high country, near Tuolumne Meadows. All of the stables are operated seasonally in the summer months. Custom saddle and pack trips are also available.

Consider a ride to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias in summer or enjoy a festive sleigh ride through the snow in winter. Visit Yosemite Trails for more info.

If you’d like to go in real pioneer style, visit the Pioneer Yosemite History Center in Wawona at the park’s southern entrance. Climb aboard an authentic 1900s-era stagecoach driven by the park services’ only ranger/stagecoach driver. Immerse yourself in pioneer history as the team of horses clambers over a covered bridge and transports you back to another time.

If you’d like to bring your horses with you to explore the park there are campgrounds that accommodate horse-trailers and provide staging areas for your horseback riding trips. Learn more.