Headed to Yosemite Mariposa County? If you’re an equestrian (whether beginner or expert), you won’t want to miss the chance to saddle up and do some quality Yosemite horseback riding on your next trip. With its majestic groves of ancient trees and breathtaking vistas, Yosemite is the perfect place to get in some horseback time to help melt away the stress of everyday life.
Sure, the hiking is great here and there are many things to do in Yosemite, but perhaps the best way to explore the trails at Yosemite National Park is on a mule ride or horseback riding adventure. Nothing takes you back in time quite like a trip through the breathtaking wilderness on horseback. Within Mariposa County, there are many widespread opportunities for horseback riding. The best source of information on where to ride is the Mariposa Mountain Riders.
If you’re in the Wawona/Fish Camp area, check out Yosemite Trails Saddle and Sleigh Company to experience what it was like to be an early Yosemite pioneer. This family-owned mountain ranch offers traditional Yosemite horseback riding in warmer months, while the frosty chill of winter brings the special treat of horse-drawn sleigh rides.
Just down the road in the Wawona/Fish Camp area is The Wawona Stable, which features easy trail rides ranging from two-hour rides to half-day rides for the more adventurous. The Wawona Stable primarily uses mules for the trail rides as they are more sure-footed for the trails.
When visiting Mariposa/Midpines/Cathey’s Valley, be sure to visit Mariposa Mountain Riders for organized trail rides, typically lasting three to four hours.
Whatever your riding experience level, don’t miss the chance to set out on horseback and experience Yosemite the way it was meant to be seen. And, when the day ends, find the perfect place to rest your head in our Yosemite lodging guide, which includes camping, bed and breakfasts, cabins and hotels.