Guided Horseback Riding in Sonoma County

Chanslor Stables

Whether cantering swiftly on a beach at sunset with waves crashing alongside, stepping through a thick forest comfortably astride a gentle horse, or riding alongside neat rows of lush grapevines – whatever your horseback riding dream may be, you’ll find it in Sonoma County. Mostly, horseback riding can be done all year in Sonoma County. Though winter can be a bit muddier, sunshine often comes along, even in the middle of January and February, to help dry the trails.

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A group horse back rides through the trees in Sonoma County
Horseback riding through the trails in Sonoma County.

Here’s an alphabetically arranged list of companies offering guided horseback riding in Sonoma County:

Chanslor Stables

A girl kisses a horse at Chanslor Stables, Bodega Bay
Chanslor Stables

Chanslor Stables, a working western horse ranch, offers guided horseback trail rides with breathtaking ocean views. Follow miles of trails to lofty mountaintops, grassy meadows, coastal dunes, or the beach. Private rides are available, including a private picnic ride.

Horse ‘n Around Trail Rides

Horse ‘n Around Trail Rides offers a 60-minute ride through scenic sand dunes with panoramic views of the Bodega Bay harbor and Sonoma Coastline. There’s also a 90-minute beach ride with views of the dunes and harbor, plus riding along a long stretch of beach. Or choose a trail ride on the Hagemann Ranch Trout Farm, an incredible family-owned ranch with gorgeous views of the rolling coastal hills.

The Ranch at Lake Sonoma Horseback Riding

A group rides horses with a view of the lake behind them with The Ranch at Lake Sonoma Horseback Riding, Sonoma County
The Ranch at Lake Sonoma Horseback Riding

The Ranch at Lake Sonoma offers guided horseback rides with stunning views overlooking the Dry Creek Valley, Lake Sonoma, and the rugged Rockpile wine region. Located just 15 minutes from downtown Healdsburg, The Ranch offers a wilderness experience on horseback, wandering through Sonoma County’s largest 17,000-acre park. A variety of trail rides are available, from those suited for more timid or first-time riders to more challenging treks for thrill seekers.

Rollin F Ranch

A group rides next to vineyards in Sebastopol with Rollin F Ranch, Sonoma County
Rollin F Ranch

Rollin F Ranch outside of Sebastopol offers a one-hour scenic horseback tour of a private working ranch in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country. Owned by the Fiddler family for more than 100 years and four generations, Rollin F Ranch grows Pinot Noir and Petite Sirah wine grapes, organic Gravenstein apples, and wild blackberries, with vegetable and flower gardens scattered around. Enjoy views of the local mountain ranges as you ride through vineyards, huge oak groves, and woodlands.

Sonoma Valley Trail Rides

A group rides in front of vineyards in Sonoma Valley with Sonoma Valley Trail Rides, Sonoma County
Sonoma Valley Trail Rides

Explore a beautiful winery by riding through the vines on seasoned, gentle horses with the help of an experienced, friendly guide from Sonoma Valley Trail Rides. As an option, after your ride, you can enjoy a world-class wine tasting and/or picnic designed especially for you. Rides are available at winery venues or at an art and nature preserve, with horses suitable for riders of all experience levels. Riders must be 12 years or older; weight limit is 225 pounds. Trail rides are offered year-round.

Triple Creek Horse Outfit

Two people ride alongside vineyards in Jack London State Historic Park, Sonoma County
Triple Creek Horse Outfit at Jack London State Historic Park

Triple Creek Horse Outfit, located in Sonoma Valley’s Glen Ellen, offers guided Wine Country rides at Jack London State Historic Park, where the celebrated author lived and maintained his Beauty Ranch along 20+ miles of trails. This state park boasts some of the finest riding trails in the world, past acres of premium wine-producing vineyards through open oak woodlands and shady groves of tall redwoods.

Riding On Your Own

If you have your own horse, these state and county parks offer equestrian trails:

Sonoma County Parks

California State Parks

Written by Sonoma Insider Suzie Rodriguez

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