You’ll always love riding your horse at the stables, but you might benefit from trying out some new locations. After all, a change of scenery can be refreshing. If you have the time and finances, consider doing a bit of traveling and ride through any of these top horseback riding destinations:
1. Biltmore Estate: Asheville, North Carolina
This North Carolina town is nestled right in the Pisgah National Forest, which means there are plenty of stunning trails for which you and your horse can take advantage. Biltmore is a family owned estate that extends across 8,000 acres. There are more than 80 well-marked trails around the estate that you and your horse can explore. See if you can spot any wildlife on the Appalachian Mountains!
If you’re not quite ready to tackle the trails on your own, you can learn at your own pace with private lessons or group lessons, which can be a great way to meet other riders. There are plenty of horses at the estate, and you’ll receive a horse that perfectly matches your riding ability.
2. Rapp Corral: Durango, Colorado
Enjoy views of the breathtaking San Juan mountains as you meander through trails on horseback. The trails you take will depend on both your abilities and interests. The Rapp Corrall offers a number of rides that are suited to a variety of riders. For instance, the cave ride, which is great for all riders, is an hour and 45 minutes and you get to ride to a natural water cave, then hop off your horse and explore the twilight part of the cave. After lunch, hike back up from the cave with your horse.
For riders who are more interested in the scenery, try the Hermosa Cliffs trail, which allows you to see everything from stunning views of the La Plata mountain ranges to the shimmering waters of Electra Lake.
3. Haleakala National Park: Maui, Hawaii
Travel to the tropical island of Maui where you can go horse riding above the clouds through the volcanic landscape as you admire lush forests and sparkling waterfalls. The Haleakala National Park is the highest peak on Maui, and rises 10,023 feet above sea level, so you’re sure to have some pretty amazing views. Explore the landscape on your own, or go on a guided tour through the park. Get up early and head to the Haleakala Visitor Center to watch the sunrise, then set off on your horse for a morning ride.