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blaze the trails on horseback at Oakzanita and Rancho Oso

Oakzanita & Rancho Oso

If you want to be a true trailblazer, then blaze the trails on horseback. And lucky you, since two of our fabulous California preserves provide the opportunity to do just that.

Oakzanita Springs in Descanso provides horse lovers the opportunity to board their own horse while enjoying the area as well as the opportunity to hit the nearby trails with their equestrian pals. Oakzanita has six corrals with campsites next to or nearby the corral area. Corrals are generously sized at 12x12 and are equipped with a feeder and water bucket. The corrals are available for overnight camping at a cost of $5 per corral per night for TT members and $10 per night for retails guests.

Nearby Cuyamaca State Park offers plenty of riding trails in woodland forest setting, sprinkled with pines trees and lovely meadows with creeks. "These are wonderful riding trails," said Sheila Ortmeier, Manager at Oakzanita.

Rancho Oso, located in beautiful Santa Barbara offered endless opportunities for horseback riding and they provide the horse! According to Rancho Oso's Lillian Rosen, the horses at Rancho Oso are well-suited for beginners. Hour-long Trail rides are available for ages 8 and up, while ages 7 and under can get hand-held rides led by a wrangler. Before they hit the trails, all riders are given instruction on handling the horse. More experienced riders can take advantage of the longer rides available that take them into the Los Padres National Forest that surrounds the preserve. Hand-led rides are $15 per person; $35 per person for the one-hour ride and $100 per person for the 4-hour ride; reservations are strongly suggested.

So saddle up, hit the trails and enjoy the scenery!

For more information and to check current rates please contact each preserve directly.