Latest Best of LA

Best Places For Horseback Riding In Los Angeles

June 6, 2015 5:00 AM

(credit: Shutterstock)

(credit: Shutterstock)

A love for horses is shared by many visitors from every culture. In Los Angeles, equestrian areas are tucked into the city and shared by all the residents with special zoning for residents who maintain their personal horses on their property. For visitors, there are many areas where horses are available for rent on an hourly basis. Here are some great places to ride horses here in Los Angeles that are fit for both romantic getaways and family fun.
(credit: Griffith Park Horse Rentals)

(credit: Griffith Park Horse Rentals)

Griffith Park Horse Rentals
480 Riverside Drive
Burbank, CA 91506
(818) 840-8401

Griffith Park offers a myriad activities to take advantage, including horseback riding. Inside the park, it’s a great place to take the kids for a fun little trail ride through the park, or go for a romantic ride with your special someone. The Griffith Park trails are an exciting and safe experience, and as long as the kids are over 6-years-old, they can have their own horse. Beginners are welcome too, but they have horses for the more experienced rider, as well. Give them a call before showing up, but most days, they are happy to have riders to take the horses out. They only accept cash and remember to wear long pants, sunscreen and closed toe shoes with heels. Expect to ride on a Western saddle and wear a helmet that they will provide.

(credit: Malibu Riders)

(credit: Malibu Riders)

Malibu Riders
2903 Cornell Road
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
(818) 510-2245

Malibu Riders offers a wide selection of possible trails and areas to roam. The Malibu Creek ride is filled with mountain trails for either a one hour, or a two hour tour through Paramount Ranch National Park and down into Malibu Creek State Park. Riders will need to be at least 8-years-old to ride this trail with their own horse. The Paramount Ranch trail includes a great old Western town with forest trails to spot wildlife and take in the beauty of nature. Malibu Riders also offers a trail on Zuma Canyon that takes you through the Santa Monica mountains with beautiful seascape vistas and ocean views to take your breath away.

(credit: istockphoto)

(credit: istockphoto)

Wagon Wheel Ranch
3929 W 242nd St
Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 567-3582

See the ocean and downtown Long Beach, canyons, nature and wildlife on the Palos Verdes bluffs through Wagon Wheel Ranch. Wagon Wheel offers sunset rides and can accommodate special tours for riders. The horses are well tended, healthy and more energetic for riders who prefer a more up-beat option. Wagon Wheel Ranch offers 1 or 2 hour horseback rides.

(credit: Alicia H./Yelp)

(credit: Alicia H./Yelp)

Sunset Ranch Hollywood Stables
3400 Beachwood Drive
Hollywood Hills, CA 90068
(323) 469-5450

A truly unique trail through Beachwood Canyon displays the iconic Hollywood sign with views of the city from the top of Mount Hollywood. Sunset Ranch offers night rides and special 2-hour day and evening tours that you’ll enjoy with the whole family. With reasonable rates and flexible schedules, Sunset Ranch is right in the city next to the big studios and Hollywood excitement. From the center of town, you can enjoy the unusual features of this metropolitan scenic route.

Related: Best Places to go Horseback Riding In Los Angeles

(credit: Kristin D./Yelp)

(credit: Kristin D./Yelp)

Will Rogers Trail Rides
1501 Will Rogers State Park Road
Pacific Palasades, CA 90272
(310) 662-3707

Will Rogers was one of the worlds greatest stars from the 1920’s and 1930’s. His humor and social commentary was unique to the performers of his time. Known as Oklahoma’s favorite son, he made his fortune performing in Vaudville doing rope tricks and cracking jokes. In the area we know now as the Pacific Palasades, Will Rogers donated his huge estate where he had lived with his wife and children before his death in 1935. This generous donation to our city is now known as Will Rogers State Park. These horse trails include the beautiful views of the Pacific ocean from the high cliffs above Sunset Boulevard. The state park also includes a polo field and beautiful horse trails.

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

Los Angeles Horseback Riding
2623 Old Topanga Canyon Road
Topanga, Ca 90290
(818) 591-2032

The soaring peaks in Topanga Canyon are beautiful and filled with wildlife. The mountain views and meandering trails are a romantic getaway for lovers of all ages. The sunset rides and birthday packages make for a great day in nature, but the special moonlight ride is a treat for anyone who hasn’t seen these trails by the light of a full moon. A once in a lifetime moment in the romantic moonlit trails will be a memory to cherish from this trip.

Related: Horseback Riding Vacations in US

As a creative professional in Los Angeles, Cat West brings versatile skills to any topic. Whether freelancing as a writer or designing digital art from her studio, Cat provides excellent creative product with content driven artwork and photography.


More From CBS Los Angeles

Countdown To Super Bowl

Listen Live