Exotic and Beautiful Places to Ride Horses

  • Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

    In the beautiful Canadian Rockies sits Banff National Park – a park with a long history of horseback riding. Half- or full-day trail rides take you at a leisurely pace through some of the region's most beautiful areas, like the emerald waters of Lake Louise or the Spray River.

    Photo courtesy of Banff Lake Louise Tourism/Paul Zizka

  • In Mexico, you can ride a horse through the surf.

    Los Cabos, Mexico

    There's just something so romantic about riding a horse through the surf on a beautiful beach, and you can do just than in Los Cabos, Mexico. To really crank up the romance, plan your ride early evening, so you can watch as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean.

    Photo courtesy of Bruce Tuten

  • Trail ride in Bryce Canyon

    Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

    The colorful rock formations of Bryce Canyon National Park are Mother Nature's work of art thousands of years in the making, and while hiking is a popular option, horseback riding along the trails frees your attention to take in your majestic surroundings.

    Photo courtesy of daveynin

  • Estancia, Argentina

    The estancia – the Argentinian word for "ranch" – is still very much a part of life in the countryside outside of Buenos Aires. Many of these ranches double as guesthouses, where visitors can experience a day in the life of a gaucho, including plenty of time enjoying the countryside on the back of a horse.

    Photo courtesy of longhorndave

  • Acadia National Park in autumn

    Acadia National Park, Maine

    John D. Rockefeller Jr. donated a total of 45 miles of horseback and carriage trails – called the Carriage Roads --to Acadia National Park. That means you'll have plenty of options for exploring the park on hoof. Come during the autumn months for some truly magnificent leaf peeping.

    Photo courtesy of liza31337

  • Trail ride with a Wyoming dude ranch

    Big Horn Mountains, Wyoming

    Wyoming, the land of dude ranches, is one of the states most closely associated with horses in the nation, and a great place to hit the trail under big, blue skies. The numerous trails of Big Horn National Forest are some of the best places for high country riding around, and you can bet that the locals really know their horses.

    Photo courtesy of James Whatley

  • Riding in New Zealand's Mackenzie Country

    Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

    New Zealand is one of the world's most dramatic and diverse outdoor adventure destinations, and horses represent one of a plethora of ways to explore it. One of the best places to do so is along the banks of Lake Tekapo in the Mackenzie region, where you'll find yourself surrounded by turquoise waters and snow-capped alpine peaks.

    Photo courtesy of Tim Lucas

  • Sunflowers in Tuscany

    Tuscany, Italy

    Castles, medieval fortresses, sunflowers, wines and rustic Italian kitchens ... that's what you'll likely encounter on a horseback ride through beautiful Tuscany. Adult visitors can sample wines along the way, and the best part is, there's no need for a designated driver!

    Photo courtesy of Giovanni

  • Cocora Valley in the Coffee Triangle near Salento

    Coffee Triangle, Colombia

    If you take a look at where your morning cup of joe actually comes from, chances are it's birthplace was somewhere in the Coffee Triangle of Colombia. The verdant hills of this beautiful region are dotted with coffee plantations, where the smell of roasting beans is enough to wake you up in the morning. Experience the beauty of the region while learning about the coffee growing process on a trail ride through the Coffee Triangle.

    Photo courtesy of Hanumann

  • Follow the trail of Genghis Khan

    The Mongolian Steppe

    Genghis Khan once led his army of horse warriors across China's northeastern grasslands - the Mongolian steppe - in an attempt to conquer the continent. If you yearn for wide open spaces, it doesn't get much better than the pristine expanses of central Mongolia – a place where horses are still the preferred method of transportation.

    Photo courtesy of Jocelyn Saurini

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