Get Going: Riding the SLO County Trails

We just turned over a new year. Now is the time to make some plans to get out and enjoy all that SLO County trails have to offer. The Central Coast is full of wonderful places ready to be explored – especially on horseback – practically in our backyards.

SLO County Trail Ride Options

Ride along as we take a look at some of the trail riding options here in SLO County:

Coastal Trail Rides

Montana-de-Oro-trail-earsMontana de Oro State Park

Known throughout the region as the crown jewel of the Central Coast. Offering a variety of terrain and views, one can enjoy ocean vistas, beach access, mountain trails and quiet Eucalyptus forest trails. Day trips and overnight camping trips are available to equestrians year-round. Overnight camping does require reservations, but daily access to Montana de Oro trails is available to everyone. Get going! Montana de Oro trail guide and details are here >


Bev and Crew on Pismo BeachPismo Dunes Natural Preserve

A beach and a horse – is there a better picture? We think not. The tourists think not too! You will find yourself becoming a local celebrity as people snap pictures of you enjoying a ride on the packed sand while the ocean spills onto the shore. Not only can you drink in the scenery of an open beach, open sky and constant waves you can also explore the hobbit-like Pismo Dunes Natural Preserve. This area takes you away from the high-traffic area of the beach and into a quiet section where vegetation lines the trails and a tree canopy forest awaits your arrival . . . Get going! Pismo Dunes Natural Preserve details and directions are here >

Beach bugaboo cover (1024x691)Beach riding can be a unique source of bugaboos so be forewarned, you must be prepared. Get tips on preparing for your beach riding adventure here >


Pismo-Preserve-view-from-the-topPismo Preserve

You can see for miles and miles from the crest of this private-turned-community-owned property. The Land Conservancy is working to transform Pismo Preserve from a 900-acre private ranch above Pismo Beach into a public preserve for outdoor recreation and community enjoyment. Equestrians, hikers and bikers will enjoy the trails currently being built. A full-service parking lot complete with an equestrian staging area is in the works. The proposed opening date is late 2018. In the meantime there are a few docent-led equestrian trail rides on the events calendar. Get Going! To sign up for a docent-led ride please click here >



Inland Trail Rides

Santa Margarita Lake Horse Trail RideSanta Margarita Lake Trails

A nature lover’s preserve is awaiting your visit on horseback. Wild animals, meadows, tree forests, rock formations, lake views and lake front trails are all ready for you at Santa Margarita Lake. Plan a ride in the Spring to see the wildflowers dance alongside the trail. A cool breeze rising off the lake will refresh you in the Summer. There are trails on either side of the lake ready to be explored. Get Going! Santa Margarita Lake trail ride information can be found here >


BB Camp - Entrance (1280x725)Black Bear Equestrian Camp – Lopez Lake

Tucked away at the far end of Lopez Lake campground is Black Bear Equestrian Camp. Here riders and their horses can camp under the shade of huge oak trees. Corrals, port-a-potties, water and cooking pits are all provided. Easy access to Lopez Lake riding trails is a key feature of Black Bear Equestrian Camp. Can’t stay a weekend? No problem, equestrians can trailer in and park along the road and enjoy the Lopez Lake trails which provide Lake views, mountain trails and sweeping vista views. Get Going! Black Bear Equestrian Camp and Lopez Lake trail information can be found here >


Winery Rides

We will be exploring this idea more this year, however I know of riders who have ridden at Cass Winery and Vineyards in Paso Robles. Group activities can be arranged. Contact Cass Winery here >



Get Going!

get-going-jpegThis is your year to Get Going! Explore the wonder and beauty of the SLO County trails from the best place on earth, the back of a horse. To keep this info at your fingertips we have developed a FREE Hot Sheet that will direct you to all these stories. Get your Riding the SLO County Trails Hot Sheet here >.

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Former Pony Clubber, Eventer and Dressage rider who balanced training and showing with getting a college degree (from Cal Poly SLO), becoming a wife and raising a family.

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