SLO County Guided Trail Rides

SLO County Guided Trail Rides | SLO Horse News

Here on California’s Central Coast, we are surrounded by endless natural beauty. From pristine beaches to rolling grassy hills, SLO county has it all.  Because our amazing home is such a gem in terms of natural beauty, visitors from all throughout the United States and beyond flock to our coastal home each year.  When it comes to showing off the natural beauty that surrounds us, what better way to view SLO County than a guided trail ride?

If you’re looking for a unique way to show off our beautiful SLO County to your friends and family, or if you are visiting from out of town, you may very likely be without enough horses to go on your own – in this case, a guided trail ride is perfect!  Let someone else provide the horses, and you can just enjoy the ride.

Check out this list of SLO County guided trail rides located all over SLO County. Click each name to get to their website. You will find the options range in formality, and some even have camping or other accommodations.  Now, go hit the trails!

SLO County Guided Trail Rides

  1. Shangri-La RanchSanta Margarita. Guided trail rides with camping nearby. Come ride along with this first-hand account of a trail ride by clicking this link:  Riding the Trails in SLO County : Santa Margarita Lake Trails.
  2. Madonna Inn – San Luis Obispo. Guided trail rides and accommodation packages available. Perfect for seeing sights right in the heart of San Luis Obispo at the historical and famous hotel. Check out the views  from horseback on Madonna  Mountain by clicking this link: Madonna Inn Guided Trail Rides.
  3. Pacific Dunes Ranch and RV Resort – Oceano. Bring your own horses or borrow from the ranch. You can even camp beside your horse, or stay in an RV.
  4. Sea Pines Golf Resort – Los Osos. No available horses, but you and your family/friends can keep your own horses in provided corrals, and stay in the luxury hotel.
  5. Work Ranch – San Miguel. A unique opportunity to ride on a 12,000 acre working cattle ranch, with accommodations. Ride along with Kelly Work to see the beautiful views Work Ranch has to offer by clicking this link: Work Ranch : A Place to Experience a Working Cattle Ranch.
  6. Outback Trail Rides – They bring the horses to an agree-upon location, including beaches, vineyard rides, trail rides, and more. Accommodations can be made with partnering hotels. Feel the wind in your hair as you read about Outback Trail Rides by clicking this link: Outback Trail Rides : Not the Average Trail Ride
  7. Central Coast Trail Rides – Central Coast Trail Rides has locations all over SLO County, so if you and your visitors are looking to ride somewhere specific, check them out.
  8. Covell’s California Clydesdales – Cambria. Historic Clydesdale ranch that offers ranch tours, riding lessons, and trail rides.

We covered SLO County Guided Trail Rides in a previous article and then did individual stories to get the inside scoop on what the SLO County Guided Trail rides had to offer. We’ll be covering the new additions to this list in later posts.


SLO County Guided Trail Rides | SLO Horse News

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Currently a third year agricultural communications student at Cal Poly SLO. Chanel grew up in Colorado with her two horses, Thunder and Buddy. She is currently horseless in California, so she takes advantage of Cal Poly's various horse programs. "I am so excited to be riding with SLO Horse News!"

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