Horseback Riding

Over 100 miles of horse trails wind through the steep American River canyons and along the American River. The most famous one is the Western States Trail, which runs 100 miles from Lake Tahoe to Auburn, with over 20 miles in the Auburn State Recreation Area. Here are a few must-see rides.

Shady trails at Cronin Ranch

Discover miles of horse-friendly trails at Cronin Ranch.

Knickerbocker/Cool Trailhead – Located behind the fire station off Highway 49 in Cool is the parking lot and trailhead for the 10-mile Olmstead Loop Trail and connector trails. You’ll find plenty of parking for both cars and horse trailers.

Cronan Ranch – You’ll find two day-use only staging areas here, accessing scenic trails along the American River. Pedro Hill, the one closest to Pilot Hill, is not very large but can accommodate several rigs of varying sizes. The larger of the two staging areas, which is also the newest, is called Magnolia and has space for quite a few rigs with no restrictions on size. You can ride/hike from one staging area to the other.

Sly Park – The Sly Park Recreation Area offers equestrian camping and miles of scenic trails around Jenkinson Lake.

Trip Picks

Don’t own your own horse? You’ll find outfitters that provide everything from guided rides to pack charters.

horseback rider at Fallen Leaf Lake

Fallen Leaf Lake at Lake Tahoe is another popular horseback riding destination.

Camp Richardson Corral

Hwy. 89, South Lake Tahoe
(530) 541-3113
Summer: Boarding, hourly guided rides, breakfast and dinner rides (Reservations required), pack charters
Winter: Sleigh rides

Cascade Stables

Hwy. 89, Near Cascade Lake
(530) 541-2055
Summer: Boarding, hourly guided rides, breakfast and dinner rides (reservations required), pack charters
Winter: Closed

Januli Farms & Somerset Riding Academy

Meyers Lane
Somerset, CA 95684
(530) 497-0237
Open Year-Round: Guided trail rides for all ages, individual, and group rides. Covered arena, lessons, and boarding, too.

horseback riding el dorado county

Horseback riding in El Dorado County is a wonderful way to journey through Gold Country.