Man riding a horse on a beach at sunset

Horseback Riding in Mendocino

The coast of California, with its miles of sandy beaches, rocky coasts, and redwood forests begs to be explored. One of the more popular ways to see the scenery in Mendocino is by horseback. There are two horseback riding outfits in Mendocino near our boutique hotel, the Inns of the Blue Door Group, that our visitors enjoy. Whether you're looking to ride through the ocean surf or on a daylong trail ride, there's a horseback riding adventure in Mendocino to suit you. Here's the lowdown on horseback riding in Mendocino for the next time you're on a lark to northern California.

Ross Ranch | 28300 Philo Greenwood Rd, Elk | (707) 489-8579

This family-owned ranch is about 30 minutes south of Mendocino and offers private and group rides. Choose a beachfront ride or a trip through the forests. Each ride is about two hours, with an hour and a half of saddle time. First timers and experienced riders will feel at ease, as the staff matches riders' abilities with an appropriate horse. The beach ride heads out to Manchester Beach, a long sandy stretch that's part of a state park near Point Arena, while the forest ride heads inland to the coastal mountains where you'll spot the area's famous redwood trees.

Ricochet Ridge Ranch | 24201 CA-1, Fort Bragg | (707) 964-7669

Head north to Ricochet Ridge Ranch in Fort Bragg, where a number of horseback rides are offered, from short beach rides to all-day trail trips. The ranch's most popular trip is a one-hour beach ride on Ten Mile Beach, a seemingly endless stretch of sand bordered by soft rolling hills. Those looking to make it a longer adventure will love the half and full day options to ride in McKerricher State Park by giant redwoods. Horseback riding in Mendocino is sure to be an unforgettable part of your vacation.