Before man learned to ride horses, Western films ended with cowboys jogging into the sunset. Saddle up with this Groupon.
$39 for a One-Hour Big Creek Horseback Trail Ride for Two ($80 Value)
On Big Creek trail rides, guides lead a small group of riders through towering pine trees and along the shores of Big Creek, one of the region’s undisturbed natural gems. Guests should arrive 30 minutes before rides wearing long pants and closed-toe shoes; riding helmets will be provided. Check upcoming ride times and dates here.
Yosemite Trails Saddle & Sleigh Company
Just 2 miles from the southern entrance of Yosemite National Park sits a post that passed from homesteader to cowboy to Mike and Sherry Knapp, who dubbed it Yosemite Trails Pack Station 70 years ago. Since then, three generations of Knapps have run the station, but it remains as isolated and wildlife rich as it was in 1966. Today, Larry Knapp and his team still raise cattle as well as American quarter and American paint horses in the Sierra Nevada mountains, getting them acclimated to the rocky terrain so that they can safely carry patrons on trail rides. Trails wind through Big Creek, the Vista Pass, and even venture into Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove, thick with millennia-old redwood trees. Days on horseback often culminate in cowboy cookouts with hot dogs, s’mores, and photos of ex-boyfriends roasted over the campfire. When summer fades to winter, guests can still enjoy the mountain-lined horizon on sleighs drawn by Belgian draft horses.
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