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Horseback Riding

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The original cowboy in America was the vaquero. The first vaqueros were Mexican Indians who had been enslaved by Spanish conquerors to work the vast land holdings they called rancheros. Much later, the cowboy slang word "buckaroo" evolved from the mispronunciation of vaquero.


Horseback Riding


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Horseback RidingIt's surprisingly easy to discover Monterey County on horseback. Numerous equestrian trails meander through diverse landscapes, from rugged mountain terrain to sandy beaches. April through December, Molera Horseback Tours leads group rides from Molera State Park, 22 miles south of Carmel in magnificent Big Sur. Pebble Beach Trail Rides invites riders to join them for beach and forest trail rides, offered four times daily from the Equestrian Center at beautiful Pebble Beach. Spectacular views can be had from historic Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley, 12.5 miles from Carmel. Individuals and groups can be accommodated at all three.

If you have your own horse, Garland Park, Toro Park, Zmudowski State Beach, and Jacks Peak County Park have equestrian trails for your riding pleasure.


Equestrian Facilities  

The Holman Ranch
PO Box 149
Carmel Valley
831-659-6054
www.holmanranch.com

Molera Horseback Tours
Andrew Molera State Park
Big Sur
831-625-5486
800-942-5486
www.molerahorsebacktours.com

Monterey Bay Equestrian Center
19805 Pesante Rd
Salinas
831-663-5712
www.montereybayequestrian.com

Pebble Beach Trail Rides
Equestrian Center at Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach
831-624-2756
www.ridepebblebeach.com