Sad­dle Up

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - IT’S A BIG, BIG ISLAND -

Horse­back rid­ing is un­ques­tion­ably one of Hawai‘i Is­land’s pre­miere at­trac­tions. The is­land’s di­verse ter­rain, eye-pop­ping vis­tas and wealth of work­ing cat­tle ranches make it an ex­cit­ing lo­ca­tion for horse­back ad­ven­tures.

Sit­u­ated on Ko­hala Moun­tain, Pan­iolo Ad­ven­tures, lo­cated on Pono­holo Ranch, spe­cial­izes in open-range rides on its 11,000-acre work­ing cat­tle ranch. The panoramic views, par­tic­u­larly at sun­set, are stun­ning, and if you’re up for a work­out, try a four-hour, open-range trot through high coun­try ter­rain.

Parker Ranch, in Waimea, was founded in 1847 and is one of the old­est and largest cat­tle spreads in the United States. Ex­pect to come across plenty of his­toric sites on a ride over this 150,000-acre work­ing ranch.

Waipi‘o Ridge Sta­bles is well known for its horse­back tours of Waipi‘o Val­ley. The beauty and rugged ter­rain of this val­ley is prob­a­bly best seen on the back of a horse. One tour heads along the rim of the val­ley and then fol­lows a stream through a rain­for­est to a hid­den wa­ter­fall that can be viewed only on horse­back.

An­other com­pany, Wapi‘o on Horse­back, trans­ports rid­ers into the val­ley in four-wheel-drive vans, where guests then sad­dle up for a nar­rated jour­ney through the his­tory, leg­ends and wild beauty of this revered Hawai­ian val­ley.

• Na‘alapa Sta­bles Waipi‘o Val­ley (808) 775-0419 or

Kahua Ranch (808) 889-0022 • Pan­iolo Ad­ven­tures (808) 889-5354 • Waipi‘o Ridge Sta­bles (808) 775-1007

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