Explore the Coast
The beautiful California Coast juts up against the majestic Pacific Ocean in the central part of the state, making it the perfect place to ride. If you can’t bring your horse along, but want to explore the area on horseback, you’ve got plenty of places to choose from. Here are three recommended Central Coast destinations. • Carmel Valley Ranch. Just 10 miles from the ocean, you can trail ride through chaparral or take arena lessons at the Carmel Valley Ranch. Horses are provided for the Chaparral Loop Trail Ride, which features an hour on the trail exploring the hillside above the ranch. The Sunset Trail Ride is an hour-long ride through the hillsides in the waning light of day. The Equine Perspective is an arena adventure with a natural horsemanship trainer who presents you with a series of exercises designed to develop self-awareness and authentic communication with specially chosen horses. For more information, go to www.carmelvalleyranch.com. • Molera Trail Rides. One of the most stunning places to ride on the West Coast is Big Sur. Molera Trail Rides offered guided rides in Andrew Molera State Park in Big Sur. All rides go to the beach, but only after traversing through the state park’s picturesque meadows, redwoods, and streams. When you get to the beach, you’ll understand why Big Sur is one of the most special places in all of California. For more information, go to www. molerahorsebacktours.com. • Monterey Bay Equestrian Center. If you’ve ever wanted to ride on the beach, the Monterey Bay Equestrian Center is the place to make that dream come true. Guided rides on the center’s own horses to the lush, planted-covered sand dunes in Monterey Bay offer views of Santa Cruz Island on clear days. Rides are tailored to guests’ abilities. For more information, go to www.montereybay equestrian.com.