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.

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