There’s no denying that Las Vegas is a big city, but it’s also a desert community reminiscent of the old Wild West. As such, it’s a popular place to go horseback riding. Many people who live in Las Vegas own horses, which they raise on ranches on the fringes of town, but visitors are also invited to take advantage of the horseback riding opportunities in Las Vegas.
Bonnie Springs Old Nevada, located south of the Las Vegas Strip, is an old Western attraction perfect for a family day trip. There are mock shootouts, a petting zoo, cowboys and horseback riding for visitors of all ages. Rides are relatively short and tame, and ideal for those who are new to riding.
Cowboy Trail Rides also offers a Western-themed riding experience complete with trail rides, barbecue dinners and Weatern entertainment. The company’s many horses are well-trained and all riding excursions are led by experienced and professional cowboy and cowgirl guides. A ride with Cowboy Trail Rides is a great way to appreciate the desert scenery surrounding Las Vegas.
Most people know Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area for its rock climbing and 13-mile scenic drive, but those who enjoy exploring places by horse should know that this is also a great place to ride horseback. The park is open 6:00 a.m.-dusk.
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The 2,040-acre Floyd Lamb Park has several natural groves, fishing lakes, picnic areas and desert vegetation. Horseback riding is available at the park on a seasonal basis.
Eldorado Canyon is located a bit outside of Las Vegas, but some people believe this is the most scenic place to ride near the city. Tour companies run trips that run a few hours in length as well as transportation to and from your hotel. The ride traverses trail that used to be used by mule-driven ore carts past desert scenery. There is generally a lunch stop at an old mining town and a stop at an gold mine as well.
Keep in mind that it can be exceptionally hot in Las Vegas during the summer months. Stay well hydrated and protect yourself from intense sun exposure with long-sleeve, lightweight clothing, a hat and sunglasses. Drink plenty of water, and make sure your horse is also given the opportunity to rehydrate on a regular basis as well.