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Horseback Riding

Touring vineyards by horseback, riding forest trails, or taking riding lessons, Lake County has many equine opportunities awaiting you and your family.

A1 Horse Programs/Owen Ranch
  18585 Guenoc Lane
Hidden Valley Lake, CA 
95467
(707) 355-0121
Riding lessons, summer camp, trail rides, rodeo camp, competition training and board 
A Gift Horse Equine Rescue & Rehabilitation
2340 Hummel Lane, Kelseyville
(707) 279-9933, (707) 533-3051
Riding lessons, therapy and family fun.
Benmore Valley Ranch
BenmoreValleyRanch Highway 175, Midway between Lakeport and Hopland
(707) 897-5046
www.benmorevalleyranch.com
$$-$$$$
The Benmore Valley Ranch is a pristine 800-acre mountain valley located between Lakeport and Hopland with four reservoirs for kayaking, canoeing, swimming, and fishing; trails for hiking, biking, and equestrian activities (with equestrian facilities available); and adjacent to BLM land for dirt biking. Stunning views in every direction with the eastern ridge overlooking Clear Lake and the western ridge overlooking the Russian River Valley. Lodging includes three private houses with high speed wireless internet access and phones. Abundant wildlife and spring wildflower blooms, also a working ranch.
  • BBQ facilities
  • Group Lodging
  • Wireless Internet

  • Group Meeting
  • Hot Tub
pet policy
Hidden Valley Lake Equestrian Center
HVL Equestrian Center 20432 Powder Horn Road
Middletown, CA  95461
(707)  987-4075 or (707) 363-3554
www.pashatingle.com
Hidden Valley Lake Equestrian Center offers guided pasture rides, birthday parties, summer camps and riding lessons.
Rancho De La Fuente
Rancho De La Fuente 2290 Soda Bay Road, Lakeport, CA  95453
(707) 263-3160
www.ranchodelafuente.com
Organic
$$$-$$$$
Restored 1896 Victorian farmhouse B&B (conference/meeting room); package deal offered for overnight and special events.  Bird watching, nature walks, photography; tours of farm and garden available by appointment. 5,000 sq. ft. barn event center. Reasonable rates. Horses, dogs, and cats welcome. Directions: Hwy 29 to Soda Bay Road, 8/10 mile east of turnoff to Konocti Vista Casino.
  • Meetings: Groups up to 300
  • Lake view
  • Beer and wine bar
Handicap Accessible pet policy

Rancho Del Ur
16050 Hwy 29, Middletown
(707) 987-3157
Horseback riding lessons.
Trail Guide Service
Larry Sloan
PO Box 1394, Lower Lake, CA  95457
(707) 995-2515
Larry “Owl” Sloan will trailer his horse and meet you. This cowboy/rancher knows lots of trails in the Cache Creek Wilderness Area and other trails. You ride your own horse. By appointment.


Horseback riders find unlimited wilderness and innumerable riding trails in all the recreational areas. Places to ride your own horse:

Boggs Mountain
Boggs Mountain Highway 175, Cobb, CA  95426
(707) 928-4378
www.boggsmountain.org

The Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest off Hwy. 175 in the Cobb Mountain area is a good example of Lake County's mountainous terrain. The birding is sometimes sparse here but is a great place to hike. Fee for camping, no reservations. 20 campsites. Entrance to the forest is 1.2 miles past the town of Cobb as you head north on Hwy. 175. There is no sign right at the entrance, but a few yards before the turn-off is a blue sign that reads "State Fire Station". Turn right just past this sign and head into the forest. Stop at the main office if you would like a map of all the hiking trails and campgrounds.
  • No water
  • Pit toilets
  • Flycatchers
  • No garbage
  • Bicycling
  • Horse trails
  • Hiking trails
  • Picnic area
  • Solitary Vireo
RV site tent site pet policy

Cache Creek Nature Area
E Hwy 20, Eastern Lake County
5 miles from intersection of Hwy 53 & 20
(707) 468-4075
www.blm.gov
The Cache Creek Natural Area is a primitive area, closed to motorized vehicles. There are no developed campgrounds or facilities. Non-hunting (target) shooting is not allowed. Instead, the area is managed to improve habitat for wildlife and rare plants, to protect cultural resource values, and to offer primitive recreation opportunities, including wildlife viewing, river running, hiking, equestrian use, hunting and fishing. Biking is not allowed. This secluded, hilly expanse of oak woodlands, grasslands, and chaparral is a combination of over 70,000 acres of BLM managed lands and 4,700 acres of State and County lands. The Natural Area is traversed by Cache Creek, with its year-round water flow. Elevation ranges from 3200 feet atop Brushy Sky High, down to 600 feet in the eastern end of Cache Creek along State Route 16. Showcasing the area is about 35 miles of the main fork of Cache Creek and 2.5 miles of the north fork. Also present are several tributary creeks that contain permanent water. The trailhead is located on the south side of Hwy. 20 just five miles east of the intersection of Highways 53 and 20 (The Y).
Glenn Eden Trail - North Cow Mountain Recreation Area
Scotts Valley Rd., Lakeport, CA  95453
(707) 468-4000
www.blm.gov
Named for the longhorn cattle that once roamed wild, the 52,000-acre Cow Mountain Recreation Area offers a variety of recreational opportunities. The terrain is rugged, consisting mostly of steep, chaparral-covered slopes with scattered stands of fir, pine and oak. Elevations range from 800 to 4,000 feet. The area offers beautiful views of Ukiah and Clear Lake, over 31 miles of stream, 13 wildlife reservoirs, and habitat for blacktail deer, bear, wild turkey, and other upland species. The Recreation Area is divided into three management sections to provide quality recreational opportunities for a wide variety of users:North Cow Mountain Recreation Area, South Cow Mountain OHV Recreation Area and the Sheldon Creek Recreation Site. North Cow Mountain Recreation Area is managed for primarily non-motorized activities, such as hunting, hiking, camping, horseback riding, and mountain bicycling. There is one developed campground, a designated rifle range and a 17 mile network of foot trails beckoning to the adventurous spirit. Motorized vehicles are permitted only on main road, and off-highway vehicles are prohibited.
Highland Springs Recreation Area
Highland Springs 3600 E Highland Springs Road
Lakeport, CA  95453
(707) 263-2341
www.co.lake.ca.us

Warm water fishing, swimming, and non-powered boating are enjoyed at Highland Springs Reservoir, a small lake south of Lakeport. The reservoir covers 146 acres of land and is fed by Highland Creek. Catfish, bass, crappie, and bluegill are found in the lake. A large grassy area, picnic facilities, and restrooms are located next to the reservoir. There are horseshoe pits and a basketball court. A disc golf course just off Highland Springs Road is available for public use.

  • Disc/frisbee golf
  • Restrooms
  • Swimming
  • Hunting
  • Sparrows
  • Buffleheads
  • Catfish
  • Bluegill
  • Hiking trails
  • Picnic area
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Shooting range
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Coots
  • Bass
  • Horse trails
  • Beach
  • Fishing
  • BBQ
  • Lazuli Bunting
  • Mallards
  • Crappie
Mendocino National Forest
Upper Lake Ranger District Office
10025 Elk Mountain Rd., Upper Lake, CA  95485
(707) 275-2361
www.fs.fed.us/r5/mendocino
The only one of California's 18 national Forests not crossed by a paved road or highway, the Mendocino National Forest is especially attractive to people seeking an outdoor experience of tranquility and solitude. The Forest, however, is a working Forest as well as a recreation land, and resource activities such as logging and grazing do occur on both National Forest lands and private holdings within the Forest. Some 65 miles long and 35 miles across, the Forest's 913,306 federally owned acres of mountains and canyons offer a variety of recreational opportunities - camping, hiking, horseback riding, backpacking, boating, fishing, hunting, nature study, photography, and off-highway vehicle travel.
Middletown Trailside Nature Preserve County Park
Trailside Nature Preserve 21435 Dry Creek Cutoff
Middletown, CA  95461
(707) 262-1618
www.co.lake.ca.us
The park is a 107-acre preserve and home to the EcoArts of Lake County annual Sculpture Walk, June - October.
  • Hiking trails
  • Restrooms
  • Horseback trails
  • Sculpture walk
  • Picnic area

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