Horseback Riding

Want a fun and uniqe way to enjoy our trails and preserves! While all trails city-wide are open to horseback riding, there are certain trails that are not recommended for horses. A review of trails can be found on our trails map page.
Ranger with horse

Caption: Horseback is a wonderful way to view the beautiful desert vistas and towering Saguaro cactus

 

A private company, Ponderosa Stables, is located directly outside the S. Central Ave entrance of South Mountain Park and offers a variety of horseback riding options.

Recommended Equestrian Trails and Staging Areas

North Phoenix

  • Trail 100 (Charles Christensen) - Highly recommended. Key staging areas are: Mountain View Park, 7th St. Access Lot, Dreamy Draw Park and 40th St. Access Lot.
  • Trail 1A (Perl Charles) – Highly recommended. Staging out of Dreamy Draw Park.
  • Trail 8A (Quartz Ridge) - Staging out of 40th St trailhead, south of Shea Blvd.
  • Trail 220 and 220A - Staging out of Dreamy Draw Park.

South Mountain Park

  • Desert Classic Trail -  Highly recommended. Accessed from Pima Canyon or Beverly Canyon trailhead.
  • Beverly Canyon Trail –  Highly recommended. Accessed from the Beverly Canyon trailhead.
  • Javalina Trail - Accessed from the Beverly Canyon trailhead.
  • Pima Wash Trail – Highly recommended. Accessed from Pima Canyon.
  • Pima East and West Loops - Accessed from Pima Canyon or Beverly Canyon trailhead.
  • Ranger Trail - The lower section of this trail is highly recommended and can be accessed from the Equestrian Area inside South Mountain Park. (Many riders like to make a loop trail using Ranger, Bajada, Max Delta and Cross Cut Trails to get a short ride.)
  • Bajada Trail – Accessed from the Equestrian Area by way of the Ranger Trail. It takes riders into the San Juan area of South Mountain Park.

Arizona Horse Lovers Park

Located at:
19224 N. Tatum Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ
602-330-5553

Thanks to a unique partnership between the City of Phoenix and the non-profit Horse Lovers Management Corporation (http://www.azhorseloverspark.org/) the park is again open to the public. Please contact Park Coordinator Kathy Libonati for park/rental information: Kathy@AZHorseLoversPark.org or call 602-330-5553. Click HERE for directions to HLP.

Reach 11

Reach 11 Trail Map

Trailhead with Equestrian parking is located on Cave Creek Road north of Deer Valley Road, turn right on Cemetary.