It's surprisingly easy to discover Monterey County on horseback. Numerous equestrian trails meander through diverse landscapes, from rugged mountain terrain to sandy beaches.
For an immersive vacation in the saddle, ride down to the V6 Ranch in Parkfield. The working ranch has over 50 miles of trails and a rustic feel - injected with modern luxuries - sure to appeal to the cowboy at heart. For a true Wild West experience, book a spot on their spring or fall cattle drives.
Monterey Bay Equestrian Center or Chaparral Ranch can bring you for a ride along the Salinas River State Beach in Moss Landing. All rides are guided and can be tailored to the experience of the riders.
April through December, Molera Horseback Tours leads group rides from Molera State Park, 22 miles south of Carmel in magnificent Big Sur.
If you have your own horse, Fort Ord National Monument, Garland Park, Toro Park, Zmudowski State Beach, and Jacks Peak County Park have equestrian trails for your riding pleasure.
The City of Marina Equestrian Center offers lessons, trail access and other services for horse owners as well.