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There’s nothing more quintessential than exploring the High Sierra by Horseback as this part of the country was shaped by these beautiful animals. Experiencing how these steeds can tackle a mountainside without a nary misstep is a thing of beauty. Whether you want to hop in the saddle for an hour, a day or even a week, there’s a horseback riding adventure for everyone.

Experience the Eastern Sierra like a Cowboy

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Bishop Visitor Center Rock Creek Lake Horseback Riding in the High Sierra
Image by @nett3rs Horseback riding overlooking Rock Creek Lake – Appears Courtesy: Bishop Visitor Center

Exploring the Eastern Sierra on horseback is the perfect way to experience the untouched backcountry beauty surrounding Bishop. Enjoy an afternoon in the saddle or plan a more extensive multi-day equine adventure. With specialized pack trips into such notable destinations as the John Muir Wilderness, Pacific Crest Trail, Onion Valley, and Bishop Creek Canyon, you’ll have fun “horsing around” with these Eastern Sierra Packers, whatever length adventure you choose.

Explore Lake Tahoe by Hoof

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Horseback Riding in the High Sierra Zephyr Cove Stables Tahoe South
Image appears courtesy: Tahoe South

If you’re chomping at the bit for an adventure, why not explore Lake Tahoe from a different perspective? How about from the saddle of a strong and sturdy Tahoe horse? Trot through meadows and forests with unbelievable views of the lake while making a connection with a gentle giant. And don’t worry about your equestrian experience. The trail horses are calm and the tour guides helpful, providing the perfect combination for first-time riders.

Giddy Up! See Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks By Horseback

Horse ears and view-from Rock Creek Pack Station
Image appears courtesy: Visit Visalia

Guided horseback rides are available to the public in summer at two horseback riding stables (Cedar Grove & Grant Grove) operated under a concession permit in the Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. Riding the trails by horse gives visitors a unique perspective on the stunning scenery of the national parks. All that horsepower enables you to cover far more ground, and there’s the bonus of kinship with a trusty Sierra steed.

Although people may not think “fitness” when they consider taking the reins, a day in the saddle will kick you in the rear. While it may look like the horse is doing all the work. As a rider it takes balance, strong legs and a stable core to stay upright. So, hop on a horse this summer and truly feel the air, smell the foliage and see the High Sierra’s beauty in a unique way.

Author: Alex Silgalis

Alex Silgalis is an outdoors travel writer who enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, or having a cold one from a local mountain brewery. See more of Alex’s work at

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