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Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding
Horseback Riding

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Expansive ranch-land, a history steeped in the tradition of horseback riding, and a variety of trails makes exploring Maui from the saddle arguably one of the best adventures on the island. Not only does horseback riding in Maui provide stunning scenery, but with the steep terrain, having your very own "beast of burden" surpasses hoofing it on your own.

From the West Coast of Maui to Hana -- offering tropical rainforests, cliffs overlooking the ocean, a 2,400-foot drop into the crater, and waterfalls and sunsets -- horseback riding in Maui is widely diverse. Each stable offers a slightly different ride, so be sure to choose a trail that suits both your inclination and experience level.

Riding stables and their featured ride:

Mendes Ranch – A working cattle ranch nestled atop a 1,000-foot bluff overlooking the north shore of the West Maui Mountains. The ride follows a trail up to an overlook of Waihe'e Valley with panoramic views and then heads down to the ocean. The ranch also offers its signature BBQ lunch, either at the end of the morning ride or beginning of the afternoon ride. www.mendesranch.com/rides

Lahaina Stables – The only stable located in Lahaina has sunset rides with sweeping views of the ocean horizon and the many brilliant colors of the famous west-side sunsets. www.mauihorse.com

Piiholo Ranch – Located on the edge of the rainforest in Upcountry, trails cover rolling hills and lush landscapes, offering 360-degree views from the doorstep of the Haleakala Crater. www.piiholo.com/horseback

Pony Express – Heading down the Sliding Sands Trail to the bottom of the Haleakala Crater, this boasts views unlike any other ride and a feeling as though you were walking on the moon – or riding. www.ponyexpresstours.com

Helpful Hints:

  • • Wear closed-toe shoes and long pants.
  • • Bring sunscreen for any ride during the day.
  • • Check with each stable for minimum age requirements and maximum weight allowances.
  • • Reserve your ride as early as possible. All stables keep small group sizes and tours can fill up fast.

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