Riding at Sunset Ranch in Hollywood

January 29th, 2014 | by Annie
Riding at Sunset Ranch in Hollywood

Hollywood trailsThere’s worse ways to spend a Saturday afternoon than horse riding in the hills of Griffith Park that’s for sure! That’s where we found ourselves last weekend on a glorious January California day. We had heard Sunset Ranch Hollywood was one of the best places to do a horseback riding tour in the Hollywood Hills and we were not disappointed. You even get to see the Hollywood sign for goodness sake!

The ranch offer moonlit rides, sunset rides and lunch time rides. We opted for the 1 hour afternoon guided tour deep into the hills of the 5,000 acre Griffith Park. Our guide Morgen was excellent, both knowledgeable and affable. We began by signing our lives away and getting acquainted with out riding helmets and the horses we would be riding.  Each horse was specially picked according to temperament and size. I was given a small and placid horse and I had no complaints! Even for someone like me with very little equine experience, the horse was easy to ride and very relaxing.

Once we got settled on our horses off we went. From the get go Morgan our guide was chatty and informative. First she gave us an introduction to each of the horses, their story and their personality. Even for non-horsey people like ourselves we could tell each horse had his own way of doing things. Then the conversation moved onto the fabulous sights around us. Once we were a few minutes out of the ranch we had incredible views of downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and Griffith Observatory.  Morgan was very knowledgeable and was able to answer our many questions about the area.

Alas on our short tour we didn’t have time to take in the Hollywood sign, but if you do the 2 hour ride you will get to ride up close to it. The horses pretty much know what they are doing and know the route well. We rode in single file, close to the edge, a little nervy at first, but you get surprisingly used to it! The hour went by super quick and soon it was time to make the return journey back to the ranch and take in all those beautiful views once again!

Holllywood ranch

Sunset Ranch Hollywood was a fantastic experience and one I would love to do again sometime in the future.

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