Secret Horseback Ride & Picnic

Saddle up for a unique horseback ride through one of the most beautiful trails in Sonoma County. This experience starts on the rocky Southlake Trail and takes you through meadows and into an incredible forest of oaks, madrone, and bays. The trail winds its way through hills, switchbacks, creek crossings and cliffside views stopping at a private (and secret) vista. Guests will relax and enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch overlooking Lake Sonoma. After lunch, guests ride back down a specially made trail with a view that no one else in the park can see (and is not on the map). Celebrate the end of your ride in a beautiful barn built from one 800-year redwood tree overlooking Lake Sonoma with a glass of world-famous Dry Creek Valley wine or an ice cold beer from one of our local breweries (note: limited to guests 12 or older and under 225lbs).

Experience Highlights

Private Guided Horseback Ride


Over the course of the 2+ hour round trip ride, each rider will explore the diversity and beauty of the Sonoma County Wilderness at a leisurely and relaxed pace.
Ask the guide for a history of the region.
Gourmet Picnic Lunch


After the first leg of the ride, guests take a break to enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch of handcrafted sandwiches, salads, and seasonal specials prepared by the famous Dry Creek General Store and presented on a private vista overlooking Lake Sonoma.
Find a shady spot under a nearby oak tree to enjoy your picnic and the view.
Enjoy a Local Wine or Beer On Us


Returning riders are welcomed back to the Ranch with a beverage of your choice. Guests can choose from a collection of local wines and beers while they swap stories from the trail.
Make sure to get pictures of the Redwood Barn.

At a Glance

Available 7 days a week, starting at 11:45 AM
3-Hour Tours
Takes place at The Ranch at Lake Sonoma, 100 Marina Rd. Lot A Geyserville, CA.
Meet your host at The Ranch at Lake Sonoma.
November thru April: 2-4 people; May thru October: 2-6 people.
Close toed shoes and pants required, layers are recommended. Helmets and water bottle provided.
Cool mornings followed by warm to hot afternoons, seasonally dependent.
Tax is included, Gratuity is appreciated.

Our Take

Horseback riding + private trails + beautiful views = extraordinary.
Add a delicious gourmet picnic lunch paired with amazing views.
A glass of wine or beer in a authentic Redwood barn provides the perfect finish.

Insider Tips

Cell service can be inconsistent out on the trail.
Arrive early and plan to stay a little later to enjoy the full beauty of the property.
If you write a review of this experience, you will receive a special gift.

Your Host:
The Ranch at Lake Sonoma

The Ranch at Lake Sonoma
The Ranch at Lake Sonoma is a unique property, offering scenic horseback tours overlooking Lake Sonoma and Dry Creek Valley. Located 15 minutes from downtown Healdsburg, The Ranch at Lake Sonoma is a wilderness experience on horseback wandering through Sonoma Wine Country's largest 17,000-acre park. The Ranch developed diverse types of rides that appeal to thrill seekers and first-time horse riders alike. Using the trail riding team brought directly from Camp Mather, Yosemite, those visiting Sonoma County have the opportunity to experience the rugged beauty of the area via horseback. Amenities include a beautiful Redwood Barn with Ranch Bar and Gift Shop. Local Beer and wine sold by the glass.
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Reviews (1)

(verified owner)

Loved this experience – from the fantastic guide/host, to the views, ride and horses. This was our favorite activity of the week, highly recommend!