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).
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
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.
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.
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 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.
For safety reasons, the participant must be in good physical condition and able to control the horse on the trail. Participants must be able to start, stop, and turn the horse as well as get on and off in the case of an emergency. Participants must be under 225 lbs. Depending on the ride, the participant must be over 8 years or 12 years of age. A legal guardian must be present to sign a waiver for minors under 18. Please ask for an e-mailed form and bring the signed form with you if the legal guardian will not be at the ride. For safety reasons, the participant must understand the English language.
You cannot bring bags, backpacks, purses, water bottles, or canteens on the ride. Please leave these items behind as we do not want you getting things from the bags and then dropping them on the trail.
Rides may be canceled due to inclement weather, dangerous trail conditions, etc., in which case the guest will receive a refund. Cancellations by guests must be received within 48 hours to receive a refund (minus fees*). If the cancellation is within 48 hours of the booking date the guest will be charged the full amount.
*All refunds issued will have the credit card processing fees removed from the refund total. This fee is approximately 3% of the purchase price and is non-refundable.