All lessons and activities are supervised by professional equestrians with tons of experience in the industry. Pick from a selection of beginner, intermediate, and expert horseback riding trails.
Indulge amazing views of the Catskill Mountains and its surrounding countryside. Circle A is conveniently located near a series of cool Upstate NY attractions like Howe Caverns and the National Baseball Hall of Fame; as well as local campgrounds, eateries, and shops.
It's a vacation destination where hosts share their Western lifestyle activities to guests, according to the Dude Ranchers' Association. Although many died out by the 80s, the Adirondacks is still home to a scenic byway called the “Dude Ranch Trail,” which makes a 40-mile loop through Lake George.
There are more than 80 various themed rustic Adirondack cabins overlooking the scenic Hudson River. Formerly known as 1,000 Acres Ranch Resort, this property was founded in 1942 by John and Ester Are hart.
In 2015, Carol McLean-Wright and her husband John bought the property in a $1.4 million at a foreclosure auction. Activities: Pony cart rides, petting zoo, rock climbing wall, magic shows, tennis courts, cocci ball, tennis courts, basketball, fishing, hiking trails, antique taxi-cab rides and more.
Cost is $20 per person per night for RV sites with electric, waste and water. Background: Located at the foot of the Catskill Mountains, this fourth generation ranch is owned by the Handel family.
After working in New York City, he started Tangle wood Ranch because he fell in love with Ginger who would only marry him if he bought her a horse farm in Catskills. In 2010, a fire during the Catskill Mountain Thunder destroyed much of the property, and another tragedy occurred when their matriarch, Ginger, passed away.
Activities: Horseback riding, tennis, shuffle-board, archery, swimming, entertainment, and pool BBQ. Background: Nestled in the woods and located about five miles from Lake George, this ranch began as a dream of Albany realtor Joseph Garry Sr. in 1946.
Joe Jr. had a more active role at the ranch helping out with the front desk and in the dining rooms. Accommodation: Family summer vacation package for four days, three nights start at $890.
In 2018, it was renamed Pine Ridge Dude Ranch when the former barn manager Mike Offer and two investors bought the property and spent a $1 million to revive the resort. Although Coolie and Gloria were born in New York City, their love for horses developed at an early age.
Although they went to school and held jobs in the city to support the family, their weekends were spent upstate working at dude ranches around the Catskills to earn extra money and occasionally ride horses. Coolie and Gloria’s son Steven joined the operation upon college graduation in 1980, coming on as the Food and Beverage Director.
Sadly, after 45 years of dedicating his life to Rocking Horse Ranch, Coolie passed away in the spring of 2002. Gloria remains active as she rides and feeds the horses and greets families daily.
Beginning in 1958 Ed and Label decided to become more family oriented adding a children’s social director and activities. In 1970 Susan, her brother Gary and husband Andy Beadroll took over ranch operations from Ed and Label.
Activities: Trails for riders, equestrian events including clinics and training, and affordable first class boarding. Stays include luxury hotel bedding and mattresses, full private bath, with shower or tub, terry robes and more.
Horseback riding is easy, affordable, and great for individuals, families, and groups. During fall, it's a great way to embrace the cool air and enjoy the region's beautiful landscape.
Check into special deals offered, such as lunches or dinners on the trail. So channel your inner cowboy or cowgirl, and hit the trail at one of these Upstate New York locations.
Just south of Syracuse, this county-run park features rides provided by Highland Outfitters. This all-inclusive, pet-friendly dude ranch in Lake George pulls out all the stops for a horseback riding experience that rivals the wild west with the comforts of a resort.
Step out of the box and see the spectacular scenery of the Adirondacks from horseback. John Evans has been giving guided horseback riding tours for more than 30 years.
Special rates are available for veterans, and accommodations for those with disabilities are provided. Evans welcomes riders with post-traumatic stress disorder, autism and physical challenges.
* Address: 4 Incas Road, Eagle Bay, NY 13331 (about 10 miles north of Old Forge) * When: Through late October, weather permitting * Details: Rides from 1-5.5 hours. Rustle up a group of 20 for a trail ride and chuck wagon dinner ($30 per person), all while taking in the sights of the Allegheny Mountain foothills.
True trail rides -- with streams, meadows and backcountry terrain -- are waiting for riders here. Specialty trail rides, named after famous cinema cowboys, include the Gary Cooper (dinner at a remote cabin), Roy Rogers (cross two creeks, then picnic) and John Wayne (a longer ride for the hard-core cowboys and cowgirls).
* Address: 10456 Shay Road, Danville, NY 14437 (just west of the Finger Lakes region) * When: Open until Oct. 31 * Details: $40 per person, per hour for 1- or 2-hour rides; more for specialty trail rides * Reservations: Required. Take a slow, simple ride, or choose more rugged terrain.
* Address: 4093 Lake Ave (Route 79), Burnett, NY 14818 (minutes away from Watkins Glen) * When: Year-round; rides discounted November-March * Details: $55 per person for 1-hour (three-mile) scenic ride for beginners; more for longer rides. Riders of all abilities and ages welcome. Great options for those who prefer a shorter ride, as well as lots of activities for young children make this a good place for families.
Choose trail rides that range from 30 minutes to an overnight cabin trek. Ride the trails of the adjacent Ellison Park in Rochester, guided by trained staff.
* Address: 751 Brown croft Road, Rochester, NY 14625 * When: April through November, weather permitting. A 300-acre range offers beautiful vistas south of Syracuse at this stable. Regular one-hour rides are based on experience; groups are formed for beginners, advanced riders and those who want to open their horse up a bit on the trail.
Locally sourced antique furniture, a massive, fully-equipped kitchen for appeasing your inner gourmand and nearby shops, restaurants and charming indie cinema Upstate Films (hub of the Woodstock Film Festival) await. You’ll preside over 7,000 kitschy square feet, complete with Roman archways, a massive veranda with panoramic mountain views and a courtyard pool and patio for warm weather lounging.