• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Horseback Riding in the Park

Three visitors enjoy a horseback ride in Cheeseboro Canyon.

With more than 500 miles of horse trails in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, there's a lot to see! You can enjoy a quiet ride on a trail. Explore the mountains on an exhilarating all-day ride. Join other equestrians at an overnight campground. There are even organizations that have horse rentals and take you on guided tours.

This information will help you in finding trails and parking, tips on horse safety and etiquette, and keeping everyone safe during your ride.

 
Horseback Riding

Preparation- always know before you go

  • Make sure the access road can accommodate your horse trailer.
  • Check recommended riding sites in advance for suitable trailer parking; anticipate higher weekend usage.
  • Maps, guidebooks, and other information are available at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center, 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas, CA, 91302


Did You Know?

The adult female of this cub died in 2005.

A study that began in 2002 reveals a lion and his offspring are surviving in the Santa Monica Mountains. Radio collars track them crossing roads and navigating through open spaces. Their future is uncertain, but with conservation efforts, they may continue to make these mountains their home.