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The Stables at Fort McDowell Adventures offers horseback riding Monday – Saturday, sunrise to sunset.

Reservations call 480-816-6465 EXT  2

Summer hours vary, please call for availability.

The Stables at Fort McDowell Adventures is one of the finest stable operations in the Southwest, operated for more than 20 years by Mr. Troy Haviland and his family.  These experienced cowpokes will teach you how to turn a trail ride into a great vacation story!

Call and make a trail ride reservation and before long, you’ll be telling someone how incredible the scenery was.  Or spinning tales about the time you crossed the Verde River like the cowboys of old.  Set on 25,000 acres of spectacular open desert, there’s serious western spirit whistling through the sagebrush at Fort McDowell Adventures.  While you’re high in the saddle, you’re apt to see eagles, roadrunners, coyotes, mustangs, huge cacti and other wild things that call the Sonoran Desert home.

And even if you’re not on vacation, come on out anyway…with a little taste of our wild west experience, you’ll feel like you are.

Horseback Riding reservations please call The Stables directly at 480.816.6465 x 2.

 

City Slicker Cattle Drives – Groups of 10 or more

Move ‘em on, head ‘em up, Head ‘em up, move ‘em out…  That’s right, you and your friends will keep them doggies rollin’ through the Sonoran desert on a 2 hour cattle drive with real cowboys!  Participate as much as you’d like…you can just ride your horse at the back of the pack and enjoy the scenery, or if you’re more of a “Type A” personality, you can ride up with the cowboys and keep those cows on the straight and narrow!  Call 480 816-6465 x 2 for more information.

Get back in the saddle and travel those happy trails with horseback activities at Fort McDowell Adventures!

"These guys are good I took my 10 year old daughter and she did great the guide was awesome horse's where trained very well ...please if your looking for a fun ride check out fort McDowell adventures very cool place"

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2017-01-30T19:36:35+00:00
"These guys are good I took my 10 year old daughter and she did great the guide was awesome horse's where trained very well ...please if your looking for a fun ride check out fort McDowell adventures very cool place"
'Thanks Riley! What a fun ride and adventure seeing the new wild horses run through the river and reservation. You were great see you again soon!"

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2017-01-30T19:37:15+00:00
'Thanks Riley! What a fun ride and adventure seeing the new wild horses run through the river and reservation. You were great see you again soon!"
"This was the best guided horseback riding trail I have ever been on. The landscape is so beautiful and also very diverse. The trail travels through the dessert, along the river and then across the river to some lower land full of mesquite trees, a small cliff, and more. We saw wild cattle, horses, and even a bald eagle perched on a tree branch. We also saw ancient petroglyphs from the 13/14th century. The Arizona mountains surrounded us as we rode. It was hands down amazing. Our tour guide was super relaxed and friendly, and also very knowledgable about the land and history. I highly highly recommend this place!"

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2017-01-30T19:37:58+00:00
"This was the best guided horseback riding trail I have ever been on. The landscape is so beautiful and also very diverse. The trail travels through the dessert, along the river and then across the river to some lower land full of mesquite trees, a small cliff, and more. We saw wild cattle, horses, and even a bald eagle perched on a tree branch. We also saw ancient petroglyphs from the 13/14th century. The Arizona mountains surrounded us as we rode. It was hands down amazing. Our tour guide was super relaxed and friendly, and also very knowledgable about the land and history. I highly highly recommend this place!"
"It was a really fun time and my husband, who’s never ridden a horse before, had an awesome time.
I do wish there had been a little more option for variety of experience – maybe “if you’ve ridden before and would like to trot, come this way” kind of thing I’ve experienced on other trail rides. I know this would mean additional waivers and probably additional cost, but I would sign pretty much anything if it meant getting to do something other than walk."

Olivia W.
Yelp

2017-01-30T19:39:01+00:00

Olivia W.
Yelp

"It was a really fun time and my husband, who’s never ridden a horse before, had an awesome time. I do wish there had been a little more option for variety of experience – maybe “if you’ve ridden before and would like to trot, come this way” kind of thing I’ve experienced on other trail rides. I know this would mean additional waivers and probably additional cost, but I would sign pretty much anything if it meant getting to do something other than walk."
"This is one of the best places to go horseback riding. The staff is fun and horses are well trained. The trail through the Verde River is amazing and we love getting glimpses of the wild horses. Highly recommend this adventure!"

2017-01-30T19:35:40+00:00
"This is one of the best places to go horseback riding. The staff is fun and horses are well trained. The trail through the Verde River is amazing and we love getting glimpses of the wild horses. Highly recommend this adventure!"
"My mom and I took my three kids horseback riding and it was the best ride we have ever taken! The scenery was amazing and the trail was awesome. Not your ordinary trail ride. We went through water, through a nature made tunnel, and up and down hills. Our guide was so patient with my kids and really taught them how to ride. I definitely recommend going on a ride!"

2017-01-30T19:35:00+00:00
"My mom and I took my three kids horseback riding and it was the best ride we have ever taken! The scenery was amazing and the trail was awesome. Not your ordinary trail ride. We went through water, through a nature made tunnel, and up and down hills. Our guide was so patient with my kids and really taught them how to ride. I definitely recommend going on a ride!"
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