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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.

For groups of less than 10, our Cattle Drive is offered one Friday a month in our “Sign Up For Adventure” program at a deeply discounted price.

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

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