Equestrian Travel Articles

First-hand articles and blogs about horseback riding around the world, equestrian travels, dude ranches, horseback riding vacations, great horse trails and horse festivals!


California- Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

May 10, 2010
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park Horse Riding in California. This trail ride takes you up to a high point with views of Napa and Sonoma Valleys. By Darley Newman, first published in Darley's Trail Rider column in True West magazine. As I sauntered through an open meadow on Romer, a black-and-white… Read more »

New Mexico- Pony Express Ride

April 20, 2010
By Darley Newman, originally published in Darley's Trail Rider column in True West Magazine On a hot August day, I borrowed a dark bay quarter horse named Jake to participate in a Pony Express Trail Ride from the ghost town of White Oaks to the historic town of Lincoln in… Read more »

Texas Hill Country Trails

April 19, 2010
by Darley Newman, originally published in Darley's Trail Rider Column in True West Magazine. Riding along peaceful West Verde Creek on Comanche Bluff Trail, I could see in my mind’s eye the natives stalking a transplanted settler from Poland or nearby Castroville. In the 1800s the region near Bandera, Texas,… Read more »

California- Russian River Redwoods Ride

March 26, 2010
by Darley Newman, originally published in Darley's Trail Rider Column in True West Magazine. I can only imagine what the settlers of California’s Russian River must have thought as they stared up at the towering redwood trees. I know I was amazed as I rode in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve,… Read more »

Nevada- 71 Ranch

February 26, 2010
by: Ann Terry Hill Midway between Reno and Salt Lake City, just off Interstate 80, you'll find yourself at Elko County's 71 Ranch. The historic 71 Ranch, about 38,000 acres and 30 minutes outside of the town of Elko, is the real thing. For anyone wishing to experience cowboy or… Read more »

Botswana- A Mother - Daughter Horseback Safari

February 26, 2010
By Georgia Hunter From Hippos to Hornbills in Botswana's Okavango Delta Matthew held our hands as we stepped into the wobbly dug out canoe he called a mokoro. I took my perch on a wooden plank at the front, my mother on one in the back. Matthew stood between us… Read more »

South Africa- A Week in the Bush

February 26, 2010
by Marta Goldsmith We gathered on the pool deck overlooking the lake for our gin and tonic “sundowners”. It was our first evening at the ranch, after a full day of riding out into the African bush. As we sipped our drinks, we heard the roar of the giant bull… Read more »

Alaska: Riding in the Last Frontier

February 26, 2010
By Diane Oliver After eight days of eating sumptuous foods and not visiting the cruise ship's gym, we were ready for some outdoor fun- horseback riding in one of the last great frontiers, Alaska. We were coming to the end of a wonderful vacation cruising the Alaskan coastline and inland… Read more »

Arizona- Bradshaw Mountains Gold Fever

February 26, 2010
In the Bradshaw Mountains outside of Phoenix, Arizona, I saddled up with my guide Milton Joseph and two other riders to search for gold with Windwalker Expeditions. by Equitrekking Host Darley Newman. Originally published in Darley's Column in True West magazine. Joseph is an English endurance rider whose horses are… Read more »

Utah- Capitol Reef National Park

February 26, 2010
by Equitrekking host Darley Newman. Originally published Darley's column in True West magazine. Adventures in Utah's "Land of the Sleeping Rainbow." Once I heard that this was his first ride since being out to pasture all winter, I wasn’t exactly psyched to ride Sawdust. Sawdust might be super excited and… Read more »