New Mexico Horse Adventures offers year-round horseback riding throughout the state of New Mexico. These riding adventures can include one day trips, multiple one day trips or overnight adventures and more. New Mexico Horse Adventures has ridden all over New Mexico, and knows the best places to go anytime of the year for trail riding vacations.
NEW Wild Horse Tours
Join Steve Simmons of New Mexico Horse Adventures on new horseback tours of Yellow Hills Ranch wild horse sanctuary in Northern New Mexico. This is a rare opportunity to track and watch wild horses from the back of a horse. Steve leads the trips on his wonderful Morgan gelding Cambridge Heritage. For more information or to book a trip call 505-301-0917 or e-mail Steve.
Copper Canyon Trail Rider's Weekend Aug 7-9, 2014
From Aug 7-9, 2014, join a trail riders weekend of stunning Copper Canyon. You can bring your horse or ride one of Steve's. Contact him to learn more.
Horse Camping in Canyon de Chelly Oct 1-5, 2014
The area referred to as Canyon de Chelly is actually made up of two canyons, Canyon del Muerto and Canyon de Chelly. The first is smaller but has more ruins and historic sites within its boundries. Join us for this wonderful opportunity to spend one day riding up into Canyon del Muerto and then three days and two nights camping in Canyon de Chelly. We will be accompanied by a Navaho guide to show us the historic sites in each canyon and share the area’s history. We have planned this trip for the beautifull temperate Fall weather which is the best time of the year.
The cost of this 5 day adventure is just $625/person and includes
- free trailer camping with your horse at a stable at the mouth of the canyon
- a one day ride up into Canyon del Muerto
- a three day/two night trip up into Canyon de Chelly
- all riding, guide and camping fees
- two dinners and two breakfasts at the camp site in Canyon de Chelly
- photographs will be taken duing all of the days riding and sent to participants
- campfires each night while camping in the canyon
Bring your own horses or rent one. If you bring your own please be sure to have a current Coggins and Health Certificate and some type of proof of ownership (travel papers, registration papers, etc.) Also, bring your own hay, water will be provided. This ride is intended for intermediate to advanced riders, you must be in good enough physical condition to spend 24+ hours in the saddle over a 4 day period, and you willl need to be able to mount and dismount your horse without the aid of mounting blocks or other aids.
There are several hotels/motels in the area. Closest airport - Albuquerque, NM This is a 4 hour drive to the canyon. Phoenix airport is approx. a 5.5 hour drive to the canyon
If you have questions, or want to hold a space, call 505-301-0917
From mid-May through mid-October, the mountains are best to visit, where the temperatures are moderate. From late October until the end of April, the low lying mesas are a great choice. It is suggested that you are at least an intermediate rider, so please let New Mexico Horse Adventures know if you will need more attention. New Mexico Horse Adventures is now offering a special ranch vacation package the months of July, August and September. This will give you the opportunity to stay at a ranch in Northern New Mexico, and have additional trail riding opportunities. For more information about this special package please contact us
You are welcome to bring along your own horse, but for those who are just looking for a relaxing vacation, a good horse can be provided for your ride. If you do bring your own horse, it should have trail experience, be able to cross water, load and trailer, and be comfortable moving through brush, and on rocky surfaces. If your horse has problems being around other horses please let New Mexico Horse Adventures know ahead of time. The horses that New Mexico Horse Adventures provides are trail savvy Morgans who love the outdoors. Either way, don’t expect to ride the slow, dull, nose-to-tail rides. You are given you an opportunity to spread out and enjoy riding at your own pace. New Mexico Horse Adventures can help with one or all of these experiences and customize your experience.
For the trail rides you should be able to ride out at a trot, cross water, get on and off your horse without assistance, pack a lunch and water, and be comfortable for a 3-5 hour ride. You will need saddle bags for lunches and cameras. If you ride one of the horses on site, they will have a western saddle. Children over 10 can be accommodated with advance notice. For the trail rides, children should be at least an intermediate rider. In New Mexico, riders 18 and under are required to wear a helmet.
Riding Adventure Bonus! You will also be photographed as your ride and be presented with a CD of images at the end of your trip. Select the scenery you would like to see and have your memories last a lifetime. Steve Simmons is a lifelong photographer. He has photographed and written articles for New Mexico magazine, The Trail Rider, The Morgan Horse, Horseman's Voice, and many others. He began raising, training and enjoying Morgan horses in 2001 and has competed in carriage driving and western events since 2004. He is the publisher of View Camera Magazine. In a previous life he was also an architectural photographer and his work was published in many of the leading architectural and building magazines.
Photography Workshops and Lessons
New Mexico Horse Adventures offers equine photography workshops and lessons as a stand-alone activity or as part of your riding adventure. If you are interested in learning about equine photography, either of domestic or wild horses, this is your opportunity! On the field trips and/or rides you will be taught about light, cameras, lenses, and how to make simple but elegant photographs. Bring your camera, any extra lenses, and decide what you would like to photograph. This will not be a Photoshop class. You will be out in the real world, with real light and weather, and real horses, and you will be learning to use the natural elements to make beautiful and elegant photographs.
Wild Horse Viewing and Photography
New Mexico is home to several herds of wild horses. Some of these herds are on public and private sanctuaries, while others roam on large private ranches hidden away from public view. New Mexico Horse Adventures can arrange private viewings of these horses. Some of the trips will be in an automobile, others may be on horseback. Photographic instruction will be included in all wild horse viewing trips. If it is necessary to find these horses on horseback, tracking etiquette will be discussed beforehand as many of these horses are quite wary of people on horseback. These trips can be single-day trips, or part of a larger multi-day adventure.
Custom equestrian vacations are available to suit your interests. You can get a riding or driving lesson in the morning, and photograph in the afternoon, or you can ride all day up in the mountains or out on the mesa. Overnight camping and riding trips are also available. Visit the Arabian, Morgan, Appaloosa, farms in the area or find wild horses later in the day, the trip activities are up to you!
New Mexico Horse Adventures is working on special horse and spa retreat trips and special opportunities to ride in period costume at several historic settings in New Mexico. Let New Mexico Horse Adventures know your budget and they will recommend several accomodation options for you, from low budget hotels to B&Bs in Corrales. Please inquire for more details.
Carriages for your special event from Rio Sandia Carriage Service offers elegant carriage services for all of your special events including weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, Quinceanera, business marketing/ad campaigns, photo props, movies, television and more!
Star, a Morgan horse, is the perfect horse for carriage service. Morgans naturally take to the task, with elegance. With their natural conformation, calm and collected disposition, the Morgan is world renown as a driving horse. Star has driven in parades, along the roads and ditch banks in Corrales, and shown successfully at the State Fair. She has also worked in special events all over the Albuquerque and Santa Fe area. She is the perfect Morgan for this job. Star, with her elegant and intimate black carriage will add a very special touch to your very special event and help create memories that will last a lifetime. Please contact New Mexico Horse Adventures for rates and information about how they can make your event dreams come true!