Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

The trails throughout and around Griffith Park, reachable through the Rancho Equestrian District in Burbank, offer a fun outdoor adventure that everyone from riding novices to equestrian enthusiasts can enjoy. There are a number of different stables that operate in the area and most of them offer horse rentals on an hourly basis as well as guided trail rides. The local trails will take you up and through the nearby hills of Griffith Park and offer you a scenic tour and an unexpected escape from the city that is right next door.

Companies such at Griffith Park Horse Rentals (, and Circle K Riding Stables (910 S. Mariposa St. 818.843.9890) offer trail rides for every type of rider, charging around $25 per hour, per rider. Most places take cash only and are open from about 8am-6pm. You don’t need a reservation, just stop in and they’ll get you on a horse as soon as possible. Remember to wear long pants and close-toed shoes and you can opt for a riding helmet, though they are required if you are under 18.

For a special adventure, book a dinner ride on a Friday or Saturday night. You’ll need to call ahead and reserve a spot, but for $65 a person, which includes gratuity, a guide will take you on an hour and a half ride featuring a panoramic view of the San Fernando Valley, ending at a local Mexican Restaurant. After dinner, the guide will lead you on a ride back to the stables. The cost does not include your dinner. Special guided after-hour rides can also be arrange by reservation for a date with a special someone or to celebrate a special occasion at a cost of $50 per rider.

If you are looking to hone your riding skills, you can also take lessons at places like Bennett Farms at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center ( They offer a variety of private horseback riding lessons for everyone from rank beginners to the advanced.