Big Bend & Lajitas Stables

Exceptional Texas Horseback Trail Riding

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Join Rio Grande Stables & Far Flung Adventures for this rewarding Horseback, Hiking & River Combo Adventure!

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Reservation & Cancellation Policies:

Advanced reservations for any trip is strongly recommended, though not always required. A deposit in the amount of 50% of your total trip cost is required to hold your reservation. Balance is due upon arrival. We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, & American Express cards.

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Rio Grande Stables

Wild Rivers Paddle & Saddle Rio Grande Stables


Join Rio Grande Stables & Far Flung Adventures for this rewarding

 Horseback, Hiking & River Combo Adventure!


Ride Horseback across the Cebolla Mesa, the plateau that famously inspired the Taos Art Colony.  And then descend into the Deepest Part of the Rio Grande Gorge &

Del Norte National Monument to the banks of the Rio Grande.


Begin your day at 8:30 am at the Rio Grande Stables Headquarters where you will meet your horseback guides and mounts!


Here you will be given a short riding lesson before heading out.  From this point, experience *sweeping landscapes stretching across the Taos Plateau, viewing up to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and back across to the Brazos and Tusas Mountains in the west. Ride across history to the Rio Grande Gorge overlook.


After a couple of hours in the saddle, dismount at the top of the Cebolla Mesa Trail and meet your raft guides, who have prepared a fresh, homemade meal for you. While enjoying this energizing feast, the rafting equipment will be packed onto horses and mules in preparation for the mile-long descent from the canyons rim to the river's edge.


The (30 minute) hike into the gorge will offer an interesting exploration of local ecosystems as we leave the sagebrush and juniper grasslands at the rim of the Gorge and come into tall pine, native spruce and various fir trees of the canyon; leading eventually, to the river’s edge. 


We launch at the mouth of the Red River Canyon where the Red River joins the Rio Grande.   We begin our 9-mile trip at one of the deepest parts of the gorge, and continue through the heart of the Wild and Scenic section of the Rio Grande National Monument, one of the newest on our nation’s roster of protected lands.

Arrive back to your vehicle around 5:00 pm.

Season:  May through September

Horseback Riding is offered late May through September.

River Paddling:  From April to June, it’s a raucous and splashy class ll-III ride and a wonderful all day activity for those looking for a personal acquaintance with isolated wilderness. At mid-summer’s lower flows, the Middle Box is a challenging Funyak experience.

Riding & Paddling:

We welcome first timers and practiced horseback riders and rafters 10 years of age and older.  Everyone should be in normal good health and prepared for the moderate exertion of the day.

Participant may be riding horses or mules.  All river trips are run with paddle boats or inflatable kayaks (Funyaks) for the more adventuresome.  No experience is necessary for all activities.  There will be a Wrangler on all rides and a guide will accompany each raft.  Funyaks will be operated by individual paddlers at a guide/client ratio determined by the water level. The wranglers and guides will provide professional safety and practical instruction throughout the day.

Adult $225.00   Child $200.00 Deposit 50%

Minimum 2-4 depending on season and/or availability

Ages 10 years old and above

Attire & Accessories Click here for Horseback Riding * Hiking * Paddling

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Welcome to the Stables

"Defining the Difference between the Expected & the Exceptional"

Premier Trail Riding in the Desert & Mountains of the

Texas Big Bend

We Are a Full-service Horseback Riding Outfitter

 Trail Rides from 1 to 5 hours and 1 to 5 days

Family-Friendly beginning at 6 years old

More than 30 year of providing 


Main Reservation & Booking Office: 432-371-3064

A Quarter Century of Stables

The formal Stable’s story began in 1986 in Lajitas, Texas, when owner Linda Walker opened one of the first Trail Riding Outfits outside of the Big Bend National Park; the Lajitas Stables. The name came from the historic river crossing and Trading Post of Lajitas, Texas, along the Rio Grande. Developers were creating a new destination for the Big Bend travelers and the Lajitas Stables would offer one of the first recreations to visiting tourists. Linda’s previous experience in ranching and pack trips well equipped her to start up this quarter of a century endeavor that still hosts thousands of visitors each year in Texas and New Mexico.

As the story goes, with the perpetual evolution of the Lajitas Resort, the Lajitas Stables moved 2.5 miles west, along the Rio Grande and scenic Camino Del Rio, retaining the name Lajitas Stables. The Rio Grande Stables came into being around 1990. Linda had been operating pack trips down in to the Rio Grande Gorge even before establishing the Lajitas Stables and it was only natural that the business would quickly take on the form of another (seasonal) trail-riding Stables; a perfect complement to the Texas outfit. About the same time, the Big Bend Stables was founded in Study Butte, Texas, close to the western entrance of Big Bend National Park. This outpost has become the central headquarters for all three Stables, as well as a year-round facility.

Throughout the years, in addition to the daily operations of trail rides and exciting packaged adventures, the talented staff of The Stables have operated multi-day adventures and pack trips throughout the Southwest and Old Mexico, participated in Cattle Drives, Round-Ups, and Cowboying, supported many movie and commercial shoots, conducted search and rescue missions, been the highlight of weddings and parades and have even escorted dear friends to their final resting place.

The diversity of experiences that the Lajitas, Big Bend, and Rio Grande Stables have brought to this last 25 years is a testament for this group’s love of the great outdoors and the world of horses.

Our herd of horses, mules, and burros are like family!

Unique to The Stables is the fact that we breed and raise the majority of our animals ourselves. Like our staff of professional Trail Guides, the string at The Stables is with us for a substantial part of of their career and lifetime.

Our String is divided into various groups by experience & character. We often have anywhere from 6-12 "babies," or young unbroken horses from the ages of birth to 3 or 4 years old. Our youngsters, though halter-broke early in life, are allowed to grow mighty strong before feeling the weight of a rider.

Then we have the "teenagers" or the handful of horses that are in training. These guys and gals (geldings & mares) can be in training anywhere from 1 to 1.5 years, depending upon their character and general manner. At this point only wranglers would ride these "green" steeds.

At times, the Stables will have a mount or two that remain "Wrangle Only" horses, though not very often.

Almost all of our animals will eventually end up in the working string.

Horseback Riding for Kids  -- We Keep Fun Corralled!

There is little as satisfying as watching kids on horseback and the bond they experience with the animal! Our Cowboys & Cowgirls pride themselves on introducing kids and young people to the world of Horseback Trail Riding.  Prior experience not required!



Minimum Age Requirement: 10 years old and will be required to rein/guide horses by themselves. 


Minimum Age Requirement: 6 years old and will be on a lead manned by our trained Wrangler/Guide.


(Open summertime only.  Stand-by for new web site and further information)

Minimum Age Requirement: 6 years old and will be on a lead manned by our trained Wrangler/Guide.

All of our locations offer to lead riders of any age if they are not comfortable reining their own horse. Riders will receive individual, basic riding instructions before leaving the mounting corral. 

All riders 15 years of age and younger are required to wear a helmet (provided).

If a minor is visiting with another family, the legal parent or guardian must print out and sign the Participant Release Form and bring the form with the minor to The Stables.

Please keep in mind that little ones may enjoy a shorter ride if it is their first time out.