Big Bend & Lajitas Stables

Exceptional Texas Horseback Trail Riding

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We have several rides available to book online and lots more if you give us a call!

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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

Big Bend Stables

Explore the Beauty and the History of Big Bend Country by Horseback!

These Hourly, ½ Day and Sunset horseback rides border on Big Bend National Park, traversing the multi-colored landscapes of North America's great Chihuahua Desert.

Let us help you explore this wild, unique terrain and colorful desert landscapes by horseback,

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Rides Available at the Big Bend Stables

 All rides meet 30 minutes prior to ride time.

Maximum weight limit varies.

Minimum age is 6 years old.


1 Hour Beginner Ride - Start any hour

This ride is geared towards beginners and children. A safe and gentle introduction into the world of horseback riding.

$45/person Call Now

2 Hour Old Mine Tour - Start any hour

Take a ride through history. Tour on horseback the last working quicksilver mine in the Big Bend area. We wind our way through the ruins of human history and drop down into Rough Run Creek. A circle to the base of Maverick Mountain gives us a sense of the pioneer spirit that settled this land.

$65/person Book Now

3 Hour Indian Head / Pictograph Ride - Start any hour

This ride is a tour of the old quicksilver mine and then a ride up onto Ocotillo Mesa for great views of the Chisos Mountains and Big Bend National Park. We drop down off the mesa and cross the watershed desert terrain to make our way to a perfect viewing spot of the Indian Head pictographs.

$80/person Book Now

Half Day (with Lunch) Chihuahua Desert Ride - Start 9am daily

Now this is fun! Take the best of our Old Mine Tour and Ocotillo Mesa trails ending up at the Indian Head Pictographs for lunch. Wait until you see what a wonderful meal we can pull out of a pair of saddlebags. No sandwiches here! After our picnic, we remount and continue our exploration of the desert. History, scenery, good food, and a trusty mount - all packed into a 4½ hour excursion! Yee-haw!

$100/person Book Now

2 Hour Desert Sunset Ride - Starting time varies with sunset times

The Best Choice for a Sunset with panoramic views that follow the sun down to the horizon

Saddle up and head into the Painted Desert created by the setting sun. The colors of the desert truly come to life on this very special ride. After experiencing the setting sun from the saddle, the romance of the Wild West will remain a treasure in your heart forever.

$70/person Book Now

Lajitas Stables

Experience the Desert by Horseback overlooking the Rio Grande River in the Big Bend of West Texas!

*Maximum weight limit of 270lbs. or 122.45 Kilos. Minimum riding age is 10 years old.  Refer to Big Bend Stables with younger children.

The Spanish called it Tierra Desconocida (strange, unknown land).  A place of mystery and grandeur where the great Chihuahua Desert meets the Southwest Rocky Mountains. These trails produce spectacular views south into Old Mexico and north into Big Bend Ranch State Park.

The Lajitas Stables hosts Hourly, ½ Day, All Day and Multi-Day horseback rides beginning along the Rio Grande and climbing up onto the Mesa over-looking,...

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Hourly Rides Available at the Lajitas Stables

All rides meet 30 minutes prior to ride times.  Maximum weight limit of 270lb. or 122.5 Kilos.

2 Hour Contrabando Mesa Ride - Start any hour

Wind high along the flank of Contrabando Mesa.

From this vantage point, we look down on the Rio Grande River and deep into Old Mexico.

$75/person Book Now

3 Hour Mountaintop Magic Ride - Start any hour

Take the high road! Climb up and onto the top of Contrabando Mesa. Leave everything behind and enter a world of breathtaking vistas and silence. To the South, we look across to the ruggedly wild mountains of Old Mexico.

$90/person Book Now

4 Hour Spanish Window Ride - Start any hour

Emerging up and out of ancient gorge formed by the Rio Grande, we traverse the mesa. Our destination is the Spanish Window and the best view in Big Bend of the Solitario geological formation in the Big Bend Ranch State Park. Designed for the serious saddle time.

$100/person Call Now

Half Day w/Lunch West Texas Style! - Start time: 9am daily

Have you ever had a picnic on the top of a mountain?  We take our Mountain Top Magic, add a touch of the Spanish Window ride for spice and mix well with a shady spot for lunch.  Wait till you see the Texas-sized meal spread straight out of our saddlebags!

$120/person Book Now

All Day Ride Special - Start time: 9am daily

Do hourly rides bore you to tears? With access to over 290,000 acres, we will create a day for you that will exceed your expectations. Mountain tops? Mount up - Let’s ride! Available Fall through Spring ~ Reservations Required.

$160/person Book Now

2 Hour Mountain End-Of-The-Day Ride - Starting times vary with sunset times

Not available from Mid-May through Mid-September. Best Sunset option at The Big Bend Stables

Think of cool evening breezes refreshing you as the sun parts for the day. Gold-colored light bathes the volcanic mountains, while distant peaks appear close enough to touch. Available during high season only.

$85/person Book Now

Where We Ride                                                 Opening May -September, 2017

All rides originate at Rio Grande Headquarters, off NM Hwy 522-Mile Marker 15

Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled ride time.

Mornings and late afternoons can still be cool, so layer your clothing accordingly. Bring 1-2 Liters of water per person, and we will provide bags for you to place that in along with anything else you might want to take. We discourage backpacks or fanny pack. Long pants and closed toe shoes are a must; no sandals. Thank you for choosing Rio Grande Stables!

Trail Rides 

Rio Grande Stables


Explore the Sangre de Cristo Mountains & The Taos Plateau



All rides meet 30 minutes prior to ride time.

Maximum weight limit varies.

Minimum age is 7 years old.


Call 888-259-8267 / 575-776-5913

La Lama Hills
North of Taos, NM

1 Hour Beginner Ride

Wander through the pinon & juniper forest along the gentle outer slopes of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains. Our focus here is to provide you and your family with a safe, gentle introduction into the world of horseback riding.


Red River State Fish Hatchery
South of Questa, NM

2 Hour Ride

Surprisingly rewarding Trail Ride! Enjoy an energizing ride through Juniper and Ponderosa Pine forests on this outing above the Red River Gorge. A great couple of hours in the saddle.


3 Hour Ride

With endless territory to explore, take a little longer in the hill tops and Upper Mesa expanses to explore the Land of Enchantment from the saddle.


Cebolla Mesa spreads across the Taos Plateau

3 Hour Ride

Cebolla Mesa host us for a tour across a portion of the Taos Plateau. The views of Northern New Mexico from here are simply breathtaking. Ride across history to the Rio Grande Gorge overlook during this three hour ride.


4 Hour Ride

This ride is designed for the equestrian enthusiast. Four hours in the saddle offer both river overviews and possibly the confluence of the Red River and the Rio Grande! 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.


Half-Day with Lunch

As with all the trails and paths that we cover while in the saddle, Cebolla Mesa offers miles & miles of intrigue. Stay a little longer and enjoy an excellent lunch from the saddlebags and a little extra time with your mount and fine company.

$120/person, 9AM start time

Sunset 2 Hour Ride

A perfect end to a busy day around Taos & the Enchanted Circle. Cebolla Mesa offers outstanding vistas in all directions. Catch the changing hues at day's end with Rio Grande Stables.

$85/person, start time varies

San Cristobal Canyon Trail, the Northern slope of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Taos, New Mexico

Half-Day with Lunch or Dinner

Truly a quality experience away from the crowds & bustle of town. Ascend the trail while escaping into the harboring boughs of the San Cristobal Canyon. Home to one of the pristine birth places of the Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout, San Cristobal Canyon is the essence of mountain freshness. There is no other location as well suited for a gourmet meal straight from the Saddle Bags. Arrive 45 minutes prior to ride time.

AM Lunch Ride, $120/person 9am start time

PM Dinner Ride, $140/person 2:30pm start time


All Day Rides

Tough & Rugged or Relaxed & Immense

A truly stimulating experience, whether climbing to the charming meadows of Gold Hill  or traversing the classic Cebolla Mesa to the Rio Grande Gorge overlook. Come saddle up for a day exploring the mountain trails of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains or the Cebolla Mesa. A full day of equestrian adventure, grand views, challenging trail and possible wildlife sightings. We bring the lunch, you bring the camera.   *We offer All Day rides to Wheeler Peak; the tallest peak in New Mexico, to experienced horseback riders later in the season.  We do not guarantee a 'summit' on every ride due to unforeseen weather and/or trail conditions. Call for details.

Cebolla Mesa $165/person (All season)

Gold Hill $165/person (After July 4th)

Wheeler Peak $200/person (After July 4th)


Taos Ski Valley Sundays

Beginning in July, Rio Grande Stables will offer Horseback Rides in the Ski Valley each Sunday.

Join us for Half Day with Lunch and All Day Rides .


Reservations & Cancellations

Advanced reservations for any trip are strongly recommended, though not always required.

A deposit in the amount of 50% of your total trip cost is required to hold your reservation.

Call 888-259-8267 / 575-776-5913

Please read our Cancellation Policy (PDF)

Taos Mountains & Taos plateau

Rio Grande Stables

Come ride our gentle horses and mules with friendly, knowledgeable guides in the Land of Enchantment. Start riding from one of our many locations on the slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, across the Taos Plateau or along the foothills overlooking the Red River Gorge. Enjoy beautiful vistas from trails that wind among the pines, traverse the sage & juniper expanses or climb the mountains to the clouds themselves.

Explore the Enchanted Circle of Northern New Mexico. Taos, New Mexico is world famous for its art, Native American culture, and international ambiance.  Enjoy multiple outdoor activities, including the age-proven experience found only from the saddle with Rio Grande Stables.

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