Rio Grande Stables
Rides Available at the Big Bend Stables
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
Hourly Rides Available at the Lajitas Stables
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.
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.
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. Serious saddle time.
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!
All Day Ride Special (for More Experienced Riders) - 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.
2 Hour Mountain Sunset 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 paints the sky with a brilliant, red brush. Gold-colored light bathes the volcanic mountains, while distant peaks appear close enough to touch. Available during high season only.
overnight horseback Rides
2, 3, & 4 Day Overnight AdventuresMadera Ranch 2 Day - $395, 3 Day $495Buena Suerte 2 Day - $500, 3 Day $600, 4 Day $725Park Fees Included. Tax & Gratuities, not includedSleep Kits (Bag, Pad, liner, small pillow) $30 + tax.
*Choose your destination between the Madera Ranch trip and the Buena Suerte Ghost Town trip (Seasonally). Both are intriguing ventures into history and culture. Either location can fit your family or group needs or you may find one over the other.
When Trail Riding & Fresh Air are your penchant, our Multiple Day Horseback-Camping Ride becomes the perfect balance of equine gratification and outdoor repose. Imagine riding across endless wild horizons where the rhythm of life is set to the cadence of hoof beats.
Saddle and Paddle Combo
$195.00 Per Person
(plus tax and gratuities)
2 Person Minimum! Minimum age of 10 years old.
Weight Limit of up to 270lbs/122.45 Kilos
Call for special arrangements for younger children.
Experience two of the best ways to see the Big Bend Area in one day by joining Lajitas Stables and a Rio Grande river outfitter for this exciting combo adventure!
Sample All-Day Itinerary/Description
Your trip may vary from the description below due to a number of factors including (but not limited to) weather, water levels, your group or your guides.
Your day will start at Lajitas Stables (located 2.5 miles west of Lajitas, Texas on FM 170) at 8:30 am. Here you will be greeted by your wrangler and given a short riding lesson before heading out.
Our trail climbs high up into the mountains of the Chihuahua Desert that frame the Rio Grande. Dramatic overlooks, spectacular vistas deep into Old Mexico and abundant wildlife make this an unforgettable ride. To the north, we get an unsurpassed view of “The Solitario” in Big Bend Ranch State Park – considered one of the seven geological wonders of the world.
Lunch is a scrumptious picnic (smoked meats, imported cheeses & crackers, fresh fruit, trail mix & cookies...) enjoyed in the shade of a hidden canyon. Yum! Loading full bellies back onto your trusty mount, we wind our way back down the Mesa amidst stories of the area’s very colorful history.
After returning to Lajitas Stables, you will have time to change from your ridin’ boots & britches to your shorts & sandals. Your river guides will meet you back at the Stables for your shuttle to the river’s edge. Depending on the water level at the time of your trip, you will board rafts or canoes for the second half of your day-long adventure.
Enjoy the quiet flow of the river as you glide gently along shores lined with cane, tamarisk, mesquite and much more. This lush riparian area is prime habitat for the 400 plus species of birds found in the Big Bend. At certain times of the year, the cliffs here are literally a hanging garden of cacti and wildflowers. Their blooms splash brilliant colors across its dark walls.
Nearing the end of your day-long journey, know that you have experienced a true taste of the Chihuahua Desert with the professionals from the heart of the Big Bend Country!
Packaged Horseback Vacations
Ride and Relax ... Stay and Play!
Premier Lodging & Horseback Riding Packages
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