Horseback & Mule Riding

Horseback & Mule Riding

Explore on Horseback and Mule

Explore on Horseback and Mule

Beyond hiking, the best way to explore the trails at Yosemite National Park is on a mule ride or horseback riding adventure. Big Trees Stable offers a two-hour ride on mules and horses. No riding experience is necessary, though some rides require riders to be in good physical condition. Please arrive at the stable at least one hour prior to your ride. Children must be at least 7 years old and 44" tall. Maximum rider weight is 225 lbs.

NOTE: Big Trees Stable and kennels are now closed for the season. The stable and kennels are typically open late May to early September. 

Easy trail rides through gorgeous surroundings are the hallmark of Big Trees Stable rides.

Two-Hour Ride

Round trip from Big Trees Stables to the Meadow Loop Trail. You’ll follow the path of early pioneers on a two-hour ride that traverses the historic wagon road. The trail will offer views of Big Trees Lodge, the Wawona Meadow Loop, a former Miwok encampment, Wawona Dome, and lush forest. 

Ideal for riders of all ages and abilities, the terrain is flat and the riding is gentle. 

  • Departure Times: 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 3:00 pm
  • Rate: $61.00 per person

Stable Information

NOTE: Plan to arrive one hour prior to your ride in order to complete necessary paperwork.

Riders must be at least 7 years of age
Maximum weight of riders is 225 LBS
We recommend long pants
Close-toed shoes are required
We provide saddle bags for all riders to store water and small personal belongings.
Please leave purses, backpacks and all other bags in your car, they are not permitted on the ride.

Yosemite High Sierra Camps Pack & Saddle Trips are offered to visitors who’ve been awarded a reservation at the High Sierra Camp through the lottery. After receiving your confirmation, you’ll be able to apply for our 4 or 6-day guided Pack & Saddle trip, traveling from camp to camp on friendly, surefooted mules. Along the way, you’ll ride deep into the High Sierra wilderness along century-old U.S. Cavalry trails—with some of the best views in all of Yosemite.

Each day will begin with a delicious hot breakfast prepared by our chefs at the High Sierra Camp. You’ll saddle up and set out for the next camp—typically a three to five hour ride. You’ll spend the day taking in the gorgeous surroundings, stopping for a relaxing picnic, and filling your lens with dramatic photos of your saddle journey. When you arrive at the next camp, you’ll have time to settle in, explore, and end the day with a hearty dinner before settling in to your backcountry tent cabin for the night.

Learn how to apply for the High Sierra Camp Lottery—the first step in planning a Yosemite High Sierra Camp Pack & Saddle Trip.