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 two-hour and half-day rides 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.

Big Trees Stable is open seasonally from May 27 - September 5, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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

  • Departure Times: 8:00 am, 10:00 am, and 2:00 pm
  • Rate: $65.00 per person

Half-Day Ride

The half-day ride takes riders up into the mountain trails. Please note these trails are often uneven, and can consist of many switchbacks up a steep slope. This is a strenuous ride best suited to riders in good physical condition. 

  • Departure Time: Please call 209.375.6502 for departure information
  • Rate: $88.50 per person

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

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.