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.

Operating Season

  • May 11 - September 26, 2018 (conditions permitting)

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. 

  • Rate: $67.00 per person
  • How to Book: Reserve your Two-Hour Ride by clicking the "Check Rates" box in the upper-right corner, in the drop down please select "Big Trees Stable Rides"
  Arrive By Time Departure Time
Morning Tour 7:00 am 8:00 am
Late Morning Tour 10:00 am 11:00 am
Afternoon Tour 1:00 pm 2:00 pm
Late Afternoon Tour 2:00 pm 3:00 pm

All-Day Ride

The All-Day Ride starts at Big Trees Stable in Wawona and travels to the impressive Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. This is a challenging ride for experienced riders in good physical condition only. Please note the All-Day Ride is offered on Thursdays only.

  • Rate: $140.00 per person (riders must be at least 10 years old)
  • How to Book: Reserve your All-Day Ride by clicking the "Check Rates" box in the upper-right corner, in the drop down please select "Big Trees All Day Stable Rides"
  Arrive By Time Departure & Return Time
Thursdays 8:00 am 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Stable Information

NOTE: Riders must arrive one hour prior to scheduled ride in order to view safety video and necessary paperwork.

Riders must be at least 7 years of age
Riders must be at least 44 inches tall. Riders cannot weigh more than 225 pounds. 
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.
We encourage parties with children to reserve morning rides versus afternoon rides to avoid warm temperatures.

Reservations
Big Trees Stable rides are popular throughout the season, so reservations are strongly recommended. 
  • Book reservations in advance online by clicking the "Check Rates" button in the upper right hand corner of your browser. 
  • Same-day reservations can be only made by contacting the stable at YosemiteStables@aramark.com
ADA Features
After consultation with our staff, stable employees will be happy to provide someone with special needs an opportunity for gentle horse ride around the corral.

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.

Horse Boarding

Operating Dates June 8 - September 23
Operating Times 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Price $14.50 daily per horse
Reservations 209.382.8326

Horse boarding is offered at the Yosemite Valley Stable. Reservations are highly recommended due to limited space. Contact 209.382.8326.

Proof of immunizations for Rabies, West Nile, Influenza, Eastern and Western Encephalomyelitis (Sleeping Sickness), and Tetanus, plus a current Veterinary Health certificate, current Negative Coggins (AGID), and recent worming.

NOTE: The stable does not allow boarding for stallions.


Dog Kennel

Operating Dates May 25 - September 3
Operating Times 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Dog Requirements

Dogs must be over 6 months of age
Dogs under 20 lbs must be in a crate

Price $8.75 daily per dog
Payments made at Half Dome Village Tour Desk
Reservations 209.382.8326

A daytime kennel is available at Yosemite Valley Stable. Because of limited kennel space, advance reservations are highly recommended, please call 209.382.8326

You must provide written proof of immunizations (rabies, distemper, parvo and bordetella) from your veterinarian. No food is allowed, due to wildlife management concerns. 

NOTE: Dog kennel payments are made at Half Dome Village Tour Desk, not at the stables.