Spanish Trail Horseback Lunch Ride
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Horseback Riding: Explore the scenic Nevada back country on your easy-going mount, packed and saddled and ready for riding. You also get to explore the cowboy town and petting zoo!
- Spanish Trail: Relive a colorful era of the old Southwest by following the trails of traders, trappers, Indian tribes, and of course, infamous outlaws. Keep your eyes peeled for some of the indigenous animals of the high desert: bighorn sheep, jackrabbits and roadrunners.
- Cowboy Lunch: They didn’t have hamburgers or chicken sandwiches back in the Wild West but they probably wished they did! Cozy up back up to the ranch for a hearty lunch with all the fixin's.
About this Las Vegas, Nevada tour
Adventure beckons on the Ol' Spanish Trail! After a short ride to the ranch, a friendly welcome from the wranglers and some basic instructions for novice equestrians, you'll meet your easy-going means of transport and you're ready to hit the trail.
Savor the dramatic scenery at a leisurely pace: this is red rock country, and the natural wonders, sculpted through millennia by wind, sand and rain, are spectacular. The stories of the folk who plied these dusty trails for decades will be retold by your guides as you ride along. Hear about the traders and trappers, Spanish explorers and missionaries, and before them all, the Native tribes, who braved this stretch of the high desert Southwest. You'll also hear stories of the outlaws who rode before you (horse thieves mostly) and fugitives fleeing justice from more settled regions.
The Old Spanish Trail opened up in 1829, primarily to convey woolen goods produced by indigenous peoples of New Mexico. This trail defied nature and wove through canyons, washes and mountains all the way to Los Angeles. Following the traders was a succession of pilgrims and pioneers, aimlessly roaming the South West looking for somewhere to call home. By mid-19th century, the wagon trains had replaced the pack trails as the main westerly mode of travel, and the Spanish Trail was no longer needed.
Unlike the pioneers of the 19th century your journey ends with a feast! An authentic cowboy lunch awaits you back at the ranch house. Enjoy your meal, reflect on your day then visit the ranch's Cowboy Town and Petting Zoo to close out your South Western journey.
If you're kicking up your heels in Las Vegas after your lunchtime desert trek, you have 19th-century trader Antonio Armijo to thank for it. One of Armijo's scouts, in search of water and wandering far afield from the main pack train making its way from Santa Fe to Los Angeles, happened upon the rich springs and meadows that became known as Las Vegas, meaning "fertile plains."
Round-trip transportation is included in this tour. Please meet in the lobby/reception area of your hotel. Be sure to indicate the name of your hotel at check-out so we know where to meet you.
Protective helmets (optional) are provided. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. This experience is not wheelchair accessible.
Adventure, Scenic, Wilderness/Wildlife, Food and Drink
Beverages - Soft Drink
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Travelers must be a minimum of 6 years of age to participate in this tour.
Special Medical Restriction
This tour is not suitable for travelers with heart, neck, back, shoulder or knee problems or pregnant women due to bumping and jarring motions experienced when riding a horse.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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