Echo River Ranch

Guided Trail Rides &
Specialty Trail Rides

All riding is guided at a walk. Beginners and advanced riders alike, enjoy riding our horses.

     All trail riding is guided. No one rides alone. This ensures that the horses are treated humanely by the
     riders and that no rider gets lost.

     All riding is done at a walk; no trotting, no loping, no galloping, no running, no jumping, no exceptions.
     Faster speeds are not safe for the horse and in the forest, they are not safe for the rider either.

In addition to offering hourly rides, we sponsor a variety of specialty rides both on the trails out
of the ranch and on trails out of local trailheads.

 

     

                    Reservations are required for all rides.
   

Guided Hourly Trail Rides

The riding time for the guided hourly trail rides is actual time spent in the saddle. We will also make rest stops along the trail at the riders request. These stops are not included in the timing of the ride and will extend the actual time spent out on the trail. These stops are also good opportunities to take pictures or for riders to dismount and stretch their legs.

Most beginners can easily tolerate ride lengths of one or two hours.

We suggest that riders wear comfortable clothing appropriate to the weather conditions. Boots or closed toed shoes, a long sleeved shirt, and full length pants will also help protect the rider from trail brush and flying insects such as knats and mosquitos.


allow javascript required to see this moving butterfly picture      All trails out of the ranch are very safe for beginning riders.

                            For Very Timid Riders 1/2 hour ride - $40. (no discounts)
                                1 hour ride - $60. per rider
                               2 hour ride - $100. per rider

                                                each additional hour - $40.

                            Monday through Thursday = $10. per hour discount
                    3 or more riders in your group = $5. per rider per hour discount


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Riders are always welcome to bring a lunch or snacks on any and all rides. On rides over an hour long, with advance notification, we will plan a stop for you to eat at no extra charge.

                                                                    Click here to photos of various Hourly Rides.

We will also trailer horses to most of the local trailheads. The many local trailheads offer a wider variety of trail, terrain, and scenic beauty for our clients to marvel. Most have excellent one or two hour rides, but they also have extensive trail systems so we can easily add more hours for those riders who want an even longer ride.

Note that we charge a one time trailhead fee (if we haul to other trailheads). The trailhead fee does not apply to rides out of the ranch trails or to ride specials. The fee does help with our fuel and additional time expenses.

                                          Trailhead Fee - 50¢ per mile / $25. minimum
                                                  actual mileage is measured from the ranch to the trailhead

                                                                    Click here to go to a list of trailheads.

     

     

     

                    Reservations are required for all rides.
   

      For riders who want even more adventure, we offer a variety of specialty rides.

     

Specialty Treat Trail Rides

Treat Trail Rides are holiday themed rides sponsored by the ranch. The trail is very easy and most treats can be collected from horseback while riding along the trail. These rides are enjoyed by riders of all ages and are excellent for first time riders.

Sweetheart Rides Egg Hunt Rides Patriotic Rides Trick n Treat Rides Candy Cane Rides
There are two lengths of treat trail rides to choose from. The shorter starter trail takes about 20 minutes to ride and includes a dozen or more treats of candy and/or toys. The longer extended ride takes about 40 minutes to ride and includes a longer ride on the trails, as well as, the shorter starter trail and treats.

                                     Starter Treat Ride                             Extended Treat Ride
                                       $40. per rider                                    $55. per rider
                                       $20. per person participation fee for persons who wish to walk
                                                 the trail or for persons who haul-in and ride their own horse


Sweetheart Rides  are held daily for at least two weeks in February, starting on Saturday two weekends before Valentines Day (Feb 14) through the Sunday of the weekend after.

Egg Hunt Rides  are held daily for three and a half weeks, starting on Saturday two weekends before Easter Sunday through the weekend after.

Patriotic Rides  are held daily for at least two weeks, starting on Saturday of the weekend before the Fourth of July through the second Sunday after.

Trick n Treat Rides  are held daily from the first weekend in October through the first complete weekend in November.

Candy Cane Rides  are held daily from December 1st through 30th.

                                                                    Click here to photos of the Treat Rides.

     

     

     

                    Reservations are required for all rides.
   

     

Specialty Experience Trail Rides

Experience Trail Rides combine a trail ride and another activity to create a delightful experience. Some of these rides are all day events, some are held out of the ranch trails, some are great for beginning riders, and most are addictive - once you have experienced the ride, you will want to ride it again and again.

Experience rides are priced by the experience. See the descriptions below for additional trail and rider suggestions.


Dinner Rides Dinner Rides  are a trail ride that includes a detour and stop at the City Hall Saloon and Eatery. This ride can be for dinner or lunch and is available daily all year round. It is an easy ride along trails and gravel roads. And it is a great experience ride for adults who are first time riders, but kids are welcome too.

                   $100. per rider    riders are responsible for their own meal and refreshment costs
                                                weekday discount: $20. off per rider Monday - Thursday only


For riders under 21, we order the meal "to go" and eat near the horses at the hitching rail.

The trail guide and horses will wait (up to two hours) while riders eat. Total time in the saddle is just under two hours.

                                                   Click here to photos of the Dinner Experience Rides.

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Prize Rides Prize Rides  are rides that include an opportunity to win prizes. These rides are sponsored by organizations (usually a horse club) that determine the ride date, trail route & length, etc. These experience rides are great for both the adventurous and the lucky.

          All Prize Rides      $130. per rider      riders are responsible for their own entry fees and lunch;

These rides are generally easy riding along a flagged trail that loops out and back to the start. Every prize ride is managed differently; some are ticket raffles, some are poker hands, some are treasure hunts, some are a numbered chip drawing, etc. Some rides include lunch with the entry fee, others have lunch available for additional cost, and yet others have a potluck or require you to pack your own. See our ride calendar for descriptions and approximate dates of scheduled prize ride events.
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These experience rides are all day events. Because we trailer the horses to the trailhead, we leave early in the morning (6-7am). Riders are welcome to come to the ranch and ride with us, be picked up along the driving route, or meet us at the trailhead. We stay at the trailhead for lunch and prize awards (usually 3-5pm). Total time in the saddle is usually three or more hours.

                                                   Click here to photos of the Prize Ride Experience Rides.

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Orienteering Rides Orienteering Rides  are rides that include a ten station orienteering course. These experience rides are extremely fun, but they are also very grueling and recommended only for the advanced rider.

             Orienteering Rides              $150. per rider        riders should bring a lunch

These rides are sponsored by the National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering. NACMO determines the ride date, trail route & length, etc.; see our ride calendar for the dates of scheduled orienteering rides.
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These rides do not travel specific trails. Riders are given a vague map and make their own decisions on whether to stick to trails, ride on old roads, or attempt cross-country on the ride. The trail guide is well trained in both map and compass reading; and will assist the riders in their efforts to find the orienteering stations.

These experience rides are all day events. we start early in the morning (6-7am). Riders are welcome to come to the ranch and ride with us, be picked up along the driving route, or meet us at the trailhead. Often the mapped trail route is fifteen to twenty miles long, which can take up to six or more hours to complete. Of course, the rider always has the choice to stop earlier.

                                                   Click here to photos of the Orienteering Experience Rides.

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Wild Edible Mushroom Rides Wild Edible Mushroom Rides  are rides that include a stop along the trail guaranteed to have wild edible mushrooms ready to be harvested. This ride is available daily during both the spring and the fall mushroom seasons. It is an easy ride along trails and gravel roads. And it is a tasteful experience ride for beginning riders and for riders who already love the flavor of mushrooms.

                $200. per rider                           $100. per non-rider or haul-in                                      we recommend bringing a lunch;    please add $200. per person to above prices for the TRUFFLE hunt

These rides are generally easy riding along a flagged trail that loops out and back to the start. Every prize ride is managed differently; some are ticket raffles, some are poker hands, some are treasure hunts, some In the Spring (~Apr-Jun), wild edible mushrooms are Morel, Bolete, Shaggy Mane, Oyster, and Chicken of the Woods. In the Fall (~Jul-Nov), wild edible mushrooms are Chanterelle, Bolete, Russula, Matsutaki, Hedge Hog, Chicken of the Woods, Gypsy, Oyster, and Hericium. In the Winter (~Dec-Feb), wild edible mushrooms are the Winter Chanterelle and Truffle (additional $200. per person). The trail guide is very experienced in identifying the above mushrooms.

We provide the saddlebags to carry your containers of picked mushrooms. The trail guide and horses will wait (up to four hours) while riders pick mushrooms. Total time in the saddle can be two or more hours.

Many mushroom hunting areas are easily accessible by vehicle, so we do offer this experience to non-riders. In addition to sharing our mushroom hunting area, we will help you learn various identifying specifics for many edible mushroom species and double check your collections before you leave. We reserve the right to refuse service, commercial hunters are not welcome.

                                                   Click here to photos of the Mushroom Experience Rides.

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Overnight Camping Rides
Overnight Camping Rides  are rides that include intentionally spending at least one night at either a trailhead or out on the trail. This ride is available all year round and is a great experience ride for riders at all levels who enjoy camping in the outdoors.

                          two days/one night start at $250. per rider
                                 contact the ranch for more details


The romance of the old west, riding horses during the day and telling stories around a campfire at night. We don’t need the comforts of home, we can overnight at a trailhead campsite or rough it out on the trail. We provide only the guide and the horses; riders are responsible for their own meals, tent, sleeping bags, etc.

This is a very flexible experience ride. It can be one long ride to explore streams, lakes, meadows, etc. or a couple of shorter rides with a relaxing break in between. Total time in the saddle is determined by the rider and camping location, up to six hours per day.

                                                   Click here to photos of the Camping Experience Rides.

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Additional Experience Rides  are our basic guided rides with a seasonal plus or extra thrown in. These rides are available daily all year round weather or season permitting. They are all easy rides along trails and gravel roads; many can be done on ranch trails, but some may require that we trailer to another trailhead. These are all fantastic experience rides for families and beginning riders.

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Campfire Rides
Campfire Rides -  we can build a campfire at the ranch any time. But three great trailheads for this ride are Buck Creek, Mud Mtn, or O Gradys were riders can explore the river beach and play in the water.

         We can bring hotdogs, marshmellows, etc. for additional small fee.



Night Rides
Night Rides -  are available daily, but are best on nights that are cloudless or with a brighter moon. The horses actually see better in the dark than riders. One hour rides can be accomodated at the ranch; we recommend Buck Creek or Mud Mtn for longer rides.

         No flashlights or headlamps, as they create moving shadows that spook the horses.


Fog Rides -  are available daily, weather permitting. One hour rides can be accomodated at the ranch; we recommend Danville-Georgetown or Taylor Mtn for longer rides as the closeness of the trees add a eerie landscape to the fog.          Lap robes are available to help keep out the cold and dampness.

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Snow Rides
Snow Rides -  obviously depending on the season, short rides are offered at the ranch. For longer rides, consider one of many nearby trailheads, safe driving conditions permitting, such as Buck Creek, Danville-Georgetown, or Taylor Mtn.

         Cold weather lap robes are available without additional fees.



Berry Rides
Berry Rides -  obviously depending on the season, berries can be found along most trails all summer. Rides out of the ranch have Salmon, Huckle, Thimble, and Early Mtn Black Berries. Sahara Horse Camp has an over abundance of Black Caps (or black raspberries) and certain trails at Danville-Georgetown and Taylor Mtn provide lots of Evergreen Blackberries.
         Saddle bags are available to hold and carry berry picking containers.


Picnic Rides -  are available daily. Shorter rides can be accomodated at the ranch; but we highly recommend a longer ride like Danville-Georgetown, Taylor Mtn, Tiger Mtn, or Buck Creek.
         Riders must bring their own lunch to pack in the saddlebags; we can provide lunches for an additional fee.

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                    Reservations are required for all rides.
   

     

Specialty Adventure Trail Rides

        ~~ These rides are still in the development stage and are not offered at this time ~~

Adventure Trail Rides are story rides sponsored by the ranch. These rides are available daily. The trail is very easy and the story entertains and directs riders along the story path. These rides require some make believe participation and reading by the riders; also an entertaining ride for first time riders. Total time in the saddle is about one hour.

                        $80. per rider     $10 discount each additional rider and qualifies for $10 weekday discount (Mon-Thurs)
                      $25. per person participation fee for persons who wish to walk the trail or for persons who haul-in
                          and ride their own horse; additional $10 fee applies if you are not riding with a rental group


        ~~ These rides are still in the development stage and are not offered at this time ~~
Cattle Drive Adventure Rodeo Adventure Murder #1 Murder #2 Murder #3 Cattle Drive  is an adventure story where the riders take part in rounding up a herd of cattle and driving them to the stockyards.

Rodeo  is an adventure story where the riders pretend to participate in a series of rodeo events to compete for all around cowboy.

Murder #1  is an adventure story where the riders are suspects in the murder of a man with whom they played a game of poker.

Murder #2  is an adventure story where the riders are implicated in the murder of a neighboring rancher.

Murder #3  is an adventure story where the riders are accused of murdering an old miner for his share of a staked gold claim.

         It is not required, but riders are welcome to dress in costumes that matches their adventure story line.

        ~~ These rides are still in the development stage and are not offered at this time ~~
Mystery #1 Mystery #2 Mystery #3 Mystery #4 Mystery #5 Mystery #1  is an adventure story where the riders follow the tracks of wild horses in an attempt to solve the mystery of their disappearance.

Mystery #2  is an adventure story where the riders find missing indian artifacts and uncover the thief who stole them from the museum.

Mystery #3  is an adventure story where the riders search for the identity of the stagecoach robber and locate the money box.

Mystery #4  is an adventure story where the riders discover that all their cowboy boots are missing and track their whereabouts.

Mystery #5  is an adventure story where the riders learn about a beautiful white stallion and determine if the tales are true.

         It is not required, but riders are welcome to dress in costumes that matches their adventure story line.

        ~~ These rides are still in the development stage and are not offered at this time ~~

All Adventure Trail Rides follow a western theme. Please let us know if you would prefer a different theme; i.e. safari, fantasy, pirate, etc. Also check out our Scavenger Trail Rides below.
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The stories of the Adventure Trail Rides are made up by the ranch. They are not true and the characters do not have any connection to any persons real or not.

                                                                    Click here to photos of the Adventure Rides.

     

     

     

                    Reservations are required for all rides.
   

     

Specialty Scavenger Trail Rides

Scavenger Trail Rides are a hunting activity ride sponsored by the ranch. These rides are available daily. The trail is very easy and the ride is entertaining for families and first time riders; secret- adults and long time riders are enjoying them too.

                        $80. per rider     $10 discount each additional rider and qualifies for $10 weekday discount (Mon-Thurs)
                      $25. per person participation fee for persons who wish to walk the trail or for persons who haul-in
                          and ride their own horse; additional $10 fee applies if you are not riding with a rental group


Riders choose a scavenger theme in advance of the ride (so we have time to place the appropriate items along the trail). Themes can be the same or different for each ride participant. Themes can be most anything that appeals to the rider, see below for suggestions. Everyone wins as they find, collect, and keep items related to their choosen theme. Total time in the saddle is about one hour.

Pirate Theme Scavenger Hunt Farm Animal Theme Scavenger Hunt Fantasy Theme Scavenger Hunt Bugs ’n Flies Theme Scavenger Hunt Sealife Theme Scavenger Hunt Suggested scavenger themes Berries ’N Blooms, Bugs ’n Flies, Cats, Cowboys, Dogs, Fantasy Dragons, Fantasy Princess, Movies, Pets, Pirates, Safari, Super Heros, and just about any other topic that a rider might be interested in. If you need a competition or challenge, we can do an All Natural (items that are naturally found along a wooded trail), with winners receiving a prize.

For adults, we can do adult themes such as Beers, NASCAR, Sports Teams or Players, etc.

                                                                    Click here to photos of the Scavenger Rides.

     

     

     

                    Reservations are required for all rides.
   

     

Specialty Romance Trail Rides

Romance Trail Rides are guided hourly trail rides where touches of appreciation or romance have been placed along the trail for the intended rider to find, collect, and enjoy. These rides are available daily, but only on the trails out of the ranch.

                      In addition to hourly ride rates above, there is only a $10. fee to set up the item(s).
                                 If we are purchasing and supplying the item(s), additional fees will apply.
                                                                                     Click here to see Guided Hourly Ride Fees.


Romance Ride You provide us with the item or items and prior to your ride, we will put them out on the trail for your intended rider or riders to find. We suggest things like a dozen flowers, little hand written notes or cards, small gifts, a picnic lunch, or even a bottle of champagne.

Suggested items - a dozen roses or carnations, greeting card with a special hand written note, little hand written notes, small gifts, a picnic lunch with foods that may have a special meaning or memories, a bottle of champagne, and more...

Or create a special theme of your own.

                                                                    Click here to photos of the Romance Rides.

     

     

     

                    Reservations are required for all rides.
   

     

Specialty Charming Trail Rides

Charming Trail Rides are another hunting activity ride sponsored by the ranch. These rides are available daily. The trail is very easy and the ride is entertaining for families and first time riders; secret- small birthday groups are enjoying this ride.

                        $80. per rider     $10 discount each additional rider and qualifies for $10 weekday discount (Mon-Thurs)
                      $25. per person participation fee for persons who wish to walk the trail or for persons who haul-in
                          and ride their own horse; additional $10 fee applies if you are not riding with a rental group


Riders choose a charming theme in advance of the ride (so we have time to place the appropriate items along the trail). Themes can be the same or different for each ride participant. Themes can be most anything that appeals to the rider, see below for suggestions. Everyone wins as they find, collect, and keep a chain bracelet and at least ten charms related to their choosen theme. Total time in the saddle is about one hour.

Charming Ride
Suggested charm themes - Horses, Princess, Cowboy, Pirate, Butterflies, Flowers, Cats, Dogs, Hearts, Stars, Safari Animals, Sports, Halloween, Christmas, Easter, Farm Animals, Purses, Shoes, and many many more.

Or create your own theme by choosing ten different charm items that mean something special to the rider.

                                                                    Click here to photos of the Charming Rides.

     

     

                    Reservations are required for all rides.