Horseback Riding

Horses have been a part of Drakesbad since the early 1900’s. From helping the Sifford Family round up the cattle to the immensely popular Hot Dog Rides to the head of the Meadow that continued until the mid 1950’s, horseback riding has been a favorite of many generations of our guests.  Today we offer guided trail rides for the novice through the advanced rider taking you to many beautiful locations in Lassen Volcanic National Park.  We hope our Drakesbad stable becomes a popular spot for you and your family. And don’t forget to grab a carrot in the Dining Room on your way to pick out your favorite horse!

For your safety: Trail rides are for kids 7 and older. Double-riding is not allowed. Pony rides are for kids 6 and under.

All rides are open to the public by reservations only. Please call (530) 524-2841 between the hours of 9am and 5pm during the season to book a ride.

Destinations, Ride Duration & Rates:

Boiling Springs Lake – This ride is for beginners , children or riders looking for a short ride to the BIGGEST ACID LAKE in the United States. We will ride to the lake, stop for a quick look, picture and return to the Ranch.
Duration: 1 hour, Price: $39

Devil’s Kitchen – hot springs, steam vents, mud pots, 30 minute self-guided tour of site. (Rated best for beginners and children)
Duration: 1 hour. 45 minutes, Price: $62

Terminal Geyser – very powerful steam vent, a scenic ride with a clear view of Lassen Peak and Lake Almanor. In the early summer provides a viewing of a huge field of Mule Ears flowers. (Rated best for beginners and children)
Duration: 2 hours, 45 minutes, Price: $93

Corral Meadows (for experienced riders only)
Duration: 3.5 hours, Price: $114


Horseshoe Lake (for experienced riders only)
Duration: 7 hours, Price : $205

5 Lakes Loop – this is the ultimate ride for experienced riders. Constant terrain changes, creek crossing and the outstanding scenery provide a rewarding experience. (Rated best for experienced riders)
Duration: 8 hours, Price : $215

Sifford Lakes – this ride takes you above the tree line and opens up for a panoramic view of the southeastern section of the Park. This trail offers some challenges and it rated best for more experienced riders.
Duration: 4 hours, Price : $131

Pony Ride – this ride is for children of 6 years and under. A gentle horse is hand led by Ranch wrangler. Parents are encouraged to walk along.
Duration: 30 min, Price : $20

Boarding with feed, per horse
Price: $37.50/per day

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Please note, by submitting a reservation request using the form below, this is NOT a confirmed reservation.You will be contacted by the Ranch Host if there is availability on the dates requested.

Request Horseback Riding Form

Please Adhere to the Following Leave No Trace Principles:

Travel on trail and hard surfaces only. Do not leave designated trail. Ride in a single file. Keep stock away from lakes and streams at a minimum of 200 feet. Prepare for extreme weather, hazards and emergencies. (Rain gear, warm jacket, drinking water and spare battery for radio.)

Dispose of waste properly. Pack it in, pack it out. Do not leave any food leftovers. Dispose of human waste in cat hole, 6 to 8 inches deep, even on wet ground, and cover with a rock. Ask the wrangler for a zip lock bag, latex glove, toilet paper and a moist towelet for your personal hygiene. Pack out hygiene products and toilet paper.

Leave what you find. Preserve the past, examine but do not touch historical or cultural artifacts. Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them. Do not allow the horses to graze. Avoid introducing or transporting non native species.

Respect wildlife. Observe wildlife from a distance, do not follow or approach them. Never feed wildlife, feeding damages their health, alters natural behaviors and exposes them to predators and other dangers.

Be considerate of other visitors. Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experiences. Be courteous, yield to other users on the trail. Pass hikers on the uphill side of the trail. Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.