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|Horseback Riding on Maui|
|Ironwood Ranch - Kapalua - West Side|
|Lahaina Stables - Historic Tour of the Kauaula Valley|
|Makani Olu Ranch - Riding and Day Camps|
|Makena Stables - Makena - South Maui|
|Mendes Ranch - Waihe'e North Shore|
|Piiholo Ranch - Horseback Adventures Upcountry|
|Pony Express - Haleakala Crater and Upcountry Ranch|
|Triple L Ranch Trail Rides - Riding at Kanaio|
Maui Horseback Riding
Horseback rides on Maui can be found on thousands of acres of ranchland. You can also ride horseback on Maui into the famous Haleakala Crater.
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Maui horseback riding stables and working ranches are located from Kapalua in West Maui to Makena in South Maui and from Waihee Valley in Central Maui to Hana. All horseback riding companies will want to know your level of experience so you can be matched up with a horse that will be appropriate. If you're a beginner, don't worry, we've seen your kind before. If you're a veteran equestrian we have rides that are a bit more challenging.
Maui horseback rides will take you:
Horseback riding through a tropical rain forest
Into the crater of Haleakala (like riding on the moon)
Up into the Hana highlands near the famous Oheo Gulch for a jungle horseback ride
Onto the ranch lands high above the central valley, with views galore
Horseback riding through Eucalyptus forests and meadowlands
From the beach at Makena up the slopes toward Ulupalakua
Some considerations for your Maui horseback adventure
Maui Horseback riding tours all have restrictions about children but the ages allowed will vary from usually a minimum of age 6 to age 12 and under certain circumstances younger ones can even ride. Let us know if you have little guys wanting to ride horseback; we'll try to accommodate them.
Horseback rides range from a couple of hours to all day. Let us know how much time you'd like to spend on this activity and we'll help you plan accordingly.
Tom's Tips - Horseback riding on Maui
Prepare at home before you come for your Maui horseback ride. Long pants and closed-toe shoes should be packed next to your bathing suit and thongs. You can leave your chaps and spurs at home.
Ask us which horseback riding companies will allow you to trot, canter or run.
Horseback riding into the crater of Haleakala is a lot easier than walking in on a hike.
If you're already staying on the West side of Maui and are looking to go for a horseback ride you should look into Ironwood Ranch. Ironwood Ranch is located in the hills above Napili and the terrain that they have here is varied. You will ride through abandoned pineapple fields, lush tropical valleys and even an Ironwood forest that the ranch is named after. The ranch is located fairly high up on the hill and their elevated position allows for some panoramic views of the channel and surrounding islands of Molokai and Lanai. Their horses are gentle and know the trail well and their ranch hands and trail guides you will find to be not only very knowledgeable but also very kind and courteous. Ironwood Ranch offers horseback rides throughout the day and even offers a sunset ride in the late afternoon.
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Were you thinking about doing some horseback riding on this vacation? Lahaina Stables is the only horseback riding company to be found in the Lahaina area of Maui. Their trail rides lead back into the Kauaula and Launiupoko Valleys where you will find incredible views of the islands of Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe. The owner, Ray Fuqua, is a former High School history teacher. Mr. Fuquas love for Hawaiian history makes his trail rides more than just a beautiful ride but also an educational experience. It was not to long ago that the horses were the primary transportation of the citizens of Maui. Horses were not only used for transportation but also to provide the power to fuel the agricultural and cattle industries of Maui. Going to ride horses amidst the ruins of Maui's agricultural infrastructure almost makes it feel as it you've stepped back in time a hundred years. If you're wanting to log some saddle time, learn about some of the history and culture of Maui, while visiting some historic sights and beautiful vista points you should look further into the Lahaina Stables.
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Makani Olu Ranch is a family oriented working cattle ranch and equine facility.
They are conveniently located in central Maui, deep into the picturesque Mauna Kahalawai in Waikapu Valley. Great for families that would like to do different activities in close proximity. Visit the Maui Tropical Plantation where one can enjoy a tram tour of locally grown fruits and products or do a Zipline. Also, close to a beautiful golf course. They specialize in small group rides and horsemanship day camps, all with a personal touch and the Aloha Spirit of Hawaii.
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One of the oldest stables we have on the island is the Makena Stables, established in 1983 by Pat and Helaine Borge. This small and personalized company takes intimate groups of six or less along the beautiful outreaches of the Ulupalakua Ranch offering spectacular views of La Perouse Bay and the Ahihi Kinau Reserve. This is an adventurous ride and physically strenuous, the trails are rugged and technically challenging, participants should be in generally good physical condition.
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The Mendes family runs an active cattle ranch on Maui's Kahakuloa coast. This ranch is located on the east side of the West Maui Mountains north of Wailuku. The Waihe'e Valley is located above the ranch which is one of the wettest spots on the planet. The Mendes family has lived here ranching for generations. In recent years their focus has split from ranching to also include a horseback ride that they operate on their large ranch. This ride has gained a reputation for bringing the local color and flair of the Mendes families' paniolo roots to the visitors of Maui. The Mendes Ranch is one of the few horseback rides that actually allow experienced riders to do a bit of running and they are also very good at providing a calm riding experience for those who are novice or fist time horse riders as well. The Mendes Ranch stretches from the lush valley above all the way down to the coastline. The route of the horseback ride tours most of the ranch going through rainforest high up on the mountain and through pastures along the coast. The horses of Mendes Ranch are very well kept and are trained for this ride. Most of the guides are members of the Mendes family themselves that were born and raised on or around the ranch.
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The Baldwin family was one of the original European settlers of the island of Maui descending from missionaries. The Baldwin family is one of the largest landowners on Maui owning the Alexander and Baldwin cane fields, the Haleakala Ranch, Pi'iholo Ranch and more. Pi'iholo Ranch is one of their most beautiful parcels sitting right on the edge of the rainforest with spectacular panoramic bicoastal views throughout. The Baldwin family has been known for their horsemanship for generations, and still brings their horses to major mainland competitions to this day. Going riding on Pi'holo Ranch is something special with a wide variety of native plants and trees indigenous to Hawaii all over the ranch including Koa, Ohia Lehua trees and occasionally endemic forest birds will be spotted as well. There are rides that are suitable for beginner through advanced riders and there is even the option to go on your own private horseback ride. The horseback rides can go from very short one hour rides to longer two or three hour rides. The horses of Pi'iholo Ranch are as beautiful as the scenery and many of them have been in major shows and competitions. Horseback riding is not the only thing that goes on at Pi'iholo Ranch there is also an elaborate zip line and ropes challenge course here. The longer lines stretch over two thousand feet and span across entire valleys. The challenge course has a huge climbing wall, a giant ladder and many other high of the ground personal and group challenges.
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Haleakala is an ideal place to explore by horseback. Pony Express is a company that offers horseback rides into the deep Haleakala Crater. The elevation of this area is high enough to make a noticeable difference in the quality of the air. Hiking in this high elevation environment is much more difficult than it is at the lower elevations and to be able to experience this area from the back of a horse is the only alternative to the strenuous hike due to the parks ban on bicycles and motorized vehicles on the craters trails. Pony Express offers a variety of different packages that vary in length of time and the amount of distance that they travel. The Haleakala Crater is such a unique environment that many of the plants and animals that are found here are not found anywhere else in the world. The Silversword plant is found only in the craters of Maui and the Big Island is one of the more pronounced of these unique plants with its long stalks and flowers easily visible from hundreds of yards away.
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Triple L Ranch is located in KANAIO on the lovely Island of Maui. Unlike the rest of Maui, in Kanaio you'll see a vast open frontier much like Africa. There are many Hawaiian botanical's, brush land, sister to the Acacia the famous "Kiawe" tree, long grasses, giant cinder cones and lava tubes.
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Horseback Riding in Maui - Horseback riding is a big favorite on Maui as evidenced by the eight of so different horseback riding stables we have on island. What is it about the combination of horseback riding and Maui that people find so intriguing? My guess is that it's because of a number of reasons. Obviously at the top of the list is the fact that some people just plain love horses and want to ride them wherever they go and where better to ride than on one of the most beautiful places in the world. A second guess would be that Maui has so much incredible ranchland that has been traveled by horses, paniolos and cowboys for now over two centuries. Hawaii is steeped in the tradition of the riding of horses. A third reason would be the sheer practicality of touring Maui on horseback. Maui is such an up and down place. The sliding sands trail going into Haleakala Crater descends 3000 ft in the course of a few miles. It sure makes life easier to see the spenders that the Crater has to offer and then enjoy the benefits of riding horseback back up to the top instead of having to hoof it on your own. Whatever your reason for wanting to ride make sure you contact us early to make reservations during the busy seasons because your not alone in your love of horses and our rides are often booked days in advance.