South Mountain Horseback Riding

Want a fun and unique way to enjoy our trails and preserves! While all trails city-wide are open to horseback riding, there are certain trails that are not recommended for horses. A review of trails can be found on our trails map page.
Ranger with horse Horseback is a wonderful way to view the beautiful desert vistas and towering Saguaro cactus


A private company, Ponderosa Stables, is located directly outside the S. Central Ave entrance of South Mountain Park and offers a variety of horseback riding options.

Recommended Equestrian Trails and Staging Areas

North Phoenix

  • Trail 100 (Charles Christensen) - Highly recommended. Key staging areas are: Mountain View Park, 7th St. Access Lot, Dreamy Draw Park and 40th St. Access Lot.
  • Trail 1A (Perl Charles) – Highly recommended. Staging out of Dreamy Draw Park.
  • Trail 8A (Quartz Ridge) - Staging out of 40th St trailhead, south of Shea Blvd.
  • Trail 220 and 220A - Staging out of Dreamy Draw Park.

South Mountain Park

  • Desert Classic Trail -  Highly recommended. Accessed from Pima Canyon or Beverly Canyon trailhead.
  • Beverly Canyon Trail –  Highly recommended. Accessed from the Beverly Canyon trailhead.
  • Javalina Trail - Accessed from the Beverly Canyon trailhead.
  • Pima Wash Trail – Highly recommended. Accessed from Pima Canyon.
  • Pima East and West Loops - Accessed from Pima Canyon or Beverly Canyon trailhead.
  • Ranger Trail - The lower section of this trail is highly recommended and can be accessed from the Equestrian Area inside South Mountain Park. (Many riders like to make a loop trail using Ranger, Bajada, Max Delta and Cross Cut Trails to get a short ride.)
  • Bajada Trail – Accessed from the Equestrian Area by way of the Ranger Trail. It takes riders into the San Juan area of South Mountain Park.

Arizona Horse Lovers Park

Located at:
19224 N. Tatum Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ

Thanks to a unique partnership between the City of Phoenix and the non-profit Horse Lovers Management Corporation ( the park is again open to the public. Please contact Park Coordinator Kathy Libonati for park/rental information: or call 602-330-5553. View directions to HLP.

Reach 11

Reach 11 Trail Map

Trailhead with Equestrian parking is located on Cave Creek Road north of Deer Valley Road, turn right on Cemetery.