Horseback Riding Through the Dunes: Add it to Your Bucket List

In our Valley, we’re all about doing more for less—and today we’re bringing you all you need to know about one of our all-time favorite affordable adventures: horseback riding through the dunes (you read that right). If you’re up for stunning sunset views, fresh ocean air, and an experience you’ll remember for ages to come, this one’s for you. Today, we’re talking three reasons to add this unforgettable experience to your bucket list.

1. You’ll see some seriously stunning views.

Along your guided horseback ride, you’ll ride through the Oceano Dunes Preserve and make your way to the beach. You’ll see some seriously stunning views—and can capture the perfect family photo (or girls’ shot for the ‘Gram) along the way. (Want a taste of what you’re in for? Check out some of the dreamy sunset snaps on the Pacific Dunes Ranch Facebook page.)

2. It’s the perfect opportunity to clock out and tap in.

Horseback riding doesn’t just allow you to focus on the present moment—it requires it. While you don’t have to be an expert to ride (you’ll have a seasoned guide to help you out), you do need to remain present, calm, and aware when working with horses—allowing you the perfect opportunity to get out of your head and focus on something aside from your to-do list. Sprinkle some fresh ocean air into the mix and you’ve got a recipe for an adventure as stress-relieving as it is invigorating.

3. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.

In our Valley, we’re all about offering a welcoming, affordable home base—so you can use your hard-earned dollars experiencing the beautiful Central Coast, rather than just visiting it…and horseback riding on the ocean is one of those unforgettable experiences we’re talking about. If you’re coming to our Valley to get away from the everyday, this once-in-a-lifetime adventure is for you.

Ready to add horseback riding on the dunes to your Santa Maria Valley itinerary? Here’s all you need to know:

Rides are guided and offered through the Pacific Dunes Ranch. A one-hour regular trail ride through the dunes and to the ocean costs $60 per person. Call Pacific Dunes Ranch at (805) 489-8100 to learn more and book your ride.

In Santa Maria Valley, there’s so much to do from here. Hit the road and explore it all with our 24 hiking trails, 34 tasting rooms, seven unique AVAs, 13 beaches, and a growing selection of local breweries, all within a beautiful 30-minute drive. There is no need to venture far if you are looking for sand dunes, cycling and authentic Santa Maria Style dining. You’ll find it’s the perfect home base, where you can eat, drink and do more for less.