Family Friendly — Casual, Gentle Trails In the Foothills of Tonto National Forest
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Trail Rides Through Scenic Sonoran Desert

Before your Horseback Arizona at Spur Cross riding experience, we take the time to introduce you to your horse, including all the tips you need to know on how to direct it throughout your horseback riding journey. Our friendly, experienced cowgirls and cowboys will mount you up on one of our 50 beautiful, gentle trail riding horses, some of which are rescues.

If horse trail riding is new to you, we feel that you’ll be comfortable and confident on your Cave Creek horseback riding experience. Ticket price includes Spur Cross Conservation entrance fee.

Trail Ride Highlights

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Did you know the saguaro cactus flower is the state flower of Arizona, and the saguaro doesn’t grow its first arm until around 50 years of age? Just one of the many facts you will learn about the desert on this ride.

Enjoy the beautiful and relaxing nature of the desert!
Meet your horse and learn the basics of horseback riding.
Receive a couple of carrots to feed your horse after the ride. A thank you for the horse’s companionship!
Learn about the cactus and desert habitat; Taking in the beautiful Sonoran Desert sights.

Trail Ride Options

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1 Hour Horseback Ride

Arizona horseback riding is our specialty, so join us on our 1 Hour Horseback Ride and treat yourself to the ride of your dreams in the foothills of the Sonoran Desert. Your leader will take you to see a great variety of plants native to the region, from the pincushion and hedgehog cactus, prickly pear, barrel cactus, ocotillo, mesquite, palo verde, to the giant saguaro cactus.

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1.5 Hour Horseback Ride

Our 1.5 hour trail ride takes you through the Valley of Saguaros, by an old prospector’s claim, up and down some hills with amazing views and it’s perfect for beginners! You will also have the opportunity to spot local wildlife, including coyotes, javalina, bobcat, mule deer, tarantula, desert iguana, jackrabbit, gila monster and other reptiles as well.

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2 Hour Horseback Ride

Come explore the beautiful outdoors and the Tonto National Forest on our 2 hour trail ride. Our knowledgeable guides take you into the Sonoran Desert and the Tonto national Forest, where you will see a great variety of plants native to the region and also spot some wildlife. We promise our horseback rides will not disappoint.

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Check out our other Trail Rides!

We also offer Sunset Trail Rides and 3+ hour Trailblazer Rides! Click below to learn more.

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Sunset Trail Rides

Picture the sun setting behind the mesas to the west as you peacefully ride back to the stables. Arizona’s rich sunsets of brilliant red and purple hues are the perfect backdrop for horseback riding.

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Trailblazer Trail Rides

At nearly 3 million acres, the Tonto National Forest is the largest national forest in Arizona, and the fifth largest in the country. Our Trailblazer Rides cover 300,000 acres of it!

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