TRAILBLAZER TRAIL RIDES

Family Friendly — Casual, Gentle Trails In the Foothills of Tonto National Forest
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Trailblazer Horseback 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.

Trailblazer Horseback Ride Highlights

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FUN FACT!


The Kangaroo Rat is well adapted to life in the Sonoran Desert. It can survive without even a drop of water for its entire life. It obtains enough water for survival from insects, leaves and even dry seeds!

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.

Trailblazer Horseback Ride Options

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3 or 3.5 Hour Beginner Trailblazer Horseback Ride

Arizona horseback riding is our specialty, so come on out and treat yourself and your family to the horseback ride of your dreams in the Tonto National Forest. 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! Even our experienced guides are in awe of the splendor of our Tonto National Forest trails. Each of our Trailblazer Rides is truly unique, but something they all have in common is scenic beauty and the wildlife that calls the desert home, including javelina, coyotes, deer, rabbits, road runners and Arizona’s state bird, the cactus wren.

$3 Park Conservation Fee included in each ticket price

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Half Day 4 Hour Petroglyph Horseback Ride

This beautiful, scenic ride is where Spur Cross riders personally ride during their extra time! Horses are chosen specifically to meet the needs of each rider, so it’s perfect for the whole family. On the trail, you will be captivated by the surrounding views and natural beauty of Tonto National Forest. Stopping at a few creek crossings so the horses can take a drink, your knowledgeable wrangler will teach you about the local wildlife and answer any questions.

Once you arrive at your destination, the spirit of the Hohokam Native American Tribe will astonish you. Ancient Petroglyphs are prehistoric drawings carved into the outer surface of the rock. Although they have been studied quite frequently, there is still much to be learned about them. You will be able to take your time to decipher the meaning behind these age-old figures and what messages natives attempted to convey; using your imagination of course!

$3 Park Conservation Fee included in each ticket price

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By Special Request

Want to go on a longer ride, deep into the Back Country? We have a 5 hour Indian Ruin Ride, a 6 hour combo Petroglyph and Indian Ruin, and a 6.5 hour ride to the 7 Springs Area

$3 Park Conservation Fee included in each ticket price

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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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Trail Rides

Arizona horseback riding is our specialty, so join us on our Horseback Ride and treat yourself to the ride of your dreams in the foothills of the Sonoran Desert.

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