Contributed by: The Santiago
For a real western adventure, and a truly inspiring experience, embrace your inner Cowboy and head out on a horseback ride, take a few tips from our friends at the Santiago Resort Palm Springs, which caters to gay men.
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The Palm Springs area has several stables offering guided tours heading up through the mountains, down along the streams of Indian Canyons and even full moon trail rides at night. So whether you’re feeling like the Lone Ranger or maybe just Woody from Toy Story, jump on a horse and see the desert in a whole new way. Just minutes away from Santiago, this is a unique adventure!
Insider Tip: You’ll need jeans and something that looks like a pair boots. Flip flops and shorts will not cut it!
Located just a few minutes from Santiago and at the base of Smoke Tree Mountain, the Smoke Tree Stables provide guided hourly and daily rides on over 150 miles of trails right above Palm Springs. Offering trail rides since 1927, this place is the real thing. They offer picturesque horseback riding through the beautiful palm oasis and year- round streams of the Indian Canyons.
For a more energetic ride, you can trot, canter or gallop through the canyons of Morongo Valley on the private trails of CottonWood Canyon Ranch, The staff gives guided tours through the mountains and riding lessons as well. It doesn’t get more Western than this!
Also located in Morongo Valley, Coyote Ridge Stable has several different trail rides to choose from. For a truly unique adventure, try one of their full moon rides, blazing your own trail up hills and through washes by moonlight.
Or perhaps you prefer watching over riding? Check out the tournament schedule at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. Pack a picnic basket and a bottle of champagne or check out their Tack Room Tavern. This is a great place to spend an afternoon. And don’t miss joining in on the lively divot stomp tradition at halftime.