Based in Tucson, Arizona, in the Tanque Verde Valley, Houston’s Horseback Riding provides horseback riding on miles of trails in the Sonoran Desert and Saguaro National Park. The outfitter, Bobbi Houston, has owned and trained horses for over 35 years. She started the horseback riding Tucson business in 1989. Horses in the riding stable are mostly retired rodeo horses. Riding in the Sonoran Desert you are riding in what is believed to be the desert in North America with the greatest diversity of animal species. It has 60 species of mammals, 350 species of birds, 20 amphibians, 100 reptiles and 30 species of native fish. Saguaro National Park is known for giant saguaro cactus native to the Sonoran Desert. A mature saguaro cactus may be 60 feet tall and weigh up to 4,800 pounds.
Horseback Riding Tucson Trail Rides
Ride trails in the Saguaro National Park. Rides are in the morning and afternoon and usually last about 2 hours. Spring and Fall are the most popular times for horseback riding Tucson. Some rides may be booked weeks in advance. Call for a reservation (520-298-7450).
Riding Lessons and Timed Event Lessons
Riding lessons for kids and adults are taught during the school year. Riders are matched with a group with compatible riding skills. Barrel racing and other timed equestrian events are taught to riders with their own horses.
Horseback Riding 4-Day Camps
Houston’s Horseback Riding horse camps are 4 days of 4-hour classes each day. Each day includes a trail ride into the Sonoran Desert. Camp participants are limited to 12 per week so that each rider has the same horse every day.
More about the Sonoran Desert
The Sonoran Desert includes parts of California, Arizona and northwestern Mexico. It covers a total area of 260,000 square miles. Parts of the other three North American deserts – the Mojave, the Chihuahuan Desert, and the Great Basin Desert are included in Arizona. Arizona is the only state to include portions of all four North American Deserts. The Sonoran covers most of the southern half of Arizona.
More about Saguaro National Park
The Saguaro National Park is divided into two sections the Tucson Mountain District (west) and the Rincon Mountain District (east) with one section on either side of Tucson and its one million residents. The total area of the park is 91,716 acres, 70,905 acres of which is designated as wilderness. You can camp year-round at Saguaro. Sites are available on a first come, first serve basis. The total number of Saguaro cactus in the park is estimated to be 1.8 million.
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