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Pantano Riding Stables Tucson

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Pantano Riding Stables
4450 S Houghton Rd
Tucson
AZ
85730
Tel: 520 298 8980

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Tucson, Az. Located on Houghton Road just south of Escalante on the right side of the road. Not accessible by any form of public transportation.

Where are we going today?

"Can I have a pony" might be the most common question on a child's birthday, but certainly "Can we go on a pony ride" is one you can say YES to if you are in the Tuscon area!

Pantano Riding Stables are a great way to discover the southwest - but on horseback! It's actually a family owned and run stable and trail experience, so you know you will be in good, family sized hands when you get there.

The great thing about Pantano Riding Stables, is that it's perfect for all ages and experiences - so the whole family can take part. Those little animal lovers under 5 years have pony rides to fill their day, and those over 6 can ride the bigger horses, and even ride their own horse if they have them.

Pantano Riding Stables offer up a great outdoor adventure, and why wouldn't you with that amazing Arizona weather! If you LOVE animals like we do, then you will love being surrounded by beautiful horses - all different sizes and colors. Don't forget to ask their name so you can say hellO!

Not only are there rides in the desert, but there are also sunset trail rides, and summer kids camps too!

Want to hear something ELSE really cool? There are wagon hay-rides that you can enjoy, and even combine your trail ride with a dinner so you can camp out under the stars! There are also park rides to explore Saguaro National Park too if you wanted to see that little bit more of the area. 

Horses, desert, wagon and campouts - yes please (and yee haw!)

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFrom $25 per person
  • ChildrenSame as adult
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

8am to 5pm Winter. 8am to 12noon summer continuing 4pm to 6.30pm.

All year round but limited summer hours because of the heat

Teachers corner

The summer kids kamp teaches kids all about horses: colors, care, how to saddle and ride, so they can really feel comfortable around the horses! A great experience for the kids.

I'm Hungry!

For an additional cost you can enjoy the dinner rides which include a tasty meal afterwards! .

Healthy Eating!

There is a picnic area available if you want to bring your own lunch to enjoy in nature. Make sure you bring bottled water too .

Any Top Tips?

Bring water, sunscreen, and wear pants and tennis shoes (or boots)...we are having fun in the sun!.

Need a little extra help?

There are limited disability provisions. A ramp for wheelchairs is available, but you must have leg use to get on horse and ride. .

More information

Have Christmas in the desert and enjoy the fun festive activities over December! .

What people are saying?

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    My young son had his first riding lesson yesterday, heck his first up-close encounter with a horse in his lifetime; and we could not have asked for a better experience than the one provided by Pantano Riding Stables! The trainer they provided, Becca, was simply excellent! Bright, enthusiastic and patient, she introduced my son to all the basics of caring for and handling a horse in a manner that left him (us) excited and impressed for the rest of the day, and really looking forward to returning in the near future. If you are looking for a place...Read More

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    Husband and I went for a sunset ride. It went pretty good in the beginning. The entire trail was through a wash so there was wildlife running around but you couldn't really see the mountains.

    The guides seemed friendly enough. They were younger, early 20s to mid 20s maybe. While walking on the trail my horse and the one in front of me stumbled a lot. The one in front of me went down on his front elbow at one point. They just seemed pretty unsteady.

    As we were going back through the wash something spooked the horses. They all took off in a full...Read More

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by J Smith

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My young son had his first riding lesson yesterday, heck his first up-close encounter with a horse in his lifetime; and we could not have asked for a better experience than the one provided by Pantano Riding Stables! The trainer they provided, Becca, was simply excellent! Bright, enthusiastic and patient, she introduced my son to all the basics of caring for and handling a horse in a manner that left him (us) excited and impressed for the rest of the day, and really looking forward to returning in the near future. If you are looking for a place for a beginner to gain familiarity with horses, I could not recommend Pantano Riding Stables and Becca highly enough!

by Jodi Hillman

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Husband and I went for a sunset ride. It went pretty good in the beginning. The entire trail was through a wash so there was wildlife running around but you couldn't really see the mountains.

The guides seemed friendly enough. They were younger, early 20s to mid 20s maybe. While walking on the trail my horse and the one in front of me stumbled a lot. The one in front of me went down on his front elbow at one point. They just seemed pretty unsteady.

As we were going back through the wash something spooked the horses. They all took off in a full out run. Most of the people on the ride had never been on a horse and I had only been on trail horses. So everyone was pulling back on the reins like they told us, but since they are trail horses they followed the others and didn't stop for a while.

Once they finally stopped, I noticed the empty horse. The other lady fell off her horse and was unconscious on the path. She didn't move for about 2-3 minutes. The guide went over and tried talking to her and she only moaned. My husband is and has been a paramedic for over 20 years. He offered to help and the guide refused.

We offered multiple times to help and he just kept refusing. The lady turned over and the guide was trying to make her stand up. She couldn't even hold her legs underneath her. She obviously had a bad concussion. They brought her back in a four wheeler/golf cart thing. They should not have moved her and called 911 immediately.

Our returning guides horse was very jumpy on the way back. Luckily we were close, I was very ready to get off! I talked to the lady who seemed better. No ambulance was called or first aid administered.

I thought it was very poor how they handled the entire event. They seemed ill prepared for accidents. I will never ride here, or even recommend it to anyone. Best just to stay away and find a more reputable place.

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