Location: Julian (62 Miles / 1.25 Hours Northeast of Downtown San Diego)
Time: Reservations Can Be Made for Weekdays and Weekends.
Cost: Starts at $50 per Hour.
Features: Ride Horses in San Diego’s Mountains; Enjoy Mountain Views, Peaceful Meadows, Wildlife, and if you are lucky, Catch a Glimpse of the Ocean on a Clear Day.
Horseback Riding in Julian Highlights: Within an hour’s drive, you can escape your busy life and enjoy horseback riding in the mountains of San Diego County. Noted below are two stables on the outskirts of Historic Julian that provide visitors with trail rides.
What to Expect
- Check the Mountain Weather Forecast. Weather is generally good year-round for outdoor activities but it can get chilly and snow a couple times during the winter and get hot a few times during the summer.
- Fall is a great time to visit and enjoy the changing colors of the leaves.
- You will be horseback riding at about 4,000 feet above sea level and see several mountain peaks ranging from about 4,500 feet to nearly 7,000 feet.
- You will also enjoy views of mountain meadows, thick forests, and and distant valleys.
- Wear long pants and closed toe shoes and don’t forget to put on sunblock.
Julian Stables – Pricing starts at $55 per hour. Discounts for 2 hour rides. Provides hand-led horseback riding for kids under 9 years old. Maximum rider weight of about 200 pounds. Located 1.5 miles west of Julian. Also offers a 3.5 hour horseback ride through the nearby Santa Ysabel Valley with a great view of the San Diego mountains.
Kenner Horse Ranch – Prices start at $50 per hour. Rides last 1 – 1.5 hours and cover 200 acres of the Kenner Ranch. Sightings of deer, bobcats, turkeys, and mountain blue jays are common. Located 5 miles south of Julian. Directions from Google Maps to 17550 Harrison Park Road, 92036.
Food – There are dozens of food options in nearby Julian. Note, Julian is famous for its Apple Pies, which is available in most restaurants and at several take-out windows.
Traffic – Daytime travel to Julian is relatively easy. After leaving San Diego on highways, the last 30 – 45 minutes of your trip will take place on curvy and hilly two-lane roads. The roads are generally wide enough to make it a comfortable drive for most drivers, despite the winding roads that take you through the Cleveland National Forest and into the mountains. (You will climb to about 4,000 feet above sea level.) Traffic is a little slower during the busier months of September and October but it still moves along quite well.
Transit - There is no transit option that gets you into Julian.