If you're an out-of-towner and miss riding the plains, you can cure your equestrian nostalgia by renting a horse and ... More
Sunset Ranch Hollywood
If you're an out-of-towner and miss riding the plains, you can cure your equestrian nostalgia by renting a horse and riding through the Hollywood Hills and Griffith Park. There are plenty of options here, including one and two hour rides during the day for anyone over the age of seven. A very popular option is the Friday night moonlight ride. Just arrive for a three-hour round-trip ride, which culminates with dinner at a nearby Mexican restaurant.
We were invited to a birthday party for my daughter's friend that was being held at Sunset Ranch Hollywood. It was easy to find (at the top of Beachwood Canyon) and parking wasn't bad, just below the ranch.
After a short 2 minute walk up the hill we were there.
They had a nice party area for us and gave the kids a lesson and rides. They LOVED IT! The ranch is rustic and authentic. The staff was nice and attentive. I guess if you can't bring the pony to your party, bring the party to the ponies!! Definitely a day the kids won't forget.
I didn't know this place existed! Loved the experience. I felt like I was on a movie set, except that everything was authenic, real, not cheesy like a hollywood attraction. My kids were so excited and actually learned a lot, too!
As we rode through Griffith Park our guide told us that the part is twice the size of Central Park in New York. Didn't know that. We saw the Hollywood sign up close, well as close as you can get, legally. This experience was surreal and wonderful.
My daughter loved her horse, Mouse. =) We walked at a normal pace (no running), and it was very safe.
Thanks Sunset Ranch, and thanks Austin for a great tour!
I heard about Sunset Ranch from my neighbor who boards a horse up there. I decided to check it out and WOW, what a great place! This is the real deal. I was alone and they put me on a ride with a small group of tourists. We were given a short safety lesson and introduced to our horses. They were such magnificent creatures and sweet!
We were on a two hour ride and I think I know everything there is to know about Griffith Park and Sunset Ranch now. Our guide was very knowledgable and nice, patient. Oh, I forgot the best part - We were so close to the Hollywood sign. It was awesome!!
I give this a 5 star, two thumbs up rating! Check it out, you will be glad you did.
I think I just might be their biggest fan! The only bummer? I am really sore today from riding, but it was worth it and amazing!
My family and I will not forget the fun we had with our guide Austin. He was so nice, and gave us tons of information about Griffith Park while we were on our ride. He helped my son and daughter get over their slight fears about riding (it was their first time). He made our day!
It was Two For Tuesday so we really got a great deal. 4 riders $60, plus a tip. It was worth it and it was amazing!!!
We would suggest this to anyone looking for family activities in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles really does have it ALL as we found out this week =) . While here on vacation we have been to great clubs and restaurants, beautiful beaches, a couple of museums, vintage shops, the walk of fame, and then today someone told us about horseback riding under the Hollywood sign. We actually thought they were pulling our leg, but it was worth a shot to find out, it sounded interesting.
We went to the top of Beachwood Canyon and there it was, Sunset Ranch Hollywood. It was like we went back in time. What a cool place.
We got saddled up and were off with our guide to see what was truly the most incredible view of all of Los Angeles. This was fun, peaceful, and different from anything else we have had the opportunity to do while we were here.
We would have to say this was our best day in L.A. Thanks Sunset Ranch!
I feel very fortunate that we were able to see this horse facility before leaving Los Angeles and returning to London. We have horseback riding of course, but we don't have the Hollywood sign, or this splendid property, the sprawling grounds, trails, and heart-stopping views of Los Angeles.
My mates and I will remember this forever! Our guide was lovely. She told us so much about Sunset Ranch and Griffith Park. Our ride was 2 hours long, and we all regretted not taking the 4 hour ride instead. Oh well, there is always next year when we return for holiday.
Hats off to this wonderful attraction. I hope everyone gets a chance to take it in.
Two thumbs up!!
I'm a lucky girl! My boyfriend surprised me today with a romantic sunset dinner ride at Sunset Ranch Hollywood.
We got to the ranch and filled out some paperwork, then we were introduced to our horses. They were soooo beautiful and had sweet dispositions. They gave us a lesson on safety and then we were on our way with our guide up through the hills!
What a view! I can't even find the words, none could do it justice! We were speechless for a long time just taking it all in. We rode for a while and ended up in Burbank at Viva Fresh, a cute little mexican restaurant. We had some nachos and a margarita and then headed back to the ranch. The sun was going down and let me tell you, we got some really amazing pics of ourselves on our horses...OH, and we saw the Hollywood sign, too! Now, THAT was amazing!
Well, I loved it! Pretty sure you will too! I'd suggest this to anyone. Have fun
My boyfriend's dad bought us a gift certificate on their website and we went up to use it today! I have to say this was one of the most romantic dates we have ever had.
The ranch is tucked away in the hills in Griffith Park, at the top of Beachwood Canyon. It's rustic and the real deal. The staff was very friendly and took great care to match us up with some wonderful horses, they gave us a safety speach, and off we went.
Thanks "Pops"! This was the best gift E-V-E-R!! I'm never going to forget it, and now I know just the right gift to give to others, too!
We were online looking for things to do in L.A. when we read about horseback riding under the Hollywood sign. We didn't even know there was horseback riding in L.A. , much less in Hollywood under the Hollywood sign. So we ventured up the 101 to Hollywood and up Beachwood Canyon Dr to the very top and found parking just below the Sunset Ranch.
I never knew this place existed and was pleasantly surprised that this awesome, rustic place was here all this time. Pretty much the best kept secret in L.A.!
We filled out paperwork and the guide asked us about our riding experience (which is minimal) and then paired us up with our horses. It was a busy day at the ranch, but everything ran smoothly, imho. They had us put on helmets and gave us some guidelines on safety while riding.
Our guide was very nice and she knew a lot about the ranch and Griffith Park. She made the ride even more enjoyable =) (Thanks Ebony).
We rode over the hill to Burbank and had lunch at Viva Fresh. The margaritas were GREAT! With lunch and the round trip ride it was about 4 hours total, and it was HEAVEN! If you're looking for things to do in L.A. this should be on the top of your list! Horseback riding in L.A., who knew??!!
My boyfriend and I went to the Sunset Ranch Hollywood for a ride today to take advantage of their Two for Tuesday special. We called to see if we needed reservations and they said no, but told us we had to print out the coupon from their website.
Glad we did! It was a lot of fun and just like everyone here says, the views are breathtaking. We're going to try to go once a month. You can't beat the price, two riders, one hour ride, just $30 plus tip. We'll be back!
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