Experience the Desert by Horseback overlooking the Rio Grande River in the Big Bend of West Texas!
*Maximum weight limit of 270lbs. or 122.45 Kilos. Minimum riding age is 10 years old. Refer to Big Bend Stables with younger children.
The Spanish called it Tierra Desconocida (strange, unknown land). A place of mystery and grandeur where the great Chihuahua Desert meets the Southwest Rocky Mountains. These trails produce spectacular views south into Old Mexico and north into Big Bend Ranch State Park.
The Lajitas Stables hosts Hourly, ½ Day, All Day and Multi-Day horseback rides beginning along the Rio Grande and climbing up onto the Mesa over-looking,...
Hourly Rides Available at the Lajitas Stables
All rides meet 30 minutes prior to ride times. Maximum weight limit of 270lb. or 122.5 Kilos.
2 Hour Contrabando Mesa Ride - Start any hour
Wind high along the flank of Contrabando Mesa.
From this vantage point, we look down on the Rio Grande River and deep into Old Mexico. $75/person
3 Hour Mountaintop Magic Ride - Start any hour
Take the high road! Climb up and onto the top of Contrabando Mesa. Leave everything behind and enter a world of breathtaking vistas and silence. To the South, we look across to the ruggedly wild mountains of Old Mexico. $90/person
4 Hour Spanish Window Ride - Start any hour
Emerging up and out of ancient gorge formed by the Rio Grande, we traverse the mesa. Our destination is the Spanish Window and the best view in Big Bend of the Solitario geological formation in the Big Bend Ranch State Park. Designed for the serious saddle time. $100/person
Half Day w/Lunch West Texas Style! - Start time: 9am daily
Have you ever had a picnic on the top of a mountain? We take our Mountain Top Magic, add a touch of the Spanish Window ride for spice and mix well with a shady spot for lunch. Wait till you see the Texas-sized meal spread straight out of our saddlebags! $120/person
All Day Ride Special - Start time: 9am daily
Do hourly rides bore you to tears? With access to over 290,000 acres, we will create a day for you that will exceed your expectations. Mountain tops? Mount up - Let’s ride! Available Fall through Spring ~ Reservations Required. $160/person
2 Hour Mountain End-Of-The-Day Ride - Starting times vary with sunset times
Think of cool evening breezes refreshing you as the sun parts for the day. Gold-colored light bathes the volcanic mountains, while distant peaks appear close enough to touch. Available during high season only. $85/person