At Ross Ranch on the Mendocino coast, couples can ride horseback along a deserted sandy beach or through a majestic redwood forest, just like in the movies! The ranch offers 1 1/2 hour rides in both locations. On the Manchester Beach ride, you will pass sea stacks and other rock formations, driftwood, and rolling surf on an unspoiled sandy beach. The forest tour will take you through beautiful redwood forests in the mountains just east of Elk, and sunny meadows that provide sweeping views of the valleys below you. Ross Ranch is a family-owned business with a personal touch, offering horses to suit everyone’s riding skills. Reservations are required — please call ahead to make sure that horses will be available for you and your group.
BEACH RIDES: 16401 Hwy 1, Manchester, 23 miles north of Gualala (10.5 miles south of Elk) at mile marker 23.5. Look for the Ross Ranch sign and horse trailer on the ocean side, and park along Hwy 1 — not in front of the gate.
REDWOOD RIDES: 28300 Philo-Greenwood Rd., 8 miles east of Elk on Philo-Greenwood Rd. at mile marker 7.88.
MORE INFO: 707-489-8579 | RossRanch.biz
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