Located in the heart of Lincoln National Forest outside Ruidoso, New Mexico, the Grindstone Stables have been offering trail rides and adventures on horseback for more than 26 years. The owners provide an opportunity to explore real western history as they guide groups and individuals through the natural beauty of this wooded region known as the birthplace of Smokey Bear.
Horseback rides at Grindstone Stables are conducted from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The traditional trail ride takes one hour and passes through the pines outside quaint Ruidoso to the awesome views and vistas of the National Forest region. Shorter, half-hour excursions are also offered, especially suited to novice riders and families with children who haven't ridden before.
Those who have participated in the Grindstone rides praise the staff for their patience, politeness, and attention to detail. The horses are gentle and well-mannered, and although the trails can be rugged in places, with steep inclines and descents, the pace is slow and relaxed. Rates are reasonable and certificates are awarded to children at the end of the ride.
In addition to guided trail rides, Grindstone Stables also provides horse boarding. The stables and main office are located between South Grindstone Canyon Road and Santa Maria Drive at 523 Resort Drive, Ruidoso, New Mexico 88345-9446.
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