Kyle Canyon Trail RideCredit: LVJaye

The old west is alive and well in Las Vegas.  If you want to play cowboy for a day or even just an hour there are numerous opportunities for you in Las Vegas and outlying areas. 

Most horseback riding tours have a weight limit of 250 lbs due to the limitations of the horses.  Generally, children over 6 are allowed and safety helmets will be provided for them.  All these companies offer gentle well-trained horses, so no experience is necessary to enjoy your ride.  You will be required to wear closed-toed shoes; long pants and a hat are suggested for your comfort. 

Here are some highlights:

Sandy Valley Ranch

This 197,000 acre ranch 45 miles south of Las Vegas near the Nevada/California border offers the chance to totally immerse yourself in the cowboy lifestyle.  You can go on a guided trail ride, or spend the whole day learning to rope, ride and herd cattle.  Numerous packages are available including weddings, corporate team building, Bed & Breakfast overnight stays as well as trail rides and the Cowboy-for-a-day experience.

Cowboy Trail Rides

This group takes visitors on guided trail rides in Red Rock Canyon west of Las Vegas.  There are a number of rides you can take for varying lengths of time and most include meals. After your ride you will be treated to cowboy entertainment, music and food.   I have taken their Sunset BBQ ride and thoroughly enjoyed it.  If you are staying on the Strip there is van service from some hotels to the ranch.

Mount Charleston Trail Rides

This ranch is located on Kyle Canyon Road near the Mt Charleston lodge.  The trails here are in a higher elevation (7,700 ft.) so the weather will be cooler.  You can just drop in and go for a one hour trail ride. For longer rides reservations are required and there are several packages to choose from, some with meals.  All trail rides are lead by a guide and provide beautiful mountain scenery and views of the valley below.

Bonnie Springs

This venue includes a motel, restaurant, riding stable, old mining town, mini train ride and petting zoo.  The stable offers one hour trail rides as well as longer rides that include meals. You can go on a one hour trail ride without making reservations by signing up in the restaurant bar before the ride.  For the little ones, age 5 and under, pony rides are available.  There is an entrance fee to the Old Mining Town but the admission fee is not required to just go to the stable for a trail ride.   The town has shopping, food, shows, and Wild West shoot outs.