Experience the beauty of Big Bear from a great vantage point - on horseback. You can saddle-up year-round for hourly, half-day, sunset and overnight rides and tours through National Forest areas. Your kids will also love the pony rides that are available.
The Big Bear Equestrian Center (formerly known as Sonny's Stables) is ideally located next to the San Bernardino National Forest.
At Baldwin Lake Stables discover the peaceful countryside of the Big Bear Valley's east end; surrounded by equestrian ranches and the National Forest, just 7 miles east of the Big Bear Village.
Some of the greatest advantages riding a horse has over hiking is the horse does all of the hard work, which is especially beneficial when it comes to climbing rocky trails or steep hills. Horses also give the rider more time to explore and enjoy the scenic beauty that surrounds. Most of all a horse can cover a lot more ground at a faster pace than a hiker, and it is less exhausting. Best of all a horse becomes a trusted friend during a trek into the woods.
Baldwin Lake Stables is the premier stables in Big Bea that has been in business for 25 years. The stables are located on the east end of Big Bear Valley, which is known to have some of the best equestrian trails in Southern California. In fact, Baldwin Lake Stables offers easy access to connect with the Pacific Crest Trail, which is a well-maintained trail that offers mostly flat surface with some moderate climbs. The reason why the rides on the east end are so special is because it is far away from everything giving the rider peace and tranquility. Some of the trails lead to peaks that outlook to spectacular panoramic views of Big Bear Valley. Some horseback riders have compared the area to parts of Colorado, Wyoming and Northern Arizona. There are some riders who claim the scenery is some of the best they have ever seen for a horse-backing journey.
Baldwin Lake Stables offers different types of rides to explore the backwoods for hourly, half-day, sunset rides and tours through National Forest areas. The stables are open all year round, giving riders a chance to experience a horseback venture in every season, including winter trips. One of the best times to ride is in the winter because of the awe-inspiring calmness and because horses love to tromp in the snow! The autumn is a great time because of the splendor of the amazing fall colors. Spring and summer are great because of the mild weather and beautiful greenery and sharp blue skies.
One of the most popular choices for a trip is the sunset rides. These rides ascend to the top of scenic summit that offers perfect views for sunset. This is one of the best ways to witness Big Bear’s famous sunsets.
A private guide is another way to get to know the area even better. The guide will give details about Big Bear including history and other fun facts about Big Bear, and will guide you to some of the unique landmarks in the east valley.
For those that plan to bring up their own horse there are stables that offer boarding. There are also some campgrounds along Hwy. 38 that are designated for horseback riding. The most notable horseback campgrounds are Big Pine Equestrian Group Campground in Big Bear Valley, Heart Bar Group Campground and Wild Horse Campground both of Hwy. 38 in the San Gorgonio Wilderness. Also, trails abound in Big Bear for horseback riding. Most trails and US Forest Service roads allow horses throughout Big Bear Valley. Big Bear Discovery Center is a great source for trails and offers maps for purchase.
Horseback riding in Big Bear is one of those things that is spellbinding. No matter what your skill level is there is a way to witness the beauty of the mountains by horseback in Big Bear.