Horseback Riding in Tahoe National Forest: Alpine Meadows Stables

Jocelyn Murray July 27, 2011 No Comments

Alpine Meadows Stables

Alpine Meadows Stables

There is nothing like exploring the beautiful alpine surroundings of Tahoe National Forest on horseback. It takes one back to a time when people and nature lived in closer harmony. Alpine Meadows Stables captures this sublime experience perfectly.

I went on a one-hour scenic guided tour with my family in July 2011. We felt immediately welcomed and at ease when we arrived to this family owned and operated establishment. Nestled in the lush evergreens of the forest just 10 minutes away from Tahoe City, California, I was struck by the picturesque and tranquil surroundings.

Horses at Alpine Meadows Stables

Horses at Alpine Meadows Stables

A group of six of us was led by Matt, an experienced and very knowledgeable guide with a wonderful, easygoing charm. The horses were gentle, obedient and very sweet as we followed along on the scenic path. It was everything a guided tour should be: from crossing shallow streams, to winding our way up gentle slopes through the ponderosa pine, to pausing in the clearings where we spotted a couple of stags grazing.

Tahoe National Forest Stream Crossing

Crossing a stream in the forest

Matt pointed out some bear claw marks that were clearly etched in the trunk of a pine that the bear had climbed. This was very exciting for both the children and us who rarely have opportunities to get that close to the wild. Matt also mentioned that he saw black bears on an earlier ride that day.

The children were very comfortable and relaxed on the horses, and had an easy time following the simple instructions as to guiding them. It was a wonderful educational lesson, one that inspired respect for the animals and the environment around them.

We had many opportunities to take photos and video of the scenic natural beauty and the horses. Our tour never lagged, but rather seemed to fly by at a perfect pace. After returning and dismounting, we thanked our guide and made a mental note to return next time we are in the area.

Alpine Meadows Stables offers several scenic tours: one hour, two hour and half-day tours. Private rides are also available. There are pony rides (hand lead) for toddlers too. I recommend the one hour tour for those with children who are not very experienced, as it was just enough time to get a taste of the forest’s grandeur. It is best to make reservations a few days in advance, as this is a popular activity.

Alpine Meadows Stables is located at 355 Alpine Meadows Rd. Tahoe City, CA 96145 (530)-583-3905. For more information visit

Lake Tahoe Alpine Meadows Horse Trail

Picturesque surroundings on the tour

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Jocelyn Murray is a travel writer and historical fiction novelist. She holds two university master's degrees in both English and Education, along with a bachelor's degree in Economics and European Studies. She also has a teaching credential and taught at the elementary school level.

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