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Ready to get back in the saddle?

Trail riding on horseback is a peaceful way to explore Folsom’s trails. Both you and your horse can enjoy the fresh air and scenery. Folsom Lake offers views, water, and trailhead locations for riders of all abilities.

Horseback Riding in Folsom

You don’t have to be a western novice to appreciate Folsom on horseback. Guided trail tours are an excellent introduction to the magic of riding a horse along Folsom Lake and the American River.

Have your own horse? You’ll find several horse assembly spots along Lake Natoma and Folsom Lake, with marked trails and parking.

Where to Ride
Horses in Folsom

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

Horses are allowed on Folsom Lake trails, but as with everything in life, there are rules to follow.

California State Parks allows equestrian use within designated riding areas at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, horse assembly areas, and brief shoreline access for watering in unpopulated areas. Horses are prohibited on swim beaches, paved roads, parking areas, or campgrounds.

Trails open to equestrians include South Lake Natoma Multi-Use trail, Monte Vista trails (Brown’s Ravine), Snowberry Creek, Pioneer Express Trail, Mormon Island, and more. See the complete list of equestrian trail access here.

Day-use areas designated for horses include Nimbus Overlook, Shadow Glen, Snowberry Creek, Black Miners Bar, Granite Bay, Rattlesnake Bar, Browns Ravine, and Falcon Crest/Old Salmon Falls.

Female horseback riding on dirt trail
young couple horseback riding on grassy field

Guided Horseback Rides

Shadow Glen Family Stables

Experience the scenic beauty of Lake Natoma and the American River on either a one or two-hour group trail ride that takes you through varied terrain, including treed and open areas along the river. They also offer lessons, boarding, camps, and seasonal sunset rides.