Riding at Rancho Las Cascadas is always a treat. Every day, guests can choose between a wide array of routes that tour through the beautiful Mexican countryside. From a short, one-hour jaunt to an all-day adventure, there’s a perfect ride for every ability…and every mood.
Many guests are surprised by the varied landscape surrounding the Rancho. Here’s just a glimpse of the options available:
Not far from the Rancho, guests can enjoy long, slow canters or fast gallops through miles and miles of farmland. The wide open spaces provide a safe environment to pick up speed without sharp turns, buildings or other barriers. Those who are more adventurous can follow those open fields all day long, stopping in San Juan Daxthi or other far-off pueblos for a bite to eat.
For those who enjoy a slower pace and beautiful vistas, there are many mountains to climb. Immediately outside the Rancho gates is Witches Mountain; others, like Cerro del Ahorcado (the “hanged man’s” hill) and Horses’ Mountain aren’t too far away and offer breathtaking views of the region. Guests who aren’t afraid of a whole day in the saddle can explore the trail to Los Organos , which leads into a canyon where wild horses roam. The climb out of the canyon isn’t for the faint of heart. But the surefooted and agile horses deliver guests to the top for amazing views of the landscape below.
Many of the rides from the Rancho wind guests through local pueblos where guests can catch a glimpse of everyday life for the locals. It’s fun to people watch and take in the interesting mix of old and new as the horses make their way through town. Cars and horses share the roads. School children scurry home in their uniforms alongside gaggles of turkeys. Produce trucks announce their presence through loudspeakers as they deliver fresh fruit and vegetables directly to residents’ doorsteps.
Many guests are surprised by the lush, green forests that can be found throughout the countryside. The route to Canalejas brings you through a mix of deciduous and coniferous woodlands that have delightful tracks for cantering, or if you prefer, simply enjoying the peacefulness and beauty of the trail as you saunter along.
The Lake District offers incredible views and delightful riding. The horses love to splash along the shores and stretch their legs if allowed. Another treat for guests is to be found in the wide, flat, well-irrigated lowlands of the Lake of Huapango (aprox. 10.000 acres when full), famous for its fishing. Galloping around the lake is a thrill – a true paradise for any rider.
There’s a ride for everyone at the Rancho. So, what’s your pleasure?