Ahhhhhhhh, today I took a ride at Sunset Ranch Hollywood!!! I was soooooo scared! When I was 11 I was bucked off from a horse and I have had a huge fear of ever, EVER getting back on a horse. This fear made me so sad because I love horses very much. I went to the ranch and talked to Austin, he was in the office and took all of my information. He found us a nice tour guide and they discussed my fears. They had me put on a safety helmet and brought me the sweetest horse, Mouse. Mouse was BEAUTIFUL, a magnificent animal. My friend was paired up with Patches, and both horses had adorable, playful personalities. Those horses do like to walk close to the edge of the cliff, and I thought I was going to faint (so I didn't look down), but our guide said that is normal.. Sadly, that didn't make me feel much better. Our tour guide was Douglas. He was very patient with me considering I was close to crying, facing my fears, and couldn't remember how to be a good rider. He took a lot of time and worked with me. He was very knowledgeable about the ranch, it's history, the horses, and Hollywood in General. He showed us the Hollywood sign, and insisted that I was going to be okay. He encouraged me to ride when I was ready to give up because of my fear. He showed my friend and I the best time, ever. This was just such an amazing day. I really can't believe I finally did it after all of these years. I've never been up there to see those trails, even though I have been to the ranch, which by the way, is so, so, so rustic and cool! The views of Los Angeles from up on those trails were breathtaking! Who would have known that something this wonderful was just minutes away from Universal Studios, much less, in any part of Los Angeles? 5 minutes away from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and there we were in paradise. The rides are very affordable. We did the one hour ride for $30, but they did have a two hour ride for $45. I'm still in shock that I even got on my horse, Mouse. I love that horse, and WHEN I go back, I want to ride with Mouse again. Thank you Sunset Ranch Hollywood, thank you Austin and Douglas, and thank you Mouse for helping me overcome my fears (just a little). I'll be back!
We were online looking for things to do in L.A. when we read about horseback riding under the Hollywood sign. We didn't even know there was horseback riding in L.A. , much less in Hollywood under the Hollywood sign. So we ventured up the 101 to Hollywood and up Beachwood Canyon Dr to the very top and found parking just below the Sunset Ranch. I never knew this place existed and was pleasantly surprised that this awesome, rustic place was here all this time. Pretty much the best kept secret in L.A.! We filled out paperwork and the guide asked us about our riding experience (which is minimal) and then paired us up with our horses. It was a busy day at the ranch, but everything ran smoothly, imho. They had us put on helmets and gave us some guidelines on safety while riding. Our guide was very nice and she knew a lot about the ranch and Griffith Park. She made the ride even more enjoyable =) (Thanks Ebony). We rode over the hill to Burbank and had lunch at Viva Fresh. The margaritas were GREAT! With lunch and the round trip ride it was about 4 hours total, and it was HEAVEN! If you're looking for things to do in L.A. this should be on the top of your list! Horseback riding in L.A., who knew??!!
Life is good! Today I had a chance to ride a beautiful horse at Sunset Ranch Hollywood. We went to Universal Studios (yes, we are from out of town) our first day in town, yesterday we went to Hollywood to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame and today we went to ride horses at Sunset Ranch Hollywood. I love L.A. and all that it has to offer. Everything we have done while in town has been so fun, our favorite though, was this ranch. Simple, quiet, gorgeous horses, rustic, and very COOL! I guess we rode for about 2 hours. It was $45 each. There were some other people in our group and we all got some great pictures on our horses. I do wish there were souvenirs, though. I saw some t shirts and shorts, but I actually wanted something different. That would be the only suggestion I would make, and trust me, that is no big deal. We got our pictures, hugged a horse, saw Los Angeles in a very different way, and this will go down as the best day of our vacation!!! I would tell everyone to do this. Locals and tourists. It was real, not like a "tourist attraction". We loved it. Thank you for making our vacation so great!
Today was the perfect day to take a ride at Sunset Ranch Hollywood. The skies were clear and after going to the farmers market we still had an afternoon to enjoy. The staff in the office was very nice and our guide talked to us about our riding experience before matching us up with our horses. I have been riding for years but my date has not. They brought over two beautiful horses with sweet personalities. We were both very happy with their choices. Couldn't believe the views when we got out of the ranch onto the trails in Griffith Park. To say they were breathtaking would be an understatement. I didn't even know that this existed in Los Angeles. Who knew that this great place was just minutes from Hollywood. Our guide was so very sweet, Ebony was her name, you should ask for her when you go up. She knew all about the history of the ranch and the park. The view of the Hollywood sign was O-U-T-S-T-A-N-D-I-N-G! They have one and two hour rides, and we took the 2 hour ride because at $45 each, it was a great deal. I'd suggest this to any of my friends, and we can't wait to go back very soon!
Yes, back in town and had to go back to Sunset Ranch. I love the ranch and the view. We took a nice long ride tonight to have some dinner over the hill in Burbank. Riding back at dusk was really peaceful. Last time I was in Los Angeles I took the hour ride, so this was a great treat for me and my date, prrrrrrr............... Our guide was cool. Horses-sweet, of course. Yes, we paid for our own dinner. Yes, we had to tip our guide. Worth every penny, and more! 2 of us was $200, for more than a 4 hour ride (plus tip and food) and I think it's a great deal. This was a really great way to spend the evening and my date loved me for my originality. In case you don't know this, the Sunset Ranch Hollywood is at the very top of Beachwood Canyon, past the parking, hidden away. When we rode over the hill we were right under the Hollywood sign. Afterwards we went down to Hollywood Blvd to check out the Hollywood Walk of Stars and Grauman's Chinese Theater. That actually was a bit of culture shock after being up on those trails for hours. We loved it! Would recommend
I'm a lucky girl! My boyfriend surprised me today with a romantic sunset dinner ride at Sunset Ranch Hollywood. We got to the ranch and filled out some paperwork, then we were introduced to our horses. They were soooo beautiful and had sweet dispositions. They gave us a lesson on safety and then we were on our way with our guide up through the hills! What a view! I can't even find the words, none could do it justice! We were speechless for a long time just taking it all in. We rode for a while and ended up in Burbank at Viva Fresh, a cute little mexican restaurant. We had some nachos and a margarita and then headed back to the ranch. The sun was going down and let me tell you, we got some really amazing pics of ourselves on our horses...OH, and we saw the Hollywood sign, too! Now, THAT was amazing! Well, I loved it! Pretty sure you will too! I'd suggest this to anyone. Have fun
Los Angeles really does have it ALL as we found out this week =) . While here on vacation we have been to great clubs and restaurants, beautiful beaches, a couple of museums, vintage shops, the walk of fame, and then today someone told us about horseback riding under the Hollywood sign. We actually thought they were pulling our leg, but it was worth a shot to find out, it sounded interesting. We went to the top of Beachwood Canyon and there it was, Sunset Ranch Hollywood. It was like we went back in time. What a cool place. We got saddled up and were off with our guide to see what was truly the most incredible view of all of Los Angeles. This was fun, peaceful, and different from anything else we have had the opportunity to do while we were here. We would have to say this was our best day in L.A. Thanks Sunset Ranch!
We were looking for things to do in L.A. and decided to venture out. After hitting the Farmer's Market my girlfriend and I decided to go up to Sunset Ranch Hollywood Stables for a ride. It's at the very top of Beachwood Canyon, past the houses. We found parking easy enough and walked up a short hill to the ranch. We signed in and our guide has us find safety helmets that fit us. They asked us some questions about our level of expertise (which was ZERO) and they matched us up to our horses. Perfect matches, by the way. Our horses were so sweet! We rode out of the stables and onto the trails and the view was amazing, just like everyone says. I completely forgot we were in Hollywood. It was really a treat to get to have this experience. We rode for an hour and loved EVERY SECOND of it! I would suggest it to anyone.
Wow!!! What a day! I just got home from the coolest horseback ride, EVER! I was looking for things to do in Hollywood and am so glad that I found Sunset Ranch Hollywood. I'm so glad I went. My horse was beautiful, tour guide nice and knowledgable about the history of the property, the view??? AMAZING!!! I never knew that the ranch was up at the top of Beachwood Canyon and that I could get so close to the Hollywood sign. I'm sore, but it was so worth it! We rode over the hill, had some nachos and margaritas, then rode back. I am going to go back and I will never, NEVER forget this day. I would suggest it to everyone. We had so much fun feeding carrots to the horses and then going on our ride. The horses have such great personalities. My guide knew I was nervous so I got paired up with a really sweet horse.
I heard about Sunset Ranch from my neighbor who boards a horse up there. I decided to check it out and WOW, what a great place! This is the real deal. I was alone and they put me on a ride with a small group of tourists. We were given a short safety lesson and introduced to our horses. They were such magnificent creatures and sweet! We were on a two hour ride and I think I know everything there is to know about Griffith Park and Sunset Ranch now. Our guide was very knowledgable and nice, patient. Oh, I forgot the best part - We were so close to the Hollywood sign. It was awesome!! I give this a 5 star, two thumbs up rating! Check it out, you will be glad you did. I think I just might be their biggest fan! The only bummer? I am really sore today from riding, but it was worth it and amazing!