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Arizona Horses (Ponderosa Stables and South Mountain Stables)

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Neighbourhood: South Mountain
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Address: 10215 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85042-8312
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The best horse trail in the city. The horses are well trained and the views of the experience are spectacular. The guide we had asks a little too many questions and kinda should... read more

Reviewed 22 November 2015
Dion G
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Reviewed 22 November 2015 via mobile

The best horse trail in the city. The horses are well trained and the views of the experience are spectacular. The guide we had asks a little too many questions and kinda should focus more on giving a tour. The steakhouse was bootleg. Charge an arm and leg for steak that was mediocre. The salad bar was also poor. Ey... More 

1 Thank Dion G
Delta, British Columbia, Canada
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20 reviews
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Reviewed 14 November 2015

I went on the 2 hour ride and our ride included a view of Phoenix. The horses are well trained and the wrangler was a seasoned rider!

Thank Brit C
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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74 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2015

Eeeeek. Hired Ponderosa for a pre-wedding hayride. 15 people, a haywagon and a cowboy. We all happily signed the liability waiver and went on our merry way. It was a beautiful ride with a gorgeous sunset. We went from pavement to the dirt trail on South Mountain. We were truly enjoying our night until....The harness holding the horses broke. The... More 

Thank Cinderbug
Gladwin, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 October 2015

This was the most fun I have EVER had. Awesome ride, great scenery and fantastic staff. Highly recommend this to ANYONE whether you have ridden or not.

1 Thank Mary D
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2015

Folks were very nice at this stable - horses were well behaved. The trail ride left a little to be desired - just made a loop around the dessert. If I could do it again -I'd go further out of the city...

Thank Judith S
New York City, New York
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2015

We were sent here on a recommendation from my fiancee who'd also come here. She and her then 9 year old daughter took the sunset ride to the steakhouse. I came with my two sons (11 and 15) and we did the same ride. Our guide, Jerry (Gerry?), was a grizzled vet -- literally, having served years in the Navy... More 

4 Thank deganon
Clearwater, Florida
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117 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2015 via mobile

if you're looking for something to do this horseback ride is fun and relaxing. My guide , Kaia was very friendly and made the ride very enjoyable. Relaxing horse walk through the desert. Nice way to see the sights without tiring myself out by walking myself. My sweet tempered horse, Joe, did all the walking for me.

1 Thank starannette
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 11 July 2015

If you think riding horses during the day is great, its even more incredible at night under the stars!

Thank Bryan C
Wood Dale, Illinois
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172 reviews
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Reviewed 9 July 2015

The Ponderosa Stables are probably the best you'll find and at a reasonable cost. Remember it is Arizona and it's hot so be sure to dress appropriately. While the trail ride is just one horse following along behind the other, for our City Folk that is often more than enough to check off their "I've ridden a horse" box on... More 

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6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 29 June 2015

I've ridden most of my life, in many different places and this was one of the absolute best! I went on the Steak Dinner ride; do NOT miss it if you get the opportunity. The trail itself was beautiful and interesting; the horses were wonderfully responsive and well cared for; riding to the restaurant was a very fun novelty; we... More 

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