By Melissa Wynn

Since the days of the Gold Rush, residents of Northern California and Northeastern Nevada have been exploring and competing on horseback. Rodeos, barrel races, team roping and cutting events are just a few of the reasons equestrian enthusiasts gather in this gorgeous and diverse area. Whether you want to rent a horse for an hour long trail ride, attend an equestrian event with your own horses, or are interested in buying a share of a horse ranch of your own, one of the following has just what you’re looking for.

Tehama County

Rolling Hills Casino Equestrian Center
2655 Everett Freeman Way
Corning, California 96021
888-331-6400 or (530) 528-3500

R Wild Horse Ranch

Time share style, deeded interest, buy-in offers and unlimited access to this amazing horse ranch and its many amenities.









6700 California 36, Platina, CA 96076

(530) 352-4222

Cottonwood Creek Equestrian Center

Group lessons to horse and pony owners on Tuesdays and Fridays. Annual Tack Swap and North State Barrel Racing throughout the year.

18550 Evergreen Rd

Cottonwood, CA

(530) 347-0212

Shasta County

Triple Creek Ranch

Shasta & Tehama County locations.

Therapeutic horseback riding for individuals of all ages with physical, emotional & mental/learning disabilities. Fosters increase confidence, patience, self-esteem & more. Also offers youth horsemanship activities.
(530) 524-8426


NorCal Trail Rides


Year-round trail rides throughout Northern CA, summer horse camps, riding & horsemanship lessons for all ages (even little ones), summer camps, birthday parties, Girl & Boy Scout clinics, & horse training.

(530) 515-8958


Butte County

Silver Ridge Stables

Serves horse owners in Oroville, Chico, Durham, Paradise and all of Butte County.

  • Spring Training, Monthly boarding, Pasture Boarding, Covered Horse Runs, Private Horse Trails
  • On-Site, Full-sized lockers and ample trailer parking are available.

1477 Flag Creek Rd

Oroville, CA 95965

(530) 533-1177 or  (530) 990-7997

Camelot Equestrian Park

Horse boarding, horse trails, horse training, horse lessons, horse shows, horse competitions,

gymkhana, trail trials, social events, dressage, hunter/jumper, 3-day eventing.

1985 Clark Rd

Butte Valley, CA 95965

(530) 521-2122 


Pipe Dreams Farm

Champion Paint Breeder. Boarding, training, lessons, horses for lease and breeding services available.

2755 Rio Oso Road

Rio Oso, CA  95674

(530) 633-4325


Saddle Creek Ranch

Offers state-of-the-art boarding, training, and riding facilities; professional horse and rider training and events  sponsored by various trainers and organizations throughout northern California.

2947 Messilla Valley Drive
Butte Valley (Oroville), California 95965

Spring Valley Ranch

Owned by Mark Dunlap, D.V.M. and Tania Dunlap, Spring Valley Ranch offers a full service, complete all breed horse facility; including breeding, boarding, training, conditioning and riding lessons.

For more information about the ranch, call (530) 891-8493; email: [email protected]; or send inquiries to Spring Valley Ranch, 3900 Doubletree Road, Butte Valley, California 95965.

Plumas County

Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch

Beginning through advanced trail rides for adults and kids, pony rides, wagon rides, guest rodeos, ride-in cookouts, bonfire sing-alongs, roping practice, “cowgirl bootcamp.” Equine Guided Leadership workshops available April – October. Trail rides available through daily, weekly, weekend ranch stay packages and separately. Available for special and group events. Reservations required. Hourly rides available spring through fall.

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2116 Greenhorn Ranch Rd.

10 miles east of Quincy

(530) 283-0930 or

(800) 33-HOWDY

Gold Lake Stables

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One hour, two & 1/2 hour, half-day and all day trail rides with mountain views. Overnight pack trips, including fishing, hiking, and photography; all expense trips and drop camps. Seasonal, July through October.


7000 Gold Lake Road

Lakes Basin Recreation Area

(530) 836-0940

Graeagle Stables

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One hour and one & 1/2 hour trail rides. Horseback riding lessons and children’s horsemanship camps. Horse boarding. Seasonal, June through September.

Highway 89

Downtown Graeagle

(530) 836-0430

Drakesbad Guest Ranch

Located within Lassen Volcanic National Park. Rides from 45 minutes to eight hours to hydrothermal sites. Lunches, pony rides available. Lodging, hiking, fishing, massages, wildlife viewing, and swimming in hydrothermal pool. Full meal service. Reservations highly recommended. Seasonal; June through mid-October.










End of Warner Valley Rd.

Chester 96020

(866) 999-0914


Plumas Pines Riding Stables

One hour to 90 minute trail rides, pony rides. Overnight trips, pack trips. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day.

3000 Almanor Dr. West

Lake Almanor 96137

(530) 259-5170

Quincy Stables

Riding lessons, trail rides, children’s pony parties, overnight pack trips, wagon cookouts, full service facility camp for special events. Boarding and training. Reservations required. Open year-round.

39285 Hwy. 70, two miles north of Quincy

(530) 283-0844

Lassen County and Northeastern Nevada

Mountain Meadow Ranch

Just eight miles south of Susanville, CA, approximately 2 miles off US Highway 395. A traditional family owned and operated California summer camp. Uniquely located on a spacious 900-acre ranch, summer camp is co-ed and open to kids ages 7 to 16.

P.O. Box 610 Susanville, CA 96130

(530) 257-4419

Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro Facility

Some of the wild horses of this region trace their ancestry to horses raised on the range that were used as mounts for the U.S. Calvary.  Some herds in the region exhibit draft horse characteristics.  Some of the Herd Management Areas supported by this facility are known for producing good-sized horses, including animals well-suited for endurance riding.

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  • • Adoptions by appointment only, call (530) 254-6575.
  • • Open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Summer hours are 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • • The facilities are closed on federal holidays. Please call for current information.
  • • Information is available 24 hours a day by calling 1-800-545-4256.
  • Located 21 miles east of Susanville, CA on US Highway 395.

Phunny Farm Rescue

The Phunny Farm is a private non-profit farm animal rescue in Doyle, CA. It is their mission to

provide rescue, rehabilitation and a loving home to aged, injured, and abused farm animals and to

share our love and respect for animals — particularly horses, with their friends, other animal lovers,

and the community at large.

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(530) 827-3282

Rancho Red Rock

Thirty-five miles from downtown Reno on Red Rock Rd. Rancho Red Rock has horses bred and trained specifically for their business over the last 30 years. They offer trail rides of varying length and terrain, lessons, pony rides and horse sales.
Phone: (775) 969-3315

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