Located in Arizona, the horseback riding in Prescott offers more than a half-dozen beautiful horseback trails. The best Prescott horseback riding based on popularity are considered to be Granite Mountain / Granite Basin, Sycamore Trail, Groom Creek Loop, Old Military Trail, and Seven Mile Gulch Trail. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Prescott horseback riding trail below.
Northwest of Prescott near Granite Mountain, the Granite Basin Recreation Area has an network of trails open to horseback riders. The horse trail system is a series of loops that can be linked together to form long rides. There are several trailheads that service the Granite Basin. The most popular trailheads are...
North of Prescott, the Old Military Trail #1 is a 12.7 mile route open to horseback riding. The Old Military Trail (#1) extends from FS95 in the south at Walnut Creek Work Station to FS1 in the north at Happy Camp. Since it is a multi-use route, keep an eye our for mountain bikers and dirt bikers.
Near Prescott in the Chino Valley Ranger District, the Sycamore Trail (#63) is a 16.8 mile route open to horseback riding. This trail is the main access to the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness. It offers spectacular views of Sycamore Canyon and the surrounding red rock bluffs. It receives regular use by horseback riders and hikers.
South of Prescott, the 8.7 mile Groom Creek loop is a short but steep route open to horseback riding to the top of Spruce Mountain (7,500 feet) for a scenic lookout into the Bradshaws. The loop is best ridden clockwise starting from the eastern end of the Horse Camp parking lot.
West of Chino Valley near Camp Wood, the Sheridan Mountain / Smith Mesa Trail System consists of 42 miles of horseback riding trails through caparral and ponderosa pine forest. This area is shared by horseback riders, ATV riders and dirt bikers. There are three staging areas for horseback riding in the Sheridan Mountain and Smith Mesa areas.