Located in California, the horseback riding in Santa Barbara is known for five fun horse trails. The best Santa Barbara horseback riding based on popularity are considered to be Buckhorn OHV Route, Manzana Trail, Sage Hill, Romero Canyon Horse Trail, and Camuesa OHV Route. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Santa Barbara horseback riding trail below.
Southeast of Santa Barbara in the Los Padres National Forest, the Romero Canyon Trail is open to horseback riding and is a rocky scramble up an old narrowing fire road into the Santa Ynez mountains. It's a five mile switchback ascent over 2,000 feet to the crest by unparalleled ocean vistas towards the Channel Islands through Chapparel. At the top, either return via the same route or try a challenging narrow trail for a steep descent down along the creek. Since the route is used by mountain bikers, keep an eye out while riding.