East of San Diego near Anza, the 600,000 acre Anza-Borrego Desert State Park has 110 miles of horseback riding trails. The Coyote Canyon Horse Trail from the Vern Whitaker Horse Camp is a great place to start. Or, try the California Riding Trail or the PCT.
To reach the trailhead from San Diego, head east on US8 to SR67. Head north on SR67 through Ramona to Santa Ysabel. Turn left on SR79 for 10 miles. Turn righ ton Highway S-2 for 5 mles. Turn left on Highway S-22 for 12 miles through Ranchita to the trailhead.
Overall, Coyote Canyon is the 57th most popular horse trail of all 81 horseback rides in California.