Enjoy a guided horseback ride at Mar Vista Stables down to San Francisco’s spectacular Ocean Beach near Fort Funston, one of the most popular beaches in the Bay Area. Established in 1988, Mar Vista provides guided trail rides for beginners as well as intermediate and advanced horse riders.
One of our trained guides takes you, your friends and family down to the beach via scenic trails with Northern California seacoast views. We ride through Thornton Beach State Park and Fort Funston National Park down sandy hills covered with succulent plants with a chance to see dolphins, whales, seals, red tail hawks and other California wildlife and birds. You will generally ride with anywhere from 2 to 15 other riders and our trail rides are walking only, so you don’t need to worry about going too fast. We are open 7 days a week with seasonal hours.
Beginners are welcome! Ages 8+ welcome! Weight limit of 230 pounds.
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED FOR GROUPS > 2 persons (especially holidays and weekends)
Summer Season (MAY-SEPTEMBER):
During our summer season we are very busy. We have a weekly summer camp for kids as well as operate our daily trail rides. Please call and make reservations in advance if at all possible if you have a group >2 persons. Individual/couple rides are first come/first served & depend on availability of horses due to group reservations. There are no guaranteed rides after 1:00 PM.
Winter Season (OCTOBER-APRIL) :
In our winter season, we offer rides Monday-Friday 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM and on weekends 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM. Please call and make reservations in advance if at all possible if you have a group >2 persons. Individual/couple rides are first come/first served & depend on availability of horses due to group reservations. There are no guaranteed rides after 1:00 PM.
All riders are required to sign a Release of Liability form prior to saddling up. Download our Mar Vista Stables Release of Liability Form
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED FOR GROUPS of 2+ RIDERS AND FOR ALL EARLY BIRD AND PRIVATE RIDES
Private rides available weekdays with reservations. No private rides are available on weekends.
FIRST RIDE OF THE DAY LEAVES AT 8:30 AM.
OUR LAST RIDE TYPICALLY LEAVES AT 2:00 PM depending upon how busy it is that day. We are VERY busy on the weekends! You are not guaranteed a ride if you have no reservation after 1:00 pm on the weekends especially if you have a group of 4+. Please call us to check availability before you arrive to confirm space.
$55: Earlybird Rides : Must sign in by 8:15 AM and leave by 8:30AM sharp! (Ages 8+)
$60: One Hour Ride : 8:45 AM until 3PM (Ages 8+)
$70: 1.5 Hour Ride (Ages 8+)
$80: 2 Hour Ride (Ages 8+) – Summer Only (call for additional information)
$10 for 10 minutes: Pony Rides on the Carousel (Ages 2-8 with parent present & signed liability form)
Since you always need both hands to ride your horse, while we allow you to bring your cell phone for taking pictures, please don’t pull yours out until we are safely on the beach and the guide tells you it is ok to do so.
Purses and backpacks are not allowed with you on your ride.
You MUST wear close toed shoes. NO SANDLES.
We are not able to accommodate handicapped riders who are blind or riders who are injured.
We will not allow riders who are intoxicated or drunk on our horses.
All children 18 years and under must wear a helmet (hard hat) at all times while riding and when present at our facility.
Our barn facilities are NO SMOKING. EVER. ANYWHERE.
Please note, Mar Vista Stables reserves the right to close early on busy or warmer days based on the need to protect the health of our horses.