MAGNUM PI Posted February 7, 2006 #1 Share Posted February 7, 2006 We utilized Rancho De Palma last week, for an afternoon horseback ride, through the National Park-to the Natural Pool. I highly recommend the trip-it is NOT for the faint of heart. But worth it, for those who can handle it. My family group of six people, all in-experienced, survived it. You are assigned to a horse, depending on your experience/your weight. All of the horses are well trained, and know the route that will be taken. There is a "pecking order" among the horses, and they stay pretty much in order. The thrilling aspect is the navigating-UP and DOWN the moderately steep hills.(This was NOT explained, when I booked the tour). The surface is various sizes of rocks, some boulders, almost the entire ride. The views of the National Park(desert with thousands of cactus), eventually the coastal views, the Natural Pool area.....are absolutely stunning! There was such a peacefulness/tranquility, as we rode our horses through this area. When we returned to the ranch, our van driver was waiting with refreshing cold towels! It felt wonderful to wipe our faces with them, after a hot ride. Cold beverages are sold at the ranch; restrooms are also available. In my opinion, this is not for small children, unless they are experienced riders. The terrain is difficult, the horses do cantor at times-when returning through sand surfaces. P.S. They mention stopping for swimming/snorkeling at the Natural Pool. However, they only stop for 20 minutes, to rest the horses. To reach the Natural Pool, one must descend/ascend 44 steps leading DOWN to the pool. Most of the people on our ride, just took photos from the rocky coastline above, and took in the magnicient views. took in the magnificent views. The cost was $55 if you book on-line. $60 if you don't. Anyone having questions, I will freely answer. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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