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Yosemite Mule & Horseback Rides

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Address: Yosemite National Park, CA
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Great for novice riders

A very enjoyable couple of hours trekking through the valley and past the Half Dome. The instructors were excellent and this is a great trip for novice riders like us. However... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
Richard L
Bath, United Kingdom

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Mules just plodded along which is fine for complete beginners, as a more experienced rider the route was only interesting because of the climbing up and down steep gradients. I wouldn't recommend for competent riders because it was just a LONG walk with not really much scenery to see (I went to the 'lake'- but it was dried up) Price... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Wife & myself, really enjoyed our recent visit to Yosemite National Park, and it included a 4 hour ride out around the trails. And yes we will be back, but a big but, and wanted to share, that the attraction in it current format of 2 hour, 4 hour rides, is ending, due the votes tendered by members of Yosemite... More 

Thank futureinoz
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Enjoyed a different perspective on things.. The height and a little more freedom of looking around were great. Horses kicked up a lot of dust though and I was sneezing like mad. Quite unchallenging from a riding perspective so if your a keen rider this probs not for you. It's just nose to tail stuff. But still a bit of... More 

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Athens, Georgia
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25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

After we had so much fun on this great ride thru Yosemite we found out that due to some political nonsense horseback riding will no longer be at the park. What a shame. This is the only way some people can see the back country since they cant hike. Aramark hear this you are doing a great injustice canceling this... More 

Thank Debbie F
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We (two moms and 4 kids from 9 - 12) did the 2-hour trail ride to Mirror Lake. 3 of us were beginners and they did fine, but it was not as easy a ride on the bums of us 40ish mothers!! The guides were fantastic and we all had a great time. We decided to hike the same trail... More 

3 Thank Kuglers
Petaluma, California
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Daughters first horse back riding experience. The guides are awesome and horses well behaved. We did the two hour tour, half day was booked, and it was a perfect way to see Mirror lake and the views along the way. The guides said this is the last year for Valley floor tours on horse back and the stables are closing.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We took a half day mule ride to Vernal Falls with Yosemite Valley Stables. Our guides were McKenzie and Natalie, they were great, very informative about the area. Before starting out on the ride, you are required to watch a safety video and wear a helmet (sort of humiliating for an experienced rider though). The trail up to Vernal Falls... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

A very enjoyable couple of hours trekking through the valley and past the Half Dome. The instructors were excellent and this is a great trip for novice riders like us. However, two hours is more than sufficient for those aching muscles!

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Zurich, Switzerland
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120 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

After we'd done a lot of hiking we wanted a different activity. Because of the drought wild water rafting wasn't an option and an entire day of rock climbing would probably be too much. In the end we chose for horse riding through Yosemite Park. It probably all sounds more exciting than it really is. The shortest time you can... More 

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27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

If you like horses (or in my case a mule) this is a wonderful way to see some of the beauty that Yosemite has to offer. I took the two hour Mirror Lake Tour. It was nice to hear some added information about everything and the story behind Mirror Lake was very interesting. I was a little sore from the... More 

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