Rancho San Francisco

Rancho San Francisco, Chapala: Hours, Address, Rancho San Francisco Reviews: 5/5

Rancho San Francisco
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Farms • Horseback Riding Tours
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Rancho San Francisco is a private estate adjacent to the Chapala Golf and Country Club. We offer 1-2 hour guided trail rides on country roads or mountain trails which we tailor to your ability and experience. Helmets provided. The ranch has many farm animals for kids to pet and feed: horses, donkeys, guineapigs, peacocks, rabbits, hens and pollitos, fresh eggs, humming birds, doves, songbirds, ducks, dogs and cats, a tame squirrel and even iguanas!! Cross a hanging bridge, have a campfire in a petrified wood forrest grotto. View the lake and mountains from the pavilion, a picnic area and bar for up to 25 people. With special request we can have croquet and bocce ball on our picnic lawn! Arrangements can be made ahead for a BBQ. This venue is great for weddings! The entire Rancho is available for events of any kind! Monday-Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-1. Sunday visits are by appointment only. 1 br. Casita rental for 2-6 people, fireplace, pool, bar.
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Scott
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I’ve only ridden a few times, but the horse selected for me was easy to handle, gentle, not too bossy and not intimidating. 😉 The trail through the hills provides gorgeous views down to the lake. Our guides were knowledgeable about the trails and the surrounding area. The selection of riding boots was plentiful. After the ride, Stephanie spent another hour with us showing us around the ranch, talking about her horses and other critters, her faithful rescue dog that never leaves her side, how she has developed the ranch over the years and provided us a ride back into Chapala.
This experience makes me want to do another trail ride at Rancho San Francisco!
Written March 8, 2020
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PamP3262016
Chapala, Mexico27 contributions
Friends
Yesterday I joined my new Scottish friends visiting their sister and aunt, Kay, also from Scotland, who had booked this horse riding tour at Stephanie Decker’s Ranch!! I was so happy because I have wanted to do this since I heard about it 3 years ago! I want to say thank you to Stephanie and Carlos, her Trail Boss Ali, and all of her beautiful, sweet horses, for the perfect 2 hours riding the trails above Lake Chapala!! We are all novices, to say the least, but we were given constant guidance and gentle, direct and timely instruction by her skilled Team of 3. Her Rancho is absolutely beautiful, peaceful, and the gorgeous horses were running, romping and playing in their pastures while we enjoyed meeting her pet pig and giving him his favorite ham slaps! It is a wonderful trip for anyone to take, tourists or residents!!
Written December 17, 2019
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Paul Vicki S
Houston, TX57 contributions
Friends
My husband and I visited Rancho San Francisco in July and our trail ride was definitely a Mexican highlight. These are NOT head to tail, barn-sour nags you find on most commercial trail rides. These are well-bred, wonderfully cared for, responsive, gentle, trained riding horses trained to do trail riding. I try to go riding whenever on vacation and these are the best trail horses I have ever ridden. The gear used is very professional with riding boots and helmets available if needed, along with a nice pad on the saddle to create some cushion.

The ride itself wends it way on cobbled country roads, and on dirt and rocky trails through forests of small trees, up into the hills, through ravines, and near small reservoirs. The views of Lake Chapala and the mountains are spectacular. Carlos the handler and Stephanie the owner are very knowledgeable about the the area and give expert advice and riding tips if needed. If you come, plan to stay a little bit and look at and feed some of the animals. My favorites? A very fat friendly squirrel and even fatter pot-bellied pig. A definite MUST activity if you visit Lake Chapala.

Written July 8, 2019
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Diego Dunn
San Antonio Tlayacapan, Mexico16 contributions
Solo
What a way to experience real Mexico! I had a delightful morning ride with Carlos in the mountains, on a beautiful pinto horse, Scout. Thanks to Stephanie for providing the opportunity and locale for such a memorable time! Looking forward to returning to the rancho for more rides in the future. Muchas gracias, Stephanie and Carlos!
Written May 31, 2019
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Voyager795302
14 contributions
Family
A great family outing. We were all three novices with one first time teenage rider. Stephanie accurately judged our excitement/nervousness in picking the horses and we had a wonderful excursion, enjoying the bird life some "wild 'horses on the trails and of course the menagerie of animals back on the ranch. I'll be bringing all my visitors here. It's a very peaceful way to enjoy the views. Thank you. Couldn't have been better/
Written April 11, 2019
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Glad to have been a part of your satisfying visit to our little piece of paradise.You all did great on the trail! Hope you can make it back again soon!
Written April 27, 2019
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poppythief
Los Angeles, CA13 contributions
Family
This was amazing.

We went on a 2 hour trail ride on horse back and got to hang out with: horses, donkeys, ducks, turkeys, bunnies, peacocks, a squirrel, 2 iguanas, and a pig!

Our boys, 7 and 10 were in heaven.

Stephanie is a wonderful host and we all had a beautiful day on Rancho Santa Fe!

We will be back for sure!!!

Written January 27, 2019
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I taught K-2 for 25 years, and it's visit's like yours that take me back and make me glad I really KNOW kids. I miss it. Thanks for bringing your kids. I wish more families would trust that we can take good care of them. But you might correct your name in the review: we're Rancho San Francisco!
Written April 27, 2019
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Hei1980
Chapala, Mexico84 contributions
Family
The star on top of the Christmas tree was my gift to the family, a two-hour horseback tour at the Rancho San Francisco. It was wonderful! And so was the owner of the ranch.
It is a “don’t miss event”. Do call ahead for directions 33 1466 7753.
Written January 4, 2019
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Feliz Navidad! Come again next holiday. We have new little horses!
Written April 27, 2019
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Karen R
Chapala, Mexico6 contributions
Friends
Have visited several times with guests. It's well worth the visit. Stephanie and her team have a beautiful "zoo" and the place is immaculate. You will enjoy the variety of animals.
Written December 13, 2018
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Immaculate?? Did you really visit MY ranch! Ha HA! My idea of immaculate is a little harder to achieve with the dozens of animals we have here, but thanks for looking beyond the poop. We love animal lovers!
Written April 27, 2019
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Daniel B
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Family
We really enjoyed this outing as part of our visit to Chapala. Even in the midst of a thunderstorm (just had to wait it out), we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The horses and property were beautiful. And the scenery made the short drive worthwhile. Would recommend taking instructions on how to get to property from recommended entrance. Thank you Stephanie and her helpers for making this a memorable experience.
Written July 13, 2018
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You are still the ONLY group that ever got rained out of a ride, even if it was only temporary. Blame Climate Change? (It used to only rain at night, like Camelot) Now that you know how to get here... come on back sometime soon!
Written April 27, 2019
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Katie H
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Couples
We recommend Rancho San Francisco for anyone looking to enjoy a beautiful horseback ride solo or with family and friends. The grounds and horses are beautiful and Stephanie was very friendly and responsive. My husband and I are not the most experienced riders and Stephanie and her team made us feel comfortable and safe. The trail ride takes you to beautiful views looking over Lake Chapala that can’t be beat. We are looking forward to booking with Rancho San Francisco on our next visit. This is a must do for anyone visiting the Chapala area and looking for an unforgettable experience.
Written June 18, 2018
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So-- when is your next visit going to be? Make it soon!
Written April 27, 2019
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