KOLI Equestrian Center
KOLI Equestrian Center
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
KOLI Equestrian Center, located in the heart of the Gila River Indian Reservation and just minutes away from Downtown Phoenix, offers miles of breathtaking scenery and horseback riding trails that you and your family is sure to enjoy while visiting the Phoenix area. With wide open views and landscape, you just might be able to see the wild horses on a private horseback trail ride at Wild Horse Pass. Out here at KOLI Equestrian Center there is never any “head to tail” single line horseback riding. Everyone is spread out and can get to know each other along the way. Friendly, qualified wranglers will advise you of the surroundings and what you need to know about our well trained horses during your horseback riding adventure. If you are looking for relaxation and fun in the Phoenix area, KOLI Equestrian Center is the place to be. Book your horseback trail ride today where our knowledgeable wranglers and gentle horses are waiting for you… To avoid the Phoenix heat, we leave earlier in the day so you can enjoy your horseback trail ride. Whether it is Summer or Winter, within a 24 hour notice we can provide Private Horseback Trail Riding at any time. We recommend advance reservations to ensure your horseback ride time during your stay in Chandler or the Phoenix area. Contact us for the latest pricing. Please check in 15 minutes prior to your scheduled horseback riding time for our group to depart promptly.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Kimberlee C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Three Amigos
    This ride was absolutely fantastic. There were 3 of us in the group and Keke was an amazing guide, friendly and knowledgeable. The scenery was pretty and we saw some wildlife. The horses were gentle and agreeable and this made me comfortable as I have not ridden for many years. This was a highlight of my trip and I highly recommend it.
    We love when a guest would personally recommend us. I'm glad to hear your group found us to be absolutely fantastic. Thank you for bringing out the 3 amigos!
    Written June 1, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 29, 2023
  • Mz R
    Akron, Ohio6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely Perfect
    This by far is well worth the money! Our guide Sylvia was amazing. She helped make the experience even better since she was so personable and knowledgeable. The view is beautiful and the horses are well mannered but have their own unique personalities. We chose the Margarita Sunset ride and i can’t think of anything to have made this experience any better! What more could you ask for, beautiful scenery, horses, friendly people and great conversations! Will def recommend this for anyone in the Phoenix area. Ask for Sylvia as your guide, she won’t disappoint!
    Thank you for pointing out our rides are well worth the money. The last ride of the day, our Margarita Sunset Ride, is one of the most popular service we offer. We appreciate you taking a moment to post your review and adding your personal recommendation. We hope to see you again when you're itching to ride.
    Written June 1, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 2, 2023
  • Christine R
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best ride!
    This was the best experience!! I was nervous- being solo, but never riding a horse in a dessert before. The wrangler told me to take a couple breathes and assured me everything would be ok. Once we got going, she was so knowledgable and helpful! Especially when my horse stopped a few times- even in a little stream (horse was thirsty!) This ride was so calming and still was able to see a few coyotes, owl, and tarantula webs! I will do this again the next chance I get!!! I only wish I was able to get pictures- but they are now in my memory! Thank you so much!!!! I had so much fun!!!!
    Our staff can help calm your nerves and build your confidence in horseback riding. I know it can be intimidating to ride, but horses can be gentle giants. We appreciate you coming out and hope we remain a great memory for you.
    Written June 1, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 11, 2023
  • gloriajean1812
    Duluth, Minnesota8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such fun!
    My husband and I scheduled an evening ride on a beautiful Arizona summer night. Not too hot, gentle breeze. We meandered through the desert on beautiful, well-mannered horses. Our wrangler, Jayden, was great. She chatted with us and answered so many questions. Many of the horses are Clydesdale. So big and so strong and so beautiful. We had a great experience. Friendly staff. Horses so well cared for. We will return for another ride next year.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 21, 2023
  • Stay439224
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent experience and fantastic wrangler!
    Tristan was my wrangler on a solo morning 90 minute walk in the desert. We didn't see any wild horses and that was the hope, but we saw many other animals and birds and he was knowledgeable and kind! I recommend the early morning rides! Extremely peaceful and beautiful!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Eric P
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommend!
    My first time riding a horse and my wife’s has gone a few times but this was her 1st time in about 20 years. Our guide Ben was fantastic!!!! Very engaging, funny and personable. Being my first time, I felt very comfortable. Highly recommend!!!!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Relax15158084673
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent instruction from an excellent wrangler Sylvia!
    A much needed refresher in horseback riding was provided by one of their excellent wranglers, Sylvia! I not only got some 'hands on' practice, grooming, saddling, mounting and general horse handling. And the lesson finished with a nice ride on the reservation!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 2, 2023
  • April M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great ride through the desert!
    Absolutely great experience! Our wrangler was very knowledgeable and personable. We were able to ride side by side in a group so we could talk and all hear. We saw a lot of wild life, no wild horses on this trip, but maybe next time! We'll definitely be back to ride again whenever we're in the Phoenix area!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 7, 2023
  • helen k
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place for a horse ride
    The guide answered all of my questions and made me feel welcome even though I took the ride by myself. The ride was just long enough, about 90 minutes. I was given a very well-behaved horse that I was able to control even though I was not a seasoned rider. Would recommend this place to anyone that would like to have a horse-riding experience.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 16, 2023
  • LocalTravelerAZ
    Phoenix, Arizona242 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Arizona Desert Experience!
    I live five miles away from the stables. I took my 8 and 9 year old grandkids for an hour ride with Robert. He made it fun for all three of us. His silly stories and genuine concern for the kids made it great for me. It’s just a walk in the desert. Nothing really great or unusual so you can just enjoy the horses And the wrangler. Lots of unfortunate rules in place to keep people safe I’m sure. Like not feeding or petting the horses in the corrals. 😞We will be back for sure.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 13, 2023
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Jazmin Nelson
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
This was an excellent experience! Chuck was very personable and easy going! He satisfied all the needs of my family. He did cool tricks with his horse for my 20 year old so she could post it on her social media, he educated my children and I on the history of our native ancestors who lived on these very lands before us, he was very attentive to my 6 year old who was a first time rider, and he was funny!. The horses were amazing and catering as well. I can't wait to visit again!
Written June 22, 2020
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We appreciate the review about your experience. I'm happy to hear I provided excellent customer service and you took a little Native American history away with you. It's great to the get the younger generations involved in horseback riding. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Written July 11, 2020
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Heather T
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Koli and the team truly exceeded my expectations for a guided horseback ride. We opted for a private ride as I was concerned about being in a group with inexperienced riders and how that would affect our afternoon. It was definitely worth it and I would 100% recommend to other experienced riders out there.
Our guide, the views and our horses were equally amazing. Being able to spread out and not be nose to tail (like some other places) was one of my favorite parts about Koli and I will absolutely be back to ride again the next time I am in the area...hopefully next year :)
Much appreciated from this horse lover in NC!!
Written March 27, 2023
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An East Coast ride to the desert SW. A fish out of water but glad to hear it was a memorable time for your group. We are set up for several different types of riders and appreciate you choosing KOLI Equestrian Center to ride at. It's great to know that we exceeded your expectations in our horseback ride. We will look to the east for your visit again. Take care.
Written March 29, 2023
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garfias15
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
I took my parents during their visit to Phoenix for the first time and we all absolutely loved it. It was mine and my mother's first time horseback riding and the guide was very considerate of that and gave us clear instructions as to what to do. He was also very personable, funny, and overall made the entire ride incredibly pleasant. Will definitely be going back! Oh and did I mention margaritas afterwards?!! =)
Written November 3, 2020
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First time riders don't have to fear horseback riding. Our staff is great at doing their best to provide riders the confidence they need to enjoy the ride. Thank you for coming out to ride!
Written November 9, 2020
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HolisticLivingLLC
Arizona1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This experience was the best from booking with the manager to the actual horseback riding. I haven't been on a horse in decades! It was like riding a horse! LOL Anyways, our wrangler Carmen was great. He was funny, personable and knowledgeable about the local tribe, & reservation, horses and anything else we asked! We spent a few minutes taking pictures of the wild horses ( 30 of them!) and even saw a newborn foal. Our time together on the land and near the wild horses was respectful, spiritual and such a beautiful experience. Can't wait to go back to Koli! We followed up with a trip to Aji Spa. Beautiful day with my Daughter.
Written March 12, 2020
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Sounds like you had an awesome day. I'm happy to hear that Cameron was a great guide for you. Seeing the wild horses is always so majestic and peaceful. Thank you for the review. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Written May 28, 2020
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mcruzinoc
Los Alamitos, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Family
Robert was an amazing guide. We had 4 adults and an 11 year old on the ride and he engaged all of us. Some of the riders were first time riders and he help them feel comfortable with their horses. He was also able to answer all of our questions about horses and horseback riding. I recommend scheduling a ride at KOLI and with Robert!
Written November 18, 2020
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We appreciate the recommendation and glad to hear you thought highly of Robert. Our goal is do our best so that you can enjoy the ride. We hope to see you again soon.
Written November 23, 2020
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Debra C
Phoenix, AZ5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Awesome experience with our horseback ride at Koli! Our guide, Bloss, was fun, knowledgeable and always aware of his riders safety. Our group of six ranged in age from 11 to 76 and they expertly matched the appropriate horse to rider. We will be back!
Written February 28, 2022
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No matter the age we have the horses and rides for you. Thank you for bringing out the family.
Written April 1, 2022
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Lisa A
Milwaukee, United States52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
I came to the Koli Equestrian center for the last adventure of my bachelorette party weekend. Chuck was a GREAT guide! Not only were the views fantastic, but his witty personality and hilarious stories kept us laughing throughout the ride. The sunset margarita ride had us on horseback for a good hour through the desert and we finished up with chips and salsa and margaritas which were very good. We sat outside and enjoyed the cooler temperatures as the sun and finished setting behind the mountains. The price is right and I would definitely go back again! Definitely wear jeans!
Written October 5, 2020
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Thank you for bringing your bachelorette group out to a memorial experience. We love to entertain and inform riders best we can. The Margarita Sunset Ride is the best way to unwind and relax while watching the sun set behind the Estrella Mountains. We look forward to seeing you again.
Written November 9, 2020
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Richard
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
Booking and filing the release forms online was easy. Our guide Ben had a great sense of humor, attended to our needs, and was very informative on every aspect of the experience.
i highly recommend utilizing Koli to anybody interested in riding around the Chandler area
Written September 7, 2020
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We love recommendations! Thank you for coming out to enjoy a horseback ride in Chandler. I'm happy to hear you found Ben to be entertaining and informative. We hope to see you again if you're ready to ride.
Written November 9, 2020
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themor2ns4
Huntsville, AL1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We came out to Phoenix for the Phoenix Open and decided to take in the scenery on horseback and found this place for a Sunset Margarita ride. It was very enjoyable and Roger and Robert were excellent tour guides. They both kept us entertained with stories about the land, the horses and the people who lived there. They let us ride side by side instead of head to butt which made it very nice to be able to talk to the others in our party. We weren't lucky enough to see any wild horses but they said they are out there sometimes. We all had a great time!!
Written February 4, 2020
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We appreciate you coming out during our visit to the Phoenix Open. Our Sunset Rides are a great way to end a hectic day. I'm happy to hear you found the staff and their stories entertaining. The horses do run wild and move throughout the day. Perhaps next time we can search them out for you if time allows. Thank you for joining us with your group. Take care.
Written February 7, 2020
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Madeline R
65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Staff easily accommodated my last-minute walk-in. I went with a small group and our guides were funny, knowledgeable, and great about instilling confidence in beginners. I truly enjoyed learning about the area from someone who has grown up on the land. The scenery is so unique; we saw a lot of wildlife and there were many opportunities for photos!
This ride was definitely a highlight of my trip to Arizona!
Written January 30, 2020
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Thank you for taking a moment to review KOLI Equestrian Center. At times, a simple phone call to see if we can get you in the last minute pays off. Our staff does a great job working with all levels of riders. We are the only Native American Western Style horseback riding in the area which makes us a truly unique experience. I'm happy to hear we were the highlight of your trip to Arizona. Thanks again.
Written February 7, 2020
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