Rancho Loco
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Rancho Loco is an equestrian center that is dedicated to boarding and caring of horses, training of juvenile horses, riding lessons for beginners as well as experienced riders and horseback ride tours.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Joy G
    1 contribution
    Amazing Ride - Picturesque Views - Wonderful Rancho Loco Team!
    This was the best group ride I have ever been on. I am a previous horse owner and crave more of a ride than most to include a faster pace, not a nose to tail follow the leader slow walk. I was matched perfectly with a horse named Pegasus that also wanted to have my kind of ride. That said, I feel that all riders were very well matched to the perfect horse and the riding instructions thorough. It was very obvious a safe ride was top priority. Susan and the other guides were amazing. The owner of the ranch met us at the beginning of the ride which was very nice. The scenic ride into the National Park was beautiful and the natural pool amazing. This was a great way to cool off and spend some time enjoying the views. You can tell the horses are loved and well cared for, not overworked. All in all, I would highly recommend Rancho Loco and if I am ever in Aruba again, I will definitely book another ride with them! I am sorry I do not recall all of the names, but all were amazing! Well worth it!
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 26, 2023
  • Becky P
    3 contributions
    Morning ride
    We took the morning tour on March 2nd. Loved it! It’s such an amazing way to see the island. The tour guides were fantastic! We would definitely recommend Rancho Loco! We hope to be back soon.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 9, 2023
  • BoardingPass196652
    Covington, Kentucky3 contributions
    Magnificent ride, great guide Patrick!
    This was my second Rancho Loco ride to Arikok National Park and Natural Pool. The ride is simply stupendous! Arikok is magnificent, the Natural Pool is amazing and an adventure to swim in! Patrick, the lead guide, was very knowledgeable and paired up his horses with riders considering temperament and experience to really match up people with the perfect horse. He taught us about basic riding techniques, questioned each of us about our experience. He ensured that we were all confident and safe on our horses. The ride was exhilarating! For two hours with a swim in the middle we saw a tremendous desert landscape, went up and down hills, saw stunning seascapes and had a great workout! I am looking forward to a third ride when I return again!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 9, 2023
  • michelle2018447
    2 contributions
    Amazing experience, highly recommended!
    I took the afternoon Natural Pool tour on February 27th and it was simply amazing. The people at this ranch obviously have immense love and respect for the horses and take great care of them. All the guides were very friendly and especially Susanne really made this an unforgettable experience for me. The tour is great for both beginners and experienced riders: you get matched with a horse that suits your level of experience. I got to ride a beautiful horse named Liberty and completely fell in love with her. The ride to and from the natural pool is amazing, with stunning views over the landscape and coastlines, and the pool itself is a wonderful place to take a refreshing dip. I recommend wearing watershoes, since the rocks can be quite slippery. Something I found hugely convenient is that the saddles have saddlebags, so you can take a few things with you, such as a towel and a bottle of water (the latter was provided by the ranch). So: if you're in Aruba, I highly recommend booking a tour at Rancho Loco!
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 12, 2023
  • Wendy S
    10 contributions
    Bucket list experience worth the money
    My 24 year old daughter and I took the horseback riding tour with Rancho Loco on March 10th. It was fantastic!! First, we were so pleased to see that the horses were in great condition/cared for so well. The owner and her staff/tour guides were super nice and very knowledgeable. Each of the guests were assessed quickly for riding experience, and we were paired with the appropriate horse to match that level. We were told ahead of time to bring a towel with us as we would have the opportunity to swim in the natural pool… best tip!! I will certainly be doing this tour again next year!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 17, 2023
  • Jim R
    Sydney, Australia84 contributions
    See the Natural Pool on Horseback!
    We had an excellent trail ride to the Natural Pool through the trials and hills of the national park. Our ride had experienced riders and beginners on it, and we were well cared for by the staff. Unlike most trial rides, its not just a slow walk in a cloud of dust. There is a lot to see on the way, from the scenery to the wild goats, to the views of the ocean it is an excellent experienece. Second, for riders who are comfortable, they permitted us to trot and gallop on the horses, something most trail riding companies do not permit. It was a fun tour, and the Natural Pool is an amazing place to visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 21, 2023
  • Ashley H
    West Long Branch, New Jersey4 contributions
    First time horse back riding in Aruba AMAZING!
    My first time ever horse back riding! It was such an amazing experience and the staff at rancho loco made me feel at ease. Lakey our driving was so kind and down to earth. He even drove my sunglasses back to my hotel for me after leaving them in his car! This is definitely an experience I could never forget!!!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 22, 2023
  • Powers0204
    East Canton, Ohio2 contributions
    Incredible experience
    Our guides were very experienced and attentive to riders and their horses. We are not experienced riders and have not ridden horses in many years. The guides ensured their riders were appropriately placed with the proper horse. They made this an incredible most memorable experience! Bring your water shoes and towel to jump into the Natural Pool. Don’t forget the camera!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 30, 2023
  • Elaine
    Montreal, Canada12 contributions
    Awesome crew and experience!
    I had an amazing time doing the horseback riding and natural pool tour! The entire crew were so friendly and experienced! They took their time to find the right horse for you and ensure that you have a fun and safe experience! The horses are so well trained, they pretty much know what to do, you just guide them a little at times and enjoy the ride! :) I love mine, Ringo! :D Definitely wear long sleeves and pants and a hat, if you don't want to get burn, you will have the sun directly on you during the entire tour.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 10, 2023
  • Chris A
    2 contributions
    Great guides and great horses.
    Every other guided horseback ride I've done, you only got to hear what the guide(s) was saying if you were right behind them. With three guides on our Natural Pool tour, this was not a problem. Our horses were well-trained and easy to ride, and the guides were very friendly, helpful, and skilled.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 11, 2023
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Jenna Viggiano
Pelham, NY7 contributions
Feb 2020
Was a great way to spend an evening until the horses spiraled out of control. As the tour was coming to an end, our tour guide became very relaxed and the horses began to have a large gap in between each other. The tour guide ( the young man with the blonde hair) didn't keep the group together and a man riding a motorcycle had a big enough gap to cut through. This scared the horses and they began to run. Once one started running, they all began to race. I find it very disrespectful when Rancho Loco says that basically all of this was a lie. My horse was one of the horses that began to run, and after watching my little brother get thrown off, and crushed between two horses, I was terrified. I then saw another little girl get thrown off and she proceeded to lie on the road screaming in pain. After spending a night in the hospital, her and her mother found out that she broke her elbow. After I fell off my horse, I had to watch my 8 - year - old sister screaming "help me" and crying as a horse took her into the desert. My father ran after her and found her at a stranger's house (where she had fell off) 3 miles from the ranch. The tour guide came back to the ranch before we even heard anything about my sister. Therefore, the tour guide left my sister in the desert alone. They didn't take charge to do anything and we asked if they could get in their cars to find my sister, but they declined. I am not leaving this review to bash the company, I am just trying to save anyone else from going through this sort of trauma. This was the scariest moment of my life to not know where my sister was for about twenty minutes. I'm am just disappointed with the lying coming from Rancho Loco. Obviously, my family and I would never deny their help. The owner even said " that never would've happened if I was the one on that tour". Please, as a family considering going on that tour, don't do it. I can swear on my life that nothing in this story was made up. The people at the ranch were completely unprepared in case of emergency. Their response to my mothers review was filled with lies.
Written March 2, 2020
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We are sorry that you experienced this unfortunate accident, which was just that - an accident - that occurred due to an irresponsible motorcyclist on a Harley. I stand by my response to your mother’s review. If you think we are liars then you are saying the witnesses and polis are also liars. Your family received a full refund for your tour which you said was as a great way to spend an evening up until the very end when the incident occurred.
Written March 4, 2020
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Woodzy
3 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Would rate zero stars if I could - poor communication through a third party vendor who claims they sent a confirmation email but I never received ANYTHING that told me to confirm just an email saying I was all set with the vouchers and said we would be picked up between 8-9…they never showed up. Man at the ranch when I called was rude and blamed me. Horrible customer service when tourism is your livelihood. You would think they would have fallen up with a phone call if they didn’t hear from us considering they had already charged my credit card over a month ago!!
Save your money and book Rancho Notorious excellent customer service and 30% discount when you book online.
Written August 10, 2021
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Hazel d
Clarksburg, Canada28 contributions
Mar 2022
Fantastic ride to the natural pool on the east coast of Aruba!! The scenery was fabulous, and the guides were excellent! I've been riding for >40 years, including lessons, jumping, and on riding vacations. During that time, I've been on many many trail rides. Andreas gave the best introduction I've ever heard for people who have limited experience - this helped to settle my friends who have limited experience. Meredith and Sarah were both very helpful and customized the experience for me and others in our group. Before, during and after the ride, it was evident that this organization REALLY cares for its horses, and their riders. The horses were well cared for and well fed; before our ride, the horses were saddled up with loose girths and waiting for us in a shady open ban. After the ride, their saddles were removed and they were hosed down to cool them off - before getting ready for a group in the pm. Many other stables leave their horses in the hot sun before and between rides.
Written April 3, 2022
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dylanjdefrancisci
Weston, FL28 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
My Daughter and I wanted to do something out of the ordinary on our Aruba Trip other than the beach or typical water activities. She selected horseback riding. We were looking at a short beach trip along the water, but the a friend suggested Ranchos Locos that included a 2 1/2 hour trip to the Natural Pool from their location in Santa Cruz. We had the option of being picked up by their van at the hotel or driving. Being I had a car an wanted to check out some other sights after we drove. Driving from the high rises was very easy and made it in less the 20 mins. Upon arrival, we were greeted and the staff was very organized. We filled out our waivers and were provided water and an overview of the day. After the overview, our guides Andres and Patrick paired us with our horses, provided the basics for an amazing day. We got to bond with our horse for a bit before mounting and making our way to the trail. Our group was small, making it very personable. Both Patrick and Andres provided expert guidance, as we navigated up on over the mountainous terrain making our way the the refreshing natural pool. Along the way we saw some wild goats, burrow owls and a boa constrictor. Being new to horse back riding, our guides made us feel like experts by the end. The views throughout the tour were outstanding. I give Ranchos Locos an A+. Thank you for an amazing day.
Written July 12, 2023
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kikibuddy
Boston, MA18 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
We recently did the horseback ride to the natural pool. It was AMAZING! The guides were very conscious about every rider’s safety. The horses were very friendly and easy to ride. I rode Caramello, my daughter’s horse was Candelito, and my husband rode Titan. The ride in was about an hour. The natural pool was so unique and very beautiful. The ride back included seeing the sunset over the hills and was spectacular. I highly recommend this activity. Wear your water shoes and bring a towel!
Written February 28, 2020
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Tufan K
Castle Rock, CO3 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Firstly we made our reservations through pelican tours and we had a confirmation. By the time we went to to our pick up point they said we don't have any reservations.then they delay our our reservations to afternoon. Horseback riding was great. Until we asked for another bottle of water after our horse back riding. They said we are only allowed only one bottle of water per person. And they said have to charge us for extra bottle of water. We were riding horses more than 2 hours. We paid more than $100 per person. I think you can give another bottle of water to your guests. I give 4 stars because i heard you rescue animals and we like that. Work on hospitality part little bit more and stop smoking in the transportation car. It really stinks.
Written May 5, 2021
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Karen T
Milwaukee, WI37 contributions
Oct 2022
My four friends and I took this tour through the national park mainly so that we could go to the natural pool. We enjoyed the tour, the terrain was rocky for most of the trail. Myself and my friends all commented that even though there were a lot of rocks we all felt that our horses were well trained and cautious. Unlike other horse back riding trips that I've taken in the US they actually allowed the group to trot on the horses and even cantor a little. Along with that though I would recommend wearing a strong sports bra.

We got the opportunity to get into the natural pool. It felt like the time in the pool went fast so I'd recommend moving quickly to get into the pool. I wore my shoes that could get wet but are also closed toe which I thought worked well. There was also a pouch on the horse to hold the water bottle, small towel and phone. I was a little disappointed that the tour only took one picture of each of us on the horse and it was from the side or behind. We had to take our own pictures of each other from the horses. We did ask the guide to take a picture of us jumping into the pool and they did accommodate that request.
Written October 30, 2022
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Rhonda A
2 contributions
Oct 2020
My husband and I went to Aruba for our honeymoon and did the Sunset Horseback Riding with them The guides were personable, knowledgeable, and patient. The entire experience was great! Def. money well spent! One of the guides was taking pictures and at the end of the trip, he stated that he would post the pictures on Facebook. I was excited about the pictures. When will my husband and I ever be on a honeymoon horseback riding in Aruba again? It was also his first time riding. After calling them twice and them promising to upload it the same day, they finally posted the pictures two days ago (over a month later). Note that they were posting everybody else's pictures the same day. Now I see why they skipped past ours and didn't post them. The picture quality was terrible and he was taking pictures from far away. Our faces weren't showing and the pictures were blurry. I would advise everyone to go, but if you care for pictures, ask them to use your phone or take your own pictures.
Written November 9, 2020
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molls132
Baltimore, MD62 contributions
Oct 2021
This excursion was SO much fun! When I first heard we were horseback riding to a natural pool, I thought we'd be walking on the beach but it was actually in the National Park and we rode up, down and all around on various types of terrain. We rode about an hour to the natural pool and an hour back, so we really got our money's worth! Plus, the staff were super nice and knowledgeable and somehow timed it right so we had the natural pool all to ourselves (which was awesome because as we were leaving, 40 tourists showed up at once. :) Cheeno was the best horse and they even let us trot and canter on the way back, which made my younger horseback riding self so happy!!

The ride there and back is pretty sunny, so don't forget sunscreen! No backpacks or bags when riding, so anything you bring has to fit into the saddle bags or stay back at the stable. They provide waters too, which was super helpful.
Written October 19, 2021
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Karl L
2 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Took a family trip of 25 to Aruba. 9 of us booked a ride with Rancho Loco. They were great to be with. They picked us all up from the Resort and drove us out to the ranch. They were all very nice and informative about the ranch and horses. The horses were very responsive and forgiving of the 6 kids we had riding. Our party was a mix of first time to experienced riders. The trail guides were great at teaching the first timers on how to handle the horses. One of our trail guides, Josh, had great conversation with my 14 year old son about some common interests. All in all this was a great ride and I highly recommend Rancho Loco! Thank you for a great experience.
Written June 22, 2021
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