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“Wonderful Facility and great hosts”

The Wagon Wheel Ranch
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Owner description: Our ranch offers spectacular scenery, experienced guides, and a riding experience you'll want to repeat. It's like a slice of good ol' fashioned western hospitality. Ride through our herd of cattle or explore all that nature has to offer on our ranch, from foxes and bald eagles to wild turkeys and herds of deer. The Wagon Wheel Ranch is family owned and operated, which is why we have placed it into a Conservation Easement guaranteeing there will never be any houses built or other development taking place on the property. We ride 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bristow, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
710 reviews
113 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
“Wonderful Facility and great hosts”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

A perfect fall day, we were thrilled to meet Sam Snead who owns and operates Wagon Wheel Ranch (along with her husband who manages the cattle side of the business). This is a top notch operation. She had the horses already saddled before we arrived and carefully thought out which one of her 19 horses to give each of us. The horses are all well trained and top quality (a lot better than the Montana facility we used this summer). The big difference in even a basic trail ride is that you get to ride not just go nose to tail. The ranch is beautiful country. We saw brand new calves as well as a bald eagle. Sam's assistants Anthony and Elizabeth made the ride well worth while (there were 8 of us). Afterwards, Sam serves lemonade and cookies. $45 for 90 minutes per rider is well worth it. We will definately be going back.

Visited October 2012
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English first
Level 2 Contributor
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“Best activity ever”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Wagon Wheel Ranch in Winchester VA is a gorgeous, meticulously maintained ranch where visitors can go on long trail rides. The Owner Sam, is fun and gracious and makes the experience amazing. We went for my 9 year old's birthday this year and had a great time--Next time we might take the longer trail (there is one that is 2 hours) it was so much fun-- riding experience helpful but not necessary. The horses where calm and easy to ride. We will be returning for sure!

Visited October 2012
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Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
55 attraction reviews
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“A wonderful ranch, terrific people”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

My daughter and stepmom had a wonderful time at this ranch today. They took the Basic Trail Ride and it was a terrific day with terrific hosts. The trail leader took photos of them on the trail, and the push-button ponies were exactly what my family needed. We will definitely return and make this a fun event for when friends/family visit and for whenever the kids want to get on a horse for a while. Thank you so much!

Visited October 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 6 Contributor
578 reviews
274 attraction reviews
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“Great Shenandoah area trail riding”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

What a surprise to come on this strong horse riding facility near Winchester Va. Of the various trail riding opportunities we have sought within a 1 to 1 1/2 hour radius of Washington DC, this is one of the best. Sam, the owner and great rodeo rider, customized our ride over the hills and through streams to get us ready for a one-week of intermediate riding in Canada. The second time Gracie, her protege varied our experience, trotting and cantering on excellent horses--well trained and responsive.

Sam (a woman, by the way) runs a cattle farm and trains horses western-style for regular riding and rodeos. She can tailor a ride from rank novices to experienced riders, as responsive to clients needs as her horses are to the riders. There's a large indoor arena for lessons and extensive property for trail rides.

My only complaint is we can't move the facility closer to us and DC. But the facility is well situated for Shenandoah Valley touring, with several interesting sites close by. We'll be going back.

Visited July 2012
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