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“Great way to spend a Saturday morning.”
Review of Ross Ranch

Ross Ranch
Ranked #10 of 23 things to do in Mendocino
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Owner description: This 11 acre ranch rents out horses for beach and mountain trails.
San Jose, California
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29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great way to spend a Saturday morning.”
Reviewed 19 February 2012

Ross Ranch is a family run operation offering beach and forest rides. My wife and I opted for the beach experience as we have recently ridden in the forest north of Eureka. John (owner) led the ride. We were joined by a friendly couple from SF. After exchanging pleasantries, receiving instruction and filling out some paperwork, we mounted up and headed toward the beach via a somewhat steep bluff. Upon descending, we were on our way up Manchester Beach heading north. John was very friendly and talkative throughout the ride although safety is priority one. Some may take his safety comments as rather harsh but it's about providing the customer with a safe and secure riding experience. All in all, it was a great ride regardless of the wet weather conditions. Kudos to John and Ross Ranch.



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Long Beach, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Favorite part of our trip!”
Reviewed 30 August 2011

On our trip up to Northern California we had the pleasure of taking a two hour horse back ride along the beach with the beautiful horses of Ross Ranch. It was so gorgeous. We were very excited that our daughter would be able to go along with us because their minimum age was only 6. Most places we looked into were 8 years old. It is a little pricey for a family of 4, (about 60 dollars a person) but when all was said and done completely worth the money. . My daughter still talks about it, so I know she had a great time. It was definitely one of the highlights of our trip up north.

Visited September 2010
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Seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A wonderful first-time experience for our family!”
Reviewed 4 August 2011

While on a family road trip from Seattle to Monterey, we took the 10am beach ride with John as our guide. All four of us had little to no horse experience, but John and Tobi gave excellent, no-nonsense riding instructions that gave us confidence. The beach ride was beautiful, peaceful, and relaxing (no one else on the beach!), while we chatted with John about the area and their horses. Even our 10-year-old – who had been apprehensive about riding a horse – loved it. It was definitely a highlight of a 2-week road trip filled with all sorts of activities.

Visited July 2011
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Tampa, Florida
1 review
“Wonderful ride, wonderful people, wonderful horses.”
Reviewed 30 June 2011

My husband and I were staying in Elk, and chose Ross Ranch for a nice ride on the beach. The owners are wonderful and take great care of their horses. The horses are in great condition and have their feet cared for well. They were very well trained and great for the experienced or inexperienced rider. My husband and I both ride regularly and we had a great time. The view is fabulous, and there is nothing like listening to the ocean while you ride a horse. Loved it!

Visited June 2011
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New York, NY
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94 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Beautiful ride on the beach”
Reviewed 17 April 2011

The horses are fantastic and even if you don't have any riding experience you will feel that you are in experienced and good hands with Ross Ranch. The horses walk, never trot, and that's a good thing as the trip begins with a steep downhill section to get to the stunning beach. John and Toby will take you on a very pleasant walk up and down the beach but you never need to worry about where you are as the horses know the way. You'll get some good riding instruction and learn a lot in just 2 hours time. We highly recommend Ross Ranch.

Visited April 2011
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