Horse and Barrel
Situated in the rolling hills just a few minutes from both Murphys and Angels Camp,
Vallecito Vineyards provides grapes for many of the winemakers in Calaveras County. This
is also a historic site as part of the 49'ers gold rush and the original mining equipment has
been lovingly preserved and displayed to give riders a real feel for the gold rush era. We
meet for this ride just off Highway 4 - look out for the big sign!
Treat the family to the ultimate action adventure day! We offer rides over the
rugged terrain surrounding the Moaning Caverns. Enjoy breathtaking views on
horseback and follow it up by taking advantage of all that the Caverns have to
offer. From the guided cave walks and the 'spelunking' tour to the 165 ft rappel
and whizzing down a 1500 ft zip line at 40 mph for more advernturous souls, this
will be a day no one will forget!
Are you twisted? Join us for a ride at the home of the Rubber Chicken! Twisted Oak
offers a different perspective on the wine business as they both grow their own
grapes and buy in from other vineyards (including Vallecito Vineyards!). With a
grape press and bottling facilities on site, their wine maker Scott Klann makes sure
that every step meets his exacting standards. Yum Yum!
Spring, summer, fall and winter - every season has its own special beauty here in Calaveras. We
structure our trails so that you can come again & again & always see something new! We also
ride from several different locations
The Ponderosa Trail
Just a few minutes from the Horse and Barrel ranch, we join the infamous Ponderosa
Trail - an old wild west road all the way from Mexico to Canada. Our section of this
trail leads us up and over Murphys ridge. Breathtaking views of Murphys and Angels
camp abound as we ride through the native manzanita.