best equestrian destinations around the world cowgirl magazine

Check out these jaw-dropping destinations spanning the globe that are perfect for any horse enthusiast to visit. From the deserts of Saudi Arabia and Arizona to the islands of British Columbia, luxury, equestrian-focused travelers can add these amazing destinations and one-of-a-kind experiences to their bucket lists.

Experience AlUla – AlUla, Saudi Arabia

AlUla is an enchanting desert oasis bursting with undiscovered heritage sites tucked away in the unexplored northwestern deserts of Saudi Arabia. It is a region where 200,000 years of human history meets contemporary architecture, art, wellness exploration, and luxury hotels. Home to the world’s only modern polo tournament to be staged in a desert, the Richard Mille AlUla Desert Polo will return to AlUla later this year in partnership with Polo Club Saint-Tropez – Haras de Gassin. Bringing the icons of the polo world together once again, this collaboration makes AlUla the premier winter destination for horse enthusiasts from around the world.

Rancho de los Caballeros – Wickenburg, Arizona

Rancho de los Caballeros is a historic guest ranch and resort tucked away on 20,000 acres of spectacular Sonoran Desert, just north of Phoenix, AZ. The resort, rooted in a long heritage of authentic Southwestern hospitality offers authentic western activities, championship golf, a refreshing spa, private casita rooms, and fine dining in a luxury resort atmosphere. The family owned and operated ranch resort features an array of horse-related activities for riders of all levels with expert wranglers ready to help guests hone their riding skills. From scenic trail rides to a two-hour nature ride with the property’s Naturalist to learn about the incredible life that thrives in one of the world’s most harsh and unique climate, to private rides and a sunset ride highlighting the inspiration behind artists’ famous cinematic desert landscape paintings, Rancho de los Caballeros’ horseback riding program offers something for every guest. 

Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge – Vancouver Island, British Columbia 

This exclusive and ultra-remote (accessible only by boat or float plane) eco-safari experience is set amongst the mountains, rainforests, and waters of the Clayoquot Sound biosphere reserve, making for an unforgettable equestrian experience. Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge has a stable of friendly horses to take its guests on a swag of popular horse–riding trails, which vary in duration from one to six hours and together cover a diverse range of terrain, from river valley meadows, old-growth forest and Jurassic fern gardens, to glacial river crossings and abandoned gold mines.  And, when done with the riding, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy this unbelievably beautiful part of the world, from active adventures, to simply enjoying the view from your luxuriously appointed glamping tent with a glass of the finest wine in hand. 

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