Explore real world riding at its very best! We've partnered with Reba Farm Inn to offer western style horseback riding at the park, with no experience needed. Scroll down for a current list of programs & events.
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Saturday, May 18, 2:30pm at Niagara Ranch - $50
NOTE: This is a new date due to rain cancellation! It’s time to saddle up and experience the sights sounds of the unique wildlife ecosystem surrounding Explore Park. To make sure you don’t miss any of the spectacular sights and sounds along the way, you’ll be riding alongside our staff naturalist. Get exclusive access to fields and trails near the Blue Ridge Parkway, previously closed to the public. This is a beginner program with no previous experience required, and a great way to get an introduction to the thrill of horseback riding. Must wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Helmets, and tack included. This program will meet at a trail head at 3404 Highland Rd. SW, 24014, just down the street from the new Niagara Ranch.
Saturday, May 18 or June 22, 7:00pm at Niagara Ranch - $65
The Blue Ridge Parkway overlooks near Explore Park have been recognized as the region’s best places for stargazing! Saddle up and get exclusive access to fields and trails near the parkway, previously closed to the public. To make sure you don’t miss any shooting stars or constellations along the way, you’ll be riding alongside our staff naturalist. This is a beginner program with no previous experience required, and a great way to get an introduction to the thrill of horseback riding. Must wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Helmets, and tack included. This program will meet at a trail head at 3404 Highland Rd. SW, 24014, just down the street from the new Niagara Ranch.
Saturday, May 11, 3pm at Niagara Ranch - $25/$50
A lazy afternoon at Niagara Ranch takes a mysterious turn when one of the guests turns up dead. Can you figure out who “donit”? In this interactive event, follow the clues to earn points for prizes and see if you can solve the mystery. Get up close and personal with our herd of horses and farm hands who all play a key role in your adventure. Cap your experience with “cowboy style” food and thought provoking comradarie all in a beautiful setting. Western dress is encouraged. This program is $50 (including food) with 50% off for ages 12 and under.
Weekly programs from June to August
You can’t gallop until you learn to trot. Get started on the right hoof with the equine experts at Explore Park’s Niagara Ranch, operated by Reba Farm. Saddle up for a week of adventures on horseback, with no previous experience needed. the mechanics of horsemanship - both physically and behaviorally. Good for anyone who wants to really work with, ride, and understand horses. Work with different horses and breeds daily while learning life’s lessons from a 1000 pound teammate. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Helmets and tack are included.
Half-day programs focus on grooming, feeding and educational experiences with limited riding for short periods. Full-day participants will experience complete western style horseback riding lessons, featuring multiple riding sessions per day. Please bring a bagged lunch.
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From the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center at Explore Park, take Chestnut Ridge Rd. to the service entrance intersection at Rutrough Rd. Turn right and travel 1.2 miles to Highland Rd. Turn right and travel under the parkway bridge, the ranch is visible on the right.
From downtown Roanoke and I-581, take Elm Ave. / Bullitt Ave 0.5 miles to intersection with 9th Street. Turn right and travel 1.1 miles to intersection with Riverland Rd. (SR 116)/ Turn left and travel 0.5 miles through a stoplight continue through a roundabout on the same road (bearing right). After the roundabout take a left onto Rutrough Rd (SR 658) and travel 2.7 miles. Turn left onto Highland Rd. (SR 618) and travel under the parkway bridge, the ranch is visible on the right.