Horseback Riders Enjoy the Beauty of the Saguaro East National Park

The horseback riding group with picturesque mountains in the background, left to right: Lynn Rabe, Susan Bauer, Craig Bauer, Cindy Valancius, Joe Valancius, Rebecca Williams, Debbie Trapp, John Atwell, Lisa Atwell, Steve Sussman, Kim Holmes, and Caroline Atwell

Left to right: Lynn Rabe, Susan Bauer, and Craig Bauer

Rebecca Williams

A total of 12 riders enjoyed a ride in the Saguaro East National Park on Dec. 9, 2023. This ride was at Saguaro Stables, which is near the south entrance to the park. Riders rode up the service road to the park entrance. Upon entering, a nice bridle trail wound through the cacti and offered beautiful views of the area mountains.

The group will be riding at Donnelly’s in Gold Canyon on Satu

rday, Feb. 17. This location is a bit lower in elevation and typically has some flowers blooming along the trail at this time of year. In March a ride is planned at a new stable, Rancho de los Cerros, just south of Catalina. This ride will be along or in the Catalina State Park. In April a sunset ride is planned.

If you would like to participate, you can go to the SaddleBrooke Ranch HOA website (, click on “Things to Do,” then “Clubs.” In the middle column, click on “Horseback Riding Group,” and then on the link you will see there. Details on this ride will be posted there under “News.” To sign up, select “Contact Us” in the lower left and enter the information requested, including your preference of time. This will then alert the secretary, who will then get in touch with you to finalize your reservation. Note that some time slots may have already been filled. Payment is made directly to the stable on the day of the ride. All trail rides are at a walk, just to enjoy the scenery.