Horses have returned to Golden Gate Park, and for a trial run, guided rides will be offered for two months through May 20, 2017 (with weather permitting). Providing rides and horses for all experience levels, Pot A Gold Stables is behind this exciting opportunity, which has a chance to become a permanent fixture at the park. Hopefully, growing public interest will show just how significant it is for the return of horseback riding at Golden Gate Park.
When & Where is Horse Riding at Golden Gate Park?
You can schedule a trail ride every day of the week, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. when weather permits. Fifteen horses will be available at the Bercut Equitation Field (located on Chain of Lakes Drive E, near JFK) for trail rides guided by professional wranglers.
Golden Gate Park Horseback Riding Rates
Pot A Gold Adventures charges the following rates for trail rides at Golden Gate Park:
- 30 minutes – $40
- 60 minutes – $60
- 90 minutes – $80
San Francisco residents that show a valid I.D. receive a 25% discount on their horseback ride.
All riders must be 5 years old and up, and able to ride without the accompaniment of their parent – ‘doubles’ are not permitted for safety reasons. Riders must weigh no more than 250 pounds. All riders are required to wear a helmet, which is provided by Pot A Gold Adventures. Suggested riding attire includes long pants and close-toed footwear.
Looking for a large family outing or corporate bonding moment? You can arrange a trail ride for up to 10 people at one time by contacting Pot A Gold Adventures.
Additionally, Pot A Gold Adventures require all riders to bring a signed liability release form at the time of their scheduled ride, which can be printed out here.
For further information and to check current availability, call 1-(844) 967-4653 or visit http://potagoldadventures.com/locations/san-francisco-california-pot-a-gold-stables/.
The Golden Gate Park Stables
Over the years, horse owners, riders and students have enjoyed public access stables at Golden Gate Park, which paired the allure of natural attractions with the beauty of majestic, four-legged creatures. Sorely missed is the splendid gallop of a Palomino or the agility of a show jumper at the stables, which are currently closed. In the past, horses at the stables were allowed to lead tours throughout Golden Gate Park, but today, the stables are now horseless…and members of the San Francisco Stables Foundation have been trying to revive the park’s stables ever since.
Situated on JFK Drive and 36th Avenue, the Golden Gate Park Stables once offered private and group lessons in jumping and riding, as well as the exciting daily guide rides that used to tackle 12 miles of trails. Although reservations were needed at least two days in advance, lessons and rides were never at a loss for interest. Before the stables officially shut down, trail rides from the stables fetched $30 per hour, while younger visitors could enjoy pony rides at $6 per hour. Guided rides were provided for the reasonable fee of $18 per hour. Over the weekend, equestrians flocked the stables, becoming an attraction for onlookers.
History of Resurrecting Golden Gate Park Stables
In September of 2001, the Golden Gate Park Stables closed up shop and with it a deep history spanning 130 years of horses and riding in San Francisco was quieted. Many efforts were made to continue the city-owned stables as a means to drum up profit, but all failed. The high cost associated with operating a public stable in the San Francisco area was an overwhelming task to continue. The earnings were ultimately slim, making it impossible to reinvest for improvements and maintain the stables.
The San Francisco Stables Foundation believed that if the stables were treated as a not-for-profit organization, the community would embrace the center to uplift it to attract worldwide recognition as a highly respected facility. A wealth of support has accumulated over the years in cooperation with the reestablishment of the stables. Organizations, such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco and Blackburn Architects have joined forces to back plans created by the San Francisco Stables Foundation to bring back horses to Golden Gate Park.
With a newfound architectural image and a boost in support, a proposal was created in with anticipation that the stables could be transformed into a high-quality public urban riding center with horse-friendly principles. With an estimated $100,000 needed to kick off an 18-month environmental review project, it was rumored that renovations could have possibly occurred in 2007 with a vote at the ballot box.
To date, plans for the renovation and reopening of the Golden Gate Park Stables have stalled due to lack of funds. For now, horse enthusiasts can enjoy trail rides through Pot A Gold Stables, and hope that it becomes a permanent option for the park.