White Tanks Riding Stables, Waddell, Arizona:
Address: 20300 West Olive Ave, Waddell, Arizona (Near Surprise, AZ)
About the Trail Rides:
Guided rides take you through some beautiful desert in the White Tank Regional Park
. The stables cater to the young members of your family (and young at heart) with friendly farm animals, pony rides and horse-drawn wagon rides. Guided trail rides for those 8 years or older head out into the desert for 1 or two hour rides.
Directions to the Stables:
From Phoenix, Arizona, travel the 101 west to the Bell Road exit. (If the 303 route is more convenient, you can take the 303 to Olive). From Bell Road, head South on Hwy 303 to Olive. Turn west for 4 miles on Olive. Look for the White Tanks Stables sign on your right.
Riding at White Tanks Stables:
Reservations are necessary. Trail rides are kept small. Riders must be 8 years of age and older. No riding experience is necessary, but it's important to follow the instructions of the guide and wranglers. You will be asked to sign a lengthy waiver. (Blame their insurance company) Trail rides are leisurely. Don't expect to be galloping along the trails. In general, riders should be 225 pounds or less. With notice, the stables can accommodate larger riders. Inquire when you make a reservation.
The Best Part of the White Tanks Stables Experience:
It's fun just to hang around the stables. The day we were there, we saw baby goats (very friendly) a pig, chickens, donkey and more. The animals are used to people and would be a great draw for children. The horses were well-groomed and well-trained for the easy trail rides into the White Tank Regional Park.
The stables are open November through April. During the off-season you will find the horses and managers in Colorado Springs, Colorado.