Cave Creek Trail Rides

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Cave Creek Trail Rides

Every since I first met my wife, there has been a running joke about how someday we should go horse riding. The story is a bit random and I will spare you the details, but I had grown up around friends who had owned horses and had the chance to ride often. She had never ridden a horse, but had always wanted to give it a try. For her birthday this past week I surprised her with sunset trail ride through the Cave Creek Trail Rides company and had wonderful time while getting way more than I bargained for.

Roping Cows
Roping Cows...

We showed up ready to go around 4:45 and had a little time to kill, so Michelle and I decided to give the roping a try. After a little bit of work, my lady was roping cows with ease and even gave a little thought to quitting her day job. Apparently it is harder from the back of a running horse…

Roped Cow
Roped Cow...

Once the others in our group were ready, we were paired up with a horse. Michelle rode a horse named Hollister, while they decided to give me Remington, a very appropriately named horse.

Happy Cow Girl
Happy Cow Girl

Our four mile ride took us through the Cave Creek Regional Park. This park winds through the beautiful Sonoran desert landscape and was full of spectacular views. The sky was perfect and the weather was clear and the ride was extremely relaxing and fun.

Cave Creek Trail Rides
Cave Creek Trail Rides

As the sun began to dip behind the hills, I could hear several different coveys of Gambel’s quail calling to each other. It was a little bit sad, as it reminded me that quail season is still so far away. Since the park sees no hunting activity, the birds were literally everywhere and looked very fat and lazy.

Sunset
Sunset

Our trail guide, Rebecca, was amazing. She and Michelle spent quite a bit of time chatting and laughing at the front of the line. She is from Idaho and once she found out that I enjoy¬†am fanatical about fly fishing, we talked about that topic for quite a while. Probably the highlight of the trip for me that made an already wonderful ride even better, was when we returned to the corral, Michelle says to me, “Well, if she likes fly fishing so much, then maybe I should give it a try.” In about an hour and a half, our trail guide had accomplished something that I had been unable to do for almost two years. Well worth the money.

Kiss your horse
Kiss your horse...

The ride came to an end and with sore butts and wobbly knees we dismounted back at the corral. The Cave Creek Trail Ride company was a winner in my book and had given Michelle and I a great memory that we will have forever. If you are looking for a beautiful trail ride in the Phoenix area, you owe it to yourself to check out Cave Creek Trail Rides. Rebecca and Matt took great care of us while we were there and it certainly will not be our last trip.

Hollister getting frisky...
Hollister looking for his kiss...

10 Responses to “Cave Creek Trail Rides”

  1. azwanderings

    Thanks Mike. If I hadn’t been bouncing around so much on my horse I probably could have used the camera a little more.

    Ben

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  2. azwanderings

    Not a problem Tina. We had a great time out there with lots of fun. Thanks for letting me marry your baby girl.

    Ben

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  3. kmurray

    Looks like a great trip and I too, love the boot pic! I used to have horses many moons ago and the world always looks a bit different (good way) from the back of a horse.

    (I’ve also enjoyed reading the comments here. So nice to see happy, loving families!)

    Best to you both!
    Kari

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    • azwanderings

      Thanks Kari, It was really great and fun to get back up on a horse and take a trot through the desert. I am a very lucky man with loving family all around. I try never to forget that. Thanks for the kind words.

      Ben

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    • azwanderings

      For sure Rohan. If you ever in this neighborhood please drop me a line. Fly fishing and horseback riding would be an excellent way of killing a couple of days here in AZ.

      Ben

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  4. Bumbling Bushman

    Reminds me of the fond memories I have birdwatching in the Cave Creek area with my father. Congrats on your wife’s new inspiration to try fly fishing. Now don’t screw it up!

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    • azwanderings

      BB –
      Cave Creek is a gorgeous area with all kinds of wildlife. Thanks for the words of wisdom too. I’m pretty sure I’ll do something to mess it up though. Fingers crossed.

      Ben

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