Horseback Riding, Cattle Drives & Cabalgatas

El Carrizal, Colón, Querétaro, Mexico

Horseback Riding

Guided Horse Tours in the Mountains

Rancho El Carrizal is small community-owned “working ranch” that has operated as a SEMARNAT UMA wildlife conservation area for over 24 years. The community of El Carrizal, QRO has worked this expansive mountainous terrain for generations as a cattle ranch and ejido. Our expert knowledge of horses and livestock will ensure that your visit is safe and comfortable. We are located only a short distance from the city of Queretaro and Queretaro International Airport in the Colon municipality amongst the natural surroundings and breathtaking views of the El Zamorano mountain range. We can accommodate groups, large and small for 1-day or multi-day rides to include visits to the surrounding ancient archeological sites, caves and caverns and incredible canyon overlooks (miradors). We look forward to making your visit both memorable and enjoyable. Prices for a 1-day ride start at $1000 pesos including the horse, tack and guide for the day. Additional riders are only $600 pesos each.

Trails Rides/Cabalgatas

Explore Mexican Culture on Horseback

Ride in a locally organized cabalgata or create your own with our surefooted and steady horses! Occasionally, throughout the year, we have opportunities for additional experienced riders to join us in a traditional Mexican cabalgatas (akin to 'trail rides' in the USA). In Mexico, these large horseback riding events usually precede a Jaripeo (bull-riding event) or are associated with the celebration of a Catholic patron saint. For larger groups of riders, and with sufficient time for planning, we can assist in creating your own cabalgata through the mountains of the UMA Los del Carrizal and into adjacent ejido lands if so desired. Contact us to discuss how we can make your trip to Rancho El Carrizal and the El Zamorano mountain range memorable today!

Horse Outfitting

Overnight Horseback Camping Trips

Our guided horseback camping and packing trips are customized to your goals, desires, and experience level. We will create a trip that matches your skills or timing ranging from 1 to 3 nights. Trip options include spending one or multiple nights at a base camp or spending each night in a different place as we explore the trails in the UMA Los del Carrizal and surrounding ejidos. Trips can focus on fishing, photography or simply exploring the semi-desert wilderness on horseback. All-inclusive prices start at $3,000 pesos for one night and two days - including lodging (cabin), guide service, horse rental, tack, food and drink.

Cattle Drives

Become a Cowboy/Cowgirl for a day!

Assist the Rancho El Carrizal community in moving cattle from one mountain pasture to another. This is a unique opportunity for EXPERIENCED riders only. Every 4-6 weeks we rotate our many of our ~400 head of cattle from one of our 17 fenced pastures to another to prevent overgrazing. We are always looking for additional assistance with this effort. Be part of this unique experience for only $1500 pesos, including horse rental, tack, food and drink.