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Visit a Beautiful OCTA Preserve on Horseback

UPDATE: This ride is canceled due to a highly contagious equine virus.

Saddle up your horse on March 20 and explore the wilds of Orange County with an equestrian ride through beautiful Trabuco Canyon. On designated dates, OCTA offers access on foot and horseback to some of Orange County’s permanently protected open spaces. This is a one-hour ride for moderate to experienced riders.

Seven properties have been acquired as part of the OC Go Environmental Mitigation Program, a comprehensive plan that preserves and restores natural habitats and allows for expedited delivery of freeway projects. The properties are located in Trabuco Canyon, Brea, Silverado Canyon, and Laguna Beach. Together, they total more than 1,300 acres.

For riders on March 20, the destination is the Ferber Ranch Preserve, a 396-acre parcel located northwest of the City of Rancho Santa Margarita in Trabuco Canyon. It’s bordered by the Cleveland National Forest to the north and Trabuco Creek to the south.  The Preserve features rolling terrain with elevations ranging from 1,120 to 1,650 feet above sea level.

The equestrian rides are docent led and are group rides. Registration is required to participate. Riders must bring their own horse and participants must be 12 years and over. Stallions are not permitted. All riders are required to sign a liability waiver and minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Learn more about the Preserves and register for the ride here.