Saddle up! This is the way to spend a day in nature, only you and your horse. Let the cowboys at Dahana Ranch take you on a horseback ride through breathtaking landscapes. Where else can you enjoy a great horseback ride than on the Big Island of Hawaii – known as Hawaii’s cowboy capital!
Dahana Ranch, which is surrounded by green mountains and situated at an elevation of 3,000 feet, is a Native Hawaiian family-owned and operated ranch. It spreads out as far as the eyes can see. Besides offering unforgettable horseback rides to their visitors, they are a working cattle ranch, in its operation since 1951. They breed, raise and train American Quarter horses and maintain a herd of about 140 cross-bred Brahman cattle for beef and rodeo bucking stock.
Experience the freedom of open range riding. Spread out and trot, canter and gallop on the emerald green foothills of Mauna Kea.
It is the goal of their business to offer guests the safest and most fun rides available at reasonable prices and with lots of Aloha spirit. You can choose between three horseback riding adventures, depending on your skill level and interest. (Oh yeah, just to let you know in advance, since the ranch is located at about 3,000 feet, you may want to bring a light jacket/sweatshirt and long pants… just in case!)
1 1/2 Hour Ranch Ride
Daily at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3 pm.
Minimum age 3 years old. Maximum weight 300 lbs.
This ride is ideal for beginners who want to try out horseback riding. Absolutely no experience is necessary. It’s a great open range ride, which means that you won’t ride nose to tail or will have to follow a trail. You’ll cover about 4 miles and can enjoy the stunning views of Waipio Valley and the majestic Mauna Kea looming in the distance. A professional and very knowledgeable cowboy will be with the group all the time. On your way, you might also come across some range cattle, horses, foals and sheep.
2 Hour Advanced Roughrider Ride
Daily any hour between 9am and 3pm.
2 person minimum. Minimum age 8 years. Maximum weight 270 lbs.
This ride is tailored for the experienced rider, for horse owners and competitors. It allows more freedom in the open country and the group is smaller. Experienced here means that you’re spending at least 3 hours in the saddle on a weekly basis. You’ll ride through Mauna Kea’s lush foothills and can enjoy amazing natural scenery all along the way.
2 1/2 Hour Cattle drive
Daily at 10am or 1pm.
Requires a 4 person minimum. Minimum age 6 years old. Maximum weight 300 lbs.
Cowboy up! This is a real cattle drive! With this ride, you can make your dream of being a cowboy yourself come true. Help drive cattle through the countryside. On trained horses, you’ll move the herd of 100 Brahman crossbreds from one pasture through the ranch. So get ready to challenge yourself with the support of your wrangler.
What to Know
Check in: 30 minutes prior to ride time at the Dahana Ranch, 47-4841 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Kamuela, HI, 96743
Please: wear jeans, shoes, and bring a light sweater or jacket.
Children cost the same as adults for the 2 hour and 2.5 hour horseback rides. Please List Children’s ages in the comment box when checkin out.
Dahana Ranch is in Kamuela Town (Waimea area) about a 1 hour drive from the Kona Airport and 1.5 hour drive from Hilo.
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47-4841 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Kamuela, HI, 96743