Mendes Ranch Afternoon Horseback Ride. Giddy up!
Perched high on the hillside of the remarkable, rugged northwestern coastline of Maui is the celebrated Mendes Ranch. First settled by the Mendes ohana as a working cattle ranch in the 1800’s, a trail ride with these folks is an authentic paniolo (cowboy) experience.
Leave behind the gleaming resort worlds of Lahaina and Wailea, and step back to a simpler time. To reach the ranch, you’ll travel through the town of Wailuku, the County Seat of Maui, with a historic charm all its own. Wind around the valleys and jagged coast without so much as a sign of development or civilization. Around just one more curve and the enchanting Waihee Ridge winds upward to your left and the Mendes Ranch reveals itself on the right. With plenty of parking, check in is a simple affair. You will be greeted like family by the friendly ranch hands and guides, there to put you at ease, welcome you and talk story. You have the option to check in early as well, to enjoy an authentic Hawaiian BBQ featuring beef ribs, chicken and all the fixings. When your small group is ready to ride, head over to the Corral to meet your gentle steed for the afternoon journey. The guides brief everyone on safety and control, show you some pointers and a outline a general overview of the ride ahead. Saddled up and ready to go, you begin your unique Maui adventure with your small group on horseback.
Travel down the rugged terrain towards the magnificent Pacific Ocean, for sweeping views of the surrounding landscape. When you reach the coastline, stop to soak in the view and have a photo session. The guides are knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna and share with you the history of the area and ranch. When your ride resumes, if you are feeling comfortable with your healthy, fit and well trained horse, the guides let the more experienced riders open up to a trot, canter and even a run! This is often a tour highlight for the advanced equestrians in the group. With truly beautiful rides for all experience levels, come see why so many visitors and locals alike treasure the Mendes Ranch.
Lunch: BBQ ribs and chicken, green and pasta salad, baked beans and dinner rolls.
Check in with lunch 11:30am, no lunch 12:15
Location: Mendes Ranch
3530 Kahekili Hwy, Wailuku, HI 96793
For help call Maui Discount Activities at 808-856-4274