When you’re up at South Lake Tahoe this spring, head on over to Zephyr Cove Stables, hop on a horse and go for a ride . As soon as the clouds parted and the sun started to shine on a regular basis, the cowboys and cowgirls at the stables were ready to show visitors a fun time on the dusty old trails in the hills above Zephyr Cove Resort and Beach.
Since 1987, the McGill family has been running this wonderfully located equestrian center, located in the heart of historic Zephyr Cove, directly across from the beach and just four miles from the Stateline casinos. The view of the lake that greets patrons from the parking lot is grand, and people will know they’re in for a memorable experience. Guided horseback rides are provided daily, weather permitting, and breakfast, lunch and dinner rides are also available. Make a reservation either by calling the office at 775-588-5664 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A fun treat is the dinner ride — a good way to round out a day of vacation. Head up the hill and mosey through the forest till you reach a clearing that provides a great view of the lake. A truly authentic Western adventure that makes one feel like a pioneer the likes of Kit Carson, if just for a moment. Some lucky riders might be able to see some of Tahoe’s wildlife; maybe a bear or a bobcat will make an appearance. Then, when the ride is over, head back to the coral and get on the hayride over to the picnic area for a hearty barbeque dinner of tri-tip, chicken, potatoes, and salad, and wash it down with an ice-cold beer. After a little digesting, hang out for S’mores by the campfire and maybe play a match of horseshoes while the sun sets on a beautiful day.
With the opening of the stables, the beaches and campgrounds are kicking into gear as well in May, when the Forest Service opens the gates for people to enjoy. Nevada Beach and campground opened on April 28. Round Hill Pines Resort opens May 10; renovations to the old resort have been happening all winter long, which should make for a fun summer. Remember that May is still spring and the weather can change on a dime, so take the good with the bad and enjoy Lake Tahoe.
— Brendan Packer