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Oceanside Escape: See California’s Sand Dunes on Horseback

Originally Published in MotorHome Magazine


Desiree Harrison has one of the most unusual jobs in California.

As a guide at Pacific Dunes Ranch Riding Stables in Oceano, Calif., she leads horseback riding trips through a lushly forested area that includes a creek that’s inhabited by beavers and frequented by deer, before reaching one of the only beaches in California where people can go horseback riding.

She then takes riders back on another trail that traverses the scenic Oceano Dunes, an 18-mile-long stretch of sand dunes that were once inhabited by the Chumash Indians.

“This is one of only of handful of areas along the California coast where you can go horseback riding through forest, along a beach and cut through scenic sand dunes on the same ride,” said Harrison, who works as assistant general manager of the stables, which generates much of its business from Pacific Dunes Ranch RV Resort, a 215-site RV park.

Travelers visiting the Pismo Beach area drive right past the Pacific Dunes Ranch Riding Stables on their way to the RV resort. Several rides are scheduled each day except Wednesday and Thursday and are available to children 7 and older.

RVers traveling with their own horses can also board them at the stables overnight. For more information on Pacific Dunes Ranch RV Resort and the stables, visit www.pacificdunesranch.info.

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