- 588 Ratings
Hollywood Horseback Ride & BBQ
Ride to the top of the highest point in Griffith Park on an exciting and scenic horseback trail ride. Afterward, enjoy the savory smells and flavors of a freshly prepared barbecue dinner.
What You Will Do
- Saddle up on horseback for a 2-hour ride to the top of Mount Hollywood, and hear the history of the Hollywood Hills from an experienced local guide
- After a horseback riding adventure, you're bound to work up an appetite—satisfy your hunger post ride with a delicious barbecue feast
- Take in breathtaking panoramic views of Griffith Park and the entire Los Angeles area from horseback, no filter will be needed for these photo opportunities
- Head for the ranch’s Sunset Saloon after your ride for a freshly prepared, multi-course BBQ dinner served in a rustic setting away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Los Angeles
- 2 hour horseback riding tour with guide
- Barbecue meal
Wear weather-appropriate clothing, long pants, and close toed shoes. Parking is located after the guard gate. Please let the guard know you have a reservation and you will be allowed to enter the parking lot. Participants must be under 240 pounds.
There is a 20% cancellation fee.
- 588 Ratings
very attentive and entertaining staff made experience very informative and enjoyable for us all (and they laughed at my "Dad" jokes which usually only illicit groans and eye-rolls from my kids) Thanks to Vivian and Kate
The tour guide was b Ryan helpful and made me feel comfortable and safe especially riding by the edge of the mountain
Everyone was so friendly and very upbeat. The staff was knowledgeable about the horses and had a true love of all the animals. I would recommend this outing for anyone wanting a fun and educational day! Thank you to all the staff. The dinner was delicious too!!!
I've lived in Los Angeles since 1985 AND used to actively ride... WHY have a I never done this? THIS IS A BUCKET LIST ITEM! Do the 2 Hour Ride and BBQ. You head out in late afternoon (4:00) and are assigned your horse based on your skill level (these horses know the drill, they do this every day) The guides are fun, engaging and really good about communicated how to work with your horse if your horse has figured you out to be a newbie (They love to seize any opportunity to eat the weeds) I'm an experienced rider and even though this is a trail ride - the slow pace allows you to take in the BREATHTAKING views of Los Angeles. Did you see Lalala Land? Whatever you may have thought of the movie - that one scene with the park bench overlooking a green valley - you pass RIGHT by that! You look down on the Geffen Theater, you overlook the Griffin Observatory - you pass by the Hollywood sign. You can see all the way to the ocean, down town LA and Burbank Airport. Afterwards - if you did the 2 Hour BBQ - you head back - and enjoy some REALLY good BBQ (they have it catered) with a live band/singer. It's a great experience that you should add to your bucket list - still kicking myself that I had never done it until now (and I went back again)
The guides were entertaining, friendly and so knowledgeable about the horses. The views were spectacular. The food at the BBQ was delicious. If I had to make some suggestions, it would be to let the riders choose the horse they want to ride and to have someone wipe down the helmets. I know it's cumbersome, my I didn't like putting a dusty helmet on my head. Other than that, fantastic! I would do it all over again.
This was our second time up on the ranch and it was just as amazing. We got stuck behind a pretty large group so we got a later start and didn't get as much time to sit and enjoy the band and the atmosphere but I understand that everybody has their own homes to get back to so there's not much that can be done about that. Overall it was another great experience and we'll definitely be back!
Excellent guides. Great scenery. Would definitely recommend
Nice staff (appears to be family owned and operated). Love the bbq dinner and live music after a 2 hour horseback ride! :-)
Easter weekend was packed! I believe the guide said they sold out, however even though there were two groups of 20 riders everyone did an excellent job! My fiancé and I had a blast, and the views were beautiful. 2 hours on a horse is plenty, and the food back at the ranch was pretty good. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a different type of experience in the heart of Hollywood.
Staff was amazing and so friendly.
The ranch is lovely and the views are stunning. You really do need to evaluate our comfort with heights and horses. I was pretty scared for most of the trip as those horses really do hug the edges but the guides are very good at keeping you calm and reassuring you that the horses know what they are doing. The views from this spot are unbeatable. I did the 2 hour sunset BBQ ride. 2 hours might be too long for some though I really did enjoy myself. The BBQ afterwards was fabulous. Everything tasted great. we did run behind quite a bit but I suppose with dozens of riders it takes a lot of time to get everyone set up on the right horse.
Felt really rushed at the top of the peak had no time to enjoy the view. Felt like the tour guide could be abit more structured in telling facts stories about thensurrounding areas. The toliets are really terrible even maybe providing soap or hand santiser outside the toilet and after the ride before eating dinner.
Whether you're a tourist or a local, this is a fantastic experience! The horses are great, the views are amazing, the guides are super friendly and helpful, and the BBQ dinner is delicious!
The ride was fun & informative, our guide Erica was such a pleasure, she made the experience very enjoyable. The bbq after was delicious!
I like to ride without a helmet. The use of my headphones would have been great too only because I feel more at ease. Trail was cool, so were the guides. My horse was great as well.
Our guide on the way up, Katie, was exceptional. She was very engaging with the group. On the way down, the guide was attentive, however not very talkative.
A group of six of us went to the Sunset Ranch for the "BBQ and Best View" package. We had such a great time!!! Everyone that works there is absolutely amazing--they are so friendly and informative about the property and horses! We had a two hour ride with catered food. I recommend this place to everyone! We will definitely go back!
I can't say enough good things about you guys. Our guide (Cassandra??) was very sweet, knowledgeable, and kept the conversation going while we rode. I didn't mind the facts she dropped and she made it fun. Everyone there seemed really professional, and I guess I wasn't expecting that from a little ranch like this in Hollywood of all places. Very impressed all around with the presentation, food, music while we ate, and overall smoothly run operation. The employees deserve so much credit for dealing with weird people on top of the moods of all of the horses from time to time. Thank you again. We'll be coming back in warmer weather to really enjoy the music and hang out a little bit!
Very attentive crew. Helpful and guide through tour was wonderful. Would do it again!
Everything about the experience was great except, You guys should have had some heaters and hot drinks for us during dinner... we were shivering cold. Out took away from the dinner portion..
The guides were really nice and they tried to provide as much commentary as possible to keep us entertained. I gave it 4 stars because you're not quite able to get a full shot of the hollywood sign. There are some parts during the ride that you are able to see the sign but, it's not full frontal. The trail is created that way so I'm not sure that's something the ranch could change. Overall the food was good and all the guides were very nice. If you have never done it and like riding horses definitely worth a ride.
This was an excellent experience. Guides were very friendly. The food was excellent!!! My wife did not like the port-a-potty -- she never does. Of course there is a normal restroom there that we used after the ride near the barbeque that was clean. Wish she was just directed there first. Great ride, great views, great food, and great guides.
This experience ranks among the best things our family has ever done together. We went on the sunset ride the first night of our vacation in LA. The guides were so welcoming, cheerful, and helpful. The horses were sweet. The sunset views were spectacular. The BBQ was delicious, and the musicians made our hearts sing. The ranch has beautiful chickens running free and many other farm animals. We have recommended this experience to all our friends who live in LA but have never tried it.
It was a good experience riding horses to see the sunset. I wish we had more time to spend on top of the hill, but it was good nevertheless.
We loved the tour at Sunset Ranch. The two tour guides were really great, and the horses were very sweet. Would definitely come again.
The guides were very friendly, knowledgeable and professional, the view was amazing, the other guests were friendly and the BBQ dinner was amazing and plentiful. Well done! We'll be back for sure! Thank you!
Everyone at the ranch was knowledgeable. I was matched with the perfect horse and so was my husband. The views were beautiful and so relaxing! The bbq was delicious and the music was perfect. We look forward to returning.
The staff was super friendly, the food was delicious and the views were amazing. I love the fact that they use some mustangs as well. Great horses, fun ride. I will definitely be back!
Overall, it was very good. The only thing I would suggest is smaller groups. We had a mishap at the beginning of the ride where we lost 5 of the riders. We had to wait for the other staff member to take them back to the ranch. I would also suggest some short stops along the way for photos. My friends and I were very happy with dinner afterward. We were especially impressed with your band and how talented they were! Curtis was a very good host and singer!
The lady with glasses was rude to us and our lyft driver when we first arrived. It set the tone for the rest of the experience. In the future I would try nicely asking why someone was there. Must point out we were the 1st car in the gate after calling up and being LET in. Others were allowed to unload at the top while we were made to walk.... Again it just set the tone for the rest of the time there. Try being nice. NC mother and daughter 16 bday
My son and I were on this Saturday's Best View and BBQ ride. The views were spectacular and the guides were lovely. We had a great time.
To large a group to really enjoy. Made the whole thing seem a little chaotic or unorganized. The staff was nice and the food was good. I also wish they informed you ahead of time on just how dirty everything would be and how dirty we would get. Perhaps we should have known but a bunch of city slickers on vacation visiting Disney Land didn’t exactly come prepared for that type outting. Over all we had fun and would recommend it to others.