Enjoy Yosemite National Park's breath-taking views with a mule ride. We have three stables within the park and each offer two-hour or half-day rides in unique areas. We use mostly mules in Yosemite because they are sure-footed animals suited to the rugged terrain of the Sierra Nevada. More horses are stabled in Wawona where the terrain is gentler, however riders and their animals are paired based on availability and appropriateness as determined by the guides.
Riding in Yosemite is an extremely popular activity and advance reservations are strongly recommended. Please call the Wawona Stable at (209) 375-6502, the Yosemite Valley Stable at (209) 372-8348 or the Tuolumne Stable at (209) 372-8427 to book your ride. The Wawona and Tuolumne Stables are open summer only while the Yosemite Valley Stable is open spring through fall, weather permitting. Please note that all riders must be seven years or older and weigh less than 225 lbs.
Areas of Service and Expertise
The Wawona Stable is located in the southern part of Yosemite near the historic Wawona Hotel and the Pioneer History Center. The Yosemite Valley Stable is in the eastern end of Yosemite Valley, with scenic points such as North Dome, Washington Column, Half Dome & Glacier Point towering above. You’ll find the Tuolumne Stable alongside the largest sub-alpine meadow in the Sierras in the eastern part of Yosemite near the crest of the Sierras.
Types of Experiences and Trips Provided
From Wawona, the two-hour ride follows an historic wagon road, the original route into Wawona from the Chowchilla Mountain area. The ride circles the meadow and golf course on even, flat terrain. The half-day ride is more challenging and follows a steeper trail up to Chilnualna Falls with scenic views of the Wawona Dome area.
The Yosemite Valley Stables offers a two-hour ride which heads up Tenaya Canyon past the base of Half Dome on a gentle loop. The half-day ride in Yosemite Valley has more elevation gain and takes you to Clark’s Point with views of Vernal Fall.
From the Tuolumne Meadows Stable, the two-hour ride travels to Tuolumne View on the Young Lakes Trail offering views of Cathedral Range, Johnson Peak and Mammoth Peaks. The half-day ride parallels the Tuolumne Rivers to Twin Bridges just above Tuolumne Falls.
Both the Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Stables provide support for backcountry adventures with custom and private trips by advance reservation only. Guided trips to our High Sierra Camps are based from the Tuolumne Stable.
Our mules and horses are quarantined with special feed before they are transported from their winter grounds to Yosemite to prevent the spread of non-native plants in Yosemite.
ADA Accessibility Notes
After a short evaluation, a stable employee will offer visitors with special needs an opportunity to sit on a horse while being walked around the corral so they can enjoy the experience safely.
Pet Friendly Notes
All lodging and restaurants within Yosemite National Park do not allow pets. In Yosemite, pets are allowed on fully paved trails and roads, on a leash six feet or shorter, and cannot be left unattended.