Manzanita has been our regular late summer vacation spot for over a decade and Oregon Beach Rides is one of the highlights of the trip. Right up there with Hug Beach and Haystack Rock. An experience not to be missed.
Run by a wonderful family of good spirited souls who take great care around safety, starting with choosing the right horse for the rider. Helmets required. An experienced rider; my daughter started riding with them at age eight. We often ride there with other kids her age.
They have several types of rides including a one hour, two hour, half and full day. Also a sunset ride. We take the 2 hour advanced ride as you can canter and gallop on the beautiful wide beach. This ride also gets you into the beautiful grassy sand dunes and shore pines. You will often see elk and eagles in the dunes, and seals feeding in Nehalem Bay or sunning themselves on the shore.
It can get chilly up on the horse on the beach, as the wind is usually blowing there. Take a fleece or hoody, even on a warm summer day. Also make sure you get the $5 State Park Pass, for parking, as you enter. Timing the ride around the low tide is how we try, but a high tide ride is great too.
A fun, and memorable, experience seeing some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
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