Gunstock Ranch Riding Review and Options

Gunstock Ranch sits on 700 acres of land located on the beautiful North Shore of Oahu.  Gunstock is a little different from other ranches because it is a working ranch — offering horseback riding lessons and other activities in addition to their day-to-day ranch operations — so you’ll likely see cattle, grazing horses and even an occasional wild pig!  They like to keep the number of riders small compared to other ranches too so you’ll have a real Paniolo (Hawaiian Cowboy) experience while you’re there.  Horseback tours are available for anyone ages 7 and up and have pony rides for families with children under 7 as well.

Here are their horseback riding options:

Map of Gunstock Ranch Location

Here is the map of where Gunstock Ranch is located.  You should be able to tap or click and chose direction option to go here.  It’s not really a typical tourist site with big signs.  There is a small sign and unassuming dirt road that will lead you to the entrance of Gunstock Ranch.  If you want to experience a not so touristed out Oahu’s countryside, then this is the place to go for a ride.

1 Hour Scenic Experience ($82)

Program Highlights

  • Great option for faamilies with children ages 7 years old and up
  • This is a leisure horse ride — perfect for all experience levels
  • Trail consists of open pastures and shady trails, beautiful pastoral views and a filming location for Hawaii 5-0
  • Please note, this experience does NOT allow pregnant riders

You can directly book it with them here

Here is the live availability booking calendar for a 1-hour ride

1.5 Hour Scenic Ride ($95)

Program Highlights

  • Only a $13 price difference compared to the 1 Hour Scenic Experience
  • Great for all adults and I mentioned 1 Hour ride is suitable for family with kids, because some younger kids may have hard time concentrating or staying with the same activity for more than an hour.  When you take your child to a theater and they can sit through a movie, then this option will be just fine.  Because it’s 30 mintues longer, you get to go a little deeper into the ranch valley, and the view will be just a little better – perhaps better might not be the right word – becaues 1 hour ride isn’t lacking, but this will give you more beautiful scenery.  This will be able to go a little deeper into the mountain side and there are some scenic spot that 1 hour ride just can’t get you there, but it just might be the highlight of this longer tour.

Here is the live availability booking calendar for 1.5-hour ride

Pony Ride for Kids ($45)

Excellent choice for children 2-7

The Pony Ride for Kids is a 30-minute “horse experience” that is ideal for children between the ages of 2-7 years old. Children 6 and under will be lead or “ponied” by a wrangler. Older children or even adults are welcome to purchase one of these experiences too if they want to ride a horse alongside their child. Children are allowed to feed and pet their horse after they are put in the saddle and taken on a 20 min. walk. out on the ranch. Parents are welcome to walk along side their child and take pictures along the way (at no charge). Ride time is set to your availability. This is a fun experience to allow a young child the opportunity to ride a horse in a safe and controlled setting.

Here is the live availability booking calendar for Pony Ride for Kids

1.5 Hour Sunset Experience ($109)

Enjoy the Sunset Skies and Cooler Weather

The Sunset horseback ride is a 1.5 hr guided experience. This ride goes out in the cooler portion of the day and riders experience the beautiful Hawaiian sunset skies while on horseback. This is a walking only ride and no trotting or cantering will be allowed. This is a great ride for the whole family. This ride is suitable for all skill levels ages 7 and up. No pregnant riders will be allowed. Our weight limit for any rider is 240 lbs.

This ride winds through mountain trails with occasional ocean views. The highlight spot is our scenic lookout which provides a great view of the Windward side of Oahu. This is a great picture taking spot so bring your camera. We work to keep our ride sizes small because we want our guest to feel like they have experienced a true Paniolo (Hawaiian Cowboy) horseback ride. Guests are likely to see wild pigs, cattle, and other horses roaming through our mountain trails.

Here is the live availability booking calendar for 1.5-hour Sunset Experience

Advanced Trail Ride ($119) – online booking wasn’t available as of 1/18/18

Perfect for the Experienced Rider

If you’re an experienced rider looking for some “giddy-up!” on your ride, our Advanced Trail Ride combines the beauty of the Hawaiian country in Oahu with the adventure of skilled riding.

This is a 1 hr guided experience that gives you the opportunity for controlled trotting and cantering within the ride. You must have previous riding experience, minimum of 30 rides and need to be comfortable at a trot and canter. Minimum age is 12 years old. Wranglers will do an assessment of each person’s riding skills and will base the pace of the ride on the “least skilled ability” riders in the group. Wranglers are responsible for keeping the ride safe and will make the judgment call on how fast the ride moves out. If you have not ridden more than 30 times and are not comfortable at a trot and canter, this ride is not for you! This ride is not to “try out” the trot and canter. Please do not sign up for this ride if you do not have the required skill level. We want to avoid the situation of having other guests who do have the required skill level to miss out on the advanced features because a rider in the group doesn’t have the required skill level. Please, experienced riders only! Guests who ride often really enjoy this ride. This ride has a two rider minimum however it typically has fewer guests due to the experience level needed. If this minimum is not met, we will contact you to rebook. You may choose to pay an additional $25 to make it a private ride. Riders must be at least 12-years old and no pregnant riders allowed. Our weight limit for this ride is 220lbs.

Online booking wasn’t available at the time of this writing

Sweetheart Experience (Private) ($139)

Top Pick for Romance

The Sweetheart Horseback Ride is a 2 hour, private party experience. One of our wranglers will guide guests through our mountain trails to a nice scenic lookout spot and dismount them. A picnic lunch will be provided and the wrangler will leave the party alone for 1/2 hour private time to enjoy lunch and a beautiful ocean view. This ride is suitable for all skill levels. Minimum 2 riders. No pregnant riders will be allowed. This is a great way to spend “sweetheart time”, celebrate birthdays or special occasions. Since this ride is private for your party, you may have as many guests along as you would like. If you are comfortable on horses and would like to add some advanced ride features we can adjust that ride for you since it is a private party. Our weight limit for any rider is 240 lbs., strictly enforced.

Here is the live availability booking calendar for Sweetheart Experience

Advanced Sweetheart Horseback Ride ($149)

If you’re an experienced rider looking for some “giddy-up!” on your ride, our Advanced Sweetheart Horseback Ride combines the beauty of the Hawaiian country with the adventure of skilled riding, plus a private picnic added for good measure.

This 90-minute guided ride give the two of you the opportunity for controlled trotting and cantering through our 600-acre ranch and up the mountainside. Upon arriving at our scenic lookout point, you will be able to enjoy a picnic lunch while taking in the beauty of the Hawaiian country. Your wrangler will leave you alone for 30 minutes of private time to truly relax. The picnic includes homemade cold cut sandwiches, fruit, chips, homemade cookies, chocolate mints, water, and Hawaiian fruit drinks and a bottle of sparkling cider.

You must have previous riding experience and need to be comfortable at a trot and canter. Wranglers will do an assessment of riding skills to determine the pace of the ride. Wranglers are responsible for keeping the ride safe and will make the judgment call on how fast the ride moves out. If you have not ridden more than 30 times this ride is not for you. Please, experienced riders only! Guests who ride often really enjoy this ride. Riders must be at least 10-years old and no pregnant riders allowed. Our weight limit for any rider is 220lbs.

Here is the live availability booking calendar for Sweethear Experience Advanced Ride – Once you input how many people, you will see and option to upgrade it to advanced ride.

Private Sunset Dinner Ride Experience ($179)

Sunset Dinner Horseback Experience

The Sunset Dinner Horseback ride is a 2.5 hr guided horseback experience which includes a safety briefing and mount, ride, and dinner by the campfire. This ride goes out in the cooler portion of the day and riders experience the beautiful Hawaiian sunset skies while on horseback. Guest will be taken to our highlight scenic lookout spot and enjoy the view and eat dinner around a campfire. This is a walking only ride and no trotting or cantering will be allowed. This is a great ride for the whole family. This ride is suitable for all skill levels ages 7 and up. No pregnant riders will be allowed. Our weight limit for any rider is 240 lbs.

This ride winds through mountain trails with occasional ocean views. The highlight spot is our scenic lookout which provides a great view of the Windward side of Oahu. This is a great picture taking spot so bring your camera. We work to keep our ride sizes small because we want our guest to feel like they have experienced a true Panel (Hawaiian Cowboy) horseback ride. Guests are likely to see wild pigs, cattle, and other horses roaming through our mountain trails.

Dinner will be warm and be waiting for you at the campfire when the weather allows. If the weather is too hard to let you enjoy dinner at the lookout, we will bring you back in and let you eat under the shelter of our covered pavilion.

Dinner consists of locally catered steak and shrimp, local fruit, rice, ‘smores, water, and Hawaiian Sun fruit drink. Guest are able to cook marshmallows over the campfire and enjoy the evening in a more relaxed setting for approx 45 min. After dinner, your Wrangler will help get you mounted back on your horse and guide you back home. You will be riding back under the light of dusk.

 

Here is the live availability booking calendar for Private Sunset Dinner Ride