Horseback Riding Kauai at Silver Falls Ranch

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Save a horse ride a cowboy.

Home, home on the range…. Who didn’t want to be a cowboy growing up? Well I certainly did, so when the chance to go horseback riding at Silver Falls Ranch on Kauai came up I jumped at it, or should I say “on it”. As a kid on road trip holidays with my parents I would always day dream about owning a ranch and riding the country on horseback. Of course growing up in Northern BC the landscape I day dreamed about is nothing like what I see here in Hawaii. The “garden island” of Kaua’i is sure to wow me with tropical splendour. 30 Days In Hawaii, horseback riding Kauai, save a horse ride a cowboy, yeehaw!

Silver Falls Ranch

Town Hall - Do you look legit

Silver Falls Ranch is just a short 15 minute drive north of Kapa’a and the Courtyard Marriott where I’m staying. A super fast check in and I’m ready to meet our guide and my fellow cowboys Mike and Betsy from New Jersey. Our guide for the day is named Dave. He is everything I expect from a guide chill, relaxed and very helpful. We get a short “Horse 101” briefing and safety talk and then it’s time to mount.

Marc Betsy and Mike ready to go horseback riding at Silver Falls

Dave our Horse guide

Betsy mounts her horse with help from Dave

My horse is named Nate and apparently he’s the one that always wants to lead, hmmm kinda sounds like me. Now that we are all mounted it’s off we go.

I'm ready to mount Nate

I'm on

And we begin our horseback riding adventure

I seem to be cursed on this trip to Hawaii as the day is very grey and overcast. About 10 mins out from the stables it starts to pour rain. Not the cold clammy rain of Vancouver but a warm tropical wetness that hampers my ability to pull out the camera for photo opportunities. Even though it is a very wet day it is still magical and very peaceful. Apparently Silver Falls Ranch was used as a film location for Jurassic Park. Do you remember the scene where Dinosaurs are on the mountain side grazing and moving about? That was shot here at Silver Falls.

view of part of Silver Falls Ranch

falling the pack

Safety first, always wear a helmet when you horseback ride

After an hour or so riding through the trails we arrive at the Falls for a swim and lunch. It might not be as hot as I expected it to be but I brought my swimming trunks so I was definitely going for a swim.

our lunch Gazebo

time to go for a swim at Silver Falls Ranch

the waterfalls at Silver Falls Ranch

Brrrrr it’s brisk but once I’m in the water for a minute or two it was actually really nice and refreshing. I can only imagine how awesome it would be to swim here on a blazing hot day. After an hour of swimming and a light lunch it’s time to mount up and head back to the stables.

lunch at Silver Falls Ranch

It’s been a great day on horseback even with the rain but unfortunately it’s over. A cookie or two to my trusty horse to say thank you for a lovely ride and then it’s all done. On our ride we found out that our guide Dave also has a Taro farm and has created his own line of veggie burgers called Braddah Dave’s, and guess what? I found them in the grocery stores. That’s kinda awesome.

tip your guide

Mahalo Dave

Braddah Dave's Taro Burgers

That’s one more experience checked off my bucket list, horseback riding in Hawaii, DONE!

Thank you to my friends at the Hawaii Visitor’s Bureau for helping make this adventure possible. If you want to have your own Hawaiian adventure there is no better place to start than Go Hawaii, after you read this blog series though first.

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Marc Smith is a single, 45-year-old, gay urbanite, living in high-rise heaven in Vancouver’s chic Yaletown neighbourhood. After a ten-year career as one of Vancouver’s pre-eminent event planners, he decided it was time for a change and posted on his Facebook page “I am ready for a change. What shall I do with my life?” 30 Day Adventures was born from that status update.

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