Summer is almost over but luckily in Southern California, the sun never stops shinning and neither do the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Instead of taking a car or motorcycle ride at the end of summer, bring your horse out to Lake Skinner to enjoy the scenic equestrian trails.
Located on the Santa Margarita Watershed, Lake Skinner offers a 6-mile-long equestrian trail featuring an incredible view of the lake and surrounding nature. It is impossible to not get lost in the stunning landscape or the sound of distant bird chirping, as you ride along the trail surrounding the park perimeter. Before you head out to enjoy your ride, use the convenient staging area to park your trailer and tack up your steed. Don’t forget to stay hydrated during your trail ride; make sure to bring plenty of water and use watering stations for your horse when available.
The cost of entrance to the park for day use is $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger. Sunday through Thursday the park is open from 6 a.m. to Sunset and Fridays and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Plan a sunrise or sunset horseback ride as a romantic date or fun family outing. Make sure to plan your visit soon as the horse trail closes at the end of November and re-open at the end of May.
Lake Skinner has been a popular recreation area in Riverside County since its creation in 1973. It has garnered much attention as the host of the annual Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival for almost 30 years.