Mendes Ranch Horseback Ride

Mendes Ranch ... Maui's most popular horseback riding tours

Mendes Ranch Horseback Ride overlooking the north shore

Mendes Ranch has a spectacular location overlooking the north shore

Mendes Ranch Horseback Ride

They'll match you with a horse suitable for your riding ability

Mendes Ranch Horseback Ride "employees"

Ranch "employees" taking a break from rustling cattle

Mendes Ranch Horseback Ride

It's a good idea to use the rest room before the ride

Mendes Ranch Horseback Ride

The scenic trail descends toward the ocean below

Mendes Ranch Horseback Ride

Heading down to a rugged and wild north shore beach

Mendes Ranch Horseback Ride

Posing for a photo at the beach near Mendes Ranch

Mendes Ranch Horseback Ride

The scenery is majestic, wild and spectacular

Mendes Ranch Horseback Ride

Reserve your space today for a Mendes Ranch trail ride!

Mendes Ranch Horseback Ride

Awesome views of the West Maui Mountains

Mendes Ranch Horseback Ride guide cowboy

Family owned ranch has 3,000 acres - with 300 head of cattle and 80 horses

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Journey into an actual working cattle ranch nestled in the heart of West Maui and ride the range. Descend upon crashing waves overlooking pristine shorelines. Mendes Ranch offers a 1.5 hour ride at 9am and 12:30pm.

At the end of the morning ride (or the beginning of the afternoon ride) you may enjoy a western-style open pit BBQ with Alan Mendes’ own marinated “Azeka-style” ribs, generous portions of rice, baked beans, potato salad, gourmet cookies, and more for an additional cost.

AM or PM Ride Only

AM or PM Ride with Paniolo BBQ

General Information
Schedule: Closed on Sundays

Check In: 8:45am for morning ride; 12:15pm for afternoon (or 11:30am for Paniola BBQ ride)

GPS: 3530 Kahekili Highway, Wailuku, HI 96793 (by mile marker 7) Click to view map

Restrictions: Minimum age is 7, and maximum weight is 250 pounds

What to Bring & Wear: Long pants and closed toed shoes are required.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours before the start of the event.


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Family owned ranch has 3,000 acres
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Heading down to north shore beach

CMendes Ranchruise Ship Passengers

NCL cruise ship passengers are able do Mendes Ranch on the morning or afternoon of their second day in port in Kahului. This is a 10-12 minute cab ride to the ranch, or we can arrange a rental car with shuttle pick-up at the harbor.


This can also work for Lahaina cruise ship passengers on the afternoon of their first day(as long as your ship is running tenders until at least 8pm) or on the morning of their second day in port but you will need a rental car and the drive time is about an hour. For rental cars with cruise ship shuttle pick-up see our rental car page.

Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

Many people don’t realize that Hawaii has a rich cowboy tradition and that ranching is big in the islands. The Hawaiian language even has a word for cowboy … “Paniolo.” You’ll tap into that history if you do a horseback ride on Maui. Because horseback riding takes place in small groups, reservations should be made well in advance of your arrival … we suggest three weeks as a minimum.

Mendes Ranch is the largest and most well-known horseback riding operation on Maui. They have stunning ocean views from their ranch which is nestled at the top of a 1,000 foot bluff along the north shore of the West Maui Mountains. You ride from the upper ranch down a gently sloping trail that leads all the way to the ocean and then back again. This ride has a slow enough pace for beginners who have never been on a horse before, but there are one or two places where the more experienced can canter for short distances. This ride scores well on scenery; less so for the actual horse experience as these horses seem to be in control of the rider and not the other way around. Overall it’s a good experience for beginners, or for more advanced riders we recommend their private rides. Call for the details at 1.877.678.7333. Mendes Ranch recently changed the length of their rides from 2 hours to an hour and a half. They said that the 2 hour ride was taking 2 and a half hours, so they adjusted the ride to 90 minutes so that it now takes 2 hours … haha. I think it’s safe to say the ride there will last between an hour and a half and two hours depending on the speed of the group. A nice affordable BBQ lunch is available with either the morning or afternoon ride, but if you plan to eat lunch we recommend you do the morning ride and then eat lunch. The afternoon ride eats lunch and THEN goes on the horseback ride, and if you eat too much you might feel more like taking a nap than riding a horse!

Lahaina Stables & Makani Olu Ranch are also great horseback riding options.

Please note maximum weights and minimum ages for riders when making your reservations.