Copper Valley Trail Company Horseback Riding Vacation
Grass hoppers jump in front of our horses, like popcorn kernels exploding in a hot frying pan. The grass is dry on this August day in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Calaveras county. Yet Mike Toberer, owner of Copper Valley Trail Company, guides me on his mule to a flowing creek bed that gives life to the green grass surrounding the natural stream of water.
A former gold mining town, Copperopolis offers some of the best horseback riding around and Toberer’s well trained horses are ready for the adventure.
Family-friendly Horseback Riding in Calaveras County
Husband and wife team Mike and Michelle Toberer have operated Copper Valley Trail Company for five years. The Copper Valley Trail Company is a family-based business offering family friendly trail rides in Copperopolis, California. Their two older boys enjoy horseback riding and competing in junior rodeo events in Calaveras County. In fact, when I pulled up to the new storefront in Copperopolis Town Square their younger sister looked on as the older brother successfully roped his sibling’s foot.
Wine Tasting Packages and Overnight Pack Trips
If you are looking for an equestrian girl-friend getaway, or more time in the saddle, Toberer is happy to customize a horseback ride. Popular packages are wine tasting rides. For $85, equitrekkers enjoy a one 1/2 hour trail ride, followed with wine tasting at Renner Winery or Snaps Coffee and Wine Bar in Copperopolis Town Square. Cowboys and cowgirls receive five wine tastings and a glass of wine, paired with hors d oeurves.
New in 2010 is the addition of overnight camp packages. These horseback riding vacations include a stocked camp, with everything you need except your personal items and sleeping bags. Package B, is all inclusive, including the cooking! Copper Valley Trail Company provides the guide, tent cabin, cookware, food, bathroom and shower. Heck, they’ll even pack your fishing gear if you like.
Saddle Creek Resort
After my morning horseback riding vacation with Copper Valley Trail Company, I checked into a bungalow at Saddle Creek Resort. My husband was looking forward to a motorcycle ride from the Bay Area to the Sierra foothills and I was tasked with bringing his golf clubs for a round of golf the next morning at Saddle Creek Golf Course.
Situated less than two hours from the San Francisco Bay Area and one hour from the Central Valley, the Copper Valley is positioned between San Francisco, Yosemite and Lake Tahoe in the Sierra foothills. The area offers golf, tennis, boating on Lake Tulloch, dining and wine tasting in nearby Murphys.
What are your tips for things to see and do in Copperopolis and Calaveras County? Where are your favorite places to go on a horseback riding vacation in California?
If You Go:
Copper Valley Trail Company (209) 785-9801
403 Town Square Road, Copperopolis, CA 95228
Photos, YouTube video and article by Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip. I was a guest of Copper Valley Trail Company.