Until mankind first stepped outside in 1934, nature was thought to be a fanciful myth, like yogurt or the clutch hitter. Spend a few hours trotting through the fresh air of truth with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a two-hour scenic horseback ride at Cypress Trails Equestrian Center in Humble, which is about 20 minutes north of downtown Houston (a $60 value).
Cypress Trails Equestrian Center ponies up world-class endurance horses for leisurely trail trotting and competitive riding lessons. The two-hour adventure trail ride takes hooveless adventurers on a four-legged expedition through the natural wooden trails of Cypress Creek, where galloping parties can sink into the surrounding landscape of flora, lush trees, squirrel square-dancing, and other native wildlife.
No experience is necessary to ride one of the four types of horses—which include the stately Arabian, Paint, Spanish Mustang, or Appaloosa—as trips are catered to the rider’s skill level, identified by a series of palm readings and mood-ring responses. Brave buttercups 5 years and older can traverse the scenic trail on a gentle horse or be guided by a skilled wrangler. Wee ones of less than 5 years will be hand-led on a pony around the earthy stable grounds. Riding hours run from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. Call ahead to schedule your adventure ride.
Cypress Trails Equestrian Center
Darolyn Butler spent her childhood riding near her family’s farm and ranch, exploring the countryside and sharpening the skills that would later serve her well during horse shows and barrel-racing competitions. After winning the title of Miss Rodeo Oklahoma, she went on to become Miss Ford Country, the cowgirl featured in ad campaigns for Ford Motor Company. College graduation brought numerous opportunities, but Darolyn always filled her spare time with shows and rodeos. Then she discovered endurance riding, a cross-country competitive sport with races that cover 50 or more miles. Over the years, she’s won several national championships and when she became a mother, Darolyn trained her two daughters in endurance, and they are now competitive riders as well.
When she isn't competing, Darolyn offers riding instruction and consultation services at Cypress Trails Equestrian Center. The ranch is open seven days a week and adjoins scenic and challenging trails, where students of all ages and skill levels can go on adventure rides aboard beautiful arabian, spanish-mustang, and appaloosa horses. Darolyn also boards horses, giving them access to plenty of pastureland, where they can roam freely or stand still in one spot staring at the ground and counting blades of grass.
21415 Cypresswood Dr.
Humble, Texas 77338Get Directions