Mounted police opt for equine transportation so they don’t have to deal with the squad car's wailing thirst for gas and justice. Avoid similar automotive appetites with today's Groupon to Sand and Sage Tours, located 30 minutes west of the Strip. Choose between the following options:
- For $139, you get a Sweetheart Sunset horseback-riding package for two (a $298 value). Click here for available dates. The package includes the following:
- A two-hour guided horseback ride
- A steak or chicken dinner by the campfire with baked potatoes, corn, and salad
- A Valentine's Day–themed dessert
- For $70, you get a two-hour guided horseback ride for two (a $140 value).
Sand and Sage's experienced horse whisperers lead couples on scenic rides through the rustic expanse just west of Las Vegas. Up to 20 twosomes arrive at the ranch at about 2:30 p.m., where they are carefully matched with a red-ribbon-clad steed based on riding experience, temperament, and whether they cried during Seabiscuit. After a quick riding lesson, a guide leads couples on a one-hour ride through the magnificent desert landscape. At the destination, flames from a campfire caress chicken dinners or sear steaks to order, their glow magnified a thousand times by the brilliant rays of the sun as it dips below the horizon to pick up a double shift in the Eastern Hemisphere. The meal concludes with a Valentine's Day–themed dessert and a one-hour return trip. The event takes about 3.5–4 hours, and pairs return home with gifts of roses and chocolates.
The two-hour guided horseback ride also includes a brief lesson before guided tour-takers begin a two-hour ramble through country roads and ranches. Rides are available mornings or at sunset, seven days a week. Call ahead for times, as they vary depending on weather.
Riders should wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, and comfortable clothing, with layers for cold weather. Couples should also pack hats and sunscreen. Since the ranch provides bottled water to keep riders hydrated, canteens and expansive coils of fire hose can be left at home or the hotel. Transportation to and from any hotel on the Strip can be arranged for an additional fee of $50.
At Sagebrush Ranch, experienced equestrians and instructors pair guests with patient, well-trained horses for lessons or scenic rides through the rustic expanse just west of Las Vegas. In group lessons or day-long clinics, students practice horsemanship and proper riding techniques on one of the stables’ 45 red-ribbon-clad steeds. Before visitors embark on trail rides, the Sagebrush Ranch staff pairs them with specific horses based on riding experience and personality, after which the star-crossed duos set out for the desert paths surrounded by mountains and lizards riding bareback atop armadillos.